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Privacy in Peril: Will a Portland company's facial recognition software help or harm?

Privacy in Peril: Will a Portland company's facial recognition software help or harm?

Last spring, local John Hobart traveled to Amman, Jordan with a small team of developers from Coria, a tech company he co-founded, with the lofty goal of utilizing data science to come up with a useful response to the refugee crisis. The mission technically started three years ago when Hobart launched Coria right here in Portland, and since then it’s grown to employ over 40 people. Its main focus involves consulting with clients — typically...

20-11-2017 Hits:88 Features Francis Flisiuk

Columns

After Transgender Day of Remembrance, A Reminder That None o…

Living openly as a transgender or nonbinary person is a radical, political act. Our lives are steeped in danger, as we constantly dodge both blatant violence and a more subtle, insidious bigotry. Many of us aren’t out, as it would risk our careers, our health care options, or our housing. That doesn’t make those who live a shadow life any less valid or legitimate.   I would be remiss not to mention that Transgender Day of Remembrance... Read more

21-11-2017 Hits:48 First Person Madison Raymond

News

When it comes to health care, America faces an existential t…

When it comes to health care, America faces an existential threat

Despite all the wondrous comforts of the modern age, an inconvenient truth from our earliest moments still plagues humanity today: most of us will contract some debilitating illness at some point in life, and many of us will die from it. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 2 Americans have a chronic disease which they define as “the main causes of poor health, disability, and death, and account for most of health care... Read more

21-11-2017 Hits:91 News Francis Flisiuk

Arts

8 Days A Week: Beatles' Nights, Funk Nights, Worst Nights

8 Days A Week: Beatles' Nights, Funk Nights, Worst Nights

  THURSDAY 23 GIVE RIGHT | If you’re someone in need of a meal today, the soup kitchen team from Wayside Food Programs is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 1. | Deering Center Community Church, 4 Brentwood St., Portland | FREE | www.waysidemaine.org FRIDAY 24 PLUCKED FROM REALITY | Sometimes in order to better understand the realities of our world, we need to turn to artifice. Friday and Saturday, the 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows... Read more

21-11-17 Hits:116 8 Days A Week Phoenix Staff

Food & Drink

At Sichuan Kitchen, No-Frills Authenticity and Warmth Abound

At Sichuan Kitchen, No-Frills Authenticity and Warmth Abound

Years ago, the running joke around town was that the best Chinese food in Portland required a drive to Boston, which actually held some weight until Empire Chinese Kitchen brought its take on traditional Cantonese cuisine to the city in 2013. Then came Bao Bao’s addictive dumplings just one year later, a second venture for Cara Stadler after her success with the exceptional Tao Yuan in Brunswick. Suffice to say... Read more

20-11-2017 Hits:86 Food Erik Neilson

Music

Kneeling at the altar — The Very Reverend's debut EP keeps t…

Kneeling at the altar — The Very Reverend's debut EP keeps the faith

The modern rock canon has its heroes. I’m sure you can name several. on their new five-song EP, Portland’s the Very Reverend manage to conjure a whole bunch of them. Fusing glam-rock finesse, sexed-up fandango, and a noirish aesthetic, their slick debut nods toward a pantheon of established rock demigods while carving out fresh marks on the floor.   Recorded as a duo, it helps that this record sounds about as good as it possibly could —... Read more

21-11-2017 Hits:39 Album Reviews Nick Schroeder

Outdoors & Sports

When Winter Is Your Favorite Season

When Winter Is Your Favorite Season

Last week we mentioned new ski and board equipment. We also know that the acquisition of said equipment is not a whimsical matter for many of our readers. Budgets may have to be rearranged and items and errands may have to be pushed forward till next payday, simply in order to avoid embarrassment at our favorite stop, the glorified sawhorse we gear up next to outside the lodge. Well, have... Read more

21-11-2017 Hits:94 Sports Gabe Gregoire

Kids & Pets

Join the Dungeons and Dragons revival - and break your sword…

Join the Dungeons and Dragons revival - and break your sword on the Goblin King's shield

We have to thank Winona Ryder.   Without her, there wouldn’t be a Stranger Things on Netflix, and without Stranger Things, many more of us would still be laboring under the misconception that the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons is played by misguided, Satanist-leaning, quasi-criminal teenagers, and not the lovingly raised, nerdy-yet-heroic youngsters depicted in the show.   Back in the eighties, when Dungeons & Dragons was still in its youth, parents... Read more

20-11-2017 Hits:44 Kids Gabe Gregoire