Tag: category-/Law & Government/Public Safety/Law Enforcement

U.S. Senators propose legislation to fund national AI strategy

U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) today proposed the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act, legislation to pump $2.2 billion into federal research and development and create a national AI strategy. The $2.2 billion would be doled out over the course of the next 10 years to federal agencies like the […]

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AI Weekly: Facial recognition policy makers debate temporary moratorium vs. permanent ban

On Tuesday in a 8-1 tally, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to put a ban on the use of facial recognition software by city departments, including police. Supporters of the ban cited racial inequality in audits of facial recognition software from companies like Amazon and Microsoft, as well as  dystopian surveillance happening now […]

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NYPD used facial recognition and pics of Woody Harrelson to arrest a man

The New York Police Department used photos of actor Woody Harrelson to arrest a man who was accused of stealing beer from a CVS after officers concluded from a partial photo that the suspect looked like actor Woody Harrelson. Facial recognition software was used to make the arrest in 2017, according to a report released […]

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested by police in London

Julian Assange was arrested by London’s Metropolitan Police Service today after Ecuador’s Ambassador withdraw that country’s asylum protection. Assange is currently being held a London police station where he will await an appearance at the Westminister Magistrates’ Court, according to police officials. Assange had been granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012 amid efforts by Sweden […]

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FBI charges second Apple employee with stealing autonomous car secrets

Apple’s autonomous car program Project Titan may be mysterious to everyone outside the company, but Titan engineers have access to thousands of top secret automotive files — a fact that has now led to another disturbing arrest. According to an NBC Bay Area report (via The Verge), the FBI has charged Apple employee Jizhong Chen with […]

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Indian government to intercept, monitor, and decrypt citizens’ computers

The Indian government has authorized 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt data on any computer, sending a shock wave through citizens and privacy watchdogs. Narendra Modi’s government late Thursday broadened the scope of Section 69 of the nation’s IT Act, 2000 to require a subscriber, service provider, or any person in charge of a computer […]

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IBM collaborated with the NYDP on an AI system that can search for people by race

Three months after the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that Amazon provided facial recognition technology to local law enforcement, a new report shows that IBM collaborated with the New York City Police Department to develop a system that allowed officials to search for people by skin color, hair color, gender, age, and various facial features. […]

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