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Amazon extends ban indefinitely on police use of its facial-recognition technology

Washington Post - Technology News

Council members in King County, Wash., where Amazon's Seattle headquarters is based, are considering a local ban this month. And in Virginia, where Amazon is building its second headquarters, known as HQ2, state lawmakers just enacted one of the strictest laws in the country, requiring local law enforcement to secure state legislative approval before using any facial recognition system.

Startup taps radio frequency data, AWS tools to search the seas for pirates


What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence On the open ocean, identifying vessels can be challenging. Governments and maritime insurers use the Automatic Identification System (AIS) to identify ships, but bad actors can easily "go dark." If a ship has deactivated its AIS beacons, there's a chance it could be involved in smuggling, piracy, illegal fishing or human trafficking. Hawkeye 360 is a data analytics company that aims to address this challenge using space-based radio frequency (RF) mapping. The six year-old company, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, operates a constellation of commercial satellites to detect, characterize and geolocate a broad range of RF signals.

Analyst pleads to leaking secrets about drone program

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A former Air Force intelligence analyst pleaded guilty Wednesday to leaking classified documents to a reporter about military drone strikes against al-Qaida and other terrorist targets. The guilty plea from Daniel Hale, 33, of Nashville, Tennessee, comes just days before he was slated to go on trial in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, for violating the World War I-era Espionage Act. Hale admitted leaking roughly a dozen secret and top-secret documents to a reporter in 2014 and 2015, when he was working for a contractor as an analyst at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

'They track every move': how US parole apps created digital prisoners

The Guardian

In 2018, William Frederick Keck III pleaded guilty in a court in Manassas, Virginia, to possession with intent to distribute cannabis. He served three months in prison, then began a three-year probation. He was required to wear a GPS ankle monitor before his trial and then to report for random drug tests after his release. Eventually, the state reduced his level of monitoring to scheduled meetings with his parole officer. Finally, after continued good behaviour, Keck's parole officer moved him to Virginia's lowest level of monitoring: an app on his smartphone.

FBI hires 140 robots to retrieve sensitive information


Imagine the headache of physically retrieving a paper file from a large records room stuffed full of files. Now expand the problem by imagining a 250,000 square foot facility full of 360,000 filing bins stuffed with paper records. Well, these aren't just any files, but sensitive law enforcement records that could be crucial in stopping crimes and vindicating innocent people. That's the scenario facing administrators of a Winchester, Virginia, retrieval warehouse for FBI files built to consolidate records previously contained within more than 250 FBI field offices around the world. The FBI is famous for its record keeping and has collected billions of pages over its more than a century in existence.

RCMP Hires US Artificial Intelligence Firm to Spy on Web Users


The RCMP awarded a new social media monitoring contract Sept. 2 to a U.S. company that uses artificial intelligence to track what's said on the web. Virginia-based Babel Street says its software can instantly translate between 200 languages and filter social media content by geographic areas and by sentiments expressed. We can't let journalism fade away. Contribute to The Tyee so we can add to our team. Two lucky Tyee readers will win an all-access ticket to this annual literary event.

Clearview to rely on First Amendment to defend its face-tracking tech


As lawsuits and cease-and-desist notices pile up on Clearview AI's doorstep, the company's legal strategy is clarifying, and it's all about First Amendment rights. Clearview has hired a longstanding First Amendment lawyer, Floyd Abrams, to defend the company against claims that its technology violates privacy and safety laws. And there are a lot of claims. Clearview AI is facing lawsuits in Illinois, California, Virginia and New York, though most of these charges have been transferred to New York's Southern District, where they'll be heard by Judge Colleen McMahon. Additionally, the American Civil Liberties Union is suing Clearview in Illinois for violating the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act, which prohibits the corporate collection of faceprints without residents' knowledge or consent.

What Deepfakes Actually Are


While it looks like another tale of internet magic, it points to something darker stirring in the internet's depths. This story was originally published August 19, 2019. The video exists thanks to deepfake technology and while its realism is still in its infancy, it's fast becoming one of the most terrifying developments in technology. To better understand how it works and what it means the future, we peeked under the covers. A update to Virginia, U.S.A.'s law against revenge porn banning the distribution of videos and images that have been deepfaked - modified using machine learning algorithms to picture someone else - or otherwise created with the intent to "coerce, harass, or intimidate" a victim went into effect on Tuesday, per CNET.

Dating app Grindr removes 'ethnicity filter' allowing users to search for potential partners by race

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Dating app Grindr has said it will remove its'ethnicity filter' that allows users to search potential matches by race. Singletons prepared to pay £12.99-a-month for the'premium' service are currently able to sort users based on their ethnicity, weight, height, and other characteristics. But less than 24 hours after its tweet supporting'Black Lives Matter' received widespread condemnation over the filter, the company has said it will delete it. Protests have rocked the US for six days following the death of George Floyd, who was filmed gasping'I can't breathe' as an officer knelt on his neck in Logan County, West Virginia. Writing on Twitter, the app said: 'As part of our commitment to (Black Lives Matter), we have decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release.

How Documentary Theater Goes From Interviews to Final Production


This week, host Isaac Butler talks to documentary theater makers Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, whose plays include The Exonerated, about the criminal justice system, and Coal Country, about the Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia. Blank and Jensen explain how documentary theater works, from interviews with subjects to the final product, where actors perform interview excerpts verbatim. After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss why documentary theater is such a great way to communicate important information to an audience. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to