How law enforcement is using technology to track down people who attacked the US Capitol building

Facial recognition, social media and location tracking give law enforcement a leg up in a monumental investigation.

James Byrne, Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

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The scent of sickness: 5 questions answered about using dogs – and mice and ferrets – to detect disease

Scientists are experimenting with using dogs to sniff out people infected with COVID-19. But dogs aren't the only animals with a nose for disease.

Glen J. Golden, Research Scientist/Scholar I, Colorado State University • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~8 min

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Instagram's redesign shifts toward shopping – here's how that can be harmful

Instagram's Shop button signals the growing commodification of human interactions on social media.

Nazanin Andalibi, Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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A circular economy could end waste – at the cost of our privacy

Manufacturers will increasingly track the products they sell to make recycling them more profitable.

Anitha Chinnaswamy, Assistant Professor of Computing, Coventry University • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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Digital identity: new UK scheme risks running a repeat of ID card controversy

A digital ID will only work if people are allowed to keep control of their data.

Maureen Meadows, Professor of Strategic Management, Coventry University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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COVID-19 clues in a community's sewage: 4 questions answered about watching wastewater for coronavirus

Sewage surveillance is one technique that can alert authorities to the presence of a pathogen in the community. An environmental engineer explains the state of the science when it comes to SARS-CoV-2.

Kyle Bibby, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Notre Dame • conversation
Aug. 31, 2020 ~8 min

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How to hide from a drone – the subtle art of 'ghosting' in the age of surveillance

Avoiding drones' prying eyes can be as complicated as donning a high-tech hoodie and as simple as ducking under a tree.

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor of Political Sociology, University of San Diego • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~7 min

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Police surveillance of Black Lives Matter shows the danger technology poses to democracy

The massive increase in internet-connected devices will create an informal surveillance network that could be used to target protestors and activists.

Jason Nurse, Assistant Professor in Cyber Security, University of Kent • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~6 min

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Contact tracing's long, turbulent history holds lessons for COVID-19

Trust in the confidentiality of contact tracing broke down during the AIDS epidemic. Today, it's faltering again.

Ronald Bayer, Professor Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~10 min

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System monitors faces to adjust the room’s temp

A new system uses cameras to gauge the facial temperature of people in a room and adjust the temperature accordingly.

Gabe Cherry-Michigan • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~7 min

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