In recent years, concerns for unauthorized persons gaining access to schools has, unfortunately, drastically risen. Some security systems have been put in place, but they are generally a simple button to unlock the front door or gates, which schools have found to be problematic due to things such as tardy students that need be buzzed in and how often parents have to be buzzed in when picking up their children early.
Many AI researchers for major tech firms such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook have signed a letter to stop Amazon from giving away its facial recognition to law enforcement agencies mainly because that technology is biased towards people of color and women. A peer review study conducted by researchers at MIT revealed that Amazon’s facial recognition technology, known as Rekognition, has problems identifying females and dark skinned women. It mistakes women for men 19% of the time, and for women of color 31%.
Privacy is of value to the individual and the society. It affords us the space to be ourselves and to define ourselves through giving us a degree of autonomy and protection of our dignity. In our interactions with others, we may define the intimacy of our relationships with them through the amount of privacy we relinquish in that relationship. Privacy is also important in the social context of democracy. In many cases, we do not want to know everything about everyone around us, and so privacy can protect the rest of us from being exposed to too much information. Thanks to a level of anonymity, people can feel emboldened to speak out publicly against corruption or injustice, or to simply be more creative in self-expression.
Data privacy has long been a hot topic in the IT world. From accusations of government wiretapping to political ad scandals involving major tech companies, the issue still remains how to enforce data regulation laws to keep users safe. This issue was brought to light on January 21, 2019 when France’s data protection authority, CNIL, fined Google $57 million for its vague data storage practices, a victory for pro-regulation supporters and Europe’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation Law).
In some old blog posts, I briefly mentioned my growing interest in lacrosse. After much thought, I decided to write this post to share with other lacrosse fans, sports fans, Native American geeks, and other curious minds out there. 😉
It doesn’t matter how marijuana positively and negatively affects people’s lives. It doesn’t matter how marijuana is becoming more socially-acceptable. And your perspective on marijuana doesn’t matter.
The U.S. government could care less about what happens to us. They just want to profit from the lifelong billion-dollar business.
And ya know what? I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our law makers and enforcers smoke the joint as well.