Facial recognition remains tempting but toxic for tech companies
- Earlier this month at an event in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Brookings Institution, Microsoft president Brad Smith proposed that people should review the results of facial recognition in “high-stakes scenarios,” such as when it might restrict a person’s movements; that groups using facial recognition should comply with anti-discrimination laws regarding gender, ethnicity, and race; and that companies be “transparent” about AI’s limitations.
- This summer, Amazon seeded Rekognition, a cloud-based image analysis technology available through its Amazon Web Services division, to law enforcement in Orlando, Florida and the Washington County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office.
- In September, a report in The Intercept revealed that IBM worked with the New York City Police Department to develop a system that allowed officials to search for people by skin color, hair color, gender, age, and various facial features.
Rape survivors are fighting back against victim-blaming in Lebanon
- Manal is an actor in a social experiment organized by the Lebanese women's rights group ABAAD last month.
- During the nine or so hours when Manal emulated a rape victim, not a single bystander called the police.
- The aim of the experiment -- part of a weeks-long campaign called #ShameOnWho -- was to expose the stigma attached to rape victims, activists say.
- In 1994, 30% of women in Lebanon said they experienced some form of violence, according to United Nations figures.
- Hiba describes audiences going from room to room at Zico House, a cultural center in Beirut, listening to six actors tell survivors' stories as part of an immersive play, organized by #ShameOnWho. But Lebanon's civil society appears determined to give women a larger platform and counter social practices perceived as sexist.
Equal rights for women is still not explicitly recognized in the US Constitution
- Over nine decades, efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to recognize women's rights have faced major challenges.
- Congress finally passed such legislation, known as the Equal Rights Amendment, in 1972.
- Despite concerted campaigns by women's rights groups, it fell short of the 38 states that needed to ratify it in order for it to become part of the Constitution.
- Many ERA proponents argue that the deadline is irrelevant because the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits changes to the salaries of congressional legislators, was ratified in 1992, 203 years after it was introduced.
- The fledgling feminist group, the National Organization for Women, adopted the passage of the ERA in its 1967 Bill of Rights for Women and began staging massive demonstrations and lobbying politicians in the late 1960s and early 1970s in an effort to get Congress to pass the amendment.
Justin Theroux and Armie Hammer jokingly fought over Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the photos are delightful
- Justin Theroux and Armie Hammer took a trip to Washington, DC, and their photos with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are heartwarming.
- The visit was fitting for the two actors, who star in the movie "On the Basis of Sex." The film focuses on Ginsburg (played by Felicity Jones) and her husband, Martin Ginsburg (portrayed by Hammer), working to overturn gender discrimination in the US.
- Theroux also appears as Mel Wulf, the former director of the ACLU.
- Hammer shared his own image with Ruth, who became the second female in the Supreme Court.
- Theroux and the "Call Me by Your Name" star added additional photos from DC on their Instagram stories.
- They shared photos outside popular monuments and buildings, like the White House, the Watergate Hotel, the Washington Monument, and Trump International Hotel.
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$9 billion hedge fund manager David Abrams says he 'came up short' when trying to fix one of the biggest problems facing the industry
- Investment teams at big hedge funds are overwhelmingly male, a well-known problem the industry has acknowledged for years.
- Abrams said he has seen a more equal gender split at business schools, and the two-year programs investment banks run that pull their ranks from fresh college graduates.
- His firm is 43% female, Abrams said, and includes women in senior leadership positions, such as general counsel, but noted his investment team is more heavily skewed to men, though he declined to give the exact gender breakdown on the unit.
- Abrams said he had an opening five years ago on his investment team, and received roughly 50 to 60 resumes after hiring a search firm.
- He said he was recently at a wedding and spoke with a female portfolio manager about the gender disparity in investment teams.