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Nov 9, 2020

SpaceX gets $29 million Space Force contract for surveillance of non-military launches

Posted by in categories: military, space, surveillance

WASHINGTON — SpaceX was awarded a $29.6 million contract under the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 contract that allows the U.S. Space Force to monitor and study data from the company’s commercial and civil space missions.

The one-year contract “provides early integration studies and fleet surveillance for non-national security space missions,” said the Space Force contract announcement Nov. 9.

Fleet surveillance includes access to proprietary “tools, systems, processes and launch site activities developed by the launch service provider for non-national security space missions,” said the Space Force.

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Oct 25, 2020

French Court Asks Microsoft for Safeguards Against U.S. Surveillance of Health Data

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, health, law, robotics/AI, surveillance

U.S. company can keep hosting vast coronavirus-related project but must protect French citizens’ health data from American government, court rules.


A French court has ruled that Microsoft Corp. can continue hosting a government-run project aggregating citizens’ anonymous health data to use for AI-based research, but must guarantee no data will be sent to the U.S. or be shared with American intelligence authorities.

The ruling, handed down last week, contradicts the stance of France’s data protection authority, which told the court this month that any U.S. cloud provider could be forced to comply with U.S. surveillance laws and should therefore not be allowed to host sensitive health data. The regulator’s opinion could provide clues for other companies handling such data, legal experts say.

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Oct 13, 2020

Tesla update lets you lock Sentry Mode/TeslaCam storage in glovebox

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, surveillance, transportation

Tesla is updating the interior of the Model 3 to let owners lock their Sentry Mode/TeslaCam storage device in the glovebox.

Sentry Mode is Tesla’s integrated surveillance system inside its vehicles using the Autopilot cameras around the car to record potential vandalism or other incidents.

Tesla owners have to plug a storage device in one of the USB ports in the center console and footage recorded by Sentry Mode and TeslaCam, the automaker’s dashcam feature, will be stored on it.

Oct 3, 2020

How the Police Use AI to Track and Identify You

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, surveillance

Modern technology has enabled the development and deployment of the pervasive and precise surveillance that may be slipping out of the control of the public.

Sep 21, 2020

Is China Threatening To Shoot-Down ‘Civilian Airlines’ Operating Over The South China Sea?

Posted by in categories: military, surveillance

China has warned the US after it flew its ‘spy planes’ over the South China Sea several times electronically disguising as a civilian airplane.

“It is the old trick of the US military to use a transponder code to impersonate civil aircraft of other countries,” said Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Wenbin, during his briefing.

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Sep 15, 2020

IBM pushes for US to limit facial recognition system exports

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, surveillance

Big Blue fears human rights violations and mass surveillance.

Sep 14, 2020

General Atomics unveils ‘ultra-long endurance’ replacement for MQ-9 Reaper

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI, surveillance

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has unveiled a rendering of its next-generation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and strike unmanned air vehicle as a proposed replacement of the US Air Force’s MQ-9A Reaper.

Aug 9, 2020

Jacinta González on ICE, Palantir, Big Tech and Surveillance

Posted by in category: surveillance

Jacinta González isn’t a scientist or technologist but her experience of surveillance technology is as eye-opening as any expert’s.

Aug 4, 2020

The Panopticon Is Already Here

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI, surveillance

Despite China’s considerable strides, industry analysts expect America to retain its current AI lead for another decade at least. But this is cold comfort: China is already developing powerful new surveillance tools, and exporting them to dozens of the world’s actual and would-be autocracies. Over the next few years, those technologies will be refined and integrated into all-encompassing surveillance systems that dictators can plug and play.


Xi Jinping is using artificial intelligence to enhance his government’s totalitarian control—and he’s exporting this technology to regimes around the globe.

Jul 31, 2020

Single particles of light can be used for remote 3D surveillance

Posted by in categories: particle physics, surveillance

Researchers have taken 3D images by bouncing individual photons from a laser off a building 45 kilometres away, more than 4 times farther than ever before.

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