ethical issues

ID2020 Advisor Questions Corporate Interests in Resignation Letter

ID2020 Advisor Questions Corporate Interests in Resignation Letter

Elizabeth Renieris has resigned from the ID2020 Alliance, and penned a scathing critique of the organization on her way out the door. She specifically argues that the Alliance’s original objectives have been compromised by corporate interests, and that the organization is now so fixated on digital identities that it is willing to sacrifice civil liberties…

BBC Doc Uses Yoti Age Estimation to Spotlight Underage Nudes Issue on Social Media

BBC Doc Uses Yoti Age Estimation to Spotlight Underage Nudes Issue on Social Media

Yoti‘s age estimation technology has been used in a new BBC exposé on the prominence of underage pornographic content on social media platforms. Titled “Nudes4Sale” and helmed by BBC reporter Ellie Flynn, the documentary explores the trend of teenagers selling nude photos online using the hashtag #Nudes4Sale. To that end, Yoti’s technology was used to…

Smart Policing Tools Developer Builds AI Ethics Board

Smart Policing Tools Developer Builds AI Ethics Board

Axon, a provider of smart devices for reduced-force policing and security applications, has appointed three individuals to its AI Ethics Board. Axon offers products like tasers, body cameras, and drones, as well as policing software; and the company seeks to leverage Artificial Intelligence in its offerings. At a time of intensifying scrutiny over the use…

Clearview AI Let Investors Try its Biometric Identification App on a Personal Basis

Clearview AI Let Investors Try its Biometric Identification App on a Personal Basis

Clearview AI is in the news again. This time, the company is being flagged for having allowed wealthy investors to try its biometric identification app on a personal basis. The company has already generated more than its share of controversy, first when a New York Times report revealed that the company had been providing police…

Clearview AI’s Developer Account Suspended from Apple’s App Store

Clearview AI’s Developer Account Suspended from Apple’s App Store

Clearview AI has run afoul of yet another Silicon Valley titan. Apple has suspended Clearview’s developer account for behavior that violates the company’s App Store policy guidelines. The suspension specifically relates to Clearview’s alleged abuse of the Apple developer program, which allows companies to share an app internally. The feature allows developers to preview and…

Turkcell Lays Out AI Principles

Turkcell Lays Out AI Principles

Turkcell, Turkey’s leading mobile phone operator, has announced the creation of its own Artificial Intelligence (AI) Principles, guidelines aimed at committing it to the ethical and responsible use of AI technologies, making it the first company in Turkey to do so. At a press conference held by the company at its Istanbul headquarters, Turkcell revealed…

Megvii Hits Regulatory Obstacle Ahead of Hong Kong IPO

Megvii Hits Regulatory Obstacle Ahead of Hong Kong IPO

Beijing-based facial recognition company Megvii has indeed pressed ahead with its push for a Q4 IPO in Hong Kong, but has reportedly run into a regulatory obstacle. Citing anonymous “with knowledge of the matter”, Reuters reports that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s Listing Committee did not approve Megvii’s application last week, with committee members asking…

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…

New Privacy Guidelines Released by Biometrics Institute Reflect GDPR Concerns

New Privacy Guidelines Released by Biometrics Institute Reflect GDPR Concerns

The Biometrics Institute has released new privacy guidelines for any and all organizations operating in the biometrics space. The universal guidelines are specifically written to ensure that biometrics researchers, manufacturers, and operators know how to handle people’s personal information responsibly. While the Institute generally updates its privacy guidelines every two years, this is the first…

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…

Yoti Details Commitment to Ethical Biometric Principles

Yoti Details Commitment to Ethical Biometric Principles

Yoti has come out in support of the Biometrics Institute’s seven ethical principles for biometrics. The recently published principles are designed to guide companies in the biometrics space to ensure that they use the technology for the public good. For its part, Yoti discussed the seven ethical principles in a blog post that outlined the…

NEC Establishes AI and Human Rights Principles

NEC Establishes AI and Human Rights Principles

The NEC Corporation has established a set of human rights principles to guide its business decisions when using biometrics and artificial intelligence. The newly published “NEC Group AI and Human Rights Principles” reflect a commitment to privacy at every stage of development, and are also intended to ensure compliance with international rules and regulations. With…

Nuance Named One of 2019’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality”

Nuance Named One of 2019’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality”

“It’s a fitting distinction for a company whose business is, after all, identity.” The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has named Nuance Communications one of 2019’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” in its Corporate Equality Index. The Foundation bills itself as America’s largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, with…

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…

MIT AI Policy Congress Discusses the Need for Ethical AI Regulation

MIT AI Policy Congress Discusses the Need for Ethical AI Regulation

The inaugural MIT AI Policy Congress recently convened in Massachusetts, bringing together leading researchers, industry insiders, and policy experts for a series of discussions about the future of artificial intelligence. Hosted by MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the conversation stressed the importance of collaboration and…

40 CEOs Sign GSMA’s New Digital Declaration

40 CEOs Sign GSMA’s New Digital Declaration

The GSMA unveiled a Digital Declaration at last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, announcing that 40 CEOs have already signed the new initiative. The Declaration was designed as a set of principles to encourage ethical behavior in a rapidly shifting digital landscape.    “A new form of responsible leadership is needed to successfully navigate…

Singapore Hosts Advisory Council on AI Ethics, Featuring Google, Microsoft Execs

Singapore Hosts Advisory Council on AI Ethics, Featuring Google, Microsoft Execs

“Together, the council members discussed a draft model framework on the responsible use of AI published by Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission earlier this year…” Singapore’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence and Data has just convened its inaugural meeting. The group includes representatives from some high-profile global companies, including Google’s Asia…