ACLU Speaks Up: Amazon Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tools To The Police

The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.” The tool, called Rekognition, is already being used by at least one agency — the Washington County...

Tech This Out: The U.S. Military Is Chopping Up Its Iron Man Suit For Parts

When Adm. William McRaven announced in May 2013 that the military would create a next-generation, bulletproof super suit for elite soldiers, the effort immediately became an object of hype, speculation, and skepticism. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, project—more popularly known as Iron Man—sounded like it came from a Stan Lee fever dream. It was meant to endow its wearer with...

Sources Say: Alibaba Is The Force Behind Hit Chinese Communist Party

A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company told Reuters, at a time when the nation’s tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing. Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates as ‘Study to make China strong’ and is a play on the government propaganda theme of...

The Government Wants To Use Blockchain Technology To Protect U.S Border

DHS may soon use blockchain technology to protect all sorts of data it collects in protecting U.S. borders. A company that uses blockchain technology to hack-proof data gathered along the southern border entered the final phase of a Homeland Security Department startup accelerator program last week. The department’s Science and Technology Directorate struck a $192,000 deal with Factom Inc. to fine-tune...

Facebook Is In A World of Shit

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook Inc over its use of personal data, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, after a whistleblower said a political consultancy hired by Donald Trump improperly accessed information on 50 million Facebook users to sway public opinion. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook Inc over its use of personal data, Bloomberg News...

24 Million People In America Still Can’t Get Broadband Internet Service

Officials estimate that 24 million people in the United States can't get broadband internet service. Eighty percent of those people live in rural areas. The Trump administration announced a rural broadband initiative on Wednesday, saying federal agencies will work together to help companies deploy high-speed internet access in locations without service. As part of the effort, which is being called the American Broadband Initiative,...

Government Has No Idea Whether The Billions It Spends On STEM Education Is Working

An audit by the Government Accountability Office suggests the White House isn’t measuring how well STEM education programs work Keeping America’s workforce competitive in the 21st century will require doubling down on science and technology skills, but the government group in charge of boosting STEM education has not measured how well most of its programs work, a congressional watchdog found. The...

Nation’s First High-Speed Chase Warning System Launches in South Carolina

PursuitAlert, a warning system to notify the public in real time when an active high-speed police chase is nearby, has announced its launch in South Carolina. PursuitAlert is a free app that a citizen can download on their cellphone. If a participating agency has an active police pursuit or emergency response within two miles of the user, they will receive...

US Government Suspects Smartphone Spying Devices Exist In DC

For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law...

Should Robots Have Legal Rights?

Are we becoming legally reckless when it comes to Robots and AI? Three recent developments in robotics and artificial intelligence are raising eyebrows among even the most optimistic of futurists and simultaneously intensifying concerns harbored by AI alarmists. Robots being granted legal rights Last October in Saudi Arabia, Sophia—a robot created by Hanson Robotics—was granted honorary citizenship during a presentation at the Future...