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Huawei reportedly worked with 4 additional companies to build surveillance tools that track people by ethnicity, following recent revelations that it tested a ‘Uighur alarm’

Huawei has worked with at least four partner companies to develop surveillance technologies that claim to monitor people by ethnicity, The Washington Post reported Saturday. Last week, The Post reported that Huawei in 2018 had tested a “Uighur alarm” – an AI facial recognition tool that claimed to identify members […]
Huawei reportedly worked with 4 additional companies to build surveillance tools that track people by ethnicity, following recent revelations that it tested a ‘Uighur alarm’
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Outrage over police brutality has finally convinced Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM to rule out selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement. Here’s what’s going on.

IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft have all committed to not sell facial recognition to law enforcement at least temporarily. While activists have been campaigning for the companies to do this for years, the Black Lives Matter movement appears to have tipped the scale. As facial recognition becomes more widely used to […]
Outrage over police brutality has finally convinced Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM to rule out selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement. Here’s what’s going on.
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Uber may require drivers and passengers to wear masks in the US

Uber will reportedly require drivers and riders to wear masks or face coverings before they can use its ride-hailing service. It will be a requirement in several countries, including the US. According to CNN Business, which spoke to an unnamed source, Uber is also developing technology that can verify whether […]
Uber may require drivers and passengers to wear masks in the US
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Kamala Harris and other prominent Democrats are demanding an investigation into how facial recognition tech is being used on people who live in public housing

Democratic lawmakers asked Ben Carson, head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to look into the use of facial recognition in public housing in a letter sent Wednesday. Lawmakers expressed concern about the technology’s accuracy and its potential to lead to over-policing and discrimination against women, non-cisgender people, […]
Kamala Harris and other prominent Democrats are demanding an investigation into how facial recognition tech is being used on people who live in public housing
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If you uploaded photos of your kids to Flickr they might have been used to train AI

The large facial-recognition database MegaFace contains the images of nearly 700,000 people, The New York Times reported. In 2014, Yahoo took photos from the photo-sharing website Flickr uploaded under Creative Commons licenses and put them in a database that was downloaded by researchers, including those at the University of Washington […]
If you uploaded photos of your kids to Flickr they might have been used to train AI
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Amazon adds fear detection and age ranges to its facial-recognition tech as the Border Patrol looks to award a $950 million contract

AmazonWeb Services has added several new features to its facial-recognition technology, Rekognition. This includes expanded age-recognition capabilities and the new ability to recognise fear. Rekognition is a controversial technology and has been the subject of much criticism and protests – from both inside and outside Amazon. These new features drew […]
Amazon adds fear detection and age ranges to its facial-recognition tech as the Border Patrol looks to award a $950 million contract