Category: Family Unit

Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon’s Child Data Collection Practices

Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon’s Child Data Collection Practices

Sam Biddle | The Intercept | Source URL Last year, a coalition of privacy advocates and child psychologists warned against putting an Amazon Alexa speaker anywhere near your child on the fairly reasonable grounds that developing minds shouldn’t befriend always-on surveillance devices, no matter how cute the packaging. Now, a […]

Chinese schools scanning children’s brains to see if they are concentrating

Chinese schools scanning children’s brains to see if they are concentrating

Chris Baynes | The Independent | Source URL Headbands that monitor concentration by reading brain signals have been trialled on thousands of Chinese schoolchildren. The devices could soon be used on millions of students across China, according to the US tech company which designed them. Massachusetts-based start-up BrainCo says its […]

Unlimited Tomorrow shows off incredible 3D-printed prosthetic arm for kids that uses advanced muscle sensors to control hand motion and matches ANY skin tone

Unlimited Tomorrow shows off incredible 3D-printed prosthetic arm for kids that uses advanced muscle sensors to control hand motion and matches ANY skin tone

Cheyenne MacDonald | The Daily Mail | Source URL A new lower-cost method for creating high-tech prosthetics aims to make the devices much more accessible to amputees around the world – especially children. New York-based prosthetics company Unlimited Tomorrow unveiled its amazing 3D-printed prosthetic arm at CES this week. The […]

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy

Crystal Reid | The Telegraph | Source URL Schools in southern China are forcing children to wear uniforms embedded with computer chips that track their movement and trigger an alarm if they skip class. More that more than 10 schools in Guizhou province and the neighboring autonomous region of Guangxi […]

Human rights body calls on US school to ban electric shocks on children

Ed Pilkington | The Guardian | Source URL Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a notice to the Judge Rotenberg Center to immediately stop the shocks An international body entrusted with upholding human rights across the Americas has called for an immediate ban on the controversial use of electric shocks […]

New York school district switches on controversial $4m facial recognition technology to identify potential shooters

Annie Palmerr | The Daily Mail | Source URL An Upstate New York school is using facial recognition technology to help it spot possible school shooters or escaped felons on campus.  Lockport City School District has installed a surveillance system in a high school, middle school and several elementary schools […]

US DOT tells self-driving shuttle company to stop transporting kids

Looks like Transdev never got explicit approval for ‘school buses.’ Engadget | Source URL Sorry kids, neither you nor robots can be trusted. The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has told Transdev North America to stop hauling children around in its EZ10 Generation II autonomous […]

The ‘Wild West’ of genetic privacy: New technology enables law enforcement to use DNA from sites like Ancestry.com to track down criminals by finding their relatives

Valerie Bauman | The Daily Mail | Source URL Scientists are expanding the methods by which law enforcement can use DNA information gathered through sites like Ancestry.com and 23andMe to solve crimes – and they’re raising ethical questions along the way. California detectives have already used DNA obtained through public databases […]

Online trolls and cyberbullies in NSW face up to five years in jail under law change

Bellinda Kontominas | ABC.net | Source URL Laws will be strengthened to protect people from cyberbullying and online trolling and keep up with changes to technology, the New South Wales Government has announced. The changes aim to address an emerging trend of offenders threatening and harassing victims online through social […]