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The features that make up your face are unique to you, just like your fingerprints. Think of it as your “faceprint.” Face Recognition Technology reads photos or videos to identify you by name, location and any other personal information that turns up in a database. That has real value for a range of commercial uses—not to mention law enforcement.

But public anonymity may become a thing of the past. Facebook and other software companies have made the technology a fact of life, but there’s no consensus on how to protect your privacy.

Also, Greece's Prime Minister changes his mind on how to handle the country's economic crisis, and the Confederate Flag no longer flies over South Carolina's Capitol grounds.

Photo: Sheila Scarborough

Greek PM Tsipras' About-Face on Economic Reforms 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras persuaded Greeks to defy demands from their country’s creditors. But now, he’s trying to sell Parliament on concessions that look very much like the ones voters turned down in a nationwide referendum. Yannis Palaiologos reports for the newspaper Kathimerini. He’s also author of a book called, The 13th Labour of Hercules.

Guests:
Yannis Palaiologos, author, 'The 13th Labour of Hercules' (@yanpal7)

The 13th Labour of Hercules

Yannis Palaiologos

Facial Recognition and Loss of Anonymity 33 MIN, 33 SEC

Facebook and Google aren’t the only companies using Face Recognition technology. It’s a tool of law enforcement, commercial enterprises—and even churches. The lack of ground rules is raising concerns about privacy… and the right to control your personal data.

Guests:
Natasha Singer, New York Times (@natashanyt)
Alvaro Bedoya, Georgetown Law School (@alvarombedoya)
Carl Szabo, NetChoice (@CarlSzabo)
Clive Thompson, Wired Magazine / New York Times Magazine (@pomeranian99)

Smarter Than You Think

Clive Thompson

The Confederate Flag Fades Out of the American Landscape 9 MIN, 49 SEC

The Confederate flag was removed today from the memorial on South Carolina’s state capitol grounds--less than a month since 9 black Americans were murdered in a Church in Charleston. Have race relations reached a tipping point?

Guests:
Peniel Joseph, University of Texas at Austin (@PenielJoseph)
Cristina Marcos, The Hill (@cimarcos)

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