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"....While these problems are widely discussed in academic circles especially within the surveillance studies, I...

"....While these problems are widely discussed in academic circles especially within the surveillance studies, I believe that artivist actions representing a form of sousveillance play an equally important role in the public debate on these issues. The strategy proposed in the 90s by Steve Mann is used and transformed nowadays by many artists as a form of resistance to technological surveillance. At the same time these actions can be perceived as a practical form of culture theory." http://www.isea2013.org/events/tracking-surveillance-and-insecurity/

“For us this is really the next step in our UAS strategy,” said Rüdiger Wagner, general manager of Leica’s...

Originally shared by Gary Mortimer “For us this is really the next step in our UAS strategy,” said Rüdiger Wagner, general manager of Leica’s geospatial solutions division. “UAS-based mapping solutions are on the increase and we have been carefully expanding our exposure to this market by focusing on select applications.” Headquartered in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica is part of Sweden’s Hexagon Group and maintains U.S. headquarters in Norcross, Ga. The company also specializes in offering digital airborne and lidar sensors for the geospatial industry. http://www.suasnews.com/2013/05/23146/leica-takes-next-step-in-uas-strategy-3d-inspection-and-mapping/

Hi folks...sorry for the delay in my correspondence but I've been dealing as Publicity Chair with the onset of this...

Hi folks...sorry for the delay in my correspondence but I've been dealing as Publicity Chair with the onset of this Canadian event coming up - http://istas13.org as well as the event soon after -  http://uberveillance.com/uav-pros-cons - can you please inform me what interests you about both and what you would particularly like to see come out of the UAVs event  http://static.squarespace.com/static/50c27466e4b046eb1715cc34/t/5169ea60e4b00ee22f28da63/1365895777117/drones-uav-event-logo.png?format=1000w

Love the campaign that Google and Google supporters have launched in the last 48 hours.

Love the campaign that Google and Google supporters have launched in the last 48 hours. Great marketing strategy! It's always so much easier to "Like" than to "Dislike". I blame Facebook for this :) Who said anything about hating Glass? I think the whole idea behind questioning beta products has to be about future readiness and making the products more robust, and raising levels of consumer awareness toward adoption. Do you know the story of the drunken man who lost his watch on his way home after a late night at the pub? As he searched near the lamp-post, a passer-by came to him and asked: "Man, what are you doing?" He replied, "I'm I'mmmmm looookkking forrr my myyy wwatchchchch!" The passer-by questioned: "Where did you lose it exactly? I will help you find it." The drunk man replied: "Overrr ththere" pointing to the darkness. The baffled passer-by asked dumbfounded: "So what are you doing looking for your

For one, “you’re not going to see Predators flying across the heartland taking pictures of corn,” says Rory Paul ,...

Originally shared by Gary Mortimer For one, “you’re not going to see Predators flying across the heartland taking pictures of corn,” says Rory Paul  , CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics and a leading voice in applying unmanned aerial vehicle technology to agriculture. http://www.suasnews.com/2013/05/23083/how-will-drones-be-used-on-american-farms/

Germany’s national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, plans to test small drones to try to reduce the amount of...

Originally shared by Gary Mortimer Germany’s national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, plans to test small drones to try to reduce the amount of graffiti being sprayed on its property. The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night. A company spokesman said drones would be tested at rail depots soon. http://www.suasnews.com/2013/05/23073/german-railways-to-test-anti-graffiti-drones/

Senti is an app now on iThings to create a reliable record of your mood, even to the point of being able to forecast...

Senti is an app now on iThings to create a reliable record of your mood, even to the point of being able to forecast your mood tomorrow, from your recent updates.  There are some new question types with pictures instead of words, and - most importantly - graphs of your days and weeks, so you can see how things are changing. you can download the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/senti/id563596325?ls=1&mt=8   get more information about the app on our website: https://www.senti.us https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/senti/id563596325?ls=1&mt=8

Last week, Forest Service officials said they’ve dropped plans to use unmanned aerial systems – commonly known as...

Originally shared by Gary Mortimer Last week, Forest Service officials said they’ve dropped plans to use unmanned aerial systems – commonly known as drones – to survey forest fires because of clashes with Federal Aviation Administration rules. While some national forest firefighters in Alaska touted the remote-control planes’ ability to map forest fires in thick smoke, their legality proved a limitation. “Getting FAA approval to fly one is a lengthy process,” Forest Service Northern Region spokesman Phil Sammon said on Friday. “It takes too long to make it practical for a two- or three-week occurrence.” FAA rules require a drone in U.S. airspace to be in visual range of its pilot at all times. That sets up a catch-22 problem where if you want to remote-control fly a drone into a smoke column too thick for human pilots to see through, you must still send up a human pilot to keep an eye on the drone. http://www.suasnews.com/2013/05/23048/u-s-forest-service-drops-plans-to-use-drones/

With thanks to Rossco and Annie for this one from their recent trip to Angola.

