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MIT AI Policy Congress Convenes to Discuss AI and Ethics

MIT AI Policy Congress Convenes to Discuss AI and Ethics

The inaugural MIT AI Policy Congress recently convened in Massachusetts, bringing together leading researchers, industry insiders, and policy experts for a series of discussions about the future of artificial intelligence. Hosted by MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the conversation stressed the importance of collaboration and…

Amazon Patent Brings Biometric Surveillance to Your Front Door

Amazon Patent Brings Biometric Surveillance to Your Front Door

A newly published patent application from Amazon outlines a smart doorbell designed to use facial recognition for a kind of technologically-enhanced neighborhood watch. The essential idea is to let users add suspicious individuals to a watch list, which is shared by a given community network based on connected houses using the biometric doorbell system. When…

Year in Review: Facial Recognition Was in the Spotlight in 2018, Warts and All

Year in Review: Facial Recognition Was in the Spotlight in 2018, Warts and All

Facial recognition technology has had a big year, in good ways and bad. On the positive side, Apple signaled a more or less definitive switch to 3D facial recognition as the primary mechanism for user authentication on its flagship smartphones: Having made a big splash last year with its introduction of Face ID on the…

AI-Driven Facial Recognition Platform Scans Web for Missing Children

AI-Driven Facial Recognition Platform Scans Web for Missing Children

“A key component of the GMCNgine is Rekognition, Amazon’s controversial computer vision platform.” Facial recognition technology’s growing role in the fight against child exploitation could see a substantial expansion after the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s launch of a new AI-driven system this week. Called the GMCNgine, the system leverages machine learning and artificial…

It’s Been a Rollercoaster Year – Take Stock with Our Annual Biometrics Survey

It’s Been a Rollercoaster Year – Take Stock with Our Annual Biometrics Survey

It has been another remarkable year for the biometrics industry, with a lot of activity across a wide range of sectors. Apple, which spearheaded the mobile biometrics revolution with its launch of Touch ID five years ago, went ahead and confirmed its shift to 3D facial recognition with the launch of three new iPhones featuring…

Amazon Exec Defends Sale of Facial Recognition to Police in Internal Meeting

Amazon Exec Defends Sale of Facial Recognition to Police in Internal Meeting

“After an ACLU report revealed that Amazon had been selling facial recognition technology to police earlier this year, an assortment of privacy rights activists, shareholders, and even Amazon employees publicly decried the practice and called on the company to stop. “ Amazon is showing no sign of backing off from its marketing and sales of…

ACLU Uses Amazon’s Rekognition to Match Members of Congress with Mugshots

ACLU Uses Amazon’s Rekognition to Match Members of Congress with Mugshots

“…in responding the ACLU’s latest volley, a spokesperson emphasized that Rekognition is used to aid human review, and not to definitively link one facial image to another” The ACLU has turned Amazon’s facial recognition technology against the company itself in a damning new demonstration highlighting the technology’s flaws. The civil rights organization says that it…

‘Our Company Should Not Be In the Surveillance Business’: Amazon Employees

‘Our Company Should Not Be In the Surveillance Business’: Amazon Employees

Amazon’s own employees have now joined the chorus of voices calling for the company to halt its sale of biometric surveillance technology to law enforcement and other government agencies. Their demand has surfaced in an open letter to Jeff Bezos with an undisclosed number of signatories. The letter has arrived immediately after another open letter,…

ACLU Criticism of Amazon Facial Recognition Pays Dividends

ACLU Criticism of Amazon Facial Recognition Pays Dividends

Just a month after the ACLU made Amazon’s sale of facial recognition technology to government authorities a matter of public debate, a group of prominent Amazon shareholders are calling on the company to halt such business activities, at least until the proper oversight is put in place. The controversy concerns Rekognition, Amazon’s machine vision solution,…

ACLU’s Attack on Amazon Surveillance Tech Misses Bigger Issue: ITIF

ACLU’s Attack on Amazon Surveillance Tech Misses Bigger Issue: ITIF

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is pushing back against the ACLU’s efforts to get Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition technology to government organizations. The outcry began about a week ago, when the ACLU published information concerning multiple police agencies’ use of Rekognition, a machine learning, computer vision system that runs on Amazon…

OPD, Amazon Play Down Rekognition Use After ACLU Report

OPD, Amazon Play Down Rekognition Use After ACLU Report

“Responding to the report, the Orlando Police Department’s chief, John Mina, held a press conference at which he insisted that his department was only testing the technology, with seven officers having volunteered to have their faces tracked through OPD cameras.” Amazon and the Orlando Police Department are playing down the use of facial recognition technology…