The weird have turned pro, but the advantage of mask-wearing is the disruption of facial recognition software without having to use geometric pattern disruption makeup or wearing special glasses.
The Economist magazine continues to model the 2020 Electoral College outcome with Trump dropping another 1% this week.
Trump has dropped 1% to 8% projects.economist.com/…
In 2013 SCOTUS gutted the Voting Rights Act, leading to massive poll closures across the South in minority districts. Voting times for Blacks and Latinos are nearly 50% longer that whites. We need to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020. source: @civilrightsorg pic.twitter.com/slmGcufXuf
— Capturing The Flag (@capturingflag) July 30, 2020
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 3, 2020
It’s adopting universal vote by mail, sending every voter a ballot and keeping in-person vote options for those who need them. It’s the smartest, most effective way to run an election during a pandemic. Actually, it’s the smartest, most effective way to run an election, period. https://t.co/PfctnxwQ7H
— Eric Cortellessa (@EricCortellessa) August 3, 2020
For years the right cried that Obama would take their guns and become a tyrant. Instead Trump is taking away our mail, and our vote, and invading our cities, and they remain silent. Turns out the freedom crowd was just white supremacists without the bedsheets all along.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) August 3, 2020
Face masks are one of the best defenses against the spread of COVID-19, but their growing adoption is having a second, unintended effect: breaking facial recognition algorithms.
Wearing face masks that adequately cover the mouth and nose causes the error rate of some of the most widely used facial recognition algorithms to spike to between 5 percent and 50 percent, a study by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found. Black masks were more likely to cause errors than blue masks, and the more of the nose covered by the mask, the harder the algorithms found it to identify the face.
Although there’s been plenty of anecdotal evidence about face masks thwarting facial recognition, the study from NIST is particularly definitive. NIST is the government agency tasked with assessing the accuracy of these algorithms (along with many other systems) for the federal government, and its rankings of different vendors is extremely influential.
Notably, NIST’s report only tested a type of facial recognition known as one-to-one matching. This is the procedure used in border crossings and passport control scenarios, where the algorithm checks to see if the target’s face matches their ID. This is different to the sort of facial recognition system used for mass surveillance, where a crowd is scanned to find matches with faces in a database. This is called a one-to-many system.
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) July 19, 2020
In his ongoing campaign to paint racial desegregation as a bid to “abolish the suburbs,” Donald Trump is pushing a vision of American suburbia based on a dated demographic reality. https://t.co/MdC4DkbhoP
— Bloomberg CityLab (@CityLab) August 3, 2020
So…what level of embarrassing? Saluting a North Korean General, wanting to slip your daughter the tongue, being a Russian lapdog or serving fast food in the White House levels of embarrassing? pic.twitter.com/g2P4wSfNoB
— windieman (@windieman1) August 3, 2020
Two cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restarts https://t.co/Y5KhmCDv5X
— Guardian World (@guardianworld) August 3, 2020
Is this 1861 or 2020? This North Carolina legislator, Larry Pittman, actually tried to legalize secession and accepted funds from a pro-confederate group! #GOPHallOfShame
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@DemWrite) August 2, 2020
“Trump could play one last gambit in the dictator’s checklist and refuse to leave.. a weary nation would be rewarded with a presidential perp walk, as he’s escorted out of White House and into infamy by the military police.” https://t.co/KDhHdPY6Kc?amp=1
“Since President* Trump took office, 7.8 million jobs have been lost — including 7100 coal mining jobs and 274,000 manufacturing jobs. The unemployment rate soared to the highest levels since World War 2 and stood at 11.1% most recently.” @factcheckdotorghttps://t.co/X80io27SvK
— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@ifindkarma) August 3, 2020
Moms will save this nation. pic.twitter.com/XqyML7mejj
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 3, 2020