New App Ables Strangers To Scan Your Face And Find You On Facebook

By: Cara McGoogan

A facial recognition app that can identify strangers from a photograph has been created by a British entrepreneur. 
Facezam can identify people by matching a photo of them with their Facebook profile. All users have to do is take a picture of someone on the street and run it through the app, which will tell them who it thinks the person in the photo is. 
“Facezam could be the end of our anonymous societies,” said Jack Kenyon, founder of Facezam. “Users will be able to identify anyone within a matter of seconds, which means privacy will no longer exist in public society.” 

Facezam scans billions of Facebook profile images a second, which it accesses through a database for developers, until it finds a match. It claims to be able to link most photos with a profile on the social network within 10 seconds.  
The app, which will launch on iOS on March 21, has been tested on more than 10,000 images to date with a 70 per cent accuracy. 

Facezam scans billions of Facebook profile images a second, which it accesses through a database for developers, until it finds a match. It claims to be able to link most photos with a profile on the social network within 10 seconds.  

The app, which will launch on iOS on March 21, has been tested on more than 10,000 images to date with a 70 per cent accuracy. 

Facezam on iOS

Facezam will initially launch on iOS with an Android version coming later CREDIT: FACEZAM

But its launch could be delayed by Facebook, which said Facezam violates its privacy policies. 

“This activity violates our terms and we’re reaching out to the developer to ensure they bring their app into compliance,” said Facebook. 

Facebook reviews apps that use its data before they go live to check they adhere to its policies. Apps that collect users’ data or use automated technology to scan Facebook are forbidden from launching without permission from the social network.

Facezam refuted that the app violates Facebook’s terms. “We’ve looked into this, and are confident the app won’t be violating Facebook’s terms,” said Kenyon. 

The technology could help reduce crime by making everyone identifiable, Kenyon said, adding that the public implications of the app couldn’t be predicted. “There may be a mix of positives and negatives,” he said. 

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Trumps Travel Ban Has Global Ramifications on Tourism In America 

By: Barbara Demick 

During spring break, Canadian families used to pile the kids into a tour bus and head to New York to see the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center and other attractions. It was the start of the busy season for Comfort Tour, a Toronto-based company that usually brought between 200 and 300 tourists to New York in March.

This year, 11 people have signed up for the tours.

“Even white, Anglo-Saxon people, who are most of our customers, they are afraid of crossing the border,” said Al Qanun, manager and part owner of the travel agency. “They don’t want to end up in some prison.”

The fallout from President Donald Trump’s executive orders limiting travel from some Middle Eastern and African countries is having far-reaching implications for US tourism.
It is not just visitors from the countries targeted by the bans that are souring on U.S. travel; the seven countries included in Trump’s original order in January account for 0.1 per cent of incoming travellers. Rather, an atmosphere of fear at the nation’s airports – and well-publicized incidents of visitors being detained and interrogated – are scaring off people without the slightest connection to the Muslim world.

Think twice about visiting America if you don’t want the ‘Mem Fox’ treatment,” read a recent headline in the letters column of the Australian magazine Traveller, referring to the children’s book author who swore she would never return to the United States after being questioned at Los Angeles International Airport on her way to a literary conference.

The Toronto Star newspaper in late January published a commentary calling on Canadians to forgo unnecessary trips to the US until Trump is out of office.

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Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Is Caught Using Fake Name To Discuss Climate Change

By: Erik Larson 

New York says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email alias to discuss climate change while he was Exxon Mobil’s chief executive: Wayne Tracker.

Mr Tillerson sent messages from the account to discuss the risks posed by climate change, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a court filing about his office’s fraud investigation of the company. Mr Tillerson, whose middle name is Wayne, used the Wayne Tracker account on the Exxon system from at least 2008 to 2015, Schneiderman said.
Schneiderman made the claim in a letter Monday to Justice Barry Ostrager in New York state court in Manhattan, accusing Exxon of failing to turn over all relevant documents required by a court order.

