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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…

All Major Browsers Now Offer FIDO2 Support

All Major Browsers Now Offer FIDO2 Support

All of the major web browsers now offer FIDO2 support in some form, the FIDO Alliance has announced. The big news comes from a somewhat unlikely ally, with Apple having just launched a new preview version of its Safari browser that features FIDO2 support. Apple is notorious for not playing well with others and rigidly…

Mastercard, Microsoft to Collaborate on Digital Identity Service

Mastercard, Microsoft to Collaborate on Digital Identity Service

“…their service will be focused on the areas of financial services, digital commerce, government services, and consumer-focused online services like music streaming and social media.” Mastercard and Microsoft have announced that they’re teaming up on a digital identity project. What exactly this project will entail is pretty vague at the moment. In a statement, the…

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…

Windows 10 Update Emphasizes FIDO2 Authentication via Hello

Windows 10 Update Emphasizes FIDO2 Authentication via Hello

A new Windows 10 update has delivered FIDO2 authentication, with Microsoft placing its Windows Hello biometric authentication platform closer to front and center for end users. With respect to the latter, Windows’ development team has now placed a Windows Hello setup button right on the OS’s lock screen. It’s clearly a move aimed at encouraging…

Windows 10 Update Delivers FIDO2 and WebAuthn

Windows 10 Update Delivers FIDO2 and WebAuthn

“FIDO has mounted a longstanding campaign to get third party support for its strong authentication standards and expand the compliant device ecosystem, but bringing FIDO2 support to major web browsers effectively brings FIDO support into the Internet’s core infrastructure.” FIDO2 and WebAuthn support has officially arrived on Windows 10, via the operating system’s October 2018…

[Money20/20] High Profile FIDO2 Support Sets Stage For Strong Authentication Proliferation

[Money20/20] High Profile FIDO2 Support Sets Stage For Strong Authentication Proliferation

FIDO Alliance Executive Director Brett McDowell took the stage with digital financial services expert David Birch on Money20/20’s opening day, and took the opportunity to make the case for the implementation of FIDO standards in financial services (and everywhere else). Speaking to Birch as part of the “Identity Around the World: Global Case Studies in…

Microsoft Hides Your Dirty Laundry with AI-Driven Blur Feature for Video Chat

Microsoft Hides Your Dirty Laundry with AI-Driven Blur Feature for Video Chat

“The feature revolves around AI-driven face detection, and its computer vision also appears to be able to detect the user’s general body outline as well” With more and more work being done remotely, Microsoft has enlisted the help of computer vision AI to help make sure that web meetings run smoothly: The company’s enterprise messaging…

New Code Suggests Google Will Deliver Face Unlock in Coming Chrome OS Devices

New Code Suggests Google Will Deliver Face Unlock in Coming Chrome OS Devices

It looks like Google is preparing to bring a Face Unlock system to future devices running on its Chrome OS. The revelation comes by way of some newly added code in Chrome’s back-end. While the clues offered in code snippets can sometimes be a bit ambiguous, this sample seems pretty clear, with its key line…

DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Team Up to Fight Election Meddling

DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Team Up to Fight Election Meddling

The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Facebook, and Microsoft together made unlikely partners in a recent joint briefing to the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors. The briefing revolved around the efforts taken by these organizations to prevent the kind of meddling seen…

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,…

News Roundup: Android, Intel, Internet of Things

News Roundup: Android, Intel, Internet of Things

Last week at Mobile ID World FIDO made major news again with yet another high profile company joining its board of directors: Intel. That story led the way as other top headlines molded the discussion around Android devices and software, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and mobile commerce. Here is a look back on…

Microsoft Discusses Windows 10 Tech Ecosystem

Microsoft Discusses Windows 10 Tech Ecosystem

Microsoft has been talking up the various devices and partners associated with its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system at this week’s Computex conference at the Taipei International Convention Center. In addition to the new and upgraded features of the OS itself – including Windows Hello, the new Microsoft Edge browser, and upgraded AI assistant Cortana…

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