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Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm
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Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter has issued an apology for an image-cropping algorithm deemed racist after users found it would automatically focus on white faces over black ones.

New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms
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New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms

New Zealand's Statistics minister says the new charter on algorithms is an 'important part of building public trust."

China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI
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China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI

Organizations conducting research into Covid-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the U.S. Department...

Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London
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Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London

London's Metropolitan Police next month will deploy computer-linked live facial recognition cameras on city streets.

Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos
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Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos

Facebook has banned doctored videos, or deepfakes, designed to spread misinformation as the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches.

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches
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Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

A new mandatory national registration scheme calls for drone users in the U.K. to pass an online test and pay a £9 annual fee, or face a £1,000 fine.

'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial
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'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial

Driverless cars completed their first major street test in London this week.

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You
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Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Rapid advancements of AI and facial recognition technologies, combined with a dramatic decline in costs, means that these systems are now viable for use by supermarkets...

'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study
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'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study

Researchers have developed a model to estimate how easy it would be to deanonymize an arbitrary dataset.

Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'
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Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'

The founder of the online classifieds site is a survivor of the era of Internet optimism. He rejects the idea his website helped cause journalism's financial crisis...

New York School District's Facial Recognition System Sparks Privacy Fears
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New York School District's Facial Recognition System Sparks Privacy Fears

The Lockport, NY, city school district launch of a facial recognition system has resulted in some pushback from privacy advocates.

Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads
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Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads

The state of Victoria in Australia has approved a trial of driverless cars on rural roads.

Silicon Valley Finally Pushes for Data Privacy Laws at Senate Hearing
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Silicon Valley Finally Pushes for Data Privacy Laws at Senate Hearing

At a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday, technology industry representatives argued in favor of implementing federal data privacy laws.

Franken-algorithms: The Deadly Consequences of ­npredictable Code
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Franken-algorithms: The Deadly Consequences of ­npredictable Code

The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates 'a universe no one fully understands'...

Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACL­ Says
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Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACL­ Says

A test of Amazon's facial recognition software incorrectly matched the faces of 28 U.S. legislators to images in a mugshot database.

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?
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Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?

The speculation around cryptocurrencies has obscured the fact that blockchain, the decentralised, open-source ledger that drives bitcoin, could radically change...

Three Quarters of Android Apps Track ­sers With Third Party Tools
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Three Quarters of Android Apps Track ­sers With Third Party Tools

More than 75% of Android applications contain at least one third-party tracking tool.

'anonymous' Browsing Data Can Be Easily Exposed, Researchers Reveal
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'anonymous' Browsing Data Can Be Easily Exposed, Researchers Reveal

A German journalist and data scientist say they were able to easily obtain the "anonymous" online browsing information of more than 3 million Germans.
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