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Police trial of Amazon facial recognition tech doesn’t seem to be going very well

Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Rekognition, continues to cause controversy. In documents recently obtained by BuzzFeed News, we now have a behind-the-scenes look at how Orlando police have been using the technology. After the city let the original pilot program expire after public outcry, Orlando started a second pilot program with an “increased” number of face-scanning...CONTINUE READING

Controversial bill allowing authorities to shoot down private drones heads to the president’s desk

The U.S. government will soon have authority to shoot down private drones considered a threat. Following a House vote in April, the Senate this week passed the FAA Reauthorization Act, which renews funding for the Federal Aviation Administration until 2023. SEE ALSO: SpaceX nails another rocket landing on its droneship It also aims to modernize...CONTINUE READING

Houston police chief expresses hopelessness about gun control in emotional post

The shooting that killed 10 at a school in Santa Fe, Tex. on Friday has once again brought up America’s need for gun control and growing desensitization to mass shootings, and Houston chief of police Art Acevedo is done with it.  In a public Facebook post, Acevedo said he has “hit rock bottom” on gun...CONTINUE READING

Live Nation to roll out facial recognition at events, and we’re not cheering

One day after the President of the United States proclaimed the new holiday of state “Loyalty Day,” a conglomerate has made an announcement about its ability to track the faces and movements of its millions of IRL customers. SEE ALSO: Chinese police used facial recognition to catch a suspect in a crowd of 60,000 Live...CONTINUE READING

Chinese police used facial recognition to catch a suspect in a crowd of 60,000

Looks like the Chinese surveillance state is really up and running, guys! Chinese state news agency ECNS reported Thursday that police used facial recognition-enabled cameras to catch a criminal suspect amongst a crowd of 60,000 concert-goers. Cool! SEE ALSO: China is using AI to predict who will commit crime next The suspect, identified as Mr....CONTINUE READING

Box that unlocks iPhones is the hottest new gadget for police

Law enforcement agencies — despite protests from privacy advocates — have long lobbied to get access to your smartphone. Now a mysterious U.S. startup called Grayshift — which reportedly has an ex-Apple security engineer on staff — is providing iPhone unlocking tools to cops, according to Motherboard. SEE ALSO: Here’s 5 tips for Spring cleaning...CONTINUE READING

Dude escapes from jail Indiana Jones style by ducking under a closing door

It’s something straight out of an Indiana Jones movie: guy is captured, guy gets out of his restraints, ducks under a closing door, and guy manages to escape.  Except, it’s from an actual video released by the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.  Michael Maldonado was arrested on Monday during a traffic stop and brought into the...CONTINUE READING

Police and communities can find themselves without a way to communicate. This startup thinks it can help.

When Kona Shen moved back to the United States in 2014 after a few years in Haiti, she returned to a country grappling with police brutality. Eric Garner was killed in a police officer’s chokehold that July and Michael Brown was shot and killed by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August. “I came back...CONTINUE READING

Facebook’s AMBER Alerts system launches in Australia

Facebook‘s AMBER Alerts are now available in Australia as part of a partnership with the country’s state and federal police, and Australians will now be notified of missing children on top of their News Feeds. SEE ALSO: How Facebook Messenger bots are driving social change around the world While the instance of abducted children in...CONTINUE READING
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