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Microsoft and partners aim to shrink the ‘data desert’ limiting accessible AI

AI-based tools like computer vision and voice interfaces have the potential to be life-changing for people with disabilities, but the truth is those AI models are usually built with very little data s

Portland passes expansive city ban on facial recognition tech

The city council in Portland, Oregon passed legislation Wednesday that’s widely regarded as the most aggressive municipal ban on facial recognition technology so far. Through a pair of ordinance

Spirit Airlines starts testing biometric check-ins

Discount carrier Spirit Airlines today announced that it is introducing biometric check-ins in its ticket lobby at Chicago’s O’Hare airport to streamline the check-in process and reduce fa

CBP does not make it clear Americans can opt out of airport face scanning, watchdog says

A government watchdog has criticized U.S. border authorities for failing to properly disclose the agency’s use of facial recognition at airports, which included instructions on how Americans can

Ever, once accused of building facial recognition tech using customer data, shuts down consumer app

Cloud photo storage app Ever is shutting down, citing increased competition with the default services offered by Apple and Google as the cause. The company, however, had other issues beyond the plight

Court finds some fault with UK police force’s use of facial recognition tech

Civil rights campaigners in the UK have won a legal challenge to South Wales Police’s (SWP) use of facial recognition technology. The win on appeal is being hailed as a “world-first”

Advertima rings up $17.5M for computer vision-powered behavioral analytics for in-store retail

Swiss computer vision startup Advertima has raised a €15 million Series A (~$17.5 million) to build out a machine learning platform for physical retail stores to ‘upgrade’ the shopping e

Four steps for drafting an ethical data practices blueprint

Here are four key practices that chief data officers/scientists and chief analytics officers (CDAOs) should employ when creating their own ethical data and business practice framework.

This startup reworked its privacy-friendly sensors to help battle COVID-19

One little-known home and retail automation startup might seem like an unlikely candidate to help combat the ongoing pandemic. But its founder says its technology can do just that, even if it wasn&#82

New York legislature votes to halt facial recognition tech in schools for two years

The state of New York voted this week to pause for two years any implementation of facial recognition technology in schools. The moratorium, approved by the New York Assembly and Senate Wednesday, com

Lawsuits allege Microsoft, Amazon and Google violated Illinois facial recognition privacy law

In a set of new lawsuits, two Illinois residents argue that three tech giants violated state laws prohibiting the use of personal biometric data without permission. Illinois residents Steven Vance and

Societal upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic underscores need for new AI data regulations

How should society address the scenario where the AI algorithm got it right but from an ethical standpoint, we're uncomfortable with the results?

We need a new field of AI to combat racial bias

Responsibly managing machine learning processes is no longer just a desirable component of progress but a necessary one.

AI researchers condemn predictive crime software, citing racial bias and flawed methods

A collective of more than 2,000 researchers, academics and experts in artificial intelligence are speaking out against soon-to-be-published research that claims to use neural networks to “predic

Microsoft pitched its facial recognition tech to the DEA, new emails show

Microsoft tried to sell its facial recognition technology to the Drug Enforcement Administration as far back as 2017, according to newly released emails. The American Civil Liberties Union obtained th

Decrypted: The tech police use against the public

In this week's Decrypted, we look at the technologies that police use against the people.

IoT solutions are enabling physical distancing

IoT devices that enable physical distancing will become an integral part of reopening businesses, facilitating sales connections and embracing a different way of living.

Marietje Schaake is ‘very concerned about the future of democracy’

"...Some of the worst aggressors or most powerful and intrusive companies are basically completely out of the spotlight."

Microsoft’s Brad Smith says company will not sell facial recognition tech to police

Microsoft is joining IBM and Amazon in taking a position against the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement — at least, until more regulation is in place. During a remote interview

Amazon’s facial recognition moratorium has major loopholes

In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year, but refuses to say if the move applies to federal law enforcement age
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