- How to stream Liverpool vs. Chelsea Friday 6:45 PM
- How to stream Real Madrid vs. Sevilla Friday 6:35 PM
- How to stream Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin vs. Alfredo Angulo Friday 5:16 PM
- How to stream Barcelona vs. Granada Friday 4:50 PM
- ‘Atlantics’ tells a ghost story steeped with emotion and realism Friday 4:16 PM
- ‘Jojo Rabbit’ is a sweet, singular movie that loses its grip on satire Friday 3:40 PM
- Jordan Peterson is in rehab for Klonopin addiction Friday 3:34 PM
- The cat-worshipping turkey cult video, explained Friday 3:22 PM
- Despite legal threats and drama, the Area 51 desert event is on Friday 3:05 PM
- How to stream Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens on UFC Fight Night Friday 3:00 PM
- Twitter just launched its ‘Hide Replies’ feature Friday 1:59 PM
- How to turn off image metadata before it snitches on you Friday 1:36 PM
- The ‘Breaking Bad’ movie is coming to theaters—for one weekend only Friday 1:04 PM
- Teens recorded, shared videos of mall fight that ended in fatal stabbing Friday 12:44 PM
- How to stream Giants vs. Buccaneers in Week 3 Friday 12:31 PM
Protesters in Hong Kong destroyed a “smart” lamppost on Saturday over fears that the device is equipped with facial recognition software and was being used for surveillance.
Video of the incident shows the base of the lamppost being cut with an electric saw before protesters use ropes to topple the device. Once the lamppost is on the ground, one protester proceeds to pour liquid into the device, presumably to ensure it no longer works.
Local authorities have claimed that the lampposts, which are outfitted with cameras and sensors, are only collecting data on air quality, weather, and traffic. Yet, protesters at the scene, who carried umbrellas in order to hide their faces, have raised concerns that the new lampposts were really intended to monitor the public.
“This isn’t a street light. This is a ‘smart’ lamppost equipped with cameras and facial recognition technology,” one Twitter user alleges. “They enable monitoring of Hong Kong, and therefore monitoring of protests. So the protesters are bringing them down.”
This isn’t a street light.— Joshua Potash 🆘 (@JoshuaPotash) August 24, 2019
This is a “smart” lamppost equipped with cameras and facial recognition technology.
They enable monitoring of Hong Kong, and therefore monitoring of protests.
So the protesters are bringing them down.
Roughly 50 lampposts have reportedly been placed throughout the city so far, and as many as 400 more are expected to be installed in the near future.
The Hong Kong protests first began more than two months ago in opposition to a proposed Chinese extradition law that has since been suspended. Protesters are now fighting for democracy by demanding free elections, an inquiry into allegations of police brutality, and removal of all smart lampposts.
“Hong Kong people’s private information is already being extradited to China,” protest organizer Ventus Lau told Global News. “We have to be very concerned.”
Violence also broke out this weekend between protesters and police after a more than a two-week period of relative calmness.
Tensions escalated even further on Sunday after one officer fired live ammunition into the air and others used water cannons against protesters.
Water cannon deployed toward protesters. pic.twitter.com/k3QgJVacuu— Nathan VanderKlippe (@nvanderklippe) August 25, 2019
Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.