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Paul Merrell

US spy lab hopes to geotag every outdoor photo on social media | Ars Technica - 0 views

  • Imagine if someone could scan every image on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, then instantly determine where each was taken. The ability to combine this location data with information about who appears in those photos—and any social media contacts tied to them—would make it possible for government agencies to quickly track terrorist groups posting propaganda photos. (And, really, just about anyone else.) That's precisely the goal of Finder, a research program of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's dedicated research organization. For many photos taken with smartphones (and with some consumer cameras), geolocation information is saved with the image by default. The location is stored in the Exif (Exchangable Image File Format) data of the photo itself unless geolocation services are turned off. If you have used Apple's iCloud photo store or Google Photos, you've probably created a rich map of your pattern of life through geotagged metadata. However, this location data is pruned off for privacy reasons when images are uploaded to some social media services, and privacy-conscious photographers (particularly those concerned about potential drone strikes) will purposely disable geotagging on their devices and social media accounts.
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

You may soon need a licence to take photos of that classic designer chair you bought | ... - 0 views

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    "Changes to UK copyright law will soon mean that you may need to take out a licence to photograph classic designer objects even if you own them."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Celebs whose nude photos were stolen threaten Google with $100M lawsuit | Ars Technica - 1 views

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    "Celebrities who had their nude photos stolen last month are now threatening Google with a $100 million lawsuit unless the search giant does a better job of removing copies of the photos found on its various services, including YouTube and Blogger." [# ! first '#They' '#leak' some pics # ! as a #promotion #strategy # ! and, then, #sue #searchengines... # ! to #grab some (#millions of additional) #bucks... [# ! #learnt form the #Media #industry # ! with its #piracy treatment # ! of the #P2P #networks...]]
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