Speed Read

How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years (NY Times, May 13, 2019)
What does it actually take to identify a person through genetic genealogy? Wading through infidelities and pornography.

Comments to NIST on AI Standards (Center for Data Innovation , May 13, 2019)
Robust technical standards for AI will be crucial to the success of the technology in the United States and abroad because they can serve as authoritative guidelines and benchmarks for the development and evaluation of AI. However thus far, concerns about the oversight of AI have stymied productive discussions about standards development by causing policymakers to prioritize oversight at the expense of technical understanding.

Safe Skies PARAS Recommended Security Guidelines RFP (ACI-NA, May 15, 2019)
The National Safe Skies Alliance has released a new RFP under its Program for Applied Research in Airport Security (PARAS). The RFP for PARAS 0028 Revision of PARAS 0004 “Recommended Security Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design, and Construction,” which closes on June 6

Yes, Americans Can Opt-out Of Airport Facial Recognition. Here’s How (Tech Crunch, May 15, 2019)
If you’re a U.S. citizen, you can opt out by telling an officer or airline employee at the time of a facial recognition scan. You’ll need your U.S. passport with you — even if you’re flying domestically. Border officials or airline staff will manually check your passport or boarding pass like they would normally do before you’ve boarded a plane.

Police Use Facial Recognition, And Facebook, To Identify Suspect (Salem News, May 15, 2019)
Facial recognition, documents in two countries — and Facebook — were used by police this week to reveal the true identity of a man who has spent the past 15 years living under an assumed identity, a prosecutor said Friday.

Behavioral Biometrics Is The Future Of User Authenticatio (Forbes, May 15, 2019)
Behavioral biometrics offers a distinct advantage over other methods of personal security because it’s a passive means of identification that does not require any time or technical know-how from users. In addition, the technology arguably continues to safeguard people, even if their authentication credentials are compromised. This, of course, is only true if the behavioral biometric technology provides true continuous user authentication at all times.

San Francisco Will Vote On Groundbreaking Facial Recognition Ban (Axios, May 15, 2019)
San Francisco supervisors are set to vote Tuesday on a first-of-its-kind effort to ban city agencies, including police, from using facial recognition on its residents, per the Associated Press.

Somerville Moves To Ban Facial Recognition Surveillance (Boston Globe, May 15, 2019)
Somerville officials have proposed a ban on the use of facial recognition in police investigations and municipal surveillance programs, part of a growing backlash against a rapidly evolving technology that critics fear may lead to false identifications and bias against minorities.

In Kidnapping Attempt, Uber Driver Told 2 Women ‘You’re Not Going Anywhere,’ Police Say (NY Times, May 15, 2019)
The driver, an assistant professor at a commonwealth campus of Pennsylvania State University, was charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Backlash Against Facial Recognition Technology Growing (Houston Chronicle , May 15, 2019)
Efforts to restrict its use are getting pushback from law enforcement groups and the tech industry, though it’s far from a united front. Microsoft, while opposed to an outright ban, has urged lawmakers to set limits on the technology, warning that leaving it unchecked could enable an oppressive dystopia reminiscent of George Orwell’s novel “1984.”

Member News & Views

NEXT Biometrics Provides Card Specification For Payment Network (NEXT Biometrics, May 15, 2019)
NEXT Biometrics (Oslo Bors: NEXT), a global leader in fingerprint sensor technology, announces that the Company is supporting one of the top five US payment networks in mapping out biometric system-on-card (BSoC) specifications for payment smart cards. The technical documentation has been delivered to the client and NEXT will continue to support the payment network in implementing the route to market


Leveraging Technology To Enhance Transportation Security (Federal Bar Association and Transportation Security Administration, May 23, 2019)
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