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Lawmakers Revive Bill to Secure Agencies’ Connected Devices (Nextgov, Mar 12, 2019)
The Internet of Things Cyber Security Improvement Act was introduced this week in both branches of Congress by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and shares some of the same features as legislation both introduced last year that never made it to a vote.
 

Defense Digital Service Leads Acquisition Of Modern Security Clearance Prototype (FedScoop, Mar 12, 2019)
“This prototype will require integration with a wide variety of U.S. Government and commercial databases to verify the Subject’s identity and background information,” the solicitation says. “Development of the prototype will be rapid and agile in nature, fielding new functionality to users for feedback every two weeks.”
 

Facial Recognition's 'Dirty Little Secret': Millions Of Online Photos Scraped Without Consent (NBC, Mar 12, 2019)
People’s faces are being used without their permission, in order to power technology that could eventually be used to surveil them, legal experts say.
 

US Government Forging Ahead With Airport Facial Recognition Plans (Tech News World, Mar 12, 2019)
President Trump in 2017 issued an executive order expediting the deployment of biometric verification of the identities of all travelers crossing U.S. borders. It stipulates that facial recognition identification be used in the top 20 U.S. airports for "100 percent of all international passengers," including American citizens, by 2021.
 

Airport Facial Recognition Is Here And Expanding: What Are Your Rights? Cab You Opt-Out? (Newsweek, Mar 12, 2019)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans to implement facial recognition technology as part of its Biometric Entry-Exit program in all international airports by 2025. While the technology is getting ready to roll-out on a large scale, regulations and laws have yet to catch up. 
 

America’s Undersea Battle With China For Control Of The Global Internet Grid (WSJ, Mar 12, 2019)
While the U.S. wages a high-profile campaign to exclude China’s Huawei Technologies Co. from next-generation mobile networks over fears of espionage, the company is embedding itself into undersea cable networks that ferry nearly all of the world’s internet data.
 

China’s High-Tech Surveillance State: A “Digital Despotism” (Bitter Winter, Mar 12, 2019)
Skynet, Sharp Eyes, Operation Knocking on Doors, Web-Cleaning Soldier; these are just some of the terms used by China’s state security to describe the draconian surveillance systems deployed to identify, monitor, track, and persecute scores of millions of Chinese citizens, especially ethnic minorities and religious groups.
 

Indigenous Datasets: A Listing To Help AI Perform Better In India (Factor Daily, Mar 12, 2019)
This database, acquired by the Biometric Research Laboratory at IIT-Delhi, comprises iris images collected from the institute’s students and staff. The aim of the dataset is to help train and test algorithms on data from an indigenous iris database acquired in a real environment.


Member News & Views

Here’s Why Quantization Matters For AI (Qualcomm, Mar 13, 2019)
Along with improved user experiences, the computation demands of AI training and inference are growing. Inference efficiency, in particular, has become a burning issue for machine learning.


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