Smile: Your Selfie Is A Mugshot For The NSA

NSA. Cool. Atleast use the best pics ūüėČ Safety supersedes privacy.


The selfie phenomenon is undoubtedly making the NSA’s job easier by producing a mountain of tagged online data to feed its facial recognition algorithms.

A report in The New York Times, based on¬†documents from 2011 obtained by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that the US security agency‚Äôs reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly under the Obama administration¬†‚ÄĒ coinciding with a rise in popularity of taking and tagging self portraits on online social networks.

The newspaper reports that the agency has turned to new software to process the flood of images being included in digital communication including social media, email, messaging, videoconferencing and other types of online comms. The 2011 documents show that agency officials believe technological advances in facial recognition software could revolutionize the way the NSA finds intelligence targets around the world.

According to the documents, the agency intercepts ‚Äúmillions‚ÄĚ of images per day ‚ÄĒ including about‚Ķ

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TED Blog

Can a person change a world rife with problems ‚ÄĒ villages without basic healthcare, girls turned away from schools, hospitals unable to get life-saving vaccines to the people who need them? For three years, TEDxChange, a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the TEDx program, has said yes, by spotlighting people who are taking risks, thinking big and making change happen.

On Wednesday, April 3, the conversation continues at TEDxChange 2013: Positive Disruption. TEDxChange will begin at 9 am (PST), April 3, at the Gates Foundation Campus in Seattle and will stream live online at and The program will run for 90 minutes.

Hosted by Melinda Gates, TEDxChange features seven speakers:

  • Julie Dixon, director of Georgetown University‚Äôs Center for Social Impact Communication
  • spoken-word poet David Fasanya
  • Halimatu Hima, Niger‚Äôs first Youth Parliament president
  • M. Cathleen Kaveny, a professor of‚Ķ

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TEDxChange, happening this Wednesday, April 3, is a global conversation on some of the most pressing and intractable health and equity issues in our world today ‚ÄĒ like access to clean water, to schools, to medicine, to technology and to information. Overall, the event will deliver inspiration to those who have the courage to believe that change is possible.

The event, hosted by Melinda Gates, will begin at 9 am (PDT) at the Gates Foundation Campus in Seattle, Washington. The 90 minute program will stream live online at and

Why should you be one of the many people watching TEDxChange live?

The theme: Positive Disruption. We all want our world to be a better place to live in. But most of us know that sometimes that’s easier said than done. Sometimes, it takes a shake-up to our assumptions, our traditions, our schedules, our values and our…

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Plant A Billion Trees – one dollar at a time – with The Nature Conservancy

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