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Friday, February 3, 2017

Strategic CSR - Russia

The article in the url below is a great example of where we are heading at the intersection of surveillance and social media:
"Imagine a smartphone app that lets anyone take a picture of anyone and then find that person on social networks. Now stop imagining."
Apparently, that app now exists. And you'll never guess who created it:
"[Last] year, a couple of Russian programmers released an app called FindFace. It lets people take pictures of complete strangers and then almost instantly find them on social networks. See a pretty girl or guy on the street? Snap a pic, get to know them. What could go wrong?"
The article online contains a video piece by one of Businessweek's journalists who went to Russia to investigate. Amazing, but also extremely concerning, especially when you hear that one of this company's first clients was the FSB. Other police agencies around the world are also very interested.
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The Russian App That Has Destroyed Privacy Forever
By Ashlee Vance
December 6, 2016
Bloomberg Businessweek