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Army Scientists Want to Teach Exoskeleton Gear How to Improve Soldier Performance (Military.com, Apr 27, 2021)

U.S. Army researchers are studying how to help intelligent exoskeleton technology adapt to human behavior to improve soldier performance on the future battlefield. The service has tested exoskeleton equipment in the past, but soldiers faced challenges trying to adapt to the performance-enhancing technology. A new Army Research Laboratory study is trying to uncover how human brain and muscle signals, along with movement profiles, can help soldiers and exoskeleton tech work more efficiently together, according to a service news release.


Decentralized ID Adds New Firepower To Fight Against Digital-First Fraud (PYMNTS , Apr 27, 2021)

Sometimes a group of companies in the same industry, fighting for the same dollars, decide that maybe cooperation beats competition. Look at EMV, in which a consortium of payments companies and banks came together to secure credit transactions. Or look at The Clearing House, in which a group of financial services companies are putting their resources together to bring real-time payments to the masses. One such group has been fighting for better online authentication and against passwords since 2012.


How Tech Platforms Are Changing Verification And Authentication (Finextra, Apr 27, 2021)

In the finance world, everything’s gone digital. If you’re still trying to verify customers’ identity by asking where they lived ten years ago, or making them jump through manual hoops like sending small “test” transactions to verify a linked account, you’re falling behind. How you verify identifications and authenticate customers has a big impact on acquisition. 


The Invigilator Adds ID R&D Biometrics To Online Assessment Mobile App For The Education Sector (EIN Presswire, Apr 27, 2021)
Even before COVID-19, the education sector was experiencing growing demand for distance learning options. However, risks associated with online exams, including students obtaining help from friends and family, jeopardize the integrity of virtual academic programs. While this has led to an increase in automated proctoring software, traditional solutions present challenges. Many are expensive to implement and require students to have modern laptops and high-speed internet connections, limiting accessibility.


Legal chatbot firm DoNotPay Adds Anti-facial Recognition Filters To Its Suite Of Handy Tools (The Verge, Apr 27, 2021)
Legal services startup DoNotPay is best known for its army of “robot lawyers” — automated bots that tackle tedious online tasks like canceling TV subscriptions and requesting refunds from airlines. Now, the company has unveiled a new tool it says will help shield users’ photos from reverse image searches and facial recognition AI. It’s called Photo Ninja and it’s one of dozens of DoNotPay widgets that subscribers can access for $36 a year.

AI And Facial Recognition Face EU Curbs (Private Equity News, Apr 27, 2021)

European officials want to limit police use of facial recognition and ban the use of certain kinds of AI systems, in one of the broadest efforts yet to regulate high-stakes applications of artificial intelligence. The European Union Commission proposed a bill last week that would also create a list of high-risk uses of AI that would be subject to new supervision and standards for their development and use, such as critical infrastructure, college admissions and loan applications. 


Maine Advances Bill to Remove Police Surveillance Secrecy (Government Technology , Apr 27, 2021)
A bill aimed at lifting the shroud of secrecy covering police surveillance tools and their role in investigations of Maine citizens advanced Monday after members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee overwhelmingly recommended passage. Rep. Charlotte Warren, D- Hallowell, introduced the measure about a year ago after the Maine Sunday Telegram reported on Feb. 9, 2020, that state police are relying on a provision in Maine law to withhold information about whether they are using technologies capable of mass surveillance of citizens.

Russia: Police Target Peaceful Protesters Identified Using Facial Recognition Technology (Amnesty International , Apr 27, 2021)

Responding to the news that Moscow police have detained several activists and journalists identified using facial recognition technology as attendees of the peaceful rally in support of Aleksei Navalny on 21 April, Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International’s Moscow Office Director, said: “This is a new and extremely disturbing turn of events. Never before have the police been able to cast their net so widely to identify and target peaceful protesters using facial recognition technology. The police detained not only those who had joined the protests but also at least three journalists who were simply reporting on the rally.


Chinese Smart TV-Maker Accused Of Spying On Owners' Other Devices (Radio free Asia, Apr 27, 2021)
A China-based manufacturer of smart televisions has been accused of spying on its users by scanning their homes for other devices connected to the wifi network every few minutes, owners of the devices have reported on social media. Smart TVs made by Skyworth were found to have an app -- Gozen Data -- installed on the Android-based operating system of the TV, according to a post on the V2EX website titled "My TV is monitoring all connected devices."

El Paso Pet Shelter Using New Technology To Help Reunite Lost Pets (KFOX14, Apr 27, 2021)

El Paso Animal Services announced a new partnership that will help reunite lost dogs with their families. The animal shelter for the city is working with Petco Love, a national nonprofit formerly known as the Petco Foundation. Petco Love Lost is a new, searchable national database that uses patented facial recognition technology to make finding lost pets quicker and easier. This simple-to-use tool assists any pet parent or person who finds a lost pet.


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