06 Jul 2020

House Subcommittee Again Takes Aim at Amazon over Ring Surveillance

The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy has been pursuing Amazon over the company’s Ring doorbell camera technology as concerns over privacy, surveillance, and civil liberties continue to increase. The subcommittee Chairman wrote a letter on Thursday seeking assurances from Amazon that the Ring Inc. subsidiary would adhere to

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02 Jul 2020

DHS Looks to Expand Tracking of Election Interference Through Social Media

The Homeland Security Department is planning on tapping into custom-curated algorithms and commercially offered services to trace deliberate efforts by foreign state and non-state actors. Since US election interference has been an issue in past elections, with the 2020 Presidental Election forthcoming the DHS is taking the issue very seriously.

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02 Jul 2020

These Robots Are The Key To Reopening After The Pandemic

CO-founder of Akara Robotics Conor McGinn has been exploring opportunities in robotics that would help prevent the spread of COIVD-19. One of these possibilities is combining UV light and AI-based robots that could effectively clean surfaces and areas with the capability of UV light to kill pathogens, such as viruses,

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01 Jul 2020

Senators Introduce Deepfake-Focused Amendment to Defense Authorization Act

Recently, bipartisan legislation called the Deepfake Report Act was introduced and passed through the Senate. The legislation aims to address challenges posed by deepfakes and ensure election and national security threats are mitigated. The manipulated videos could post serious threats to politicians, as individuals can create videos that appear to

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30 Jun 2020

How public safety systems can be abused by nation state actors

Open-source systems such as nom or GitHub have been repeatedly abused to spread malware. Similarly, public safety systems that are designed to protect citizens from adversaries can be misused by threat actors to do the opposite. Nation-state actors can also reportedly target national security systems, particularly if they are open-source,

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30 Jun 2020

AWS Facial Recognition Platform Misidentified Over 100 Politicians As Criminals

Facial recognition technology continues to present privacy and security issues as it misidentifies people at an alarming rate. The technology is used by law enforcement agencies to make arrests, despite these identification errors. Consumer privacy expert Paul Bischoff found that Amazon’s face recognition platform mistook more than 100 photos of

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29 Jun 2020

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Federal Use of Facial Recognition Tech

On Thursday, a bicameral group of Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation that would effectively ban the use of facial recognition technologies by all federal agencies. Agencies could acquire explicit authorization from Congress under the bill. The bill is called the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020 and aims

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26 Jun 2020

Japanese Firm Unveils Smart Face Mask That Connects To Phones

A Japanese startup has designed and released a new smart face mask that connects to phones, lets users make calls remotely, and can amplify the wearer’s voice in case they can’t be heard clearly through the mask. The mask can also send messages via speech. The company behind the new

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25 Jun 2020

Bill Calls for Federally Funded Research on Police Use of Force and Facial Recognition

New legislation was recently introduced to the House of Representatives that outlines a plan for police-reform focused practices that would potentially mandate federal agencies to examine law enforcement use of force in the field and police technologies. The bill titled the Promoting Fair and Effective Policing Through Research Act would

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24 Jun 2020

TSA’s Plan to Address Evolving Threats to Travelers Relies on Innovative Technology

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a new guidance document that stresses the changing threats to US travelers and aims to improve the agency’s technology procurement, development, and delivery. The document also builds on the TSA Strategy document released in 2018, in which a tentative 8-year plan was outlined.

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