Your face belongs to us : a secretive startup's quest to end privacy as we know it / Kashmir Hill.
"In this riveting feat of reporting, Kashmir Hill illuminates the improbable rise of Clearview AI and how Hoan Ton-That, a computer engineer and Richard Schwartz, a Giuliani associate, launched a terrifying facial recognition app with society-altering potential. They were assisted by a cast of controversial characters, including conservative provocateur Charles Johnson and billionaire Trump backer Peter Thiel. The app can scan a blurry portrait, and, in just seconds, collect every instance of a person's online life. It can find your name, your social media profiles, your friends and family, even your home address (as well as photos of you that you may not even have known existed). The story of Clearview AI opens up a window into a larger, more urgent one about our tortured relationship to technology, the way it entertains and seduces us even as it steals our privacy and lays us bare to bad actors in politics, criminal justice, and tech. This technology has been quietly growing more powerful for decades. Ubiquitous in China and Russia, it was also developed by American companies, including Google and Facebook, who decided it was too radical to release. That did not stop Clearview. They gave demos of the tech to interested private investors and contracted it out to hundreds of law enforcement agencies around the country. American law enforcement, including the Department of Homeland Security, has already used it to arrest people for everything from petty theft to assault. Without regulation it could expand the reach of policing-as it has in China and Russia-to a terrifying, dystopian level"-- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9780593448564
- ISBN: 0593448561
- Physical Description: xviii, 330 pages ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Random House, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Prologue: The tip -- Part I: The face race -- A strange kind of love ; The roots (350 B.C.-1880s) ; "Fatface is real" ; If at first you don't succeed (1956-1991) ; A disturbing proposal ; The snooper bowl (2001) ; The supercomputer under the bed ; The only guy who saw it coming (2006-2008) ; Death to smartcheckr ; Part II: Technical sweetness -- The line Google wouldn't cross (2009-2011) ; Finding Mr. Right ; The watchdog barks (2011-2012) ; Going viral ; "You know what's really creepy?" (2011-2019) ; Caught in a dragnet ; Read all about it ; Part III: Future shock -- "Why the fuck am I here?" (2020) ; A different reason to wear a mask ; I have a complaint ; The darkest impulses ; Code Red (or, Floyd Abrams v. the ACLU) ; The future is unevenly distributed ; A rickety surveillance state ; Fighting back ; Tech issues.
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