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Geotagged Wildlife Photos Help Poachers Kill Endangered Animals

If you care about endangered animals that are hunted for their parts, here’s something important you should keep in mind: make sure you scrub the GPS data on the images prior to sharing them online. Poachers have reportedly been turning to geotagged photos on social networks in order to find out where they can make their next kill.

A photograph that has recently been making the rounds on the Web shows a sign that has been put up at an undisclosed reserve. It reads:

Please be careful when sharing photos on social media. They can lead poachers to our rhino

Turn off geotag function and do not disclose where the photo was taken

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“Recent reports have indicated that law enforcement agencies from coast to coast have been turning to IMSI-catcher devices, like the StingRay sold by Florida’s Harris Corporation, to trick ordinary mobile phones into communicating device-specific International Mobile Subscriber Identity information to phony cell towers — a tactic that takes the approximate geolocation data of all the devices within range and records it for investigators. Recently, the Tallahassee Police Department in the state of Florida was found to have used their own “cell site simulator” at least 200 times to collect phone data without once asking for a warrant during a three-year span, and details about the use of StingRays by other law enforcement groups continue to emerge on the regular.”

— Feds Forcing Cops to Remain Silent About the Gear they are Using to Spy on You | The Free Thought Project 

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KRACK

Skateboarding system in development which aims to improve the experience. Tricks you perform can be documented (thus proved), and also includes social geolocation network features where you can add friends, find out where they are skating, and group games.

The best experience, all in your pocket

Skateboarding is not easy. We developed Krack so we could enjoy skateboarding even more, become better skateboarders and talk big when we were so proud of landing a new trick.

The system is currently being tested in Paris and London, but are interested to see if anyone would like to try it out in the US.

To find out more about the project, you can visit their site here

They also have a Tumblr blog here

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Crowd-Funded Journalists Geo-Locate ISIS Training Camp Using the Militants’ Own Photos

Using photographs released by the militant group ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and satellite imagery openly available to everybody, a group of crowd-funded citizen journalists believe they have pinned down the location of an ISIS training camp.

The group is Bellingcat, whose founder Eliot Higgins made a name for himself by proving chemical weapons were being using in Syria using only images and videos available online, made the discovery a couple of days ago and have posted a detailed explanation of their process here.

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© Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman, 2009-12, Geolocation: Tributes to the Data Stream

"In Geolocation: Tributes to the Data Stream, we use publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and make photographs to mark the location in the real world. Each of these photographs is taken on the site of the update and paired with the originating text.

We imagine ourselves as virtual flâneurs, ethnographers of the Internet, exploring cities 140 characters at a time through the lives of others.” (Larson & Shindelman)

More pictures on their website.

MARNI AND NATE ARE IN YOUR HOOD, PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR TWEETS

Marni Shindelman and Nate Larson are two artists who collaborate on projects centered on time and space in modern life and their relationship to social networks. Their most recent series of projects,Geolocation, involves the two chosing tweets which are tagged with location information, photographing the actual spot where the tweets were made, and then pairing the original tweets with their new images. They say the photographs “anchor and memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and also probe the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks.” We think the photographs are beautiful, powerful, and slightly creepy. We were so intrigued, we had to have a chat with Nate and Marni about the work.

VICE: How did this project come about?
Marni Shindelman: Nate and I were working on a project called Semaphore, in which we were translating text messages into semaphore flag language. We found one tweet on an old mashup app that had a gps coordinate on it near where we were shooting. We shot out first Geolocation photograph, “Sneaking Suspicion,” at that spot. At that moment, we knew right away we had started a much larger project. The technology caught up to us with the popularity of FourSquare and other locative games.

Nate Larson: It’s been an interesting time to think about these issues of privacy and over-sharing, especially with the way that the technology has become so common and widely affordable. We see the project as a social document, preserving fragments from this moment in history and linking the disconnected internet data back to its point of origin.

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GeoDirections - Useful Geolocated Directions Map (Miscellaneous)

GeoDirections – Useful Geolocated Directions Map (Miscellaneous)

Purchase $10.00

What is GeoDirections ?

GeoDirections is a simple but useful and customizable geolocated directions map. It allows you to create a “target marker” (for your office, your shop or whatever you want) so when your user / customoer wants to find you, he is automatically geolocated and a direction between you and him is drawn.

GeoDirectionsis really easy to implement into your website…

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Recalling 1993

[..] Agency and client have launched “Recalling 1993,” offering a raw, unfiltered listen to what was going on around New York City 20 years ago. The campaign turns pay phones into geo-located time capsules—dial (855) FOR-1993 from any pay phone in Manhattan, and you will hear a personal account of what was going down in that particular area in 1993, a pivotal year in the city’s history. The recordings offer memories of everything from the World Trade Center bombing in the Financial District to the club culture at Limelight in Chelsea to the opening of Angels in America in Midtown.

Droga5’s Recalling 1993

Thanks to Manfredi Pumo

Twitter Places

Da quand’è che si possono creare i places personalizzati anche per Twitter?

Su Mashable ho visto che Twitter ha già fatto il claim in modalità test dei propri uffici dicendo “Claiming Twitter Places is not available at this time. We’re experimenting with a variety features. Allowing businesses to claim a Place is a natural thing to consider for the future.”.
Certo che tra foursquare, gowalla, facebook deals e compagnia cantante, ci aspetta un inverno geolocalizzato. 

FBI forces police departments across the US to keep quiet about cellphone spying gear

Not only are local police departments across the United States increasingly relying on so-called StingRay devices to conduct surveillance on cell phone users, but cops are being forced to keep quiet about the operations, new documents reveal.

Recent reports have indicated that law enforcement agencies from coast to coast have been turning to IMSI-catcher devices, like the StingRay sold by Florida’s Harris Corporation, to trick ordinary mobile phones into communicating device-specific International Mobile Subscriber Identity information to phony cell towers — a tactic that takes the approximate geolocation data of all the devices within range and records it for investigators. Recently, the Tallahassee Police Department in the state of Florida was found to have used their own “cell site simulator” at least 200 times to collect phone data without once asking for a warrant during a three-year span, and details about the use of StingRays by other law enforcement groups continue to emerge on the regular.

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