Greek mine warfare drill Ariadne 17 concludes

first_img View post tag: Ariadne Greek mine warfare drill Ariadne 17 concludes Authorities View post tag: Hellenic Navy April 11, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Greek mine warfare drill Ariadne 17 concludes Ships from eight countries have concluded their participation in the Hellenic Navy-led mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise Ariadne 17.The exercise took place between March 31 and April 7. The at-sea phase started April 3 in Greek territorial waters after a planning and harbour phase was conducted at Patras Naval Base in Greece.The core of the MCM forces was comprised of SNMCMG2 ships with the Polish command ship ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki in the lead. Overall, the participants included 14 ships of different classes from Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey as well as several explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams, a ship-based helicopter and Mirage 2000 fighter jets.The exercise Command Task Force was embarked on board the Greek frigate HS Navarinon.“The exercise was an ideal occasion to enhance our skills in MCM operations as a Group. The simulated hostile environment was very close to the one we could face in real life, thanks to which we were all able to tighten our bonds and multiply our experience to better contribute to our common task we are all currently fulfilling in the Standing NATO Group”, Commander Aleksander Urbanowicz, SNMCMG2 commander, said.During Ariadne 17, SNMCMG2 was represented by the flagship ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki, Spanish minehunter ESPS Tajo, Turkish minehunter TCG Alanya and the German minesweeper Rottweil. The Group was complemented with two additional ships, Spanish minehunter ESPS Duero and Romanian minesweeper ROS Axente. View post tag: MCM Share this articlelast_img read more

Justice Friday looks at impact of facial recognition technology

first_imgIn the world of Facebook, Instagram and other forms of photo-based social media, the social justice issue of facial recognition technology and an individual’s privacy is at hand, Saint Mary’s senior Kimberly Orlando said during last week’s Justice Friday event.Orlando said she first became aware of the issue after reading about Download Festival — a music festival in the United Kingdom — where many attendees unknowingly had their faces scanned and cross-examined with the UK’s digital base and criminal records.As she learned more about the issue, Orlando read about the 2001 Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, Fla. — an event called the “Snooper Bowl” by some.“They scanned everyone in attendance at that Super Bowl … and from that, 19 people were identified for very petty crimes,” Orlando said. “No one was arrested, nothing came of this, but people went insane when they found out this happened. There were mixed reviews as to whether fans knew they were under surveillance.”Such events raise the question of how much consent should be required to use facial recognition technology, Orlando said.The issue is becoming more and more prevalent as the technology gets increasingly accurate, she said, because the idea behind the technology is not super new. In fact, people have been playing around with computer recognition since the 1960s.The Viola-Jones algorithm allowed this area of study to take off in the 2000s, Orlando said. The results of this algorithm and deviations of it are present in everyday examples, such as the tiny square that identifies a face when taking a picture through a digital camera.“It’s a rough estimate of how computers will map a face by taking little points on your face. Supposedly these distances between points will be different on every person’s face,” she said. “With that, you can run an algorithm to give you a unique number based on the proportions of your face. … If you like crime shows, this is usually what you see when they have a face in their database and they take a sample image and try to compare the two. That’s basically what this algorithm tries to do.”Since its development, the algorithm has been widely used. Now, Google has an algorithm that can identity you with 99.63 percent accuracy; Facebook is at 97.25 percent, and the U.S. government’s accuracy is somewhere between 50 percent and 85 percent, Orlando said.The difference between the government, Facebook and Google stems from the data these entities are using, she added.“Google and Facebook have a lot of images of us,” Orlando said. “Facebook has around 250 billion photos — as of a year ago — with 350 million more uploaded every day.”Orlando said the U.S. government only has straight-on mug shots, while Facebook has photos from all directions, in different light settings, with odd shadows and across wide ranges of time. In this way, Facebook is provided with everything needed to match a random photo to a face.“We only have a Fourth Amendment against search and seizure,” Orlando said. “If the U.S. government wants, they can ask Facebook to protect photos of you in order to make their facial recognition better.”On a positive note, this technology can be used in helpful ways, Orlando said. Casinos can use it to track gambling addicts; companies such as Master Card, which develop credit cards, can use the face associated with each credit card number to limit fraud and track down criminals.However, this technology could also mean law enforcement uses information and tagged photos from Facebook to issue warrants, Orlando said.“And with the U.S. government, there are no laws that once they take the photos, they can’t keep them,” she said. “Those photos are in their database in case you do something again.”Orlando said this technology isn’t just limited to high ranking citizens. It can be used by anyone — including two individuals in Russia who developed a mobile app called FindFace using information from a Facebook-like Russian social media site.“FindFace lets you take a photo of a person passing by, checks it against the database and then you can discover that person’s real name,” Orlando said. “There were people who would try to find a girl’s name so they could ask her on a date … silly things like that, that could change into stalking.”In the U.S., the big concern is the lack of federal laws regulating scans being taken of your face, Orlando said, although Illinois and Texas have laws against using this technology to identify people without their informed consent.“Illinois is trying to lobby right now to change their existing law to make it so only in-person scans need consent,” she said. “So, Facebook wouldn’t apply anymore, Instagram wouldn’t apply anymore. … A lot of people are guessing Facebook is behind the lobbying because if this change were to happen, the person with the most to gain would be Facebook.”In connection with this issue, someone sued Facebook and the case will be going to trial, Orlando said.People need to be aware of the permissions they grant when agreeing to the fine print on app contracts, she added, and also need to be aware of this issue to consider if and how this technology violates a balance of security and liberty.Tags: Facebook, facial recognition technology, Google, Justice Fridaylast_img read more

