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Non-profit news organisation The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has just published a major piece exploring how Russia is using facial recognition technology to identify dissidents.

The year-long investigation looked into how unsuspecting online gig workers from the global south were being used to improve this technology intended for undemocratic purposes.

In this week's podcast, we speak to The Bureau's big tech reporter Niamh McIntyre about how she used online communities like Reddit and YouTube to develop the investigation and build her story.

We also dig into the Big Tech stories that are yet to be told - and you might be surprised that it is not just about authoritarian regimes but Western democracies, too.


Russia’s surveillance technology is being unknowingly powered by outsourced workers in the global south. But few are aware what that their work might be contributing to … #russia #tech #putin #surveillance #AI

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