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Police face calls to end use of facial recognition software | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Police are facing calls to halt the use of facial recognition software to search for suspected criminals in public after independent analysis found matches were only correct in a fifth of cases and the system was likely to break human rights laws."
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Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The Chinese government has curbed freedoms in the province for the local Muslim population, installing facial recognition cameras on streets and in mosques and reportedly forcing residents to download software that searches their phones."
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The Trump rule? World leaders that violate Twitter rules will get warning label | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The new policy is a major shift in Twitter's efforts to balance its ideological commitment to free expression with user demands for improved enforcement of rules against harassment, hate speech and other toxic behavior."
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The Guardian view on female voice assistants: not OK, Google | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "This detail may seem trivial, but it goes to the heart of the way in which the spread of digital technologies can amplify and extend social prejudice."
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Bringing big tech to heel: how do we take back control of the internet? | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "From our vantage point, this arc from the stocking frames of the Luddites to the Factory Acts makes total sense: a transformative technological change, its adaptation unfettered by regulation, and then the demand for a collective response as the implications of those changes become clearer."
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The Predator in Your Pocket: A Multidisciplinary Assessment of the Stalkerware Application Industry - The Citizen Lab - 0 views

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    "These capabilities can afford dramatic powers and control over an individual's everyday life. And when this software is used abusively, it can operate as a predator in a person's pocket, magnifying the pervasive surveillance of the spyware operator."
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'Surveillance capitalism': critic urges Toronto to abandon smart city project | Cities | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""As we have made clear, we believe that data collected in public space must be overseen and closely controlled by an independent and publicly accountable Data Trust, not Sidewalk Labs, Google, or any private company," said spokesperson Keerthana Rang."
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Far-right Facebook groups 'spreading hate to millions in Europe' | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "In total, the group reported more than 500 suspect groups and Facebook pages operating across France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Poland and Spain. Most were either spreading fake news or using false pages and profiles to artificially boost the content of parties or sites they supported, in violation of Facebook's rules."
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New York considers fining pedestrians for texting while crossing | US news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "New Yorkers can expect to be fined from $25 to $250 if police officers catch them "using a portable electronic device while crossing a roadway"."
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Singapore to work with New Zealand to tackle terrorism and violent extremism - 0 views

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    "Launched in response to terror attacks in New Zealand in May, where a lone gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch while livestreaming the massacre on Facebook, it calls for the "effective enforcement" of laws prohibiting the dissemination of terrorist content. It also states that all action on the issue must be consistent with the principles of a free, open and secure Internet, without compromising freedom of expression."
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Inside the City That Spies on You - Featured Stories - Medium - 0 views

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    "Many of the countries buying into that technology, however, still lack the institutions and the legislative oversight to keep it under control. In young, volatile democracies especially, the lure of technological greatness is already coming at a great social cost. "The thing with technology is that it kind of becomes irresistible," says Professor Webster. "It's very tempting when it can do something for us more efficiently. But just because the technology can do something it doesn't mean we should use it.""
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Chinese companies using GPS tracking device smartwatches to monitor, alert street cleaners - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - 0 views

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    "Following backlash, the company said it removed the alarm function from the smartwatch, but reports maintain the employees are still being required to wear the device so their location can be tracked."
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Just smile: In KFC China store, diners have new way to pay | Reuters - 0 views

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    "Customers will be able to use a "Smile to Pay" facial recognition system at the tech-heavy, health-focused concept store, part of a drive by Yum China Holdings Inc to lure a younger generation of consumers. "
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Alexa and Google Home have capacity to predict if couple are struggling and can interrupt arguments, finds study | The Independent - 0 views

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    ""AI can pick up missed cues and suggest nudges to bridge the gap in emotional intelligence and communication styles. It can identify optimal ways to discuss common problems and alleviate common misunderstandings based on these different priorities and ways of viewing the world. We could be looking at a different gender dynamics in a decade.""
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