Get Home Safely
These are truly scary times. I don’t have any witty banter about the COVID-19 Coronavirus. It’s an epidemic that’s spreading across the country like wildfire, so do what it takes to keep you and your loved ones healthy. I do have something to say about what may or may not be coming down the pipeline in the midst of the chaos.
As we’ve seen with the Patriot Act, our government will use every excuse and tool at its disposal in order to gain leverage, without worrying about our rights or privacy as citizens. So now is a great time to inform everyone that the CIA has a venture capital firm named In-Q-Tel that has invested in over a dozen technology companies. In-Q-Tel also played a prominent role in helping Google acquire the company Keyhole, which enabled Google to launch their Google Maps and Google Earth products. Now seems like an opportune moment to introduce something in the name of health awareness that we may regret in the future.
There’s also Clearview AI, which has been providing it’s cutting edge facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies and private companies all across the globe. Clearview is a powerful tool that allows users to upload any photo of an individual and essentially run a background check on that person and unearth a whole host of information without that person’s consent. It’s easy to see how a software that powerful can do damage in the wrong hands, but everyone seems to be distracted at the moment. No way this could ever go badly.
14 cutting edge firms funded by the CIA — Business Insider — www.businessinsider.com
In-Q-Tel (named after “Q” in the James Bond films) invests in companies that can deliver useful technology to the intelligence community within 36 months.
Clearview’s Facial Recognition App Is Identifying Child Victims of Abuse — The New York Times — www.nytimes.com
Though a breakthrough for law enforcement, the technique could allow the little-known start-up to collect an extraordinarily sensitive set of data and images.