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Why Free Is Too High a Price for Facebook and Google (Wall Street Journal, Jun 10, 2019)
Most of the ills traced to these companies are a direct consequence of their no-cost business models

Tech Giants Google, Facebook and Amazon Intensify Antitrust Debate (Wall Street Journal, Jun 10, 2019)
The backlash against Silicon Valley comes amid a broader movement to rethink antitrust in general and marks the scrambling of the old left-right divide over government intervention in the market

TSA Lets New-Arrived Illegals Fly WITHOUT ID (Multi-Video) (American Security Today, Jun 10, 2019)
For the past 6 months, the TSA has allowed migrants released by other Homeland Security agencies to board flights to other parts of the US despite passengers lackingany of the 15 documents it states are the only acceptable forms of ID

The GDPR Was Supposed to Boost Consumer Trust. It Has Failed. (Data Innovation, Jun 06, 2019)
According to recently released survey data that was collected in November 2018, European trust in the Internet is at its lowest in a decade. These results show that the GDPR—which the EU has touted as the gold standard for data protection rules—has had no impact on consumer trust in the digital economy since it came into force last May. Moreover, these findings suggest that the conventional wisdom among EU policymakers—that more regulation is necessary to spur consumer trust and innovation in the digital economy—is fundamentally flawed and should be abandoned.

The United States Has a Finalized Data Strategy (Data Innovation, Jun 10, 2019)
The White House Office of Management and Budget has released its Federal Data Strategy, which includes 40 actions agencies should take to improve their use of data. These actions include identifying datasets to prioritize for publication as open data, adopting or creating data standards to facilitate data sharing, and designing new data collections to maximize data reuse by future stakeholders.

Using Facial Analysis to Help Diagnose Rare Diseases (Data Innovation, Jun 10, 2019)
Researchers from the German University of Bonn and Charité, a hospital clinic in Berlin, have developed a facial recognition system that can help diagnose rare diseases. The researchers trained a neural network on 30,000 photos of individuals with rare diseases, finding that the network could automatically detect the physical characteristics of certain diseases. The additional ability to analyze photos improved the accuracy of the system, which previously just analyzed genetic and patient data, by more than 20 percent.

ACI-NA Leads CBP Staffing Coalition Letter in Support of 1,200 New Officers (ACI-NA, Jun 10, 2019)
With the House Appropriations Committee slated to consider its DHS funding bill on Tuesday, ACI-NA and a diverse coalition of industry stakeholders sent a letter to the committee on Friday supporting a provision in the bill that would provide CBP funding to hire 1,200 new officers at its ports-of-entry in the coming fiscal year. The following organizations – which include leading voices from various shipping, tourism, travel, trade, law enforcement, and employee groups – signed the letter:

How To Avoid Facial Recognition At The Airport (Washington Post, Jun 10, 2019)
Airlines and U.S. authorities are increasingly making use of facial-recognition technology, including at check-in, baggage drop, security and boarding.

Facial Recognition's Flaws Lead To Call For Reforms (Boston Herald, Jun 10, 2019)
The use of facial recognition technology — currently unregulated in Massachusetts and much of the nation — is under scrutiny on Beacon Hill and elsewhere,

How Facial Recognition Makes You Safer (NY Times, Jun 10, 2019)
Facial recognition: a cop's tool, a civil libertarian's nightmare ... And facial recognition technology enables just that kind of totalitarian surveillance,” said Kade .


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