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Microsoft has reaffirmed its ban on U.S. police departments from using generative AI for facial recognition through Azure OpenAI Service, the company’s fully managed, enterprise-focused wrapper around OpenAI tech. Language…

Microsoft bans US police departments from using enterprise AI tool for facial recognition

Police are starting to turn to robotaxis — specifically all of that footage captured by cameras — for video evidence to help solve crimes. While it might not be a…

Police want robotaxi video footage to help solve crimes

In late April, police in Nebraska received a tip saying 17-year-old Celeste Burgess had given birth to a stillborn baby and buried the body. Officers soon learned that her mother,…

How US police use digital data to prosecute abortions

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Macro machines

The phrase “mission creep” entered the popular discourse in the early to mid-1990s. It popped up in a number of big papers in articles describing the Somali Civil War. Here’s the New York Times in October ’93: The trick is to do this without inviting what a senior official called “mission creep” — the expansion…

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Macro machines

No technology is perfect. Even self-driving cars trained to obey traffic laws are bound to run into issues that cause them to commit a citable offense. Such was the case…

Autonomous Cruise car encounter with police raises policy questions

The last year of pandemic living has been real-world, and sometimes harrowing, proof of how important it can be to have efficient and well-equipped emergency response services in place. They…

RapidDeploy raises $29M for a cloud-based dispatch platform aimed at 911 centers

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Minneapolis police tapped Google to identify George Floyd protesters

The warrant ordered Google to turn over a set of user account data. Civil liberties groups have criticized the use of these dragnet search warrants.

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Minneapolis police tapped Google to identify George Floyd protesters

Axon, the company formerly known as Taser and which provides the majority of police body cameras, has a few new tech tools for cops that could cut down on paperwork…

Axon delivers new tech for police, but are more tools really what cops need?

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…

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

The killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that resulted have been a major wake-up call for many with regards to the role of policing in the United States.…

The 1033 program takes center stage again, as militarized police make headlines

Downloads of police scanner apps, tools for private communication and mobile safety apps hit record numbers this past weekend in the U.S., amid continued nationwide protests over the police killing…

Amid protests, US police scanner apps and others saw record downloads

Six Bay Area counties — San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda — announced a “shelter in place” order. The lockdown, unveiled at a press conference…

Bay Area counties announce lockdown through April 7

Over 30 civil rights organizations have penned an open letter that calls on government officials to investigate Amazon Ring’s business practices and end the company’s numerous police partnerships. The letter…

Over 30 civil rights groups demand an end to Amazon Ring’s police partnerships

A major drone incident at the UK’s second business airport last year continues to baffle police. Last December a series of drone sightings near Gatwick Airport caused chaos as scores…

Last year’s Gatwick drone attack involved at least two drones, say police

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) is looking for answers from Amazon about its doorbell camera Ring and the company’s relationships with law enforcement agencies around the U.S. In a letter…

US senator demands answers from Amazon’s Ring over its police partnerships

Facial recognition is a controversial enough topic without bringing in everyday policing and the body cameras many (but not enough) officers wear these days. But Axon, which makes many of…

Police body-cam maker Axon says no to facial recognition, for now

Wichita police have arrested a 25-year-old online troll who calls himself SWAuTistic, charging him with involuntary manslaughter after sending police to a Kansas address. When police arrived at the address…

Serial SWATter arrested, charged with involuntary manslaughter

Facing backlash on its handling of the officer-involved shooting death of Charleena Lyles, the Seattle Police Department will shut down its official Twitch channel. The department started experimenting with community…

Seattle Police Department suspends its Twitch channel following Charleena Lyles controversy

Police body cameras don’t just record shootouts and other crises — they’re on all day every day, providing unprecedented detail of officers’ interactions with the public. If you can handle…

Deep analysis of police body cam footage shows pattern of less respectful speech towards black people

After announcing that it would shift some of its emphasis away from non-lethal weapons to police body cameras, for a fleeting moment it felt like the company synonymous with sticks…

With AI investments, Taser could use its body camera division for predictive policing

A study from Cambridge University documents an immense drop in complaints against police officers when their departments began using body cameras. But even more surprising is that the data suggests…

Police complaints drop 93 percent after deploying body cameras

All we knew was that BART had received 66 complaints, with excessive use of force being the primary allegation, according to a 2010 audit. In 2015, when a homeless man…

Police use-of-force data is finally coming to light

Putting body cameras on police seems like a net good for everyone involved, but how to deploy them and what the subtler effects will be are questions that would be…

Study finds that police body cameras may increase assaults — if used improperly

As more and more civilians start flying drones, there will probably be an exponential rise in situations where authorities need to quickly take down a poorly-navigated drone hovering above a stadium or government building.…

Watch This Trained Eagle Take Down A Flying Drone

According to a recent opinion passed down by district court judge William Martini in New Jersey, it is 100 percent legal for a police officer to create a fake Instagram…

Police Can Create Fake Instagram Accounts To Investigate Suspects

The Techno-Militarization Of America

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Remember last year? Edward Snowden! NSA! Shock! Horror! Dismay! Looking back I’m amazed we all seemed so surprised. Over the last decade, pretty much every arm of American authority invoked…

The Techno-Militarization Of America

Google Glass has lots of potential applications beyond just making it easier for people to check out their Twitter feed without taking their phones out of their pockets. Mutualink is…

Google Glass Gets An App To Power The Cyber Cops And Futuristic Firefighters Of Tomorrow

If you’ve jailbroken your iPhone or iPod touch with little to no regard for the law, maybe it’s time you reconsider your evil ways. Apparently, jailbreaking your iDevice will get…

Here’s a fun story. Police in Australia thought they were being mighty clever when they took over an “underground hacking forum.” (The forum is r00t-y0u.org, though it seems to be…

This is a few days old, so apologies in advance for that. Anyway, the Washington D.C. police chief, Cathy Lanier, has chided people who use radar-detecting technology, including iPhone applications,…