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IBM Calls For Limits On Exports Of Facial Recognition Technology (WRAL Tech Wire, Sep 11, 2020)
IBM on Friday called on the US government to limit exports of facil recognition technology that could be used for racial profiling or other human rights violations. Responding to requests for comment by the US Department of Commerce, IBM said limits should be placed on “the type of facial recognition system most likely to be used in mass surveillance systems, racial profiling or other human rights violations.”

Portland City Council Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology (National Review, Sep 11, 2020)
On September 9, 2020, the Portland, Oregon City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of facial recognition technology by the city government, including the police department, following similar actions by the cities of Boston and San Francisco. According to one Council member, “[T]his technology just continues to exacerbate the over-criminalization of Black and brown people in our community.” The ordinance requires the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Office of Equity and Human Rights to make sure that all city agencies are aware of the ordinance.

In The Future, Your GM Vehicle Might Know You By Your Face (Carbuzz, Sep 11, 2020)
The "Modus Biometric System" could use biometric identification to ready itself for the driver. A new trademark application from General Motors sheds some light on what could be a cutting-edge future comfort control system for cars, trucks, and SUVs. Just a couple of weeks ago, records show, GM filed to trademark the name "Modus Biometric System" as it applies to "adaptive electronic vehicle comfort systems sold as an integral part of a motor land vehicle," suggesting that biometric identification could, in the future, be used to automatically recall driver comfort settings. Biometric identifiers include things that are unique to each person - things like your fingerprint, palm print, retina, facial structure, and DNA.

AI Ethics - Why Teaching Ethics And "ethics Training" Is Problematic (Diginomica, Sep 11, 2020)
After three years speaking about, writing about and training in AI Ethics, organizations I speak with report that many of the students come back with a good understanding of the elements and remedies for ethical issues. But they continue to work as before. My observation is that this is the result of four factors:

The U.S. May Soon Scan New Immigrants’ Faces, Irises, Voices, and DNA (One Zero, Sep 11, 2020)
The Department of Homeland Security is looking to scan the faces, irises, voices, and DNA of millions more people per year, according to new rules proposed by the agency. The rules mean that DHS will collect sensitive data like iris scans, palm prints, and voice recordings from a projected 6 million people seeking to immigrate to the U.S. per year, including children under 14. If the rules go into effect as written, the personal information of more than 70% of those applying for immigration will be entered into a DHS database, depending on what kind of immigration status they’re applying for. Many will also have to pay an additional $85 biometrics processing fee.

Airlines, Unions Running Out Of Time To Get More Federal Aid (ACI-NA, Sep 11, 2020)
A couple hundred flight attendants and pilots rallied this week on Capitol Hill and tweeted at lawmakers, asking them for $25 billion in additional federal funds to prevent airline furloughs next month.

CBP Update: New Entry/Exit website (U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Sep 11, 2020)
As you can see from the attached tweet, we just launched a new website to inform the public and our key stakeholders about CBP’s mission to expand facial biometrics to further secure and streamline touchless travel. The site includes new video and information such as the current locations with biometric operations, partnership opportunities with CBP, and privacy safeguards related to CBP’s use of facial comparison technology. You can also find additional resources including the language in the signage and Tear Sheets that inform travelers about the opportunity to take a photo to verify identification at select air, land, and sea ports of entry. As we remember the victims and their families on the anniversary of this tragic day in America’s history, you may recall that it was the 911 Commission and subsequent legislation that called for the implementation of biometrics in arrival and departure operations to and from the United States. Here are the latest biometric Entry/Exit stats as of today, September 11, 2020:


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