Tag: SURVEILLANCE

Facial recognition makes subtle advance in Britain

Pictures by Tolga Akmen by Clara WRIGHT The experiment was conducted discreetly. Between 2016 and 2018, two surveillance cameras were installed in the Kings Cross area of London to analyse and track passers-by using facial recognition technology. The deployment of the cutting-edge technology at one of the...

Singapore Prison Service’s choice of name for its newsletter draws flak

Singapore — Concerned netizens and academics alike were not happy with the Singapore Prison Service's (SPS) choice of name for their quarterly newsletter. The newsletter is currently called the Panopticon, an architectural infrastructure with a loaded concept. The panopticon, introduced by English philosopher Jeremy Bentham and...

Singapore is number 11 when it comes to surveillance, but it has nothing on China

The concept of privacy takes on a whole new meaning when you consider how much you are actually being watched—by CCTV cameras everywhere. In a study on cities with the heaviest surveillance in the world, Singapore came out in 11th place, but it's got...

China high school plays big brother with surveillance bracelets on students behaviour and location in and outside school

A high school in Guangzhou, China has recently drawn attention and controversy by acquiring electronic bracelets for 3,500 students. The wearable technology is designed to track the students’ locations and behaviour in school and outside of it. Students are mandated to wear the devices...

Database of Chinese “BreedReady” women exposed by hacker

An unsecured database of Chinese women containing their personal information was discovered by white hat hacker, Victor Gevers. The Dutch researcher revealed his discovery on Twitter. He said he was looking for open databases when he stumbled upon this one in particular. The database contained the...

China curtails its citizens right to travel and social access based on their “trustworthiness scores”

The Chinese government's mandated social credit system is designed to keep a watchful ever-seeing eye over its 1.4 billion citizens to determine each individual’s “trustworthiness” in society. In the 2018 annual report released by China’s National Public Credit Information Centre, it is reported that 17.46...

Singapore’s universities and population under ‘soft’ surveillance: French paper

Singapore universities and by extension its population are both under 'soft' surveillance, while the country attracts global admiration for its most sophisticated and certainly most strange social mode. This was said by Le Monde, one of the biggest French newspaper in an article that drew...