The filing comes in a protracted legal dispute in which Exxon seeks to derail probes by New York and Massachusetts into whether the company misled investors for years about the possible impact of climate change on its business.

Mr Tillerson used the account for “secure and expedited communications between select senior company officials and the former chairman for a broad range of business-related topics,” after his primary account began receiving too many messages, Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers said in an email.
New York’s claim marks the latest email-handling matter to make headlines in Washington, from Hillary Clinton using a private email server as Secretary of State to more-recent revelations that Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct some official business as governor of Indiana. Neither of those instances involved an alias.

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Oaxaca Denounces Telephone Espionage 

By: Victoria Bustos

The guild filed its complain to the PGR and FEADLE RO investigate the espionage by the municipal government. 

Through a public pronouncement signed by 50 journalists and reporters from the Papaloapan Cuenca – a region located north of Oaxaca, Mexico on the dangerous border with Veracruz, they demanded the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Attention Of crimes against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE), to investigate suspected espionage carried out by city hall staff against media partners and to stop a systematic series of harassment against communicators through electronic networks that violate freedom of the press.

In the same document they require the intervention of the competent authorities so that an investigation is opened and the responsibilities are delimited.

We ask that the physical and labor integrity of all the media and their members be protected against an obvious policy of intolerance to free speech, and a clear intention to silence critical voices as a place, the document states. Quote “We express to society: We reject in a forceful way that from the municipal power that throughout this time has been said close to the people, try to use the public resources, to intimidate the media and its workers, through espionage, dirty war and pressures of different nature and Trying to align them with their political and economic interests, affecting at all times the social development, the democratic life, and the plurality that must exist.”

The statement was also addressed to the Governor of the State of Oaxaca Alejandro Murat and the Ombudsman’s Office for Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca (DDHPO), where various media publicly condemned the events that occurred against the media and journalists of this city, and The possible conditioning of advertising agreements through telephone calls of officials accused of such acts who are trying to force the news media not to disseminate such information.

 

In the statement signed in solidarity by the different reporters of almost all the media in Tuxtepec relate the events against Oswaldo Martínez Oropeza and Claudia Ramos Diaz, who have repeatedly suffered publications and offenses in their personal life through fake profiles of Facebook , With the clear idea of making them look bad with society.

 

The facts outlined in the statement are part of a hostile relationship with the press caused by the advisor of the municipal presidency, Pablo Estrada Tenorio and endorsed by the municipal president Fernando Bautista Dávila notes that letter, where they also point out that government regidores Municipal have entrusted to various media outlets that have well-founded suspicions that have been being recorded in their phone calls. “The previous events lead us to think that from the offices of the municipal presidency, endorsed by the Municipal President, is carrying out a dirty war and espionage to journalists and political or social actors, in order to intimidate them from power,” says Point 7 of the press release.

 

To that end, the PGR delivered research agreements at the Tuxtepec Attention and Determination Desk: NA / OAX / TUX / 0000507/2017, where the corresponding investigation is opened on these issues, likewise the Tuxtepecan media document ends with “A From this moment we are responsible for any aggression suffered by the undersigned or our families and media to the Mayor of this city Fernando Bautista Dávila and his team. “

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U.S and NASA To Work To Get Humans On Mars By 2033

By: Dom Galeon and Jolene Creighton

Both chambers of Congress just passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2017. With this transformative development, the space agency got a lot more than just $19.508 billion in funding. They also got a very clear mandate: Get humanity to Mars.

To be clear, Mars has been in the works for some time; however, the 2017 Act places a strong emphasis on this goal, making it the focal point of NASA’s long-term plans. In the document, congress asserts that the space agency is to get humans “near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s.” Opposition to the bill from the administration isn’t expected, so it’s more than likely to be passed into law by the presidency.

In order to get to Mars by the 2030s, Congress is asking NASA to develop “an initial human exploration roadmap” that must be submitted before December 1, 2017.

