Screen captures of AI Incident Database, a searchable collection of reports on the technology’s missteps
Law Enforcement

Cataloging AI Gone Wrong

A new database tracks failures of automated systems including machine learning models. The Partnership on AI, a nonprofit consortium of businesses and institutions, launched the AI Incident Database, a searchable collection of reports on the technology’s missteps.
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Graphs with data related to AI use cases
Law Enforcement

Washington Wrestles with AI

The U.S. government’s effort to take advantage of AI has not lived up to its promise, according to a new report. Implementations of machine learning systems by federal agencies are “uneven at best, and problematic and perhaps dangerous at worst".
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Security cameras with face recognition inside a building in Argentina
Law Enforcement

That Kid Looks Like a Criminal

In Argentina, a municipal face recognition system could misidentify children as suspected lawbreakers. Authorities in Buenos Aires are scanning subway riders’ faces to find offenders in a database of suspects but the system mixes criminal records with personal information about minors.
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Face recognition system identifying cops
Law Enforcement

Face Recognition Face-Off

Private citizens are using AI-driven surveillance to turn the tables on law enforcement. Activists are using face recognition to identify abusive cops, according to The New York Times.
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Illustration of a neighborhood haunted by an evil pumpkin and a black cat
Law Enforcement

Giant Models Bankrupt Research

What if AI requires so much computation that it becomes unaffordable?The fear: Training ever more capable models will become too pricey for all but the richest corporations and government agencies. Rising costs will
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Examples of age, gender and race idenitification by face recognition
Law Enforcement

Race Recognition

Marketers are using computer vision to parse customers by skin color and other perceived racial characteristics. A number of companies are pitching race classification as a way for businesses to understand the buying habits of different groups.
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Face recognition system in a supermarket
Law Enforcement

Tech Giants Face Off With Police

Three of the biggest AI vendors pledged to stop providing face recognition services to police — but other companies continue to serve the law-enforcement market.
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Face recognition system working on people wearing masks
Law Enforcement

Who Was That Masked Protester?

Vendors of face recognition are updating their tech as people don masks to protect against Covid-19. Police are bound to take notice. Companies that provide computer vision systems, including at least one that supplies law enforcement agencies, are training models to recognize obscured faces.
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Face recognition system identifying a person wearing a mask
Law Enforcement

Mask Monitor

Cameras that detect face masks are helping French authorities to evaluate citizens’ adherence to government mandates intended to fight Covid-19. Starting this week, everyone riding public transportation in France is required to wear a face mask.
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Automatic licens plate reader
Law Enforcement

Glimpse My Ride

Police in the U.S. routinely use AI to track cars with little accountability to the public. Documents obtained by Wired revealed just how intensively police in Los Angeles, California, have been using automatic license plate readers.
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Security camera next to the Big Ben in London
Law Enforcement

Nowhere to Hide

Real-time face recognition has become standard operating procedure for cops in a few cities, in both authoritarian and democratic countries. After years of trials, police departments in Moscow and London are using face recognition to scan the streets for suspected criminals.
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Chart with amount of photos that can be searched with different sources
Law Enforcement

Steal Your Face

What if you could identify just about anyone from a photo? A controversial startup is making this possible. Hundreds of U.S. law enforcement agencies are using a face ID service that matches photos against a database of billions of images.
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Illustration of a reindeer with security cameras pointing at it
Law Enforcement

Face Recognition Meets Resistance

An international wave of anti-surveillance sentiment pushed back against the proliferation of face recognition systems.
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Excerpt from Ring commercial
Law Enforcement

Neighborhood Watchers

Smart doorbell maker Ring has built its business by turning neighborhoods into surveillance networks. Now the company is drawing fire for using private data without informing customers and sharing data with police.
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Security robot walking on the street
Law Enforcement

What the Watchbot Sees

Knightscope’s security robots look cute. But these cone-headed automatons, which serve U.S. police departments and businesses, are serious surveillance machines.
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