BetaNews: Microsoft calls for government regulation of facial recognition because of ‘potential for abuse’

BetaNews: Microsoft calls for government regulation of facial recognition because of ‘potential for abuse’. “Microsoft president Brad Smith has called on government to regulate facial recognition technology, citing concerns that it is open to abuse. While he acknowledges that technology company have a role to play, he that it is down to elected representatives to put rules in place.”

Phys.org: As facial recognition use grows, so do privacy fears

Phys .org: As facial recognition use grows, so do privacy fears. “Facial recognition is playing an increasing role in law enforcement, border security and other purposes in the US and around the world. While most observers acknowledge the merits of some uses of this biometric identification, the technology evokes fears of a ‘Big Brother’ surveillance state. Heightening those concerns are studies showing facial recognition may not always be accurate, especially for people of color.”

The Outline: Juggalos figured out how to beat facial recognition

The Outline: Juggalos figured out how to beat facial recognition. “Last September, the world welcomed Juggalos (or Juggalettes, depending on which you prefer) to The Resistance when they marched on Washington en masses to protest the policies of the Trump administration. As if they weren’t already doing the absolute most, the die-hard fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse have become accidental heroes for people concerned about facial recognition tech: According to Twitter user @tahkion, a computer science blogger for WonderHowTo, Juggalo makeup outmatches the machine learning algorithms that govern facial recognition technology.”

eWeek: IBM Addresses AI Bias with Massive Image Archive

eWeek: IBM Addresses AI Bias with Massive Image Archive. “IBM revealed that it will soon make available to the global research community a dataset of 1 million images to improve facial analysis system training; plus a dataset of 36,000 facial images that algorithm designers can use to evaluate bias in their own facial analysis systems.”

HART: Homeland Security’s Massive New Database Will Include Face Recognition, DNA, and Peoples’ “Non-Obvious Relationships” (EFF)

EFF: HART: Homeland Security’s Massive New Database Will Include Face Recognition, DNA, and Peoples’ “Non-Obvious Relationships”. “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly building what will likely become the largest database of biometric and biographic data on citizens and foreigners in the United States. The agency’s new Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) database will include multiple forms of biometrics—from face recognition to DNA, data from questionable sources, and highly personal data on innocent people. It will be shared with federal agencies outside of DHS as well as state and local law enforcement and foreign governments. And yet, we still know very little about it.”

Forbes: We Built A Powerful Amazon Facial Recognition Tool For Under $10

Forbes: We Built A Powerful Amazon Facial Recognition Tool For Under $10. “The democratization of mass surveillance is upon us. Insanely cheap tools with the power to track individuals en masse are now available for anyone to use, as exemplified by a Forbes test of an Amazon facial recognition product, Rekognition, that made headlines last month. Jeff Bezos’ behemoth of a business is seen by most as a consumer-driven business, not a provider of easy-to-use spy tech. But as revealed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is shipping Rekognition to various U.S. police departments. And because Rekognition is open to all, Forbes decided to try out the service. Based on photos staff consensually provided, and with footage shot across our Jersey City and London offices, we discovered it took just a few hours, some loose change and a little technical knowledge to establish a super-accurate facial recognition operation.”

Futurism: New Facial Recognition Software Tracks and Protects Endangered Primates

Futurism: New Facial Recognition Software Tracks and Protects Endangered Primates. “Facial recognition tech doesn’t have to be creepy or dystopian. We can actually use it for good. Case in point: Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) developed a facial recognition software program that could help save the lives of endangered primates.”