With thanks to Rossco and Annie for this one from their recent trip to Angola. This web site states: "Be advised that you take photographs at your own risk... cameras should be used with caution in many areas..." Further inquiry found this one:  http://bradtangolaupdate.wordpress.com/photos/ correctly stating: "Photography in Angola is still a tricky issue. Taking photos of sensitive areas (eg government, military and infrastructure) is probably illegal and  could get you into serious trouble if caught. However, technically, there are no restrictions on taking photos elsewhere. This is  borne out by this Police photography memo which I lifted from the Internet. It appears to be authentic but I cannot vouch for it. You may wish to print a copy and keep stuffed into your camera case."

Nano-bionics and Clinical Trials Discussion

Nano-bionics and Clinical Trials Discussion Nano-bionic medical devices promise breakthroughs in treating disabilities and chronic conditions, such as deafness and epilepsy. The testing of these devices in clinical trials raises a range of issues. This one-day decision-based dialogue at the Innovation Campus in Wollongong brought clinicians, medical researchers, social scientists, regulators, health policy makers, health economists, consumer groups, unions, citizens, patients and carers together to consider emerging nano-bionic medical devices and ethical issues associated with clinical trials, in order to inform decision making about research and policy. This STEP project was a collaboration between the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), the University of Tasmania and NETS-PACE. http://www.innovation.gov.au/Industry/Nanotechnology/PublicAwarenessandEngagement/STEP/Documents/NanoClinicalTrialsReport.pdf

What is the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology about?

What is the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology about? What kinds of articles does IEEE Technology and Society Magazine receive? And an open invitation for you to attend the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS13) at the University of Toronto, Canada 27-29 June 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zpFqEDydDA&feature=youtu.be

Does anyone have an infographic about the application of drones from a historical perspective (military) and how...

Does anyone have an infographic about the application of drones from a historical perspective (military) and how they have branched out into "Drones for Good" uses historically? I am assembling a presentation about the different applications that are out there and how long they've been around. Thank you.

The Potential Benefits of Digital Glass

The Potential Benefits of Digital Glass Digital glass, like wearable wristwatches that can record video, is an example of an emerging technology that is likely to change the way we live and work. This clip provides example positive use-cases that might be beneficial to society, including telemedicine, lifelogging, and remote training and assessment. This recording was made by the University of Wollongong, Mr Adam Preston, Learning, Innovation, Facilities and Technologies (LIFT) unit. Mr Alexander Hayes edited the recording, a subsection of a 20 minute Q&A by Katina Michael. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9c9Xq66kNA

"...Biohack.me does not condone any of the views, methods, or actions expressed here.

"...Biohack.me does not condone any of the views, methods, or actions expressed here. You risk violating local law and health complication or death attempting any procedure or purchasing anything described or linked here. If you insist on taking the aforementioned risks, you take responsibility for your own safety and legality and will never endeavor to blame or take action against any user or business of this or a linked site." -  http://biohack.me/ -  http://discuss.biohack.me/search?Search=amal http://discuss.biohack.me/

For those of you still in Toronto on the 30th June (Canada Day) there is a free event happening that may be of...

For those of you still in Toronto on the 30th June (Canada Day) there is a free event happening that may be of interest - "...Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or UASs) popularly known as drones are having a substantial presence in our skies and featuring in media around the world. Legislation restricting or banning the use of these technologies in various airspaces is having a direct impact on the policing, commercial, community engagement and educational potential of these technologies." -   https://uberveillance.squarespace.com/s/20052013-pros-cons-press-release.pdf

As discussed today at #arcamp at length, the importance of data is becoming more and more evident as research moves...

As discussed today at #arcamp at length, the importance of data is becoming more and more evident as research moves to a substantiated and accessible  framework - join us for a FREE webinar tomorrow on data journals  - https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/517778383 https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/517778383

A few folks have gotten a touch angry with me, they believe its sUAS News fault that Texas Privacy Act (HB 912) got...

