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Police in Canada are tracking people’s ‘negative’ behavior in a ‘risk’ database

March 3rd, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

 The database includes detailed, but “de-identified,” information about people’s lives culled from conversations between police, social services, health workers, and more. Police, social services, and health workers in Canada are using shared databases to track the behaviour of vulnerable people—including minors and people experiencing homelessness—with little oversight and often without consent. Documents obtained by Motherboard […]



The Big Apple is getting tough on biased AI

February 27th, 2019 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

New York City has a new law on the books demanding “algorithmic accountability,” and AI researchers want to help make it work. Background: At the end of 2017, the city’s council passed the country’s first bill to ban algorithmic discrimination in city government. It calls for a task force to study how city agencies use […]



You call that meat? Not so fast, cattle ranchers say

February 16th, 2019 at 3:20 am » Comments Off

Sales of plant-based meat substitutes, like this burger made by Impossible Foods, increased 22 percent to $1.5 billion last year. SAN FRANCISCO — The cattle ranchers and farm bureaus of America are not going to give up their hold on the word meat without a fight. In recent weeks, beef and farming industry groups have […]



World leaders at Davos call for global rules on tech

February 2nd, 2019 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

  DAVOS, Switzerland — Leaders of Japan, South Africa, China and Germany issued a series of calls on Wednesday for global oversight of the tech sector, in a clear signal of growing international interest in seizing greater regulatory supervision of an industry led by the United States. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said his […]



The dawn of a new Big Tech regulatory era?

January 6th, 2019 at 1:01 am » Comments Off

At the ShellyPalmer Innovation Series Breakfast at CES 2018, I had a Socratic discussion about the influence of the big technology platforms and other emerging technologies on our lives and the need for responsible innovation with David Sapin, US Risk & Regulatory Leader, PwC. We also talked about the growing “techlash” buzz for more industry […]



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