05 Apr 2019

Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite ‘Project Kuiper’ constellation

Amazon wants to put a “constellation” of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit as part of Project Kuiper, a project that aims to provide “low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity” around the globe to “tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet.” According to the United Nations (UN),

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28 Jan 2019

Why Google, Infosys & Amazon Are Betting High On Open-Source AI

American tech giants Google and Amazon, along with the Indian Infosys, are increasingly “open-sourcing” their artificial intelligence projects. This approach, in contrast to the more competitive and secretive approach being pursued by many companies China, may help to reduce some risks of A.I. and improve development of the entire field.

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18 Jan 2019

Amazon Shareholders Move to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies

A bloc of five Amazon shareholders groups have submitted a resolution to “prohibit sales of facial recognition technology to government agencies unless the Board concludes, after an evaluation using independence evidence, that the technology does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights.” The

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11 Jan 2019

Poll: Nearly 3 in 4 Tech Workers in DC Would Consider Leaving Their Employer for Amazon

A recent survey highlights many of the problems facing the government tech sector, showing that 71% of the technology employees in the Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and Washington, D.C. areas would consider leaving their current job for a position at Amazon. The new Amazon location is expected to hire up

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04 Jan 2019

The FBI is Trying Amazon’s Facial-Recognition Software

Government use of silicon valley tech is projected to skyrocket in 2019, with the FBI’s use of Amazon’s facial-recognition software showcasing the broader trend. The use began as a pilot program in 2018 to support a number of counter-terrorism investigations that generated more video footage to be sifted than could

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21 Dec 2018

Amazon Sends 1,700 Alexa Voice Recordings to a Random Person

Amazon sent 1,700 voice recordings captured by their Alexa in-home device to a random person. An individual in Germany requested copies of all of his data on Amazon’s files as part of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. As part of their compliance, however, Amazon included 1,700 voice recordings from

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30 Nov 2018

FBI’s Counterterrorism Investigations Now Run on Amazon

An FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism recently announced a nearly two-year-old partnership between the bureau and Amazon in which Amazon’s cloud services are used to host and analyze counterterrorism intelligence, both classified and unclassified. The partnership emerged from what the FBI referred to as a “data crisis” that was

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15 Nov 2018

These Companies Are Pitching AI to the U.S. Military

“While Silicon Valley workers continue to protest their employers selling artificial intelligence products to the U.S. military, the U.S. military is still looking to spend money on AI. The Army Research Lab, the Project Maven team, and the Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will host technology companies later this month in

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12 Nov 2018

Amazon must give up Echo recordings in double murder case, judge rules

A New Hampshire judge has ordered Amazon to deliver Echo recordings connected to a double murder that occurred in the room in which the Echo was located. An Amazon spokesperson had stated that it would not provide any data “without a valid and binding legal demand properly served,” similar to

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05 Oct 2018

Report: China Used Tiny Chips to Infiltrate the U.S. Supply Chain

“Tiny surveillance microchips, produced by Chinese company SuperMicro, were placed inside hardware within data centers used by Apple, Amazon and other large U.S. tech companies, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The chips were allegedly used to gather information like trade secrets and intellectual property. According to the report, 30 U.S. companies were affected, but no consumer data was

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