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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #308 - Edito: face uncovered (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:35:02 +0300


In the United States as in France, the police power, brutal and visible, is contested: this revolt is an undeniable political progress. But there are also more subtle and more vicious forms of social control, which we must not let our guard down. ---- There are forms of exercise of power which mutilate the flesh and strike the spirits, and others which suffocate in silence. Since the assassination of George Floyd in May 2020, thousands of demonstrations have taken place that have brought together anti-racist pacifist activists, others more offensive, or even these ranks of symbolically armed mothers for defend their children, and on the other hand the contingents of the forces of "order" and the white supremacist militias which sometimes relay them, as in Portland ; the figures are clearly identified on both sides.

Now, since the power that oppresses is so freely exposed in its exercise, with its face uncovered, it runs the risk of appearing for what it is, a permanent coup against the law which it usually uses. deposit ; it only took a few weeks for the United States to demand the simple abolition of the police.

But there are also more silent fonts, attentive to read our faces without revealing theirs. The American firm Clearview has been developing powerful facial recognition algorithms for years, and it only had to reach out to harvest some 3 billion photos, most of them publicly accessible on social networks.

Sold to police around the world as well as to companies and high net worth individuals, the software hints at the possibility of painlessly tightening the mesh of social control.

Police power has many faces, and not all are equally recognizable.

UCL, August 25, 2020

https://www.unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?Edito-a-visage-decouvert
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