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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Hiding in Plain Sight from Surveillance Technology


Everywhere we go, we’re being scanned by cameras. You expect it in airports, banks and stores, but as we’ve learned recently, the city of Orlando is experimenting with real-time surveillance technology in public spaces. If this doesn’t sit right with you, there are ways to preserve your anonymity from the cameras, though you may draw extra attention from your fellow citizens on the street. For instance, artist Adam Harvey created a strategy for hiding in plain sight inspired by the dazzle camouflage employed in World War I. By covering warships with blocky stripes and patterns in high-contrast colors, Allied officers made it tough for the enemy to estimate their size, speed and direction of travel. It turns out this fool-the-eye …
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
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Spotlight: OrlandoIX, Swamp Sisters, Family Expo, Vegan Fest, and Steel Panther


OrlandoIX is the Southeast’s Largest Gathering of Creators in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Video Games, and Digital Arts. Open to professionals and consumers alike, OrlandoiX brings together creators, investors, influential brands, and tech enthusiasts for keynotes, speaker presentations, interactive exhibits, gameplay, and networking. OrlandoIX is Saturday at 11am at Full Sail. Beth McKee’s Swamp Sisters Songwriting Circle is playing live original music and presenting interesting conversation. The Songwriting Circle is Saturday at 8 at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park. 150 exhibitors will be talking about whatever parents and kids want to learn about during the Florida Kids and Family Expo Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 11 to 5 at the Orange County Convention Center. …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Press Is Not The Enemy Of The People


Florida’s tourism board paid Miami rapper Pitbull $1 million of taxpayer money to promote the state in a video called “Sexy Beaches.” After the Trump Foundation made a $25,000 donation to Pam Bondi’s re-election fund, Bondi decided Florida would not join a fraud suit against Trump University. Orlando is the first city in the country experimenting with real-time facial recognition, a form of public surveillance unprecedented in American law enforcement. What do these things have in common? Floridians wouldn’t know about any of them without journalists. Reporters across the state followed the paper trail and did the legwork to serve the public’s right to know. And yet, our current president demonizes the free press as “the enemy of the people.” …
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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: Amendment 5


Florida voters face a number of amendments on the ballot this fall-including Amendment 5. The proposed amendment would require a two thirds majority vote in each chamber of the Florida legislature to enact new taxes and fees or increase existing ones. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind tells 90.7’s Matthew Peddie what’s really needed is an overhaul of the tax system.
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
Spotlight

Spotlight: OMNOM, Weed Walk, Flamingo Fest, and Home & Garden Show


OMNOM is a DJ – Producer from San Francisco with an unconventional brand of House described by some as “a whirlpool of weird” featuring his unmistakably peculiar vocals will be performing live Saturday 8 to 2:30 at Celine in downtown Orlando. Kids will walk a real wildflower farm and learn from experts about the things adults want to get rid of: weeds! Some are lovely, grow naturally and are even edible! This is a walk to learn about the friendly plants that grow here in Florida that many people try to remove. The Weed Walk is Saturday 9 to 10:30 at the Orlando Wildflower Farm. Kids can learn and paint during Creative Kids Art Part Flamingo Fest!  Learn where the …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Under Orlando’s real-time surveillance partnership with Amazon, everyone’s a suspect


Orlando Police Chief John Mina doesn’t see a privacy issue in Orlando’s partnership with Amazon for their real-time surveillance technology. Using the city’s extensive camera system, Amazon’s Rekognition program will scan people’s faces as it looks for a person of interest when it becomes fully operational. Mina says it’s similar to officers using their eyes to scan a crowd. But Clare Garvie, with the Center on Privacy & Technology, says Orlando’s use of Rekognition is actually more like police asking everyone in a crowd for individual IDs to make sure they aren’t a suspect. With little scrutiny, Orlando leaders have been experimenting for months with this powerful new technology, which they hope will help them catch criminals, find missing children …
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Spotlight: Inay’s Kitchen


Even with the pin on my phone’s Google Maps app indicating I had arrived at my destination, I had a hard time spotting Inay’s Kitchen, a Filipino restaurant in Ocoee. Despite the open signs in the window, which were covered with bamboo matchstick blinds, I had a hard time identifying it as a restaurant. Once I figured it out, I went inside and was greeted by a sign inside the door instructing me to proceed to the back of the space. That’s where you’ll find the actual Kitchen, tended to by the actual Inay and a couple of other women. The available dishes are on display behind glass in a steam table. Don’t be intimidated by them; any of the …
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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: Amendment 1


There are 13 proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Among them is Amendment 1 that would provide a homestead exemption on the portion of home values. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says while that might look good on the ballot to some homeowners, it could have a negative effect on cities and counties that rely on that tax revenue.
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
Spotlight

Spotlight: Mad Cow Theatre, Paper Art Workshop, and Cirque du Soleil on Ice


Set in the deep South at the turn of the 20th century, the play “The Little Foxes” is Lillian Hellman’s great American family drama. Clashes over inheritance, business schemes, and domestic abuse define the ebb and flow of the Hubbard family, who have built their empire on cotton. The play “The Little Foxes” runs Saturday and Sunday at Mad Cow Theatre. Enjoy a day-long workshop creating a “found papers” collage using vintage book pages, sheet music, letters, and personal found papers taught by local artist Linda Saracino. Linda will provide a brief history of collages and then spend the bulk of the day providing one-on-one assistance helping students create their collages from prep to finished take-home piece. The found papers …
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