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Microsoft calls for regulation of facial-recognition technology

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial-recognition technology

Steven Musil | cNet | Source URL The tech giant warns the technology could be used to create a 1984-like dystopia. Microsoft is urging governments to enact legislation next year that requires facial-recognition technology to be independently tested to ensure accuracy, prevent unfair bias and protect individuals’ rights. “The facial […]

Is NOTHING private any more? Shocking extent of how big firms harvest your data – from children’s voice recordings, passport info and even pregnant mothers’ due dates

Is NOTHING private any more? Shocking extent of how big firms harvest your data – from children’s voice recordings, passport info and even pregnant mothers’ due dates

Sian Boyle | The Daily Mail | Source URL The disturbing scale of the personal data harvested and traded by multinationals can be revealed today. Health details, children’s voice recordings and copies of passports can be at risk when customers tick an online consent box. Analysis by the Mail found […]

Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to ‘all the technology we create’

Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to ‘all the technology we create’

Samantha Masunaga | Los Angeles Times | Source URL As tech companies such as Google wrestle with employee objections to working with the U.S. military, Microsoft Corp.’s president is throwing his company’s support behind the Pentagon. Microsoft is “going to provide the U.S. military with access to the best technology […]

New Documents Reveal CIA Spied on Congress, Whistleblowers

New Documents Reveal CIA Spied on Congress, Whistleblowers

Sharyl Atkinson | The Epoch Times | Source URL Newly declassified documents reveal the CIA—which is supposed to be strictly limited in the types of surveillance and other secret operations it conducts on U.S. soil—routinely monitors U.S. government computer systems. That information is contained in two formerly secret letters of […]

New Documents Reveal CIA Considered Reviving MK Ultra-like Programs

Derrick Broze | The Conscious Resistance | Source URL Documents released to the American Civil Liberties Union detail how the CIA considered using a controversial psychotropic drug as a ‘truth serum’. The American Civil Liberties Union has released documents from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Medical Services detailing a […]

USSOCOM, Army look to biometrics industry for new technologies for SOF of the future

A Request for Information (RFI) on methods of continuously authenticating user identity by a person’s distinctive characteristics using software-based biometrics or behavioral profiling is being sought by the Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), Huachuca Division, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Meanwhile, under a continuing Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), the US Special […]

China’s brightest children are being recruited to develop AI ‘killer bots’

Stephen Chen | South China Morning Post | Source URL The 27 boys and four girls, all aged 18 and under, were selected for the four-year “experimental programme for intelligent weapons systems” at the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) from more than 5,000 candidates, the school said on its website. […]

Snowden Files Declaration in NSA Spying Case Confirming Authenticity of Draft Inspector General Report Discussing Unprecedented Surveillance of Americans, Which He Helped Expose

Snowden Files Declaration in NSA Spying Case Confirming Authenticity of Draft Inspector General Report Discussing Unprecedented Surveillance of Americans, Which He Helped Expose

Cindy Cohn | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Source URL EFF filed papers with the court in its long-running Jewel v. NSA  mass spying case today that included a surprising witness: Edward Snowden. Mr. Snowden’s short declaration confirms that a document relied upon in the case, a draft NSA Inspector General […]

SOPA.au: Australia is the Testbed for the World’s Most Extreme Copyright Blocks

SOPA.au: Australia is the Testbed for the World’s Most Extreme Copyright Blocks

Cory Doctorow | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Source URL It’s been three years since Australia adopted a national copyright blocking system, despite widespread public outcry over the abusive, far-reaching potential of the system, and the warnings that it would not achieve its stated goal of preventing copyright infringement. Three years […]

Brain implants used to treat Parkinson’s can be hacked and used to control people, scientists warn

Natasha Bernal | The Telegraph | Source URL Brain implants used to treat Parkinson’s disease could be hacked by cyber attackers and used to control people, scientists have claimed. A report by the Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group and cyber security company Kaspersky claims that people’s memories could be exploited by hackers […]

Surveillance cameras can identify everyone by “talking to their cellphones”

Mass Private I | Source URL Surveillance cameras will soon be able to identify everyone by talking to their cellphones. “This system basically allows surveillance cameras to talk to the public through their individual phones,” Purdue Univeristy doctoral student Siyuan Cao said. As the above video illustrates, soon no where […]

Evacuated after ‘health attacks’ in Cuba and China, diplomats face new ordeals in U.S.

WASHINGTON — Alone in her bed in a sprawling Chinese metropolis, Catherine Werner was jolted awake one night by a pulsing, humming sound. It seemed to be coming from a specific direction. Perhaps the A.C. unit in her upscale Guangzhou apartment was malfunctioning, the American diplomat thought. But at the […]

The Patriot Act’s 17th Anniversary  —  A Reminder of Why it Must Be Repealed

Thomas Fontanez McFarlan | Medium | Source URL On October 26th 2001, merely 45 days after 9/11, the “Patriot Act” was signed into law to grant vastly expanded powers to U.S. intelligence agencies, to supposedly help protect Americans from terrorists… Instead it has been used to operate a previously unimaginable […]

US military is trying to ‘breed’ an AI with the ‘basic common sense’ of a ten-year-old child as part of a $2 billion project

Harry Petit | The Daily Mail | Source URL The US military is chasing a ‘third wave’ of artificial intelligence (AI) that will see robots endowed with the basic common sense of a 10-year-old child. Its research branch the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is calling for researchers to […]

“Smart home” companies refuse to say whether law enforcement is using your gadgets to spy on you

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL Transparency reports are standard practice across the tech industry, disclosing the nature, quantity and scope of all the law enforcement requests each company receives in a given year. But there’s a notable exception to this practice: the “smart home” companies who sell […]

Google Is Aiding China’s War On Muslim Uighurs And Its Citizens

Aaron Kesel | Activist Post | Source URL China has introduced what it calls “re-education camps” for Muslims and other dissident citizens, and Google is helping China to suppress freedom of speech, Business Insider reported. Google will more than likely have to facilitate speech suppression for Muslims within “Project Dragonfly.” This is […]

Biohackers Are Implanting Everything From Magnets to Sex Toys

Stefan Nicola | Bloomberg | Source URL (Bloomberg Businessweek) — Patrick Kramer sticks a needle into a customer’s hand and injects a microchip the size of a grain of rice under the skin. “You’re now a cyborg,” he says after plastering a Band-Aid on the small wound between Guilherme Geronimo’s […]