Hot Lost Cause: Privacy

When did the fear of Big Brother become the desperation for a double tap on our latest Instagram-post update? Once we feared that technology would be the death of privacy. These days we're live streaming the wake. Ever-shrinking cameras are rapidly eliminating the undocumented life, whether it's vanity-driven social-media broadcasters or politically minded activists determined to monitor overzealous police. Three years ago, Peter Austin Onruang's company Wolfcom was supplying body cams to more than 500 police departments in the U.S. when he noticed something strange. "I began to see a consumer wave of people interested in our technology," Onruang says. "There are roughly 750,000 law-enforcement officers throughout the country, so I'm only tapping into a tiny market." So he altered some software and created a device called the Venture that can be worn as a body cam, put on the dash of a car or used as a baby monitor.

The thinking on privacy has changed quickly. Four years ago, the launch of Xbox One was hamstrung by the Kinect, a microphone and camera array housed in a plastic rectangle designed to sit atop your entertainment center, watching your body movements and listening for voice commands. The Kinect drew protests and was separated from the console. But Apple bought the company that helped develop it, and behind the seamless, buttonless front of the new iPhone X lies a bundle of intelligent cameras capable of face recognition so advanced that it can ID a person even if they put on a hat and sunglasses and grow a beard. It's essentially the same technology found in the Kinect. And this time, no protests. Lines around the block instead. B.C.

Source: Rolling Stone


After Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma Miami Dade County Relief Drive

Hurricane Irma swept through the entire State of Florida up to Georgia damaging homes, and businesses.  In Miami Dade County about 530,000 of the estimated 3 million residents live below the poverty line. On the surface, Hurricane Irma seemed to spare most of South Florida the brunt of the storm when it comes to structural damage. But days without power and unpaid time off — or no work at all — casts a harsh spotlight on the poverty that existed in Miami-Dade’s most vulnerable communities long before Irma made landfall.

While some grassroots efforts are trying to bring food to our communities after the storm, it does not always get to everyone who needs it, and some families report they’re going hungry.

Over the past 2 days we along with Headliner Market Group, Luther Campbell, House of Wings, House of Mac, City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon and countless others, have fed nearly 3,000 seniors and families in District 5's Liberty City Community and we'd like to do more with your help & support! 

Click Here To Watch Our Efforts

We’re raising funds to purchase groceries (for seniors and families with small children) to replenish their food supply once power is restored.

We ask for your help and support. 



Entrepreneur At 8 - "Never Too Early To Start"

When she was just eight years old, Penn began designing bright floral headbands using hand-dyed, organic materials. Now 17, the Canton entrepreneur has expanded her brand, Maya’s Ideas, from an ecofriendly clothing line to a creative nonprofit focused on humanitarian and environmental issues. She may not even have her driver’s license yet, but she’s already an animator, coder, published author (her inspirational book You Got This! came out last year), and TED speaker.

Favorite subject
Art history. My favorite artists are French painter Odilon Redon or van Gogh; his work always looks like it’s moving. I often paint flowers on scarves in my shop.

Vintage inspiration
I love the 1920s through 1960s. There’s so much craftsmanship in the dresses and coats. Every piece has a backstory and character. And it’s ecofriendly to repurpose something old.

Favorite look
A bright-green 1960s floral dress that I got at an online vintage shop, Cherry Crush Retro. I wore it when I met Oprah for SuperSoul 100.

Style icon
Iris Apfel. She’s always so out-there with what she wears. I want to be like her when I grow up.

Ecofriendly brand
Edun. I have some really cool pants in a splatter print.

Teen cause
I was a youth ambassador for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which focuses on environmental and animal rights and humanitarian issues. I’ve written posts and made videos to teach teens to be good stewards of the environment.

First concert
I saw U2 when I was 11 in Nashville. My parents are both musicians, and I use their music in my animations.

Beauty picks
I use brands that don’t contain parabens and are made with natural ingredients. I like IT Cosmetics and 100% Pure.

TV obsession
Stranger Things was really awesome. I loved the writing, the acting, and how they avoided CGI to capture the look of the 1980s.

Next up
I’m passionate about pollinators, like bees and hummingbirds. They’re disappearing, but they’re crucial to our ecosystems. I have an animation series coming out this summer called The Pollinators. The bees are a superhero team fighting bad guys that are harming the environment.

Source: Atlanta Magazine