Should law enforcement be using AI and cell phone data to find rioters?

The attack on the Capitol forces us to confront an existential question about privacy.

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  • The insurrection attempt at the Capitol was captured by thousands of cell phones and security cameras.
  • Many protestors have been arrested after their identity was reported to the FBI.
  • Surveillance experts warn about the dangers of using facial recognition to monitor protests.
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Scientists urge UN to add 'neuro-rights' to Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Neuroscientists and ethicists wants to ensure that neurotechnologies remain benevolent.

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  • Columbia University neuroscience professor Rafael Yuste is advocating for the UN to adopt "neuro-rights."
  • Neurotechnology is a growing field that includes a range of technologies that influence higher brain activities.
  • Ethicists fear that these technologies will be misused and abuses of privacy and even consciousness could follow.
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​Amazon devices have colonized homes. 'Smart neighborhoods' may be next

Here's why you may want to opt-out of Amazon's new shared network.

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  • Speaking at Web Summit 2020, David Limp, the senior vice president of Devices and Services at Amazon, suggested that the company is aiming to build smart devices that would operate in neighborhoods.
  • Amazon recently began rolling out Sidewalk, which aims to create a shared, intermediate-range network powered by Amazon devices.
  • Sidewalk, which lets nearby devices access your Wi-Fi, raises numerous privacy and security concerns.
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Andrew Yang backs California’s data privacy campaign

"Our data should be ours no matter what platforms and apps we use," Yang said.

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  • In November, Californians will vote to pass Proposition 24, which aims to expand data privacy laws in the state.
  • Proposition 24 aims to strengthen the California Consumer Privacy Act, which went into effect this year.
  • However, some privacy advocates say Proposition 24 doesn't go far enough, and in some cases actually erodes the CCPA.
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Police can track cars nationwide with new license plate surveillance network

The system is basically facial recognition technology, but for cars.

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  • Some police departments use automatic license plate readers to track suspects.
  • A company called Flock Safety is now allowing police departments to opt in to a national network, which shares data on car movements.
  • Privacy advocates are concerned about the potential for errors and abuse.
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