Originally shared by Gary Mortimer A few folks have gotten a touch angry with me, they believe its sUAS News fault that Texas Privacy Act (HB 912) got tabled and it is to stop citizen discovery of things! Things like the river of blood story. Now I am not sure quite why I have to defend something that led to a public health hazard being stopped. Seems to me that priorities are somewhat skewed over there. All along I have thought it plain silly that the pollution was stumbled upon. Should there not be water quality sensors in place downstream of industry?  Best I have a glass of wine http://www.suasnews.com/2013/05/22939/texas-senate-approves-bill-to-curtail-drone-photography/

I'm intending weaving this amongst http://goo.gl/DcIQD

I'm intending weaving this amongst  http://goo.gl/DcIQD Originally shared by Robert Scoble My son and I agree. The new World Trade Center rocks. Google Glass? The hit of the crowds in New York. Our bartenders were just raving over them. A guy on the street stopped me and asked if I had Glass. "yep." "Sick!" Translation for those who don't understand youth language: "can I try them on pretty please?" #throughglass of course!

Airware, creators of a universal development platform for commercial drones, today announced a $10.7 million Series...

Originally shared by Gary Mortimer Airware, creators of a universal development platform for commercial drones, today announced a $10.7 million Series A round of financing. The funding will enable Airware to meet increasing customer demand in the rapidly growing global market of commercially-operated drones. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz with Google Ventures also participating. Chris Dixon, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will join the company’s board. “Airware’s technology fulfills an immense need for a universal operating system and platform enabling the use of drones for commercial enterprises, which we believe is a global market with huge potential,” said Airware founder and CEO Jonathan Downey. “This funding and the addition of Chris to our board will allow us to continue to expand our team, meet existing customer and market demand and scale for future growth.” http://www.suasnews.com/2013/05/22882/airware-announces-10-7m-round-of-series-a-funding-led-by-andreessen-horo

Wearables, wires, and on being wireless...

Wearables, wires, and on being wireless...  How often will you "jack in"? Or is that question now redundant? Will YOU choose to be always on, always connected through wireless wearable computing? And what are the social implications of leading such a life? Those who say that they will only ever experience BENEFITS, in choosing to live a life "on the grid", are only fooling themselves. What are some of the major challenges facing the wearable and AR industry- find out at ISTAS13! Come and help us consider ways to overcome these challenges by discussing real solutions.

Nancy Paterson author at #istas13 #veillance an electronic media artist working primarily in the field of...

Nancy Paterson author at #istas13   #veillance  an electronic media artist working primarily in the field of interactive installations. Research interests include internet infrastructure and visualization leading to a Ph.D (Dec 09) in Communications & Culture from York University with a thesis entitled ‘Bandwidth is Political: Reachability in the Public Internet’. From 2010-12 she held a two year SSHRC postdoctoral award for research at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto and currently is an Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto - more information at http://www.vacuumwoman.com

Thad Starner is an Invited Speaker at #istas13 #veillance - Professor

Thad Starner is an Invited Speaker at #istas13   #veillance  - Professor Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the Contextual Computing Group  Paper Title Mobile Music Touch:  Passive Haptic Learning and Rehabilitation Description Wearable computers have great potential to improve users' health and ability to learn.  An unusual example is our Mobile Music Touch (MMT) glove which allows users to learn to play piano melodies without focusing on the lesson.  The song to be learned is loaded on to a mobile phone, which plays the song repeatedly in the user's earphones. As each note is played, the glove taps the finger corresponding to the appropriate key on a piano keyboard.  The user learns the "muscle memory" of the song even though he is attending another task. Our recent study suggests that MMT improves hand sensation for people with tetraplegia due to partial spinal cord injury.  Our participants used the glove for eight weeks to learn piano melodies and show

http://www.singularityweblog.com/cyborg-steve-mann/ - please visit http://veillance.me for more information on Steve...

http://www.singularityweblog.com/cyborg-steve-mann/ - please visit http://veillance.me for more information on Steve Mann  General Chair ISTAS13 - lots of educational possibilities, possibilities and a myriad of policies to catchup. http://www.singularityweblog.com/cyborg-steve-mann/

Taking that approach would help build some privacy into the product from the outset, which Google does not do enough...

Taking that approach would help build some privacy into the product from the outset, which Google does not do enough of, said John Simpson, privacy project director at Consumer Watchdog. "The mindset of most engineers and developers is not to focus on those privacy questions," he said -  http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/461588/google_o_expect_android_chrome_some_privacy_questions_about_glass/ http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/461588/google_o_expect_android_chrome_some_privacy_questions_about_glass/#contentpage

The one that will go viral - can you ever remember going to a conference where every delegate 'maybe' recording you,...

