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Yes, AI is Screwing Over Black Folks, but Here's How We Can Game the System (The Root, Jul 05, 2024)
Generative AI is expected to exacerbate the racial wealth gap because Black workers are overrepresented in roles that AI is likely to replace. Facial recognition technology is far less accurate for Black faces — especially Black women — and this unreliability goes far beyond a technical “glitch,” it can lead to wrongful arrests and other serious consequences. AI is also transforming the hiring process by deciding which resumes to read and share. Because these systems reflect systemic biases, it has led to the exclusion of qualified Black candidates.

Wired for Duty: How Biometric Wearables are Changing Police Work (LawOfficer.com, Jul 05, 2024)
Biometric wearables offer a proactive solution to these health crises by providing real-time monitoring and feedback on officers’ physical and mental health. Traditional gear, while essential, no longer addresses the growing health crises among officers. This is where the integration of technology into outerwear comes into play. Devices like Fitbits and Apple Watches allow users to track their health goals and monitor vital signs. The integration of similar technology into police gear could revolutionize how departments manage officer well-being.

Photos Hoodwink Face Recognition Tools on Banking Apps (eVnExpress, Jul 04, 2024)
Binh Minh, a tech worker in HCMC, said: "I used three banking accounts and two e-wallets to test. The e-wallets did not recognize the photo but of the three banking apps only one found out something was wrong, while the other two allowed the transactions of over VND10 million."

Essential Reforms Needed to Elevate Biometric Data Protection: Botswana's Biometric Data Security Challenges and Urgent Calls for Legal Reforms (APC, Jul 05, 2024)
Another development related to surveillance has been the installation of street cameras by the Botswana police. The cameras, installed in partnership with Huawei technologies, are said to be fitted with facial recognition technology. This has raised fears that, contrary to what they are officially meant for, which is to fight crime, the use of this technology is vulnerable to abuse. While there has not been a public case specifically arising from the CCTV surveillance, the ‘body language’ of government justifies suspicions. In January 12, 2022, government gazetted and pushed to parliament a bill seeking a blank cheque to snoop and intercept the public’s private communications. 

The Role of Biometrics at Munich Airport (International Airport Review, Jul 05, 2024)
The use of biometric facial recognition is restricted to flights operated by Lufthansa and Austrian. SWISS and Turkish Airlines are about to join shortly. The Star Alliance Biometrics product was first introduced by the Lufthansa Group. The aim is to encourage more Star Alliance carriers to get involved. Registered passengers can use their Star Alliance profile for flights of all participating airlines.


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