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Backing Big Brother: Investors are pouring into Chinese facial recognition firms

Backing Big Brother: Investors are pouring into Chinese facial recognition firms

Finance
Buoyed by China's plans to build a ubiquitous CCTV surveillance network, Chinese and some foreign investors are pouring money into start-up technology firms that specialize in facial recognition software.At stake for firms such as SenseTime Group, Face++ and DeepGlint, is a multi-billion dollar global public and private market for facial recognition technology that can quickly identify individuals by measuring major elements of their faces, such as the distance between the eyes and the curve of the cheekbones.With the use of artificial intelligence (AI) the technology can recognise and track those wanted by the authorities by seeking a match from a database of photographs. In the commercial world it can be used for security at homes, workplaces and ATM machines, and as a part of payments s...
Catalan leader criticises EU for backing 'coup'

Catalan leader criticises EU for backing 'coup'

World
The disputed president of Catalonia has told a crowd of 200 mayors from the region that he will "defeat at the ballot box the Spanish government’s repression" of the region's wish for independence. In his first public appearance since he was called before a Belgian judge at the weekend to answer an arrest warrant issue by Spain, Carles Puigdemont accused Spain of a "coup d'etat" in Catalonia."Thank you for your commitment to democracy... people are wondering why Europe doesn't intervene in the face of a coup d'etat in Catalonia," the ousted leader said.Defending the illegal referendum of 1 October, which sparked the crisis, he said Catalonia "has one path to becoming a republic via democracy".:: Catalonia: What next for Carles Puigdemont?Video:Voices of Catalonia on independenceThe mayors,