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The Conversation

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated headlines with public fears mounting and governments around the world scrambling to find ways to control the spread of the virus.


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Lawfare Blog

The Washington Post reported recently that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have accessed, without obtaining judicial process, a Maryland facial recognition database that contains photographs of more than 275,000 undocumented immigrants who have obtained special driver’s licenses under a 2013 state law.


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Hong Kong Free Press

Since the coronavirus outbreak became a fast-spreading pandemic, governments from across the globe have implemented new policies to help slow the spread of the virus. In addition to closing borders to non-citizens, many governments have also mobilised digital surveillance technologies to track and contain visitors and citizens alike.


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The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed governments to extend their surveillance programs far and wide. Shui-yin Sharon Yam discusses how far these governments are likely to go in implementing technologies like facial recognition.

Bloomberg

Last week, the mayor of Ecuador’s largest city ordered the international airport’s runway blocked to prevent a KLM airliner from landing to pick up Dutch tourists stranded by the coronavirus.


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The Verge

Speech recognition systems have more trouble understanding black users’ voices than those of white users, according to a new Stanford study.


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Tech Radar

The proliferation of smart phones and mobile devices has benefited our society an immeasurable amount, their existence enriches and simplifies our lives. The convenience that comes with using smart devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) is so ingrained in our society that we now take it for granted.


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AFP

A vast and contentious network of facial recognition cameras keeping watch over Moscow is now playing a key role in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus in Russia.


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Analytics Insight

A lot of factors have contributed to the revolutionizing success of AI. Computer Vision is one of those driving elements.


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Venture Beat

Miso Robotics, a startup developing robots that can perform basic cooking tasks in commercial kitchens, today announced that it has deployed new tools to its platform in CaliBurger restaurants intended to improve safety and health standards.


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Biometric Update

The covid-19 outbreak has brought biometrics to broader use and public attention for early detection, patient screening, and public safety monitoring, and will impact different markets and verticals in the long term, according to a new report from ABI Research.


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Electronic Frontier Foundation

In the current moment, governments may be tempted to funnel scarce public health resources into the use of face recognition to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Public health crises, especially a global pandemic, may require extraordinary measures in favor of the public good—but invasive face surveillance is not in the public’s interest.


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Analytics Insight

In the last decade, we have seen an increase in the utilization of innovation in numerous business segments to improve and better connect with customers. This is particularly valid in the banking and finance division. Since the beginning of the digital revolution facial recognition has been picking up prominence over touch and type based interactions because of the convenience it offers without settling on the security of transactions.


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Radio Free Europe

Words like “draconian” and “Mao-style social controls” have been used to describe Chinese officials’ restrictions on society in central China in their battle against the deadly coronavirus.


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UK Authority

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC) and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have updated the template for data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) on the use of surveillance cameras.


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While there are multiple laws pertaining to facial recognition, there is not much clarity pertaining to the use of CCTV footage. Here, UK Authority discusses the launch of a new regulation that protects surveillance camera footage in the UK.

IT Pro Portal

Advice for enterprises on how to leverage the next phase of advanced AI technology.


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Economic Times (Times of India)

PUNE: The Ramco Innovation Lab in Singapore on Wednesday unveiled an advanced facial recognition based time and attendance system embedded with temperature recording and IoT sensor doors to enable organizations to move towards a contact-free attendance system in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.


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Inverse

So far we haven’t seen commercial drones being used for terrorist attacks, but we need to prepare before that happens.


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The Next Web

We live in an age where we have unprecedented access to almost any information we need. With the emergence of new technology like artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition, big data, and more, the human experience is being changed forever.


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The New York Times

The United States can learn from other countries to track the pandemic while still protecting privacy.


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The Hindu

The Tiruvallur police have launched a platform, that includes an application with facial recognition features, to communicate and track those under home quarantine.


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The Register

You may want to check what you’re actually teaching your neural networks in future.


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Ever wondered if you could beat automated recognition technology? Thomas Claburn provides a few tips on how to fool technology that is meant to recognize your pets.

Engadget

“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” the IOC said in a statement.


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Khaleej Times

Soon, wanted criminals roaming freely on the streets will be instantly nabbed – with the help of a smart patrol system set to be introduced by the Abu Dhabi Police


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South China Morning Post

China’s reliance on US-originated deep learning frameworks is seen as a significant gap in its AI ecosystem


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Slate

According to U.S. government officials, privacy may be a necessary victim of the novel coronavirus. According to the Washington Post, federal officials have recently held conversations with an array of tech companies to discuss increased access to geolocation information taken from Americans’ smartphones. That’s highly personal information, showing who meets with whom and who goes where.


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