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Face Value #22

  • Still supplying police

  • Nationwide US law?

  • Scandal in Colorado

  • Lobbying in Germany
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WSJ ($)

Facial Recognition Companies Commit to Police Market After Amazon, Microsoft Exit

The use of facial recognition technology by U.S. law enforcement agencies isn’t dead, despite the withdrawal this week of Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. from the market.

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Congress, cops and facial recognition: Amazon’s pause puts the pressure on

Amazon’s facial recognition moratorium calls for Congress to act. Here’s what lawmakers want.

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ABC News (Australia)

‘How did this happen?’: Facial recognition slowly being trialled around the country

When Lauren Dry heard last year that facial recognition cameras were being trialled in the suburb of East Perth, she thought it was a joke.

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Editor’s Note:

Facial recognition technology has quietly been spreading its wings in Australia. Nadia Daly reports for ABC, covering all the angles of legislation, entrepreneurship and privacy.


Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

Tech giants love to portray themselves as forces for good and as the United States was gripped by anti-racism protests a number of them publicly disavowed selling controversial facial recognition technology to police forces.

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Tech companies push for nationwide facial recognition law. Now comes the hard part

In a matter of days, there was a sea change with one of the most cutting-edge and controversial technologies in Silicon Valley. Three tech giants — Amazon, Microsoft and IBM — all said this week they will not sell facial recognition technology to police.

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Colorado Springs Gazette

Furor over facial recognition technology lands on UCCS campus

A recent media firestorm that a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor says was overblown and inaccurate drew attention to his $3.3 million government research project that he said is helping American military better identify and thwart terrorists.

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Editor’s Note:

Facial recognition of course needs faces to test and train. Here the Gazette reports on the scandal over Professor Terrance Boult secretly photographing thousands of students on campus, a debate that touches on public vs. private, the First Amendment and more.


PimEyes facial recognition website ‘could be used by stalkers’

A free facial recognition tool that allows people to find pictures of themselves or others from around the internet has drawn criticism from privacy campaigners.

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Amazon Can’t Make Facial Recognition Go Away

Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft have generated a lot of excitement by announcing that they will, at least for a while, stop selling facial recognition software to police departments. Municipalities have imposed moratoriums. Some activists are calling for an outright ban, on the grounds that the technology can disproportionately – and wrongly – identify people of color as criminals.

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Der Spiegel

Philipp Amthor’s World: A Young Star in Merkel’s Party Is in Danger of Falling

Philipp Amthor, a young up-and-comer in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right CDU, is facing sanctions of wielding his political influence for private gain. Could a promising career have already reached the end of the road?

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Editor’s Note:

While Der Spiegel had a hard time finding out exactly what Augustus Intelligence does, it had plans for facial and object recognition. Here the newspaper explores the help it received from a young lawmaker who later became a director of the company.

The Economist ($)

An understanding of AI’s limitations is starting to sink in

After years of hype, many people feel AI has failed to deliver, says Tim Cross

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