SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco on Tuesday became the first US city to ban use of facial recognition technology by police or other government agencies. Backers of the legislation argued that using software and cameras to positively identify people is, as city councillor Aaron Peskin put it, “not ready for prime time”. All but one of the nine members of San Francisco’s board of supervisors endorsed the legislation, which will be voted on again next week in a procedural step not expected to change the outcome. “The propensity for facial recognition technology to endanger civil rights and civil liberties substantially outweighs its purported benefits, and the technology will exacerbate racial injustice and threaten our ability to live free of continuous government monitoring,“ read the legislation passed Tuesday. The ban was part of broader legislation setting use and auditing policy for surveillance systems, creating high hurdles and requiring board approval … [Read more...] about San Francisco bans facial recognition use by police
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By Jennifer Berry The Kit Mon., May 13, 2019 The Meghan Markle effect, the Markle Sparkle, whatever you want to call it, when Meghan Markle wears something, people pay attention (and the item almost inevitably sells out immediately). The latest label to be swept up in the Duchess of Sussex’s spell? Wales Bonner by U.K.-based designer Grace Wales Bonner, the brand new mom Meghan Markle wore to introduce her and Prince Harry’s newborn son, Archie, to the world. Who is Grace Wales Bonner? Here’s everything we know about the designer of Meghan’s white belted baby-reveal dress. Where is Grace Wales Bonner from? Grace Wales Bonner is a British designer born in London, England. According to a 2016 profile in The Gentlewoman, Bonner has Jamaican and English heritage. Is Grace Wales Bonner new to fashion design? Wales Bonner launched her eponymous line in 2014 after graduating from the esteemed Central Saint Martins school of fashion design … [Read more...] about Who is Grace Wales Bonner, Meghan’s trench dress designer?
By Matt O'Brien And Janie Har The Associated Press Mon., May 13, 2019 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 as the technology creeps increasingly into daily life. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on broad surveillance legislation that includes the ban. Facial recognition technology is not new and has been used to run headshots through databases in search of suspects and to prevent identity fraud. But recent advances in artificial intelligence have created more sophisticated computer vision tools that make it easier for police to pinpoint a missing child or a protester in a crowd. Supporters of a ban say the technology poses a severe threat to civil rights. Opponents of a ban say police need tools to catch criminals. Article Continued Below Report an error Journalistic Standards About The Star TOP STORIES, DELIVERED … [Read more...] about San Francisco may ban police, city use of facial recognition
One of the early promises of the ride-hailing era ushered in by Uber and Lyft was that the new entrants would complement public transit, reduce car ownership, and help alleviate urban congestion. But a new study on tech hub San Francisco published Wednesday in Science Advances has found the opposite may be in fact be true: far from reducing traffic, the companies were the biggest contributors to its growth as commuters ditched bus rides or walking for the convenience of their mobile-app summoned rides. The peer-reviewed paper, which adds to a growing body of research in the area, was co-authored by scientists at the University of Kentucky and a team at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA). It used 2010, when so-called transportation network companies (TNCs) didn't exist, as its baseline to compare travel times and roadway conditions to 2016, when they were firmly established. But the period also saw the city's population grow from 805,000 to 876,000, while some … [Read more...] about Ridesharing companies worsened congestion in San Francisco
LP supporters asked me to create website – Jayme Rey Galupo (The Philippine Star) - May 4, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The website designer who was arrested and charged with inciting to sedition yesterday claimed that supporters of the Liberal Party (LP) were behind the planning and the uploading of the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos that implicated President Duterte’s relatives in the illegal drug trade. Rodel Jayme, a high school graduate, said a certain Maru Nguyen, a friend and fellow LP supporter during the last presidential election, gave him P2,500 as payment for web hosting and domain that will be used to launch his metrobalita.net website. “I never received any money and I was made to understand that the website would be used to post positive campaigns during the election,” he said during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday … [Read more...] about LP supporters asked me to create website – Jayme