Amazon Teams Up With Law Enforcement to Deploy Face Recognition Technology


Marketing materials and documents obtained by ACLU affiliates in three states reveal a product that can be readily used to violate civil liberties and civil rights. Powered by artificial intelligence, Rekognition can identify, track, and analyze people in real time and recognize up to 100 people in a single image. It can quickly scan information it collects against databases featuring tens of millions of faces, according to Amazon.

Amazon is marketing Rekognition for government surveillance. According to its marketing materials, it views deployment by law enforcement agencies as a “common use case” for this technology. Among other features, the company’s materials describe “person tracking” as an “easy and accurate” way to investigate and monitor people. Amazon says Rekognition can be used to identify “people of interest” raising the possibility that those labeled suspicious by governments — such as undocumented immigrants or Black activists — will be seen as fair game for Rekognition surveillance. It also says Rekognition can monitor “all faces in group photos, crowded events, and public places such as airports” — at a time when Americans are joining public protests at unprecedented levels.

Frank Iero Working on New Music

Frank Iero has announced on Instagram he’s working on new music with a new band:

i have been privileged and honored to get to play with some musicians i have wanted to start a band with for over 10 years, and it was beyond any expectation i could possibly have had (but i’m not going to fully ruin that surprise just yet) i will say demos are afoot, and i can’t stop grinning like a fuhking maniacal idiot.


One Week Into Spotify’s New Conduct Policy: Penalized Artists See Streams Drop


In the six days since XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” was removed from Spotify’s playlists including RapCaviar, where it held prominent placement, the track’s streams dropped 17 percent per day in the United States on average. That continued rate of decline, Billboard estimates, could cost the rapper as much as $60,000 in revenue in a year from — roughly ­equivalent to the United States’ median household income — from one song on one service in the U.S. alone.

Watch Dashboard Confessional’s Songkick Live Performance and Q&A

Concert discovery app Songkick has posted the entirety of their recent Songkick Live session with Dashboard Confessional on YouTube. Songkick Live is a free concert series where some of an artist’s biggest fans, and Songkick trackers, are invited to watch an intimate performance, complete with free food, drinks, and the chance to engage with the artist after the set via a fan Q&A and photo meet & greet.

Dashboard Confessional played an amazing career-spanning set, including songs from their recently released Crooked Shadows album. The fan Q&A portion was curated by emo authority Washed Up Emo, which has also been posted online by Songkick.

Post Malone Top the Charts Again

Post Malone still has the number one album in the country:

For the third week in a row, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys sits atop the Billboard 200 chart dated May 26, as the album earned 147,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 17 (down 24 percent), according to Nielsen Music.

Arctic Monkeys debuted at number eight:

Arctic Monkeys arrive with their third top 10 album, as Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino debuts at No. 8 with 47,000 units (37,000 in traditional album sales).

How the Music Industry Messed Up Legal Streaming the First Time Around

Ernie Smith, writing for Motherboard:

In the roughly 24 months between the time Napster shut down its popular free service and Steve Jobs announced the iTunes Music Store to the public, the music industry tried to create legal replacements, but the lack of precedent was a problem. Nobody could figure out exactly what a legal digital music industry was supposed to look like, or how it was supposed to work.