The Surveillance Society - Checking You In, Even When You Want to Hide

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Alex Kilpatrick (Tactical Information Systems), Mary Haskett (Tactical Informations Systems)

Surveillance technologies are becoming more and more advanced everyday. Currently, your face or iris can be picked up by a high-resolution video camera pointed just right. In the near future, almost any video camera will be able to track you as an individual. This can provide a continuous stream of location data that can provide “hands off” check-ins, targeted advertising, and an easy way for your friends, or emergency personnel to locate you. This data can also used by stalkers, obnoxious advertisers, data miners, the government, police, or other entities who may or may not have your best welfare as a primary concern. In short, it can make George Orwell’s vision of a surveillance society in 1984 seem like a garden party in comparison.

This session will examine the state-of-the-art of these technologies, what they can do now, and projections for what they can do in the future. It will also talk about simple defeat mechanisms that can be used to prevent your location from being tracked when you don’t want to be tracked. It will also talk about the general implications of surveillance for future privacy.

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Alex Kilpatrick

Tactical Information Systems

Alex is the CTO and sole programmer for Tactical Information Systems (TIS). TIS is building a cloud-based platform for biometric matching, to allow for the rapid development of a wide variety of consumer biometric applications. Our first product is WanderID, a web-based solution using face matching to identify people with cognitive disabilities who cannot identify themselves.

Alex was an Air Force officer for 12 years, primarily working in R&D. In the past 5 years, he developed numerous biometric applications deployed in the Middle East, and traveled extensively to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Jordan.

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Mary Haskett

Tactical Informations Systems

Mary Haskett is a co-founder and President of Tactical Information Systems (TIS), a company developing a unique approach to biometric matching as an Internet cloud-based service, allowing the use of this technology in a wide variety of new consumer applications. She drives the business strategy and marketing direction, as well as manages the day-to-day operations of the business. Tactical Information Systems is her third venture.

In 1998, Ms. Haskett founded HCI Training, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based training development company she ran profitably until it was acquired by Ideal Innovations, Inc. in 2007. HCI Training was also bootstrapped and growth was funded through revenue.

After the acquisition by Ideal Innovations in 2007, Ms. Haskett was asked to stay on as the Vice President of Software and Training for I-3 to lead system integration teams responsible for providing comprehensive biometric solutions to both U.S. and foreign governments. She was responsible for managing the first satellite office of I-3, growing from 4 people to 20 people with a project budget of $15M. As part of this effort, she led a program to integrate Iraqi refugees into the company, as well as assist their assimilation into US culture. Her tenure with I-3 resulted in exposure to the cultures and related needs of a variety of clients, including customers and end-users in Iraq, Kurdistan and Afghanistan. She has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan on a number of occasions, and was responsible for deploying the National Afghanistan biometric database system.

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