There were a couple of rocks on Carmi Peleg’s table, next to a small drone, but he did not really want to talk about them. Of course, they weren’t really rocks, but spy cameras, because this was the Border Security Expo, a surreal annual trade fair where surveillance companies flirt with US government officials in hopes of cashing in on the border technology bonanza. “They use [them] in police departments in the US,” Peleg said of his rock-cameras. “A lot of stuff. But that’s the only thing I can tell,” he said. His company – innoBots – also sells drones and robots that fit inside backpacks. A few feet away, another vendor touted some of the world’s most advanced radar technology, capable of detecting a migrant hiding behind a bush hundreds of yards away. The US government’s appetite for grandiose and risky border technology projects was suppressed by the failure of the Secure Border Initiative, a programme launched in … [Read more...] about Inside the US ‘border industrial complex’: spy tech meets immigration crackdown
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Carillion used suppliers to “prop up a failing business model” and conceal true levels of debt, say MPs investigating the failed government contractor. The parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of a company that provided a host of vital public services, including catering in schools, prison maintenance and construction of new NHS hospitals will conclude on Wednesday with the publication of the MPs’ final report. It is expected to name and shame those responsible for the failure of the listed company, which had a UK staff of nearly 20,000 when it crashed into administration in January. In a taste of what is to come, the work and pensions committee chairman, Frank Field, said: “Carillion displayed utter contempt for its suppliers, many of them the small businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK’s economy. “The company used its suppliers as a line of credit to shore up its fragile balance sheet, then in another of its accounting tricks … [Read more...] about Carillion displayed utter contempt for suppliers – Frank Field
The following apology was printed in the Observer's For the record column, Sunday December 18 2005 In the article below we quoted statistics showing spending among gays and lesbians. These reflected a six-month period, but implied that they were for a full year, effectively halving the market size. We also failed to attribute the figures to Out Now Consulting, as sourced through the publications Gay Times and Diva. Apologies. Six per cent of the population, or about 3.6 million Britons, are either gay or lesbian, the government's first attempt to quantify the homosexual population has concluded. Whitehall officials have answered the much-debated question 'how many of us are gay?' by declaring that the true number is one in 16.66. Previous answers have ranged from one in five to as few as one in a hundred, and many people have believed the figure to be one in ten. Treasury actuaries came up with the estimate when analysing the financial implications of the new Civil Partnerships Act, … [Read more...] about 3.6m people in Britain are gay – official
Labour have gained Putney from the Tories - the first Labour gain of the night. Fleur Anderson won 22,780 votes to Tory Will Sweet’s 18,006. It was Justine Greening’s seat before she quit politics in opposition to Boris Johnson’s hard Brexit . The London seat was one of the only two predicted to go Labour from the Tories and 700 activists turned up to a canvassing session. It was a moment of relief in a rough night for Jeremy Corbyn . Boris Johnson is projected to win a majority of more than 80 seats. Labour candidate Gareth Snell said he expected to lose his parliamentary seat in Stoke-on-Trent, a city once regarded as a Labour stronghold, and made clear that he wanted Corbyn to take responsibility for the party's poor performance. Asked if it was time for Corbyn and his finance chief John McDonnell to go, Snell replied: "Yes". Early results showed that Labour's heartlands in former industrial areas of central and northern England - areas that typically voted … [Read more...] about Labour gain Putney in first seat taken from the Tories of General Election 2019
Palmer Luckey, the virtual reality pioneer, left Facebook in 2017, six months after it was discovered that he had secretly funded a pro-Trump campaign group dedicated to influencing the US election through “shitposting” and “meme magic”. The 25-year-old Oculus founder now has a new venture, Anduril Industries, this time supporting Trump’s immigration policies directly through the creation of a surveillance system designed to detect unauthorised crossings of the Mexican border. Anduril Industries is one of a growing number of companies playing on the fear of “bad hombres” to cash in on government contracts for hi-tech virtual alternatives to physical wall. From drones and sensors to AI-powered facial recognition and human presence detection, these surveillance systems promise cheaper border control but at what cost to civil liberties? “These systems are reflective of advances in sensor and analytics technologies that are going to have … [Read more...] about ‘Surveillance society’: has technology at the US-Mexico border gone too far?