biometric surveillance

Megvii Exonerated by Human Rights Watch in Biometrics Controversy

Megvii Exonerated by Human Rights Watch in Biometrics Controversy

“Based out of Hong Kong, Megvii is the developer of the Face++ facial recognition platform, and has emerged as one of the industry’s biggest unicorns in the past few years.” Megvii has been exonerated in an investigation into human rights violations in China. The New York-based Human Rights Watch previously uncovered Megvii code in a…

IBIA Rallies Against San Francisco Facial Recognition Ban

IBIA Rallies Against San Francisco Facial Recognition Ban

“The IBIA is not alone in taking issue with the ban; after the legislation passed its Board vote, an advocacy group called Stop Crime SF issued a statement insisting that the ban could have been a moratorium, since facial recognition technology shows considerable potential as a crime-fighting tool. “ The International Biometrics + Identity Association…

AI Specialist Megvii Raises $750 Million in Latest Funding Round

AI Specialist Megvii Raises $750 Million in Latest Funding Round

Hong Kong-based AI specialist Megvii has raised $750 million through its latest funding round, the company has announced. The news comes after Megvii raised $600 million in an investment round last year, and amid speculation that the company is planning an IPO. It’s now valued at a little over $4 billion. The announcement also comes…

Amazon Adds Voice to Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition

Amazon Adds Voice to Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition

Amazon is now calling for government regulation of facial recognition technology, even as it defends sales of its own such technology to law enforcement authorities. In a new post on the Amazon Web Services Machine Learning blog, the company’s VP of Global Public Policy, Michael Punke, writes, “We support the calls for an appropriate national…

Ooma Unveils Latest Biometric Security Camera

Ooma Unveils Latest Biometric Security Camera

“As with the Butterflye camera announced by Ooma a year ago, the Ooma Smart Cam also features a facial recognition system that allows it to identify known individuals, such as family members in a given household, and to send alerts to administrators when unknown individuals are detected. “ Ooma has announced the latest version of…

NEC Embraces Arm Standard for Smart City Security

NEC Embraces Arm Standard for Smart City Security

NEC is embracing an Arm standard for smart city security. The company has announced a partnership with Arm Limited that will revolve around the latter’s Arm Platform Security Architecture, or PSA. The standard concerns securely connecting devices in the Internet of Things, which is of course an area of overlap with smart city solutions, an…

Chinese Gov’t Pressures Tencent to Verify Players’ Ages with Biometrics

Chinese Gov’t Pressures Tencent to Verify Players’ Ages with Biometrics

“Tencent says its aim is to use facial recognition technology to match players against their government databases in order to verify their ages, which suggests it’s working closely with government authorities.” At the Chinese government’s behest, Tencent Holdings says it is exploring the use of facial recognition technology to prevent minors from playing its wildly…

SenseTime Seeks to Shed Surveillance Rep with MIT Alliance

SenseTime Seeks to Shed Surveillance Rep with MIT Alliance

A joint funding program between SenseTime and MIT could deliver significant advancements in artificial intelligence technology. The MIT-SenseTime Alliance on Artificial Intelligence has announced funding for 27 projects covering a range of areas. One, for example, is a collaboration between academics from MIT’s Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, its Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences,…

Hong Kong Smartglasses Firm Sees ‘No Shortage of Budget’ in Gov’t Surveillance

Hong Kong Smartglasses Firm Sees ‘No Shortage of Budget’ in Gov’t Surveillance

Xloong, a Hong Kong-based tech company specializing in Augmented Reality glasses, is looking to the government’s growing interest in biometric surveillance technology to turn the company to profitability. The firm was founded in 2015, and has tailored its smart glasses technology to a number of applications including industrial engineering, messaging displays in military helmets, and…

Another Chinese AI Firm Gets Millions in Backing

Another Chinese AI Firm Gets Millions in Backing

Chinese AI startup Yitu has brought in $300 million in investments over the last two months. The total is the product of a newly announced investment of $100 million from China Industrial Asset Management, which follows after a $200 million series-C investment round in June. Investors are evidently excited about Yitu’s artificial intelligence technology, which the…

Microsoft Commits to Ethical Use of Face Recognition Deliberations

Microsoft Commits to Ethical Use of Face Recognition Deliberations

As controversy over the public use of facial recognition continues, Microsoft is following Google’s lead in laying out its approach to the ethics of the technology in a new blog post by the company’s President, Brad Smith. It’s a far less concise and straightforward accounting than the one laid out by Google CEO Sundar Prichai,…

INTERPOL Delves Into AI, Robotics

INTERPOL Delves Into AI, Robotics

The world’s biggest police organization is now officially delving into artificial intelligence and robotics. The technologies were on display at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation this week, during a two day event organized by the INTERPOL Innovation Centre and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. The two-day event featured about 50…