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CHINA HAS CREATED A RACIST A.I. TO TRACK MUSLIMS
The Chinese government is using facial-recognition software to “track and control” a predominantly Muslim minority group, according to a disturbing new report from The New York Times. The Chinese government has reportedly integrated artificial intelligence into its security cameras to identify the Uighurs and appears to be using the information to monitor the persecuted group. The report, based on the accounts of whistleblowers familiar with the systems and a review of databases used by the government and law enforcement, suggests the authoritarian country has opened up a new frontier in the use of A.I. for racist social control—and raises the discomfiting possibility that other governments could adopt similar practices.
Two people familiar with the matter told the Times that police in the Chinese city of Sanmenxia screened whether residents were Uighurs 500,000 times in a single month. Documents provided to the paper reportedly show demand for the technology is ballooning: more than 20 departments in 16 provinces sought access to the camera system, in one case writing that it “should support facial recognition to identify Uighur/non-Uighur attributes.” This, experts say, is more than enough to raise red flags. “I don’t think it’s overblown to treat this as an existential threat to democracy,” Jonathan Frankle, an A.I. researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the Times. “Once a country adopts a model in this heavy authoritarian mode, it’s using data to enforce thought and rules in a much more deep-seated fashion than might have been achievable 70 years ago in the Soviet Union. To that extent, this is an urgent crisis we are slowly sleepwalking our way into.”
A Florida cop implied he hoped a car would hit David Hogg during “die-in” against gun violence
A Florida police department is deciding what to do with an officer who implied someone should crash a car into the parking lot where activists, including Parkland student David Hogg, were hosting a “die-in” to protest gun violence.
Cop suspended for violent comment about school shooting survivor
'Kill them all' -- Russian-linked Facebook accounts called for violence
Facebook accounts run by Russian trolls repeatedly called for violence against different social and political groups in the U.S., including police officers, Black Lives Matter activists and undocumented immigrants.
Posts from three now-removed Facebook groups created by the Russian Internet Research Agency suggest Russia sought not only to meddle in U.S. politics but to encourage ideologically opposed groups to act out violently against one another. The posts are part of a database compiled by Jonathan Albright, the research director at Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, who tracks and analyzes Russian propaganda.
Russian propaganda outlet ‘staged fake LGBT rights rally’ in the US
Dem lawmakers: Revoke Ivanka, Jared Kushner's security clearance
Two Democratic lawmakers are calling on the White House to revoke the security clearances of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, citing reports that they say demonstrate a "brazen disregard for ethics and their apparent intention to skirt good governance rules."
Rep. Ted Lieu of California and Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia sent a letter Thursday to White House counsel Don McGahn raising concerns over myriad issues involving President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law -- both whom are also two of his top advisers.
Specifically, Lieu and Beyer cite reports of what they say is inappropriate email use, scrutiny over Kushner's role in the 2016 campaign as part of the investigation into Russian meddling, and issues with Kushner's financial disclosure statements.
DOJ releases overruled memos finding it illegal for presidents to appoint relatives
The Justice Department has released a series of recently overruled legal memos concluding that presidents cannot appoint their relatives to the White House staff or presidential commissions, even to unpaid posts.
In January, a career Justice Department official essentially declared the earlier opinions erroneous or obsolete, clearing the way for President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner to take a senior adviser position in the White House. First daughter Ivanka Trump later took a similar official but unpaid slot under the same legal rationale.
The newly-disclosed opinions, issued to the Nixon, Carter and Reagan White House and obtained by POLITICO Monday through a Freedom of Information Act request, detail how Justice Department lawyers concluded for decades that such appointments of family members were illegal under an anti-nepotism law passed in 1967.
Trans man forced to show grocery store cashier his genitals before he could leave
A transgender man is suing, alleging that he was forced to show a cashier his prosthetic penis and his genitalia at a grocery store.
In an incident that occurred in May at a Food Fair in New Jersey, the complaint says that the man was accused of shoplifting by an off-duty sheriff’s officer working as a security guard. Neither the man nor the security guard are identified by name.
“I need to see what’s in your pants,” the security guard said, noticing something in his pants. To which the trans man responded that he is trans and wears a prosthetic penis.
The security guard said that he would call a female officer to inspect the trans man’s pants. He tried to leave, but the security guard insisted he stay for the inspection of his pants. The trans man felt “humiliated, intimidated, and abused,” according to the suit.
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