Facial Recognition Bill Would Ban Use By Federal Law Enforcement (NBC News, Jun 26, 2020)
Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation Thursday that seeks to ban the use of facial recognition and other biometric surveillance technology by federal law enforcement agencies. The legislation would also make federal funding for state and local law enforcement contingent on the enactment of similar bans.
 

We Need to Know How Often Facial Recognition Fails (One Zero , Jun 26, 2020)
One of the most serious facial recognition technology failures may never have come to light if it wasn’t for a single tweet. “I’d love to talk to you about Detroit’s facial recognition & my family,” Melissa Williams, a food blogger whose husband had been wrongfully arrested due to faulty use of facial recognition, tweeted to an outreach coordinator for the ACLU of Michigan.
 

Santa Cruz To Become First City To Ban Predictive Policing (KSBW, Jun 26, 2020)
Santa Cruz's Police Chief and Mayor hosted a community forum Thursday to discuss major policy changes within the city and the police department.
 

UN Human Rights Office Calls For Moratorium In Use Of Facial Recognition Technology (Merco Press, Jun 26, 2020)
The UN human rights chief called on Thursday for a “moratorium” on the use of facial recognition technology during peaceful protests, stressing that it could increase discrimination against people of African descent and other minorities.
 

It’s Time For D.C. To Regulate Police Surveillance Technology (Washington Post , Jun 26, 2020)
The time has come for the District to regulate police surveillance technologies. This month, the New York City Council approved the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act. It was a monumental victory for police transparency, expanding legislative accountability over the most secretive parts of the New York Police Department, including facial recognition, more than 9,000 linked surveillance cameras, automated license plate readers and a host of other monitoring technologies.
 

Facial-Recognition Backlash Brews After Fury Over Police Conduct (Bloomberg Law, Jun 26, 2020)
When the American Civil Liberties Union ran a test of Amazon.com Inc.’s facial recognition technology, the software falsely matched 28 members of Congress, many of them minorities, with mugshots of arrested people from police files.
 

Racial Bias: Correcting The Code Of Facial Recognition (France 24, Jun 26, 2020)
In this edition, as a faulty facial recognition match leads to the arrest of an innocent man in the US state of Michigan, we take a look at the underlying racial and gender bias of the technology. We dig deeper into the subject with MIT's Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, who is helping correct the code.
 

How Coronavirus and Protests Broke Artificial Intelligence And Why It’s A Good Thing (Observer, Jun 26, 2020)
Until February 2020, Amazon thought that the algorithms that controlled everything from their shelf space to their promoted products were practically unbreakable. For years they had used simple and effective artificial intelligence (AI) to predict buying patterns, and planned their stock levels, marketing, and much more based on a simple question: who usually buys what?
 

Boston Bans Municipal Use Of Facial Recognition (Morning Brew, Jun 26, 2020)
June has been a bad month for facial recognition algorithms, with companies, politicians, academics, and activists calling for moratoriums on the technology. But the real fireworks came this week.
 

House Bill Would Fund Fed Research on Facial Recognition And Policing (MeriTalk, Jun 26, 2020)
Chairperson of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, introduced legislation on June 18 to fund research into policing activities including the use of emerging tech such as facial recognition.
 

National Moves Against Facial Recognition Won’t Mean Much In Tampa Bay Area (Tampabay , Jun 26, 2020)
Protests over police violence against black communities put a spotlight on some of the tools law enforcement uses to protect and serve. Most recently, that focus centered on surveillance technology.
 

'The Computer Got It Wrong': How Facial Recognition Led To False Arrest Of Black Man (NPR, Jun 26, 2020)
Police in Detroit were trying to figure out who stole five watches from a Shinola retail store. Authorities say the thief took off with an estimated $3,800 worth of merchandise. Investigators pulled a security video that had recorded the incident. Detectives zoomed in on the grainy footage and ran the person who appeared to be the suspect through facial recognition software.

 

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