• “TOKYO/GUANGZHOU — From shopping to banking to boarding airplanes, an economy based on facial recognition is taking root in Japan, enabling consumers to live a cashless, bag-free life. “

    Tags: ITGS, peopleandmachines, businessandemployment, software

  • “North America, Central America, and Caribbean
    In the U.S., a 2016 study showed that already half of American adults were captured in some kind of facial recognition network. More recently, the Department of Homeland Security unveiled its “Biometric Exit” plan, which aims to use facial recognition technology on nearly all air travel passengers by 2023, to identify compliance with visa status.”

    Tags: ITGS, privacy, reliability, globalisation, authenticity

  • “Some Facebook users who recently watched a Daily Mail video depicting Black men reported seeing a label from Facebook asking if they were interested in watching more videos about “primates.”

    The label appeared in bold text under the video, stating “Keep seeing videos about Primates?” next to “Yes” and “Dismiss” buttons that users could click to answer the prompt. It’s part of an AI-powered Facebook process that attempts to gather information on users’ personal interests in order to deliver relevant content into their News Feed”

    Tags: ITGS, bias, algorithm, black, facebook, social media

  • Tags: ITGS, facialrecognition, privacy, australia

    • Users will have 15 minutes, when the app pings them, to prove they are at their homes by showing the app their faces and giving it access to geo-location data.

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      Should they fail to do so, the local police department will be sent to follow up in person.

    • “Location and biometric data is extremely valuable. Any government initiative that wishes to collect these types of personal information should have robust safeguards in place before it is rolled out, to ensure that information is not later used or disclosed for other purposes,”
    • According to its privacy statement, Home Quarantine SA will encrypt data “immediately upon submission” before sending it to an Australian server “under control of the Government of South Australia”.
  • Tags: ITGS, facialrecognition, privacy, Japan

    • Four Japanese firms will jointly develop a payment system using facial recognition technology that will allow customers to make deposits and withdrawals at banks and shop at stores without presenting anything if they register their facial images in advance.

    • While the registration of facial images would require the consent of customers, many people may hesitate to provide their image data due to privacy concerns. How to ensure the security of the planned system will be key to its widespread use.

      The four companies plan to develop a system under which facial image data will be stored on a server that cannot be accessed from the outside. Resona will manage the system.

  • Tags: ITGS, facialrecognition, security, Thailand

    • Thailand’s Transport Ministry wants to roll out its biometric-enabled smart airport initiative across five top airports to improve passenger experience, reduce waiting times, and boost airport security
    • “Currently, travelers may be required to show their ID cards or passports up to three times in one trip through an airport,”
    • “They can have their faces scanned just once at check-in counters and then board a plane without the need to show their ID cards, passports or boarding passes.”
  • “Remote surveillance software like Sneek, also known as “tattleware” or “bossware”, represented something of a niche market pre-Covid. But that all changed in March 2020, as employers scrambled to pull together work-from-home policies out of thin air. In April last year, Google queries for “remote monitoring” were up 212% year-on-year; by April this year, they’d continued to surge by another 243%.”

    Tags: ITGS, tattleware, bossware, surveillance, business and employment, privacy and anonymity

  • “Drowning in literature? Scientists often must manage research, teaching, and acquiring funding, and more. It can be hard to find time to read new papers in the field. It can also help non-specialists who are reading complicated papers and struggling to find the gist. Using this tool, you can enter a paper’s abstract. The site will then generate a short summary.

    “The free tool, which creates what the team calls TLDRs (the common Internet acronym for ‘Too long, didn’t read’), was activated this week for search results at Semantic Scholar, a search engine created by the non-profit Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) in Seattle, Washington.”

    Tags: ITGS, ai, machine learning, abstract, summary, reliability, research, papers

  • “Thailand continues to embrace advanced technology, announcing that five smaller upcountry airports will pilot a facial recognition system to reduce lines, speed immigration procedures, and increase safety. Should the pilot project prove successful, it would be scaled up nationwide.

    “Currently, travelers may be required to show their ID cards or passports up to three times in one trip through an airport,” said Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam.

    Officials expect the new system will eliminate the need for immigration police officers to inspect passports. As the number of tourists and business travelers has been steadily increasing over the years, immigration lines at Thailand’s major airports have grown longer, causing inconvenience to visitors and inspiring some complaints.

    The new system will also benefit Thais, as they must also present national identification cards at airports under the current system.

    Under the new system, travelers “can have their faces scanned just once at check-in counters and then board a plane without the need to show their ID cards, passports or boarding passes,” Thaworn said.

    The five airports that will participate in the pilot project are Krabi and Surat Thani airports in the South, and Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, and Khon Kaen airports in the Northeast.

    Not all aspects of the system have been ironed out. A panel is being formed to study the new identification system with representatives from the Department of Airports, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Royal Thai Police. They plan to work out synchronize their databases, which store information on Thai and foreign travelers.”

    Tags: ITGS, thailand, facial, recognition

  • ““There has been a high degree of improvisation in the rollout of Chivo and a great deal of opacity,” says Ricardo Castaneda, a local economist. “The app asks for access to your microphone and your contacts, which are not needed for a wallet. Bitcoin might be a distraction but given the decision to push ahead with the plan despite popular opposition and the advice of experts, it could also be an important pillar of Bukele’s political project.””

    Tags: ITGS, bitcoin, politics and government, cryptocurrency, people and machines

  • “Digital Identity (ID) is one of the main results focused under the main Digital Drukyul Flagship Program of Nu 2.557 bn as the fund also covers results such as Institutionalizing e-Patient Information System, creating Digital Schools, Integrating e-business services (business licensing and Single window for trade), Land records, tax information etc.

    Citing some examples of what benefits people can expect with the completion of the Digital ID Lobzang Jamtsho, Chief ICT Officer, Application Development Division, Department of Technology and Telecom (DITT) under Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC) said stated, “Currently the online processes are hybrid in nature, where although we communicate or negotiate online, people still need to be physically present to sign a contract or make online transactions.”

    He said that with the use of Digital ID, one can have bank transactions or even sign up contracts remotely to state a few components that the program encapsulates.

    The paper found that the biggest advantage of the Digital ID of the person is that all the information of the person will be stored and based around the Digital ID of the person. This could be health records, land records, tax records, revenue and bank records, business records, education records, census records etc.

    The person can use his digital ID to access all this information and also use his ID to complete online procedures to avail services.

    To protect the privacy of the person access to the information will be compartmentalized and restricted so some tax officials for example cannot access the health records of a person.

    A key component of digital ID is collecting the biometric details of people like eyes and all finger prints for verification and security.”

    Tags: ITGS, bhutan, data, collection, digital, ID

  • “A preliminary study finds that facial recognition algorithms struggle to identify people wearing masks. The study tested 89 commercial facial recognition algorithms, and the best had error rates between 5% and 50% in matching unmasked photos with photos of the same person wearing a digitally-applied mask. Masks both lowered the algorithms’ accuracy rates and raised the number of failures to process. The more of the nose is covered by the mask the lower the algorithm’s accuracy; however, error rates were generally lower with round masks; and the algorithms generally performed worse with black masks than with surgical blue ones. False positive remained stable or declined a small amount.”

    Tags: ITGS, facialrecognition, covid, masks

  • “Two prominent hospitals were the victims of data breaching hackers in the last few days with each hospital having over 40,000 patients’ personal information at risk. On Monday, Phetchabun Hospital had the personal data of 46,000 of their patients compromised while Bhumirajanagarindra Kidney Institute Hospital had the data from 40,000 patients stolen in parallel attacks.”

    Tags: ITGS, data, thailand, security, information, identity theft

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