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Minority Report: Big Data and Predictive Policing

Minority Report: Big Data and Predictive Policing

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By GILLIAN CAFIERO More than a decade has passed since Spielberg’s Minority Report, based on Philip K. Dicks’ masterpiece, was first shown on screen. Back then the tale of a ‘Pre’ Crime police unit that stops murders before they happen seemed like nothing more than another sci-fi fantasy. Today, the story is quite different. Local police forces are increasingly taking it upon themselves to develop ‘smart’ policing initiatives that rely…

Techrevolt in The Fourth Estate

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By GILLIAN CAFIERO Based in cosmopolitan Istanbul, the Institute of Creative Minds (ICM) is a network of creative professionals that employs social technology to generate active public spheres. Their 140 Journos and Agence Le Journal projects have been praised internationally by the World Press Photo, TIME Magazine, Paris Match, the BBC and CNN. In light of the their shortlisting for the 2013 FrontLine awards, Engin Onder of the ICM shares…

Fingerprints, Phablets, and iMind

Fingerprints, Phablets, and iMind

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By GILLIAN CAFIERO Last week, HTC revealed its new 5.9-inch screen ‘phablet’, the HTC One Max. The device’s not-so secret, not-so original, not-so safe passage to the heart of consumer wonderland is its back-screen fingerprint scanner. Granted, it also features a Micro SD slot and has a longer battery life but it is doubtful that any of these features give the Taiwanese firm a shot against their eye-tracking, phablet-making South…