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Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech

Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech

Technology
The Home Office plans to invest more in facial recognition technology for the police despite warnings that it could be illegal and concerns over surveillance.A number of police forces already use the technology to automatically identify people from social media images and CCTV recordings.Its use has been controversial in live-settings where people who are not suspected of any crimes could be checked against a police database and potentially arrested if the system delivers a false positive.Police have argued that the technology is accurate 95% of the time but critics have noted that this means for every 1,000 faces it scans there will be 50 incorrect matches.The technology, which works by creating a geometric profile of individuals' faces and comparing that profile against a database of oth...
Tech boss attacks 'whiners' in angry email

Tech boss attacks 'whiners' in angry email

Technology
The co-founder of a Silicon Valley investment firm said it is "not my job to make you all feel good" in a long email to staff and investors.Jonathan Teo from Binary Capital was responding to negative press coverage about the firm following allegations of sexual harassment by his co-founder Justin Caldbeck.He added that he was "tired and indignant", and raged against "whiners" who demanded his attention.Mr Teo has already offered to resign.He did so after Mr Caldbeck left the firm in June."I'm incredibly sorry," Mr Caldbeck tweeted when the news broke last month.Mr Caldbeck's actions were one of several sexism scandals to rock Silicon Valley in recent months. They include a damning report into the work culture inside ride-hailing firm Uber, and the resignation of venture capitalist Dave McC...
Trump: Govt must catch up with tech revolution

Trump: Govt must catch up with tech revolution

Technology
Donald Trump has gathered the most prominent American technology executives to the White House and asked them to reform IT across the federal government.At the first meeting of the American Technology Council - which the president established by executive order in May - Mr Trump stressed the need to "transform and modernise" the US public sector's use of technology."Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution," he said."America should be the global leader in government technology just as we are in every other aspect, and we are going to start our big edge again in technology - such an important industry."We're embracing big change, bold thinking, and outsider perspectives to transform government and make it the way it should be, and at far less cost."Representatives from th...