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  • Smartphone voting
  • The EU’s big AI strategy
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Indian Express

Following a Delhi High Court order in a case related to missing children, the Delhi Police had acquired Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) software in March 2018 as a tool to identify lost and found boys and girls by matching photos.


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Several of the articles on this week’s list are from India. Here the Indian Express was the first to reveal the use of facial recognition on a crowd by Delhi police.

Biometric Update

Fight for the Future (FFTF) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy are organizing what they call a ‘National Day of Action to Ban Facial Recognition from College Campuses’ on March 2.


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CBC

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) has tested facial recognition technology but hasn’t used it, according to the force’s deputy chief.


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Deutsche Welle

It was easy to overlook the narrow, nondescript staircase leading to a brightly-lit basement mosque in Istanbul’s busy Sultan Murat neighborhood.


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CNET

Senators introduce a bill that would prohibit police use of the technology until guidelines and limitations are set.


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Reuters

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, India – When artist Rachita Taneja heads out to protest in New Delhi, she covers her face with a pollution mask, a hoodie or a scarf to reduce the risk of being identified by police facial recognition software.


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Venture Beat

Google’s self-driving car out on the streets of Palo Alto, Calif.


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CNET

Cheap-looking, overpriced security cameras weigh down the new Blue by ADT lineup.


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Biometric Update

The world is in the grip of a coronavirus epidemic the impact of which extends well beyond people’s health, including more than 1,300 reported deaths. The fear of this recently identified disease has closed businesses and grounded thousands of flights. The impacts have led to estimates of reduced economic growth in many countries.


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Bloomberg

China might have data and the U.S. might have money, but Europe has purpose.


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The EU’s unveil of its strategy on AI has massive implications for facial recognition. Bloomberg has an account here, that includes looking at Europe’s role between the U.S. and China.

Seattle Times

OLYMPIA — Washington state senators Wednesday approved a bill that would begin regulating the use of facial-recognition programs by local and state governments.


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Bloomberg Law

U.S. Customs and Border Protection ditched a plan to use iris scanning to track people coming in and out of the country after a federal contractor couldn’t explain flaws in the technology. The agency switched gears instead to facial recognition, a move that independent reviewers say highlights the risks and opportunities that come with the growing use of artificial intelligence in the federal government.


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Reuters

CHENNAI, India,- Indian police have reunited thousands of missing and trafficked children with their families using a new facial recognition app that campaigners said was a “game changer” in tackling the problem.


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Times of India

MANGALURU: With a view to further strengthen cybersecurity for India’s digital payments ecosystem, government is planning to go beyond the two factor authentication to the extent of facial recognition, eyeris and even checking location to ensure security of digital payments users, national cyber security coordinator Rajesh Pant said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi.


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Venture Beat

Yandex is trialing a driver attention control system to combat drowsiness at the wheel


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AP

LONDON — The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology.


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Find Biometrics

Ireland’s Department of Social Protection (DSP) confirmed reports that it uses biometric processing and facial recognition technologies as a part of its public services card (PSC) program.


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Chatham House

There are two well-established ideas in trade. Individually, they are correct. Combined, they can lead to a conclusion that is unfortunately wrong.


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University of Central Florida

The invention may help to make robots one day that can think like humans


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Current facial recognition systems use a server to identify images found with a sensor. Here researchers at University of Central Florida look at something more akin to the way humans see.

Wccftech

The EU today outlined its overarching strategy regarding data aggregation and handling as well as artificial intelligence (AI). The move is aimed at leveraging the heft of EU’s vast, developed market in order to establish gold standards in these spheres that may then be replicated throughout the globe.


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Computer World

The flaws could let a hacker alter, stop or expose how a person has voted.


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AFP

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – West Virginia’s disabled residents and overseas military personnel will be able to vote by smartphone in the US presidential election this year, the latest development in a push to make balloting more accessible despite persistent security fears.


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Daily Bruin

UCLA has backed down on including facial recognition software in its campus surveillance system after backlash from students.


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Daily Dot

‘Between fires and epidemics, masks are now part of our everyday lives.’


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China Daily

“Police remind you to scan the QR codes and register your information for quick passage. Thank you for your co-operation,” said Huang Tiantian, a robot working at an expressway exit toll station in Bao’an district of Shenzhen, South Guangdong province.


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