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Nicholas Hovencamp, Communications Intern for Empire Avenue has been seen combing the internet for interesting news articles relating to Empire Avenue. We managed to get a few words from Nicholas about these new developments.

“Empire Avenue is a very interesting site, and as such it has been mentioned in various media outlets since its inception. The official Empire Avenue blog has a Media and Press page where we hope to compile observations, interviews, and any other sort of splashes Empire Avenue makes. Empire Avenue has a rich and interesting history that I think people will love to learn about, and I want to make that as easy as possible for anybody who is interested in it.”

We also asked Nicholas if there was any way that the Empire Avenue community could assist in this project he had this to say:

“The Empire Avenue community are some of the brightest, nicest, and most helpful people I have encountered online. If by chance one of them happened to stumble upon an article that they thought was interesting I would be glad to check it out, and log it in the archives. If you do spot an article feel free to email me a link at [email protected]

The Media and Press page can be found here, and we look forward to watching this story develop.

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Congress Presses Google on Privacy Issues Related to Glass


social media, social networks, google, glass, technology, twitter, memes, google plusThe Congressional Privacy Caucus has asked Google for more information on the privacy policies it will include with its newest interface, Glass.

The bipartisan committee, led by Joe Barton (R-Tex.), presented Google with a series of questions related to how the privacy of non-users will be protected with Glass. Glass has the potential, though it’s not currently active, to take photographs when the user winks, for example. As image recognition technology becomes more sophisticated, those captured in images may be linked to online profiles or other sources of information about them.

Yesterday, in its roll-out of automatic image-enhancing technology, Google said that it could tell which photos in an uploaded set included family members, suggesting that it can identify people who appear in a photograph.

Glass doesn’t include any new features per se, but because its users wear the eyeglass-shaped interface constantly, those around them may not know when and how it is being used.

From beginning, social implications and social etiquette has been at the top of our mind in how we design and develop the product, not only for people wearing Glass but also for the people around them,” said Steve Lee, the product director, in response to a question.

Lee said facial recognition “is not something that’s in the product today. Me being a product person, I’m not scared of it, but I want to make sure there’s a clear user benefit.”

The full letter from Congress is below.

Congress Inquires About Google Glass

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