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RCMP denied using facial recognition technology – then said it had been using it for months

March 29, 2020 No Comments

The RCMP denied using facial recognition technology as recently as January – before disclosing a few weeks later it had been using Clearview AI, a controversial app that has harvested billions of personal photos from social media, for months.Visitors check their phones next to a screen advertising facial recognition software during the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in…

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Boy Scouts says it’s safe, and offers sex abuse victims just 80 days to file claim. Victims balk.

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CLOSE Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy after a flood of sex abuse cases, reports of declining membership, & legal battles with insurance companies. USA TODAYStealthily, in thousands of pages of documents filed in the dark of night, the Boy Scouts of America has planted the first seeds for a bankruptcy that is expected to grow into a dramatic and expansive fight. Deep in the paperwork filed early Tuesday…

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Building Empathy: Zarith Pineda on Human-Centered Design and New Territories

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Building Empathy: Zarith Pineda on Human-Centered Design and New Territories Courtesy of Territorial Empathy Human-centered design places people at the center of our cities. Using this philosophy to rethink traditional approaches to planning, the architectural and urban designer Zarith Pineda founded Territorial Empathy. Pineda’s research lab specializes in mitigating urban conflict through architectural interventions. Over…

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Can You Hear Me Now? (Ep. 406)

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(Photo: Getty/Wong) When he became chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai announced that he was going to take a “weed whacker” to Obama-era regulations. So far, he’s kept his promise, and earned the internet’s ire for reversing the agency’s position on net neutrality. Pai defends his actions and explains how the U.S. can…

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Honeywell, I exploded the qubits: Thermostat maker to use cloud access to ‘world’s most powerful quantum computer’ within months

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Honeywell International, a business known to most folks mainly for its thermostats, claims to have achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing. On Tuesday, the American mega-manufacturer plans to announce that within three months, it will offer cloud-based access to the world’s most powerful quantum computer, as measured by Quantum Volume. Quantum Volume is a benchmarking…

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Campaign videos enter new territory with deceptive editing

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What exactly was that Bloomberg video? U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s recent campaign video portraying other Democratic candidates as dazed and confused in response to a question he posed during last week’s Las Vegas debate generated considerable discussion in the misinformation and media worlds. The video wasn’t a fake, exactly, but it was edited in…

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Can You Hear Me Now? (Ep. 406)

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(Photo: Getty/Wong) When he became chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai announced that he was going to take a “weed whacker” to Obama-era regulations. So far, he’s kept his promise, and earned the internet’s ire for reversing the agency’s position on net neutrality. Pai defends his actions and explains how the U.S. can…

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How Silicon Valley Went from Technology Hero to Bad Guy – Governing

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Erin Scott/Zuma Press/TNS) Once hailed for innovation and transformation, the tech industry is in the midst of a backlash. With growing public concern over privacy and the threat to existing jobs, expect to see more…

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The meme endorsement you might have missed—- and why it matters for 2020

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On Jan. 19, the New York Times editorial board made history when it endorsed two candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, for president, concluding, “May the best woman win.” This came on the heels on another key endorsement, one that got far less media coverage: On Jan. 15, New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens, a…

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“Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again”: Three Comments on the Executive Order

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“Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again”: Three Comments on the Executive Order Those who reject Classical and traditional architectures out of hand fail to recognize their important biophilic qualities, emerging from evolution and refinement over centuries to produce some of the most successful, well-loved and enduring places in the world — like the British Museum in…

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