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Face Value #27

  • Systemic solutions to bias
  • Homeland Security & masks
  • Sports fan recognition gates
  • NYPD sued
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Financial Times ($)

The fate of TikTok and US-China relations

In addition to scraping the private information from the app’s 800m worldwide users, the Chinese could theoretically use the millions of images and videos posted on its site every day to improve its facial recognition technology, which, in turn, would feed into its Orwellian AI ambitions.

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AI needs systemic solutions to systemic bias, injustice, and inequality

At the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion breakfast at VentureBeat’s AI-focused Transform 2020 event, a panel of AI practitioners, leaders, and academics discussed the changes that need to happen in the industry to make AI safer, more equitable, and more representative of the people to whom AI is applied.

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The Intercept

Homeland Security worries COVID-19 masks are breaking facial recognition, leaked document shows

While doctors and politicians still struggle to convince Americans to take the barest of precautions against Covid-19 by wearing a mask, the Department of Homeland Security has an opposite concern, according to an “intelligence note” found among the BlueLeaks trove of law enforcement documents: Masks are breaking police facial recognition.

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Editor’s Note:

The subjects of masks has become a recurrent theme when talking about facial recognition and coronavirus. Here the Intercept reports on a leaked document about what security officials are feeling on the matter.


Could National Unrest Derail the Future of Facial Recognition?

As civil liberty groups have lobbied for police reforms nationwide, an increasingly hostile regulatory landscape is emerging for facial recognition technology. It throws into question whether there is a path forward for its use by state and local governments.

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Biometric Update

Qualcomm Smart Cities effort accelerates, edge devices for biometrics showcased

Qualcomm’s Smart Cities Accelerator Program has another partner to add to its growing effort, with PFU Limited, a Fujitsu company, announcing that the company has joined and will be focusing on contributing to the development of facial biometric technologies and smart cameras used in identity management solutions. Qualcomm, meanwhile, has offered up examples of the kind of smart edge devices that it hopes will propel growth beyond its core market for cellular network and smartphone technology.

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Mail on Sunday

Chinese firm on same banned list as Huawei makes British police radios

Hikvision have also been blocked from selling kit to agencies such as the FBI.

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Associated Press

Torino tests out anti-virus gate for stadium access

Torino tested out an automated anti-virus gate before its match against Hellas Verona in Italy’s top soccer division Wednesday.

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Editor’s Note:

Speaking of masks, they may become an important part of live events as they resume. Here AP looks at the “Feel Safe” device that judges whether a mask is being worn properly.

This Day (Nigeria)

Nigeria: All Eyes On Digital Identity Project Steering Committee

The recently inaugurated Steering Committee for Nigeria Digital Identity for Development Ecosystem Project is a pointer to the commitment of government to sustain its digital transformation drive, writes Emma Okonji

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Daily Dot

NYPD sued for refusing to disclose records about facial recognition use

The group requested documents about the NYPD’s use of facial recognition in Times Square.

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Editor’s Note:

The use of facial recognition by police has become the most talked about use case of the tech. Here the Daily Dot follows a lawsuit from the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project based on freedom of information requests.

Popular Mechanics

Why Hundreds of Mathematicians Are Boycotting Predictive Policing

Typically, mathematicians work with police departments to build algorithms, conduct modeling work, and analyze data.

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