A fringe movement of privacy advocates are experimenting with clothes, makeup and accessories as a defense against some surveillance technologies. Some wearers desire to opt-out of “surveillance capitalism,” while others fear government invasion of privacy.
Following hours of contentious public comment Tuesday, much of it from people calling facial recognition intrusive and dangerous, the Port of Seattle Commission unanimously approved a moratorium on some uses of the technology.
The camera at the entrance to a Magnolia neighborhood tracks vehicles, bicycles, animals and people — then categorizes them with artificial intelligence. The system is part of a larger trend of increased neighborhood-wide surveillance networks, especially in wealthier areas, that concern civil liberty advocates.
The Seattle Times is examining the social, economic and ethical implications of artificial intelligence in a series of stories exploring the pros and cons of the technology and its impact on work. If you have questions about AI, ask us here.