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Facial recognition set for Sydney transport network

The New South Wales government has revealed plans to roll out facial recognition technology across the public transport network as an alternative to Opal cards.

The announcement follows similar moves in Queensland, where the same company responsible for ‘tap-and-go’ technology is incorporating biometric identification into train and bus systems.

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Are Chinese tech companies spying on Australia?

Surveillance systems, most notably CCTV cameras and advanced biometric technologies, have expanded at an unprecedented rate in Australia since the events of September 11th, and today have become a security staple of governments, private businesses and individuals alike.

Authorities and experts have both raised concerns that some of the most popular brands of cameras, drones and other accessories in Australia, are being used as a surveillance intermediary for foreign entities, particularly the Chinese government.

Classroom app ranks students on ‘set behaviours’

A new classroom application that ranks students based on behaviours, allowing teachers to “automate the task of recording classroom conduct” by monitoring and storing data, is raising concerns in Australia.

The program, ClassDojo, has now spread to over 25% of classrooms across the country and is set to expand with continued growth of the educational software market – estimated to be worth almost $8 billion.

Member Circle: Big Brother is Watching | February 2019

A new path is emerging; dictated by a digital biometric system that will restrict movements, change behaviours and alter associations. What is this system and where is it leading across the world?

On the latest Member Circle Podcast, we discuss mass surveillance across the world, including the history of identification, 9/11 and the expansion of ‘safety and security’ propaganda, links between China’s system and plans in Australia, government arguments, and the positives this all holds for the awake and prepared.

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China’s ‘Social Credit System’ may reach Australia

Could Australia be incrementally setting up a similar system?

Australia: The Biometric Dystopia Cometh

The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. Advancements in technological capabilities and systems have developed to a point where most of the modern world has become highly dependent on digital governing systems for sustainability and functions.

In the following membership piece, we take a look at the rise of a new age technological dystopia, including the history and development of biometrics and biometric technology, monitoring characteristics, the modern digital era in Australia and the rise of China’s ‘Social Credit System’.

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Australian airports begin facial recognition rollout

Perth Airport has become Australia’s second international airport to begin installing new facial recognition smart gates, following an initial pilot trial introduced at Canberra Airport last year.

The Australian government has stated their intended goal is to automate 90% of air traveler processing by 2020, and is on track to replace passports with biometric capabilities after signing new contracts with technology vendors for a national rollout.

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Parents opt-out of classroom technology amid privacy concerns

Australians have long moved past worrying about whether digital technology has a place in education, with schools, colleges and universities now replete with a catalogue of digital devices, systems and applications.

Because of this ubiquity, educational uses of technology tend to escape critical scrutiny and questioning, and most remain unaware of major privacy concerns raised when exploring how your children’s personal information is collected, stored and used at school.

Facial recognition technology to stay following Commonwealth Games

Queensland Government officials have announced that facial recognition technology introduced for security during the 2018 Commonwealth Games will remain in place indefinitely, but won’t say what future use they have in mind for the biometric system.

Civil liberty campaigners say the refusal to release plans for the installed software amounts to a ‘disturbing development in mass surveillance’, with privacy advocates concerned about how the technology will be used in conjunction with the new national facial recognition program.