Speed Read

New Terminal Scanner Screens Temperatures, Faces To Improve Safety At USARC, FORSCOM (DIVDS, Oct 14, 2020)
The U.S. Army Reserve is about people first, but sometime it’s better to let a machine do the job during a time of social distancing. New help arrived in the size of a mini-tablet to scan faces and temperatures of Soldiers and civilian employees who enter Marshall Hall, the headquarters building for both the U.S. Army Reserve Command and the U.S. Forces Command.

The Next Level Of Discrimination: Algorithmic Bias (Medium, Oct 14, 2020)
Recently, my family finally decided to transition from the Wii console (yes people still use these) and invested in a PS4 with the Camera. When we were setting up the camera, it would not detect us. We went online and searched up what we could do. We ended up buying 2 huge lights to add to the living room and the camera still couldn’t recognize. However, our mom (who is a few shades lighter) happened to walk behind us and the camera immediately caught her.

No Place In Crime Fighting For Biased Facial Recognition Technology (The Advocate, Oct 14, 2020)
Across the country and here in Louisiana, Americans of all political stripes are realizing the dangers of mass surveillance technologies, especially when they are deployed without the necessary safeguards to protect against abuse and discrimination. Far from improving public safety and preventing crime, technologies like facial recognition have shown to falsely identify Black and Brown people, erode public trust and make everyone less safe.

Governments Are Using The Pandemic As An Excuse To Restrict Internet Freedom (Technology Review, Oct 14, 2020)
The news: Global internet freedom has declined for the 10th year in a row as governments use the coronavirus pandemic as cover to restrict people’s rights, according to a report by think tank Freedom House. Its researchers assessed 65 countries, accounting for 87% of internet users worldwide. The report covers the period from June 2019 to May 2020, but some key changes took place when the pandemic struck.

Mayor Says Facial Recognition Software Not Part Of Birmingham Police Plan (AI, Oct 14, 2020)
The City of Birmingham is in the process of purchasing Motorola software for its Real Time Crime Center that’s capable of feeding real-time video and pictures of crimes in progress to Birmingham Police Headquarters. That won’t include facial recognition software - the computerized identification of people through video and pictures, both Mayor Randall Woodfin and the Birmingham City Council emphasized this week.

KFC Now Lets Customers Collect Their Chicken From Contactless Lockers At 4 Restaurants In Japan (Business Inside, Oct 14, 2020)
KFC is rolling out contactless pick-up lockers to some of its restaurants in Japan. After customers order and pay for their fast food via their phones, staff cook the order and put it into one of the lockers. Customers then enter their order code on a small pin pad to open the locker doors and collect their food, as shown in the video below. The lockers can be used for both food and drink, suggesting they are not heated.

US Authorities Exploring Use Of Testing To Ease Air Travel Restrictions Between NYC And London (CNN, Oct 14, 2020)
After months of stringent international travel restrictions, efforts are underway to open travel between London and New York City, according to sources familiar with the plans. There is ongoing planning for a pilot program that would use a combination of testing and quarantines to help get international air traffic moving again, according to one of the sources familiar with the plans. The NYC-London route would be a pilot route for the program.

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New Mexico’s San Juan College Deploys BIO-key's PortalGuard Identity And Access Management Solution For Frictionless, Cost-Effective Single Sign-on (BIO-key, Oct 14, 2020)
Today announced that San Juan College, located in Farmington, New Mexico, has deployed BIO-key's PortalGuard Identity and Access Management solution. The BIO-key solution provides increased security and supports a broader array of Single Sign-On (SSO) protocols, enabling end-users to easily access all of their cloud and web applications without having to authenticate into each application individually.


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