• BOSTON Jun 24

    Boston Approves Ban on Facial Recognition Technology

    The Boston City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to pass a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by city government. The move makes Boston the second-largest U.S. city after San Francisco to enact a ban. The city joins several other Massachusetts communities that passed similar bans, including Cambridge, Springfield, Northampton, Brookline and Somerville. The move makes Boston the...

  • CEO Oct 29, 2019

    Concert Promoters Turn Away From Facial Recognition Tech

    Concert promoters in the U.S. are stepping back from plans to scan festivalgoers with facial recognition technology, after musicians and others gave it some serious side-eye. Although it remains entirely possible that music venues will eventually take a second look at the controversial technology.

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Oct 23, 2019

    Facial Recognition Technology Falsely Matches Athletes: ACLU

    The ACLU says facial recognition technology has falsely identified New England athletes as people with mugshots.

  • Massachusetts Oct 23, 2019

    Amazon's Facial Recognition Technology Misidentifies New England Athletes: ACLU

    Facial recognition technology available from Amazon falsely matched dozens of professional athletes in New England to people in a mugshot database, the American Civil Liberties Union said, raising alarms about risks associated with face surveillance.

  • Massachusetts Jul 11, 2019

    ACLU Sues Mass. for Facial Recognition Access

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit seeking information about how the state transportation department uses its driver’s license database for face surveillance purposes. The ACLU said Wednesday it filed public records requests in February and April seeking more information, including about the sharing of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles’ database.

  • Massachusetts Jun 28, 2019

    Somerville Mayor Signs Order to Ban Facial Recognition

    A Boston suburb has voted to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police and other city departments. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone signed an order Friday banning the city government from using the technology that critics say invades privacy and can often be wrong.

  • China Jun 28, 2019

    Hong Kong Protesters Are in ‘Deep Fear' About Leaving a Digital Footprint

    The night before the massive protests in Hing Kong against a law that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China, Hong Kong police arrested the administrator of one of the largest group chats encrypted messaging app Telegram, NBC News reported. Internet-savvy young people, who once only saw the upsides of a technology that helped them organize protests, have...

  • NBC Jun 28, 2019

    Hong Kong Protesters Are in ‘Deep Fear' About Leaving a Digital Footprint

    The night before the massive protests in Hing Kong against a law that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China, Hong Kong police arrested the administrator of one of the largest group chats encrypted messaging app Telegram, NBC News reported. Internet-savvy young people, who once only saw the upsides of a technology that helped them organize protests, have...

  • San Francisco May 22, 2019

    Amazon Rejects Facial Recognition, Climate Change Proposals

    Despite pressure from civil rights groups, activist investors and its own employees, Amazon said Wednesday that shareholders at an annual meeting in Seattle voted against proposals related to two major social issues: climate change and facial recognition technology. The two proposals on facial recognition had asked Amazon to stop selling its technology to government agencies, saying that it could be...

  • San Francisco May 16, 2019

    SF Becomes 1st US City to Ban Face Recognition Technology

    San Francisco supervisors this week passed legislation that would ban the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies and other city departments. Mark Matthews reports.

  • San Francisco May 15, 2019

    San Francisco Becomes 1st US City to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

    San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments, becoming the first U.S. city to outlaw a rapidly developing technology that has alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates.

  • Reporter Feb 25, 2019

    Smile: Some Airliners Have Cameras on Seat-Back Screens

    Now there is one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet. Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers. American, United and Singapore all said Friday that they have never activated the cameras...

  • Walmart Jan 24, 2019

    Chefs and Truck Drivers Beware: AI Is Coming For Your Jobs

    Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report. Thursday’s report from the Washington think tank says roughly 36 million Americans hold jobs with “high exposure” to automation — meaning at least 70 percent of their tasks could soon...

  • CEO Dec 25, 2018

    2018 Revealed Many Forms of Technology's Dystopian Potential

    We may remember 2018 as the year when technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ethos. The list is long: High-tech tools for immigration crackdowns. Fears of smartphone addiction. YouTube algorithms that steer youths...

  • China Dec 19, 2018

    A Cashless Society Would Put Millions at Risk, Research Warns

    The risks of moving toward a world without cash have been highlighted in a new report that claims millions of people could suffer. Several richer countries are turning away from hard cash while tech companies such as Apple are making a big bet that people will increasingly rely on a mix of credit card and digital technology. In the United...

  • NEW YORK Oct 31, 2018

    Apple Unveils New iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini Desktop Computer

    Apple’s new iPads will more closely resemble its latest iPhones as they ditch a home button and fingerprint sensor to make more room for the screen. As with the latest iPhone models — the XR and XS —the new iPad Pro will use facial-recognition technology to unlock the device and to authorize app and Apple Pay purchases. Apple also unveiled...

  • Massachusetts Oct 12, 2018

    New Technology, Housekeeping Among Concerns in Hotel Strikes

    Robots delivering room service, check-in kiosks with facial recognition technology and “smart” speakers that serve as an in-room concierge. The hotel of the not-so-distant future sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but it’s drawing real world anxiety for some of the thousands of Marriott hotel workers on strike across the U.S. this month.

  • California Sep 13, 2018

    Got $1,100? Apple Shows Off Its Most Expensive iPhone Yet

    Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product’s appeal amid slowing sales.

  • California Sep 12, 2018

    Bigger, Pricier iPhone Expected at Apple Event Wednesday

    Apple is expected to showcase three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product’s appeal amid slowing sales growth.

  • Florida Jul 30, 2018

    Facial Recognition, Potent New Policing Tool, Raises Alarms

    “Real-time” facial recognition has tremendous potential for crime prevention but it’s also raising alarms for over the risk that it makes mistakes, NBC News reported. The FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country have been using facial recognition databases for years, but the technology is advancing to the point where police can pick suspects out of a crowd on...

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