News Clips Congress Introduces Bill to Ban Federal Agencies From Using Facial Recognition

Congress Introduces Bill to Ban Federal Agencies From Using Facial Recognition

Via Vice Last week, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Pramila Jayapal and Ayanna Pressley introduced the “Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020”. The Act would forbid the Federal government from using facial recognition systems, with room for exceptions that must be passed an Act of Congress. Importantly, it also states that any local …

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News Clips Amazon suspends Rekognition use by police for 1 year

Amazon suspends Rekognition use by police for 1 year

Amazon announced that they are ending use of their Rekognition facial recognition technology for one year, effective immediately. Amazon says that they will still allow use of the system by “organizations like Thorn, the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Marinus Analytics.” Rekognition allows users to upload a series of photos of known …

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Analysis Oppose the EARN IT Act

Oppose the EARN IT Act

A new bi-partisan effort to attack speech online has been introduced in Congress. If passed, the EARN IT Act could change how we interact with online services in a very negative way. The ability of platforms like Facebook, reddit, Twitter and so many others to provide places for us to create content hinges on a …

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News Clips Bodycams + Facial Recognition: A Bad Combination

Bodycams + Facial Recognition: A Bad Combination

As the Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets over brutal killing of Black people by police in the US, a common call for change was to force all police to wear bodycams. Still today much video of police terror comes from cellphone video footage that a bystander or Copwatcher takes. It’s possible that …

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