Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition
- Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to pass a new police reform bill that will ban police departments and public agencies from using facial recognition technology across the state.
- In the absence of privacy legislation from the federal government, laws curtailing the use of facial recognition are popping up on a state and city level.
- The ban, one of the most aggressive in the nation, blocks city bureaus from using the technology but will also prohibit private companies from deploying facial recognition systems in public spaces.
- Earlier bans in Oakland, San Francisco, and Boston focused on forbidding their city governments from using the technology but, like Massachusetts, stopped short of limiting its use by private companies.
- San Francisco’s ban passed in May of last year, making the international tech hub the first major city to ban the use of facial recognition by city agencies and police departments.
Facebook's first Oversight Board cases tackle hate speech and misinformation
- Facebook didn’t meet its goal of hearing Oversight Board cases before the US election, but it’s finally ready.
- The social media giant has revealed that the Board will tackle six appeal cases in its first outing, all of them prioritized based on their likelihood of affecting “lots of users around the world” through potential policy changes.
- The first case, for instance, comes after Facebook removed a post meant to single out former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s “horrible words” about violence against the French.
- The question, as you might imagine, is whether or not Facebook will make meaningful changes if any of the cases contradict its existing policy.
- It’s easy to reinstate individual posts, for instance, but it’s another to alter policies and allow large volumes of content that would otherwise be removed.
- However, casuistry sees cases in terms of relationships among people connected by a common injustice and requiring the careful, attentive, thoughtful, and imaginative application of fair judgment in order to right the wrong and restore all parties to good graces with one another as best as can be done.
- One of the culminations of Aristotle’s non-Platonic thinking lay in the realm of ethics, or the way that people should act.
- Working from Ranulf de Glanvill’s Tractatus de Legibus et Consuetudinibus Regni Anglie (Treatise on the Laws and Customs of the Kingdom of England, c.1187), Henry II and his ministers and magistrates were able to act with increasingly absolute power as they devised procedures to collect taxes, raise military forces, keep records, police the countryside and punish those who disturbed ‘the king’s peace’.
Thai protest leaders report to police on charges of insulting the monarchy, as authorities' tolerance wears out
- Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) - Five pro-democracy leaders reported to Thai police Monday to face accusations of lese majeste -- a controversial and sweeping law that prohibits criticism of Thailand's royal family -- as authorities attempt to crack down on the country's growing protest movement.
- It's the first time in more than two years that the law has been used, signaling that authorities are becoming increasingly frustrated with the demonstrations against the country's military-backed government, which are calling for reforms to the military-drafted constitution and powerful monarchy.
- Noraset, who is a member of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, said in a Facebook post that the five turned themselves in to police in response to a summons accusing them of violating the lese majeste law.
There was only one fraud in the 2020 election
- Trump's own lawyers -- including Rudy Giuliani -- have repeatedly admitted in court cases from Arizona to Pennsylvania that they are not even alleging voter fraud in those lawsuits.
- This helps explain why, for example, while Trump repeatedly claims publicly that "dead people" voted in Pennsylvania -- even repeating that falsehood last Wednesday when he called into a news conference held in Gettysburg by a handful of Pennsylvania GOP state legislators -- Trump's lawyers conceded in another lawsuit in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, that there was "no evidence" a ballot was cast by "a deceased person." Lawyers in general won't risk being disbarred to help a client by lying to the court.
- In Michigan, the Trump campaign voluntarily dropped its lawsuit alleging voter fraud -- falsely claiming it dropped the lawsuit because it had succeeded at stopping the certification of the election results in Michigan's Wayne County.
The Supreme Court will hear its first big CFAA case
- The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in a case that could lead to sweeping changes to America’s controversial computer hacking laws — and affecting how millions use their computers and access online services.
- Van Buren was caught, and prosecuted on two counts: accepting a kickback for accessing the police database, and violating the CFAA.
- Van Buren may have been allowed to access the database by way of his police work, but whether he exceeded his access remains the key legal question.
- Hackers and security researchers have for decades operated in a legal grey area because the law as written exposes their work to prosecution, even if the goal is to improve cybersecurity.
- Security researchers are no stranger to legal threats, but a decision by the Supreme Court that rules against Van Buren could have a chilling effect on their work, and drive vulnerability disclosure underground.
Next Step in Government Data Tracking is the Internet of Things
- S. government agencies from the military to law enforcement have been buying up mobile-phone data from the private sector to use in gathering intelligence, monitoring adversaries and apprehending criminals.
- Now, the U.S. Air Force is experimenting with the next step.
- The Air Force Research Laboratory is testing a commercial software...
Trump's loss dealt a blow to global populism. But the movement is still alive and kicking
- In Brazil -- despite what looks from afar like a blatant failed response to the virus, akin to America's -- recent polling shows President Jair Bolsonaro is enjoying the highest approval ratings of his term.
- The current populist wave was triggered by a number of major events, like the 2007-08 financial crisis and the mass movement of refugees into Europe in 2015, which propelled several anti-migration populist parties into parliamentary chambers across the region, Norris said.
- The year 2022 will be populism's true barometer, not just in Brazil, but in countries like France, where the presidential election could be another race between centrist Macron and far-right populist Le Pen, or Hungary, which will also decide on whether to continue on Orbán's populist, anti-migration and euroskeptic path or to try something else.
Hong Kong protester jailed for throwing eggs as city's judiciary comes under increasing pressure
- Hong Kong (CNN) - A 31-year-old man has been jailed for 21 months for throwing eggs at a police station, the latest tough sentence handed down by a Hong Kong court as the authorities move to clamp down on political dissent in the Chinese territory.
- Pun Ho-chiu's case comes as courts face a backlog of thousands of arrests related to last year's political unrest, during which Hong Kong was rocked by increasingly violent anti-government protests for months.
- In July, Chinese authorities introduced a national security law for Hong Kong, bypassing the city's legislature to criminalize secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces.
- Chinese officials previously expressed skepticism about whether foreign judges could be trusted to hear national security cases, while in a report this month, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he had begun consultations on whether it was appropriate for UK judges to continue to serve on the court.