Some of these bills, such as one by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, simply ban federal funds from being used to buy facial recognition software, or ban federal agencies from using the technology. Another bill by Sen. Chris Coons would limit law enforcement's use of facial recognition tech by locking it behind a warrant requirement. Sen. Jeff Merkley has proposed banning warrantless facial recognition usage until a congressional commission can study the issue and develop policy recommendations. … [Read more...] about Tech companies push for nationwide facial recognition law. Now comes the hard part
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"Preventing high skilled professionals from entering the country and contributing to America's economic recovery puts American's global competitiveness at risk," a company spokesperson said. "Welcoming the best and the brightest global talent to the U.S. is more important than ever, and we will continue to support efforts that will preserve their ability to strengthen our economy." … [Read more...] about Tech companies slam Trump’s executive order restricting H-1B visas
Ellen Pao, the former Reddit CEO who mounted a failed “discrimination” lawsuit against venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins, and was forced to resign from Reddit after she failed to turn it into a feminist safe space, is now writing a book on Silicon Valley’s “toxic culture.” … [Read more...] about Tech Failure Ellen Pao To Write Memoir Blaming Everything On Sexism And Racism
The app doesn't require users to verify their identities and allows them to make private servers on the platform that can't be searched, features that have made it popular among white supremacists. The 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, for example, was organized on Discord by alt-right leaders. (One person was killed and 19 injured at the rally when a car ran into protesters.) Discord later banned several servers that promoted Nazi ideology. … [Read more...] about Discord, a quarantine tech darling, raises another $100 million
China: China's tracing efforts are integrated into the mega-popular apps WeChat and Alipay. Each person gets a personalized QR code that is scanned whenever they enter a building or ride public transportation. They're assigned a health status — green, yellow or red — once the authorities have verified a combination of travel, contact history and self-reported symptoms. The color code determines whether they can leave home, use public transportation or enter a building. While it is not mandatory, not having a code makes it difficult to move around. … [Read more...] about Tracking apps were supposed to help beat the pandemic. What happened to them?