The one that will go viral - can you ever remember going to a conference where every delegate 'maybe' recording you, others and everyone is recording each other in every setting including the bathrooms ? - MaybeCamera Veillance Lanyard_design_for_IEEE_ISTAS13 - gives a new perspective on data, veillance and humanity.

Ok folks...draft1 of the lanyards.

Ok folks...draft1 of the lanyards.

Andrea Zariwny - Graduate student - Biomedical Communications - Institute of Medical Science - University of Toronto...

Andrea Zariwny - Graduate student - Biomedical Communications - Institute of Medical Science - University of Toronto - Andréa is completing her Master of Science in Biomedical Communications at the University of Toronto. She holds a B.Des in industrial design from the University of Alberta. Her current research involves visuo-haptic learning of complex areas of anatomyfor undergraduate medical and paramedical students using anatomical illustration, augmented reality, and 3d printing.

Cathal Gurrin is a lecturer in the School of Computing at DCU, a visiting researcher at the University of Tromso and...

Cathal Gurrin is a lecturer in the School of Computing at DCU, a visiting researcher at the University of Tromso and Director of the Human Media Archives research group at DCU.  His research interest is in information retrieval, with a particular interest in how people access information from mobile devices.

Noel E.

Noel E. O’Connor is an Associate Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering at DCU and a Principal Investigator in CLARITY. The focus of his research is in multi-modal content analysis leveraging mutually complementary sensor data sources, for applications in sports and health, digital media, ambient assisted living and environmental monitoring.

A Saskatchewan man, lost and alone, was found by an RCMP remote controlled helicopter that spotted him from the sky.

Originally shared by Gary Mortimer A Saskatchewan man, lost and alone, was found by an RCMP remote controlled helicopter that spotted him from the sky. The 25-year-old had wandered away from where his car rolled on Highway 5 near St. Denis, about 40 kilometres east of Saskatoon, early Thursday morning. RCMP arrived at the accident scene after midnight, but couldn’t find the driver. “He had suffered a head injury in the crash and became disorientated and wandered off,” said RCMP corporal Doug Green. http://www.suasnews.com/2013/05/22795/missing-man-found-by-rcmp-draganflyer-multirotor/

Company officials from Yamaha are visiting western Queensland this week to check out their unmanned aircraft being...

Originally shared by Gary Mortimer Company officials from Yamaha are visiting western Queensland this week to check out their unmanned aircraft being used to spray weeds. The Japanese company has loaned a four-metre long helicopter type UAV to a natural resource management group to control prickly acacia on properties. Australian manager Liam Quigley says it’s the first time the machine has been used in an open environment. http://www.suasnews.com/2013/05/22790/unmanned-aircraft-the-future-in-weed-control/

The screen of yesterday - the amphitheatre of yesteryear - the way we are heading...

The screen of yesterday - the amphitheatre of yesteryear - the way we are heading -  http://blog.academia.edu/post/49814995816/academia-edu-releases-embedded-data-sets-and-code

http://plus.io/ - Build applications for Google Glass.

http://plus.io/ - Build applications for Google Glass.

#istas13 welcomes Russel Verbeeten as Patron / Exhibitor Chair !

#istas13  welcomes Russel Verbeeten as Patron / Exhibitor Chair !

Great to meet with Rob Manson from https://buildar.com

Great to meet with Rob Manson from https://buildar.com

http://www.singularityweblog.com/head-transplantation-a-short-documentary-about-dr-r-j-whites-controversial-experimen...

http://www.singularityweblog.com/head-transplantation-a-short-documentary-about-dr-r-j-whites-controversial-experiments/ - in from Singularityweblog  Nikola Danaylov ps. Nikola can you please contact Rob Manson  http://www.singularityweblog.com/head-transplantation-a-short-documentary-about-dr-r-j-whites-controversial-experiments/

Yesterday, the New America Foundation hosted a series of panel discussions on a wide range of drone-related topics,...

Yesterday, the New America Foundation hosted a series of panel discussions on a wide range of drone-related topics, from privacy and regulations, to present-day and far-future applications. Panelists hailed from AUVSI, MIT, Center for Democracy and Technology, UNL Drone Journalism Lab, NOAA, and World Wildlife Fund, among others. There's a goldmine to unpack here, so grab a coffee and let the YouTubes roll. http://futuretense.newamerica.net/events/2013/the_drone_next_door

There's many options now if you want a multicopter, but it's still handy to be able to fabricate components to fit...

