October 25, 2013 |
On the occasion of the Getty's acquisition of Lewis Baltz's archive, Luisotti has mounted an installation of the photographer's 36-foot-long mural, “Ronde de Nuit” (1991-92). Titled after Rembrandt's “The Night Watch,” it, too, is a meditation on civic guardianship, but of a distinctly contemporary, insidious order, the sort of protection that delivers an equal dose of vulnerability. Baltz gleaned many of the 12 color photographs in this filmic montage from police surveillance footage made in a suburb of Lille, France: figures ascending an escalator; a man standing in what might be a line in what might be a bank; the distant facade of a high-rise.
June 20, 2012 |
Say cheese: Engineers have created a new camera with the capability of capturing over a gigapixel of data, a resolution that is significantly better than normal human vision. Pixels represent individual points of data in an image, so the more pixels in a single image, the more details can be resolved within that image. The average retail camera currently captures only about 8 to 10 megapixels. The resolution of the gigapixel camera is at least 100 times better than that, and the researchers say their design may eventually be able to capture 50 gigapixels at once.
August 10, 2013 |
Critics offered cautious praise Friday following President Obama's hourlong press conference to unveil proposed changes and responses to a much-criticized government surveillance program. But they also made it clear that more needed to be done to reform a system that has generated widespread controversy in recent weeks. This week, Obama held two meetings with technology executives, privacy advocates and industry trade groups to discuss issues raised by leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
April 26, 2013 |
Video surveillance, a market that was already on an upward trajectory, is expected to receive a big boost in spending following the bombings in Boston. The market for video surveillance equipment was already forecast to grow to $20.5 billion in revenue in 2016, up 114% from 2010's revenue of $9.6 billion, according to IHS , an insights and analytics company. But now, IHS says it is recalculating its forecast after the Boston Marathon bombings. IHS says high-profile terrorist attacks historically have driven governments to increase spending on video surveillance equipment, and the same is expected following the Boston bombings, in which surveillance cameras played a key role in the investigation.
June 17, 2013 |
The National Security Agency's program of scooping up raw data on nearly every phone call placed in the United States should freak us all out - not so much because of what the agency is doing, but because it has the technological capability to do it. So far, there is no evidence that the government is zeroing in on any phone calls besides those linked to terrorism suspects. Personally, I'm glad our intelligence agencies have that wormhole into the dark redoubts of fanatics who want to kill Americans.
February 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - No one can sue the government over secret surveillance because, since it's secret, no one can prove his or her calls were intercepted, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, throwing out a constitutional challenge to the government's monitoring of international calls and emails. The 5-4 decision is the latest of many that have shielded the government's anti-terrorism programs from court challenge, and a striking example of what civil libertarians call the Catch-22 rule that blocks challengers from collecting the evidence they need to proceed.