Wisconsin enters final weekend of regular season

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s tennis team is ready to leave it all on the court.Returning home for its final matches of the regular season, Wisconsin (12-10, 3-5 Big Ten) will host Iowa (6-13, 3-5 Big Ten) Saturday and Illinois (9-10, 5-3 Big Ten) Sunday.After a confidence building 4-3 win at Penn State last weekend, the Badgers are looking to end the season on a high note.“It was a pretty exciting match so we’re still kind of talking about it,” head coach Brian Fleishman said. “The momentum thing is basically what you make of it. We have momentum, now what we have to do is go out on Saturday against Iowa and use the positive experience we had at State College and believe that we can beat Iowa. That’s basically it. There’s no secrets now at this end of the season. Everybody knows everybody – weaknesses and strengths.”With only two more matches until the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers are hoping for a successful weekend to help carry even more momentum into the postseason.Being back at home gives UW a perfect opportunity to continue its success.“I think it’s a great advantage for us,” senior Jessica Seyferth said. “We’re more comfortable here. We want to defend our own home turf. We’re just motivated to win, it’s the last hurrah at the end of the regular conference, so we’re going to leave everything we on the court we have.”Seyferth is the only senior on the squad this season. With the final home match Sunday, the team will honor her and hopes to end her career on a high note.Seyferth’s doubles partner, sophomore Hannah Berner, wants nothing more than a win for Seyferth.“I think I’m going to get emotional,” Berner said. “She’s one of my close friends and I look up to her a lot. She’s had a great career so far and we’ve had a really impressive doubles season. I really want to just show her off at the end of the day and have a great time. At least have fun this last weekend to finalize her career.”Despite the special weekend at home, Fleishman wants to make sure his team stays focused.“You don’t want to change up the routine, Fleishman said. “You don’t want to change up how we prepare going into the matchup.”While the Badgers picked up an uplifting win over Penn State last weekend, they lost the doubles point. Having to rely heavily on the singles matches to get them the win isn’t the position they want to face in any matchup.Heading into the weekend, the Badgers are focusing on winning that doubles point and also finding ways to get ahead in singles play rather than having to play catch up throughout the match.“At this time in the season it’s same old, same old,” Fleishman said. “We’re working on some doubles, trying to get stronger in doubles, trying to get more confident. Also working on singles, trying to dictate the points early as opposed to just being defensive.”Wisconsin feels confident about its chances this weekend despite the losses it has collected through the Big Ten season so far.“I don’t want to reveal any strategies,” Berner said. “It’s all about who wants it more at the end of the day with these teams because the Big Ten is really kind of balanced. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day. Whichever team shows up that day is going to take it. We can take both matches this weekend. For sure, we have a chance.”last_img read more