There's many options now if you want a multicopter, but it's still handy to be able to fabricate components to fit your specific #drones applications. There's fewer options for fixed-wing mapping aircraft, and so design and fabrication becomes even more important. Here's details of how I used open-sourced software and a laser cutter at a community fabrication laboratory to make the parts I needed to get the job done. http://www.mentalmunition.com/2013/05/you-cant-always-get-the-drone-you-want.html

The development of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) has opened a promising new chapter in the history of...

Originally shared by Gary Mortimer The development of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) has opened a promising new chapter in the history of aerospace. Military exploitation of UAS has grown significantly in the recent years. However this trend has so far not been followed by the civil sector. RPAS can offer a wide range of civil applications for the benefit of European citizens and businesses. Being remotely piloted, RPA can perform tasks that manned systems cannot perform, either for safety or for economic reasons. http://www.suasnews.com/2013/05/22726/rpas-a-boost-for-european-creativity-and-innovation/

The U.S.

Originally shared by Gary Mortimer The U.S. Geological Survey is turning the unblinking eye in the sky of drones to a more benign purpose. Instead of watching the battlefield, they’re bird watching. Seriously. In April, scientists spent three days flying a small four-pound Raven A drone above several greater sage grouse breeding grounds north of Kremmling, Colo. Scientists think that they could make population surveys cheaper by using drones instead of more expensive airplanes or helicopters. http://www.suasnews.com/2013/05/22710/over-grand-county-drones-are-bird-watching-not-people-watching/

Some ideas on lanyards now out and public - http://goo.gl/a7eFO

Some ideas on lanyards now out and public -  http://goo.gl/a7eFO

This just recently in from Professor Bob Williamson who is the leader of the Machine Learning group at NICTA,...

This just recently in from Professor Bob Williamson who is the leader of the Machine Learning group at NICTA, Canberra Australia -  "...I am curious to see if the up-beat projections (such as yours) re google glass turn out to be true. I cannot think of any new communications technology that was widely adopted any faster than several decades. You don’t see many Bluetooth headset wearers anymore. My prediction is that things like google glass will be at most as popular as such untethered headsets. Useful for a small subset of people; shunned by the majority." -  http://www.nicta.com.au/people/williamsonb http://www.nicta.com.au/people/williamsonb

"Biometric technologies, such as finger- or facial-scan, are being deployed across a variety of social contexts in...

"Biometric technologies, such as finger- or facial-scan, are being deployed across a variety of social contexts in order to facilitate and guarantee identity verification and authentication. In the post-9/11 world, biometric technologies have experienced an extraordinary period of growth as concerns about security and screening have increased. This book analyses biometric systems in terms of the application of biopolitical power – corporate, military and governmental – on the human body. It deploys cultural theory in examining the manner in which biometric technologies constitute the body as a target of surveillance and as a data-information object. The book thereby provides a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of both the local and global ramifications of biometric technologies."... http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415874878/

Professor L.

Professor L. Jean  Camp's core interest is human-centered  security and privacy. This interest spans domains from pervasive computing for aging in place to human interactions for engineers to reduce routing errors.  As a Professor in Informatics at Indiana her research addresses technology in society. See http://www.ljean.com for more information - Jean is an accepted Author at #istas13

Apu Kapadia is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington.

Apu Kapadia is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington. He is a computer security and privacy researcher interested in mobile and pervasive computing. Two of his papers were named 'Runners-up for PET Award 2009: Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies' and he received the NSF CAREER award in 2013. Apu is an accepted Author at #istas13

Vaibhav Garg is a postdoctoral researcher in the computer science department at Drexel University.

Vaibhav Garg is a postdoctoral researcher in the computer science department at Drexel University. His primary research interests include risk perception and cybercrime. He is currently working on a book on Cybercrime Science that examines cybercrime as a social and cultural phenomena rather than a technical or economic imperative. His paper titled Smuggling Theory Approach to Organized Digital Crime won the best paper award at the eCrime Researcher's Summit '11. See www.vaibhavgarg.net for more information. Vaibhav is an accepted Author at #istas13   http://www.vaibhavgarg.net

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/wearing-google-glass-creates-an-ettiquette-minefield-for...

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/wearing-google-glass-creates-an-ettiquette-minefield-for-tech-fiends/story-fnay3ubk-1226635735669 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/wearing-google-glass-creates-an-ettiquette-minefield-for-tech-fiends/story-fnay3ubk-1226635735669