The bill outlines the necessity of this roadmap, stating: “It is the sense of Congress that expanding human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and advancing toward human missions to Mars in the 2030s requires early strategic planning and timely decisions to be made in the near-term on the necessary courses of action for commitments to achieve short-term and long-term goals and objectives.”
To that end, the 2017 Act states that this plan should outline clear goals that are a bit closer to home, instead of just making a grand leap to the Red Planet all at once. The document states, “A human exploration roadmap should begin with low-Earth orbit, then address in greater detail progress beyond low-Earth orbit to cis-lunar space, and then address future missions aimed at human arrival and activities near and then on the surface of Mars.”

Speaking of the planned stages, NASA already has a basic outline: “The human exploration of Mars crosses three thresholds, each with increasing challenges as humans move farther from Earth: Earth Reliant [now until the mid-2020s], the Proving Ground [2018-2030], and Earth Independent [now to 2030s and beyond].”

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Scientist and Engineers Create Drone To Pollunate Flowers

By: Jacopo Prisco 

Researchers in Japan have successfully used a tiny drone to pollinate an actual flower, a task usually accomplished by insects and animals.

The remote-controlled drone was equipped with horsehairs coated with a special gel, which the researchers say was crucial to the process.

“This is the world’s first demonstration of pollination by an artificial robotic pollinator,” said Eijiro Miyako of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, one of the authors of the study, which was published in the journal Chem.

The researchers have made a video showing the drone collecting pollen from a lily:

bee replacement?

Pollination is a fundamental natural process that allows plants to reproduce.

Pollen, which contains the plant’s genetic material, must travel from the male part of a flower to the female part of another flower of the same species to achieve fertilization.

Most commonly, this requires a pollinator — an organism that will physically transfer the pollen between flowers. Several animals act as pollinators, including birds and bats, but the majority of them are insects.

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South Korea Impeaches Their President 

Compliments of the New York Times 

A South Korean court removed the president on Friday, a first in the nation’s history, rattling the delicate balance of relationships across Asia at a particularly tense time.

Her removal capped months of turmoil, as hundreds of thousands of South Koreans took to the streets, week after week, to protest a sprawling corruption scandal that shook the top echelons of business and government.

Park Geun-hye, the nation’s first female president and the daughter of the Cold War military dictator Park Chung-hee, had been an icon of the conservative establishment that joined Washington in pressing for a hard line against North Korea’s nuclear provocations.

Now, her downfall is expected to shift South Korean politics to the opposition, whose leaders want more engagement with North Korea and are wary of a major confrontation in the region. They say they will re-examine the country’s joint strategy on North Korea with the United States and defuse tensions with China, which has sounded alarms about the growing American military footprint in Asia.

A South Korean court removed the president on Friday, a first in the nation’s history, rattling the delicate balance of relationships across Asia at a particularly tense time.

Her removal capped months of turmoil, as hundreds of thousands of South Koreans took to the streets, week after week, to protest a sprawling corruption scandal that shook the top echelons of business and government.

Park Geun-hye, the nation’s first female president and the daughter of the Cold War military dictator Park Chung-hee, had been an icon of the conservative establishment that joined Washington in pressing for a hard line against North Korea’s nuclear provocations.

Now, her downfall is expected to shift South Korean politics to the opposition, whose leaders want more engagement with North Korea and are wary of a major confrontation in the region. They say they will re-examine the country’s joint strategy on North Korea with the United States and defuse tensions with China, which has sounded alarms about the growing American military footprint in Asia.

Portraits of North Korea’s previous leaders, Kim Il-sung, left, and Kim Jong-il, on display in Pyongyang, the capital. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program will be a prominent issue in South Korea’s coming presidential campaign.

Ms. Park’s powers were suspended in December after a legislative impeachment vote, though she continued to live in the presidential Blue House, largely alone and hidden from public view, while awaiting the decision by the Constitutional Court. The house had been her childhood home: She first moved in at the age of 9 and left it nearly two decades later after her mother and father were assassinated in separate episodes.

