For years, the development of real-time face recognition has been hampered by poor video resolution, the angles of bodies in motion, and limited computing power. But as systems begin to transcend these technical barriers, they are also outpacing the development of policies to constrain them. https://theintercept.com/2017/03/22/real-time-face-recognition-threatens-to-turn-cops-body-cameras-into-surveillance-machines/Civil liberties advocates fear that the rise of real-time face […]

At cocktail parties where the Champagne flows, financiers have expressed bewilderment over the rise of populist groups that are feeding a backlash against globalization. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/business/dealbook/world-economic-forum-davos-finance.html?emc=eta1&_r=0 In the halls of the Davos Congress Center, where many of the meetings this week are taking place, investors have tried to make sense of the political upheaval. The world […]

Hollywood films about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings shot on location last year to bring the story to the silver screen, but not all the for-profit productions have been forthcoming about the taxpayer-funded benefits they’re seeking or have already received for filming in Massachusetts. https://www.apnews.com/30540a0b784e423caad2681c5d3da76d “Patriots Day,” the $40 million film starring Mark Wahlberg that […]

The US electoral college is expected to certify Donald Trump as president on Monday, despite a last-minute effort to thwart the elected Republican by Democrats. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38364137 As the institution’s 538 electors will vote at state capitols nationwide, a handful of Democratic electors have been organising to persuade their Republican counterparts to cast ballots against Mr […]

Nearly 15 years after the United States adopted a program to interrogate terrorism suspects using techniques now widely considered to be torture, one lawsuit has gone further than any other in American courts to fix blame. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/27/us/lawsuit-aims-to-hold-2-contractors-accountable-for-cia-torture.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront The suit, filed in October 2015 by two former detainees in C.I.A. secret prisons and the representative of […]

An experiment to see whether computers can identify criminals based on their faces has been conducted in China. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38092196 Researchers trained an algorithm using more than 1,500 photos of Chinese citizens, hundreds of them convicts. They said the program was then able to correctly identify criminals in further photos 89% of the time. But the […]

A petition asking the UK government to repeal its new Investigatory Powers Act now has more than 118,000 signatures. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38130344 This means that it must now be considered for parliamentary debate. Internet providers will soon have to record which services their customers’ devices connect to – including websites and messaging apps. They must keep this […]