• Activists Worry About Potential Abuse of Face Scans for ICE

    Civil rights activists complained Monday of the potential for widespread abuse following confirmation that at least three states have scanned millions of driver’s license photos on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement without the drivers’ knowledge or consent. Public records obtained by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology provided the first proof that […]

  • Robotic fighter jets could soon join military pilots on combat missions

    Military pilots may soon have a new kind of wingman to depend upon: not flesh-and-blood pilots but fast-flying, sensor-studded aerial drones that fly into combat to scout enemy targets and draw enemy fire that otherwise would be directed at human-piloted aircraft. War planners see these robotic wingmen as a way to amplify air power while […]

  • Facebook, Instagram WhatsApp Outages Reported

    Users were reporting issues across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on Wednesday. Facebook and Instagram said on their Twitter accounts around 12:15 p.m. ET that “some people” were were having trouble uploading or sending images and videos. The issue also affected file sharing on Facebook’s apps, the company said. All three social networks are owned by Facebook, Inc. Outage […]

  • California Seeks to Bring High-Tech to State Government

    Gov. Gavin Newsom is looking for a leader interested in “breaking things, and making them better,” who prioritizes “openness” and “simplicity” and can “feed and sustain team energy and enthusiasm.” “While you think long-term, your bias for action ensures you gain traction quickly,” reads the job description for the head of California’s new Office of […]

  • High-Tech Sleeping Pods Among New Ideas Being Tested At Airport Innovation Lab

    High-tech sleeping pods, an autonomous robot guide and a foldable guitar are among the traveler-friendly innovations being tested at San Diego International Airport’s (SAN) Innovation Lab. A second group of innovators are participating in a 16-week program that helps them develop products and services aimed at improving the overall airport experience. “It is very competitive to get […]

  • San Francisco May Ban Police, City Use of Facial Recognition

    San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. Government agencies around the U.S. have used the technology for more […]

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