Eight justices of the Constitutional Court unanimously decided to unseat Ms. Park for committing “acts that violated the Constitution and laws” throughout her time in office, Acting Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi said in a ruling that was nationally broadcast.

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Wiki Leaks C.I.A Reveal Was Just The Tip Of The Iceburge 

By: Jason Murdock

The initial leak of alleged Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents, over 8,000 files detailing a series of oddly-named hacking tools, was a mere fraction of the total amount obtained by WikiLeaks, the Julian Assange-led organisation has claimed.

On 8 March, roughly 24 hours after the initial leak was dropped into the wild, the website’s official Twitter account asserted that it was “less than 1%” of its overall collection of documents pilfered from inside the secretive spy agency’s cyber unit.

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WikiLeaks said the first batch from the leak – called “Vault 7 Year Zero” – contained millions of lines of computer code showing cyberattack powers of US spies. It included malware and “zero day” exploits used to target devices running iOS and Android operating systems, WikiLeaks said.

While the identity of the leaker remains unknown, WikiLeaks indicated the individual was a US government-linked hacker. It said the motivation of the culprit was to ensure the CIA’s hacking abilities and oversight regime received proper debate in a public forum.

Many critics of WikiLeaks believe the timing of the release was suspicious, arguing that it was simply yet another effort to damage US national security. Michael Hayden, a former CIA director, has slammed the organisation for not focusing on “totalitarian regimes”.

According to a US intelligence officer who spoke to Buzzfeed News, the scope of the leak could be a bigger than Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, which exposed a vast surveillance apparatus used by spy agencies to spy on phonecalls, text messages and web browsing.

“It’s like handing our biggest cyber-guns over to anyone with an internet connection,” the anonymous source claimed.

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Women’s March Seen Around The World 

By: Mary Emily O’Hara

The protest is called ‘A Day Without a Woman,’ but on Wednesday, feminists made their presence known with strikes, rallies, and marches around the globe.
In more than 50 countries and over 400 cities worldwide, people celebrated International Women’s Day by encouraging women to go on strike — exercising their labor and consumer power by momentarily dropping out as workers and shoppers.

In the U.S., large rallies took place in major cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. in addition to hundreds of smaller gatherings across the country.

At a gathering near New York’s Central Park, the leaders of the January 21st Women’s March helmed a stage full of speakers before marching to nearby Trump Tower. Outside of Trump Tower, 13 of the Women’s March organizers were arrested. Their charges were pending.

Before she was arrested and led into a NYPD van, organizer Linda Sarsour spoke to the crowd about critics who accused striking women of being “privileged” and said such comments came from “a lack of understanding of history.”
“We honor the women who striked in the Montgomery bus boycott,” said Sarsour. “Are those privileged women? What about the farmworkers that said ‘we will not pick this produce without worker’s protections?’ Were those people privileged?”

Sarsour told the crowd, “The movements that we are all a part of have always been led by those who have the most to lose. Social justice movements are not convenient.”

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Chance The Rapper Donates 1M To Chicago’s Public School System 

By: Noah Yoo

Chance the Rapper held a press conference today at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago to announce that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions,” he said. He later revealed that he and Common will speak on the phone to discuss further funding. The announcement follows his meeting with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner last week, where they discussed public education and other “important issues affecting” the city of Chicago and Illinois as a whole. Immediately following the meeting, Chance expressed his frustration, saying, “It went a little different than it should have,” and that he was given vague answers when speaking with the governor. At the press conference, he reiterated that Gov. Rauner gave him “vague” answers, and shouted, “Gov. Rauner, do your job!” Watch the press conference below.
Chance has also updated his website with a link to support Chicago Public Schools. Learn more here. Read “Charting Chance the Rapper’s Unsigned Success,” as well as Chance’s foreword to Kevin Coval’s A People’s History of Chicago on the Pitch.

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