San Francisco has become the first US city to ban law enforcement bodies from using facial recognition technology (FRT) in any way. With police forces across the UK rolling out FRT trials - with the prospect of making it permanent - should we be worried about the technology's potential effect on our freedom? Watch the video with technology reporter Natasha Bernal to find out. … [Read more...] about Facial recognition technology: should we be worried?
Dell Technologies has appointed a new general manager for its Irish business as it increasingly focuses on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.Former BT and Microsoft executive Mark Hopkins, who has been Dell's public sector and northern director for a year, will take over the general manager's role from Aisling Keegan.Ms Keegan was recently appointed vice-president and general manager of consumer and small business for Dell's European business. Mr Hopkins said the emergence of new technology was an opportunity for businesses to grow their digital strategies."As emerging technologies accelerate the pace of change within all sectors, there is a significant opportunity to help drive business transformation and generate real results for customers here in Ireland... We can play a critical role in ensuring organisations in Ireland realise their vision for digital transformation," Mr Hopkins said.The global IT giant currently employs around 6,000 in the … [Read more...] about Dell Technologies appoints new Irish general manager
Fitness tracker technology ‘could help thwart cyber attacks’ BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Technology used in fitness trackers could hold the key to reducing cyber attacks, researchers say. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/fitness-tracker-technology-could-help-thwart-cyber-attacks-38114388.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article38114387.ece/0734c/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_bb2d7a50-aeb3-4fec-8d0c-06262bb50183_1 Email Technology used in fitness trackers could hold the key to reducing cyber attacks, researchers say. The team, from the University of Bath and Goldsmiths, University of London, are investigating a device that plugs into a computer. It would signal when action – such as changing a password or updating anti-virus software – is needed with sound, lights and vibration. Future uses could include alerts when an employee is using a work computer for activities such as social media or shopping. Dr Emily Collins, research associate at the … [Read more...] about Fitness tracker technology ‘could help thwart cyber attacks’
News / UK and world by Press Association May 15, 2019, 7:51 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter San Francisco officials have voted to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments. The decision by the legislative Board of Supervisors makes the Californian city the first in the US to outlaw a rapidly developing technology which has alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates. The ban is part of broader legislation that requires city departments to establish usage policies and obtain board approval for surveillance technology they want to purchase, or are using at present. Several other local governments require departments to disclose and seek approval for surveillance technology. City supervisor Aaron Peskin, who championed the legislation, said: “This is really about saying: ‘We can have security without being a security state. We can have good policing without being a police state.’ … [Read more...] about San Francisco bans police use of facial recognition technology
News / Dundee by Reporter May 15, 2019, 6:05 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Grove Academy pupils hope to secure sponsorship that would allow two teams of youths to travel to America for an international competition. One team from the Dundee school has already secured its place in the Mate Rov competition in Tennessee. A second team is hoping to book flights too, if it can get funding. The two Grove Academy teams came first and second in the national heat at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, last month. The second-place team can go to the tournament as a wild card if sponsorship is secured. The Mate (marine advanced technology education) Rov (remote operated vehicle) tournament tasked teams with designing and building a machine capable of collecting and testing water samples for acidity and phosphates. This will be the third consecutive year a team from Grove Academy has made it to the world finals. Last year’s team won the … [Read more...] about Dundee pupils look for sponsor for US technology competition