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San Diego’s massive, 7-year experiment with facial recognition technology appears to be a flop

January 18, 2020 No Comments

At the stroke of midnight on December 31, the City of San Diego’s long experiment with facial recognition technology came to an abrupt end. For seven years, police had used a sophisticated network of as many as 1,300 mobile cameras (smartphones and tablets) and compiled a database of some 65,500 face scans—placing California’s second-largest city…

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A Year of Careful, Prosaic, BUIDLing

January 18, 2020 No Comments

Dec 18, 2019 at 17:30 UTCUpdated Dec 20, 2019 at 22:29 UTCBrian Behlendorf, executive director of HyperledgerThis post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Brian Behlendorf is the Executive Director of Hyperledger, an open source group advancing…

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The science news occasions that shaped 2019

January 18, 2020 No Comments

A year marked by climate protests, political uncertainty and debate over the ethics of gene editing in human embryos proved challenging for science. But researchers also celebrated some exciting firsts — a quantum computer that can outperform its classical counterparts, a photo of a black hole and samples gathered from an asteroid.Staring into spaceThis year,…

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Privacy is front and center at CES as professionals dispute essential concerns in the information economy

January 18, 2020 No Comments

Privacy experts speak at CES 2020. From left: Moderator Rajeev Chand, Partner and Head of Research at Wing Venture Capital; Erin Egan, VP Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer for Policy at Facebook; Jane Horvath, Senior Director, Global Privacy at Apple; Susan Shook, Global Privacy Officer at The Procter & Gamble Company; and Rebecca Slaughter,…

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Strip searches and ads: 10 tech and privacy hot spots for 2020 – Reuters

January 18, 2020 No Comments

TBILISI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From whether governments should use facial recognition for surveillance to what data internet giants should be allowed to collect, 2019 was marked by a heated global debate around privacy and technology. The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked 10 privacy experts what issues will shape the conversation in 2020: 1. CALIFORNIA DIGITAL…

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Professionals state the keto diet isn’t sustainable, so why is it so popular? – CNN

January 18, 2020 No Comments

(CNN) America is in the midst of a keto craze. The fashionable diet plan– which prohibits carbs to make your body burn fat for fuel– has actually kicked Weight Watchers’ derrière on the stock market, recorded the endorsement of celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian and Halle Berry, and deluged the web with dishes and copious […]

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Congress warns tech companies: Take action on encryption, or we will – CNET

January 18, 2020 No Comments

Lawmakers are telling tech companies to work with criminal investigations by weakening encryption. James Martin/CNET Congress sent a warning to tech giants on Tuesday, telling companies including Apple and Facebook that it intends to pass legislation to regulate encryption if Silicon Valley can’t reach an acceptable compromise with law enforcement agencies. Tech companies and privacy advocates…

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The Very Best (and Worst) Diets of 2020, According to Professionals – Health.com

January 18, 2020 No Comments

Every year millions of people set health-related New Year’s resolutions, so what much better time to study up on the very best and worst diets of the year? U.S. News and World Report easily drops their yearly rankings of the most popular diets a day approximately into the new year, and it’s a seriously valuable […]

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POLITICO Playbook PM: The uncomfortable Democratic debate – Politico

January 18, 2020 No Comments

IT’S DEBATE DAY. PBS NewsHour and POLITICO are hosting this year’s final Democratic presidential primary debate tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, and we couldn’t be more excited. ONLY SEVEN CANDIDATES WILL BE ONSTAGE: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. Kamala Harris qualified but dropped out, and…

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How to avoid the dystopian future of facial recognition in police

January 18, 2020 No Comments

Everybody’s afraid of facial recognition tech. Civil liberties activists warn that the powerful technology, which identifies people by matching a picture or video of a person’s face to databases of photos, can be used to passively spy on people without any reasonable suspicion or their consent. Many of these leaders don’t just want to regulate…

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