Tag: facial recognition software

Facial recognition moratorium receives bipartisan support in Congress

A bipartisan in the U.S. Congress today expressed plans to draft legislation to address facial recognition software by law enforcement. Calls for a need for action were heard in the House Oversight and Reform Committee from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as well as ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a Trump supporter who said “Seems […]

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Amazon shareholders decline to halt sale of facial recognition systems to governments

Amazon on Wednesday said shareholders rejected proposals to curb and audit its facial recognition service, just as members of Congress indicated there was bipartisan support to one day regulate the technology. In the past year Amazon has found itself at the center of a growing debate over the use of facial recognition by governments, with […]

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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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San Francisco supervisors vote to ban facial recognition software

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-1 today to approve the Stop Secretive Surveillance ordinance, which outlaws the use of facial recognition software or retention of information obtained through facial recognition software systems. A second reading and vote will take place at a future Board of Supervisors meeting to officially enact the ordinance into […]

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Microsoft’s confusing facial recognition policy, from China to California

On Tuesday, news broke that Microsoft refused to sell its facial recognition software to law enforcement in California and an unnamed country. The move led to some praise for the company for being consistent with its policy to oppose questionable human rights applications, but a broader examination of Microsoft’s actions in the past year indicates […]

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San Francisco inches closer to banning facial recognition

San Francisco took a step closer to becoming the first city in the country to ban facial recognition software use with the passage of some amendments to the Stop Secret Surveillance ordinance today. The ordinance will face additional public comment before the County Board of Supervisors votes on it, said Supervisor and Rules Committee chair […]

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Prominent AI researchers call on Amazon to stop selling Rekognition facial analysis to law enforcement

In a letter published today, a cohort of about two dozen AI researchers working in tech and academia are calling on Amazon’s AWS to stop selling facial recognition software Rekognition to law enforcement agencies. Among those who object to Rekognition being used by law enforcement are deep learning luminary and recent Turing Award winner Yoshua […]

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Microsoft CTO: Understanding AI is part of being an informed citizen in the 21st century

Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott believes understanding AI in the future will help people be better citizens. “I think to be a well-informed citizen in the 21st century, you need to know a little bit about this stuff [AI] because you want to be able to participate in the debates. You don’t want to be someone […]

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Amazon’s Ring unveils Door View Cam for peephole video and smart outdoor lighting

Amazon’s Ring today unveiled a series of new products including the Door View Cam for live video from the peephole of your front door, as well as new outdoor lighting and sensors made for motion detection or amplifying security alarms. Different than video doorbells today, which can sometimes focus on the side view or below […]

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Facial recognition software finds 78% of speakers at tech events are men

Like the #MeToo hashtag expressed the pervasiveness of sexual violence against women, the lack of women on many panels has been expressed in social media with the #manel hashtag. Manel became commonly used enough that the Oxford Dictionary considered adding it last year. And it’s no illusion: A report by events software company Bizzabo has found that […]

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AI Weekly: AI is getting political in Washington, and it’s about time

Amid rage brewing on both sides of the political spectrum over testimony by Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, it would be understandable if you missed some significant artificial intelligence news in Washington D.C. in recent weeks. This week, a group of four senators — two Democrats, two Republicans — put forward the AI in Government […]

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