Tag: policy

People Need Weed, But Stores Can’t Get Federal Funding in a Crisis

Despite the fact that pot is probably putting more than its share of the nation’s psychological wellbeing on its back, the federal government doesn’t seem to be willing to offer legal weed an equal measure of support. The Small Business Association stated last week via Twitter that cannabis businesses will remain ineligible to receive any […]

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Hospitals Face Possibility of Instituting Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders for Patients Infected With Coronavirus

Photo: STR/AFP (Getty Images) At this point, it should be no secret that the U.S. wasn’t ready to deal with a global pandemic. Between nationwide shortfalls in testing for the coronavirus to a shortage of medical supplies, it has been a mess. Now, these issues are causing medical professionals to consider one of the hardest, […]

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In True ‘Stop and Frisk’ Fashion, New Jersey Police Admit to Targeting Minority Neighborhoods in What They Call ‘Hunting at the Border’

Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP (Getty Images) In today’s Water is Wet News we find, once again that when police are sent to target civilians at random, black and Latino people will overwhelmingly represent the victimized. The nation saw a prime example of this in the form of New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy which was first […]

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Voice cloning experts cover crime, positive use cases, and safeguards

Deepfakes, or media that takes a person in an existing image, audio recording, or video and replaces them with someone else’s likeness using AI, are multiplying quickly. In recognition of the threat that deepfakes pose to privacy, civility, and democratic processes, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a workshop yesterday examining a subcategory of […]

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D.C. Police Institute New Policy to Stop Handcuffing Children Under 12. Because, Duh!

Screenshot: WUSA9 (YouTube) The D.C. Police Department is showing us a shred of decency and common sense often found lacking in law enforcement. They’re not doing anything extra praiseworthy like freeing and expunging non-violent convicts or storming the White House lawn to arrest Trump because they don’t need no stinking charges or legal precedent. Nope, […]

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AI Weekly: Calls for facial recognition moratorium highlight need for protection from surveillance tech

The debate over whether to ban or place moratoriums on the use of facial recognition started last year in cities like San Francisco, but the debate reignited this week when Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he’s open to a moratorium on facial recognition. “It [facial recognition regulation] can be immediate, but maybe there’s […]

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Illegal crossings plunge as US extends policy across border

In this Jan. 11, 2020, photo, Enma Floriana chats with her 13-year-old son in the stairway of a migrant shelter in Mexicali, Mexico. The Guatemalan family is seeking asylum in a San Diego immigration court. Illegal border crossings have plummeted as the Trump administration has extended a policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico […]

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