Microsoft unveils facial recognition principles, urges new laws

Sophisticated facial-recognition technology is at the heart of many of China’s more dystopian security initiatives. With 200 million surveillance cameras — more than four times as many in the United States — China’s facial-recognition systems track members of the Uighur Muslim minority, block the entrances to housing complexes, and shame debtors by displaying their faces on billboards. I often include these stories here because it seems inevitable that they will make their way to the United States, at least in some form. But before they do, a coalition of public and private interests are attempting to sound the alarm. AI Now is a group affiliated with New York University that counts as its members employees of tech companies including... Continue reading…

Microsoft unveils facial recognition principles, urges new laws

Microsoft said Thursday it was adopting a set of principles for deployment of facial recognition technology, calling on industry rivals to follow suit and for new laws to avert a dystopian future.

Fri 7 Dec 18 from TechXplore

Australian government passes controversial world-first anti-encryption law amid broad criticism

The Australian government yesterday passed a controversial bill that allows law enforcement agencies to compel tech companies to hand over encrypted messaging data. The legislation has ...

Thu 6 Dec 18 from Gizmag

Protecting our digital heritage in the age of cyber threats

One of the key functions of the government is to collect and archive national records. This includes everything from property records and registers of births, deaths and taxes, to Parliamentary ...

Thu 6 Dec 18 from Phys.org

The U.S. National Academies Reports on the Prospects for Quantum Computing

Experts in the field give a hard-headed assessment of just how hard the technology is

Wed 5 Dec 18 from IEEE Spectrum

Quantum computers pose a security threat that we’re still totally unprepared for

Some US experts think it could take at least 20 years to get quantum-proof encryption widely deployed.

Tue 4 Dec 18 from MIT Technology Review

Microsoft details principles that guide its facial recognition work

In July, Microsoft President Brad Smith published a blog post discussing some of the challenges and risks surrounding facial recognition technology and how his company plans to address ...

Fri 7 Dec 18 from Engadget

Microsoft unveils facial recognition principles, urges...

Talking at the Washinton-based think tank Brookings Institution, Microsoft president Brad Smith said the firm was adopting a set of principles for deployment of facial recognition technology.

Fri 7 Dec 18 from Daily Mail

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial-recognition technology - CNET

The tech giant warns the technology could be used to create a 1984-like dystopia.

Thu 6 Dec 18 from CNET Cutting Edge

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