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...

Warning: FBI Wants You To #ThinkBeforeYouPost Or Else!

The FBI is no stranger to using digital technology to prevent crimes, think pre-crimes units -- it’s real and it’s here. Now they’re targeting social media to restore order. Everyday a new celebrity sends a tone deaf post on social media that shatters their public image and brand. Social media is a boiling pot of controversial posts waiting to...

Forget New York, LA, Chicago — These Are The 10 Surprising Cities Millennials Are Moving To

New York City no longer appears to be one of the best cities for millennials to move to. SmartAsset recently revealed the top cities millennials are moving to, and the results are surprising. NYC, LA, CHI didn't even make the top 25, but three cities in Virginia made the top 10. Is the Big Three Cities of America, Los Angeles, Chicago losing its...

The Country of Papua New Guinea Becomes The Latest To Ban Facebook

An entire nation plans to undergo a government-mandated Facebook ban. The government of Papua New Guinea announced Tuesday that it will block the social network for a month to allow researchers to identify fake accounts and users who post pornography and misinformation, according to the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. Papua New Guinea's communications minister, Sam Basil, told the newspaper that...

NY Court Has Ruled That Donald Trump Blocking Users on Twitter Is ‘Unconstitutional’

A decision for the social media age. Blocking people on Twitter can be pretty satisfying—who says you have to listen to your trolls? Well, if you’re president, the First Amendment does. A New York court has declared that Donald Trump blocking users on his Twitter account is illegal. The court issued its verdict today, favoring eight plaintiffs who had been blocked...

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...

U.S Senators Are Calling For an Investigation Into Google’s Tracking of Android Phones

At a time of increased scrutiny of companies that collect masses of user data, two U.S. senators are calling on federal regulators to investigate a Google product called Location History. Quartz first reported in January about the sly and confusing ways Google cajoles Android users to opt into Location History, and the plethora of data points the company collects when it’s...

Data May Be The New Oil But Artificial Intelligence Is The Engine That It Fuels

Balancing benefits and risks will continue to be a challenge for federal agencies. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in 2017 that the country that establishes superiority in artificial intelligence will become the ruler of the world. More recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and renowned psychologist Steven Pinker engaged in some rather heated debates over AI use, risks and regulation, with Musk warning that while...

The Government Wants To Keep You Safe From Smart Criminal’s Blockchain Scams

But keeping up with criminals' tech innovation can be challenging New technology can be tough to navigate, and the Federal Trade Commission is out to make sure conmen don’t use blockchain to steer you in the wrong direction. As cryptocurrency rebrands from anarchist fantasy to mainstream finance, the FTC is assembling an internal group of experts to help regulators crack down on people...

The U.S. Military Just Figures Out How To Do Facial Recognition in the Dark

It’s no mean feat for a computer to identify an individual’s face in daylight. The process involves precisely measuring a photograph — eye size, distance from nose to mouth, etc. — adjusting the distances for three dimensions, and searching a database for a match. But to do it at night, when all you have is far lower-resolution thermal images, the Army...