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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

A bill passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature banned almost all government use of facial recognition technology, except for the Registry of Motor Vehicles, which uses it to prevent identity theft. The department could run searches for police only with a search warrant. (A warrant is required under a Washington state law that also takes effect …

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A Flawed Facial Recognition System Sent This Man to Jail

In January, Detroit police arrested and charged 42-year-old Robert Williams with stealing $4,000 in watches from a retail store 15 months earlier. Taken away in handcuffs in front of his two children, Williams was sent to an interrogation room where police presented him with their evidence: Facial recognition software matched his driver’s license photo with …

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Facial recognition software vendor vows to thwart misuse after wrongful Detroit arrest

Facial recognition software vendor vows to thwart misuse after wrongful Detroit arrest

(Reuters) — Facial recognition vendor Rank One Computing said on Wednesday it would “add legal means” and research other ways to thwart misuse after its software was involved in the first known wrongful arrest based on the technology in the United States. Robert Williams, who is Black, spent over a day in Detroit police custody …

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Boston bans facial recognition due to concern about racial bias

Boston bans facial recognition due to concern about racial bias

The Boston City Council today voted unanimously to ban facial recognition, making Boston the largest city in the country to ban the technology since San Francisco passed the first citywide ban in May 2019. Nearby Somerville, Massachusetts passed a facial recognition ban roughly a year ago as well. The vote in Boston comes the same …

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Facebook claims wav2vec 2.0 tops speech recognition performance with 10 minutes of labeled data

In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, researchers at Facebook describe wav2vec 2.0, an improved framework for self-supervised speech recognition. They claim it demonstrates for the first time that learning representations from speech, followed by fine-tuning on transcribed speech, can outperform the best semi-supervised methods while being conceptually simpler, achieving state-of-the-art results using …

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IBM’s decision to abandon facial recognition technology fueled by years of debate

IBM’s decision to abandon facial recognition technology fueled by years of debate

Two days later, Amazon announced in a company blog post that it would suspend police use of its facial recognition software, Rekognition, for one year. Microsoft followed suit Thursday, saying it would suspend sales of its technology to law enforcement agencies until federal regulations are in place. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.) …

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IBM CEO Arvind Krishna speaking at a conference in 2016, when he was SVP and director at IBM Research.

IBM asks Congress for police reform, leaves facial recognition business

Enlarge / IBM CEO Arvind Krishna speaking at a conference in 2016, when he was SVP and director at IBM Research. IBM is walking away completely from the facial recognition business, CEO Arvind Krishna announced yesterday in a letter urging Congress to act against police misconduct and regulate the way technology can be used by …

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Microsoft bars facial recognition sales to police

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A US government study suggested facial recognition algorithms were less accurate at identifying African-American faces Microsoft has become the latest US company to limit the use of its facial recognition technology by police. The firm said it would not start sales to US police departments until the country approves …

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The two-year fight to stop Amazon from selling face recognition to the police

But on Wednesday, June 10, Amazon shocked civil rights activists and researchers when it announced that it would place a one-year moratorium on police use of Rekognition. The move followed IBM’s decision to discontinue its general-purpose face recognition system. The next day, Microsoft announced that it would stop selling its system to police departments until …

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