Direct Action: It works!
See for yourself.
From their blog:
“Using this service, Signal clients will be able to efficiently and
scalably determine whether the contacts in their address book are Signal
users without revealing the contacts in their address book to the Signal service.”
It’s yet another move to cut the service provider out of the loop. For people who need secure and private communications, this is a good thing.
For a (very) technical explanation of how it works, click the headline.
“Some of these technologies, such as facial recognition, are already in use in some Chinese cities.
In Shanghai, traffic police reportedly use facial recognition technology to identify cyclists and pedestrians who violate road regulations.
of the idea have already raised concerns about how Beijing’s use of new
technology will allow to tighten its control over its subjects.
one-party-state already monitors and censors large parts of the
internet and frequently arbitrarily detains “dissidents” based on their
It’s not very effective yet, but it’s getting there.
“Too many worry about what AI—as if some independent entity—will do to us. Too few people worry what *power* will do *with* AI.” – Zeynep Tufekci
Well, that was satisfying.
It’s manifesting in arguments over whether to attend the rallies this weekend and lack of direction re: what to do next.
This is good.
Don’t count them out yet, but it looks like the opposition of the last week (direct action, arrests, deplatforming by tech companies, “Yes You’re Racist”) has had an effect.
The question now is: will they stay home? or show up crazier?