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Panopticon Down Under: Australian Prisons Adopt Face Recognition

A state in Australia plans to outfit prisons with face recognition. Corrective Services NSW, the government agency that operates nearly every prison in New South Wales, contracted the U.S.-based IT firm Unisys to replace a previous system.
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Capture of Honorlock, an AI-powered software designed to catch students who cheat on academic examinations
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Court Blocks AI-Assisted Proctoring: AI Cheating Software Loses in Court

A U.S. court ruled against an implementation of AI-powered software designed to catch students who cheat on academic examinations.
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Satellite imagery of suburban homes with backyard pools.
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Spotting Tax Cheats From Overhead: French Authorities Use AI to Tax Pool Owners

French tax authorities netted nearly €10 million using an automated system to identify unregistered pools
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Keep Your AIs on the Road: New Law Requires European Vehicles to Come with Automated Features

The European Union passed a law that requires new vehicles to come equipped with automated safety features.
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Tracking Changes on Earth’s Surface

Computer vision systems are scanning satellite photos to track construction on the Earth’s surface — an exercise in behavior recognition on a global scale.
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Remote-controlled drone capable of firing electroshock darts
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Ethics Team Scuttles Taser Drone

A weaponized AI system intended to protect students has been grounded. Axon, which makes law-enforcement equipment such as tasers and body cameras, canceled a plan to sell remote-controlled drones capable of firing electroshock darts.
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Democracies Embrace Surveillance: AI Increasingly Spies on Citizens of Western Democracies

What if AI-enabled monitoring isn’t just for dictators and despots?The fear: Under the pretext of maintaining law and order, even countries founded on a commitment to individual rights allow police to take advantage of smart-city infrastructure and smart-home devices.
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A surveillance camera over the Washington Monument
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White House Supports Limits on AI: U.S. Rules Protect Citizens fro AI-Powered Surveillance and Discrimination

As governments worldwide mull their AI strategies and policies, the Biden administration called for a “bill of rights” to mitigate adverse consequences.What’s new: Top advisors to the U.S. president announced a plan to issue rules
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Guard Bot: Amazon Household Robot Patrols Home for Intruders

Amazon unveiled a robot that patrols users’ homes, scopes out strangers, and warns of perceived dangers.
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Nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's funeral
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Distance Killing: Israeli Agents Assasinated Iranian Scientist With AI-Sniper Rifle

A remote sniper used an automated system to take out a human target located thousands of miles away.What happened: The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad used an AI-assisted rifle in the November killing of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist,
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UN Calls Out AI: UN Report Highlights AI-Related Risks for Privacy, Bias

Human rights officials called for limits on some uses of AI.What’s new: Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to the organization’s member states to suspend certain
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A new framework that helps models “unlearn” information selectively and incrementally
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Deep Unlearning: AI Researchers Teach Models to Unlearn Data

Privacy advocates want deep learning systems to forget what they’ve learned. What’s new: Researchers are seeking ways to remove the influence of particular training examples, such as an individual’s personal information, from a trained model without affecting its performance, Wired reported.
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Apple's CEO Tim Cook discussing privacy with a Privacy sign above him
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User Privacy Versus Child Safety

Apple, which has made a point of its commitment to user privacy, announced that it will scan iPhones for evidence of child abuse. The tech giant will include a machine learning model on the device.
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Shots in the Dark

A crime-fighting AI company altered evidence to please police, a new investigation claims — the latest in a rising chorus of criticism. ShotSpotter modified the system’s findings in some cases.
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When Algorithms Manage Humans

Some delivery drivers fired by Amazon contend that the retailer’s automated management system played an unfair role in terminating their employment. Drivers in Amazon Flex, an Uber-like program that enables independent drivers to earn money delivering the company’s packages.
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