Coalition Pressures Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to Keep Facial Recognition Surveillance Away From Government

A coalition of more than 85 activist groups sent letters to Microsoft, Amazon, and Google pressuring them not to sell their facial surveillance technology to the government.

In its letters sent Jan. 15, the coalition–which comprises groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, National Lawyers Guild chapters, and Freedom of the Press Foundation–warned the companies that a decision to supply government with the technology “threatens the safety of community members and will also undermine public trust.” That’s because facial recognition software gives the government the power to target immigrants, religious minorities, and people of color, thereby exacerbating a historical bias, according to the coalition.

“Companies can’t continue to pretend that the ‘break-then-fix’ approach works,” Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties director for the ACLU of California, said in a statement. ” … We are at a crossroads with face surveillance, and the choices made by these companies now will determine whether the next generation will have to fear being tracked by the government for attending a protest, going to their place of worship, or simply living their lives.”

The letter adds pressure to technology companies, whose sentiment toward selling the new technologies range from cautious to eager.

Google, at least, appears to be treading lightly. In December, the company committed not to sell its facial recognition surveillance software until the technology’s potential dangers are addressed.

That came a couple of months after several Google employees quit in protest of the company’s $ 10 billion bid for a contract with the Pentagon over cloud data center services. Ultimately, Google withdrew its bid for the project, called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud, citing uncertainty that the project aligned with its principles for the use of artificial intelligence. Google bans the use of its AI software in weapons and services that violate international norms for surveillance and human rights.

Similarly, Microsoft employees also pressured executives to pull its bid for the JEDI project. At the time, however, Microsoft said it had no intentions of dropping out.

In a December blog post, Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, acknowledged the risks associated with facial recognition surveillance technology and its obligation to address those concerns internally. He also pushed for government regulation in regards to the use of the technology.

And on the other end of the spectrum, Amazon continues to sell its facial recognition software to government agencies. Last year, CEO Jeff Bezos told CNN that society would eventually take care of any bad uses of the technology.

Earlier this month, the FBI reportedly began piloting Amazon software called Rekognition to help sift through surveillance footage collected during an investigation. Amazon also reportedly met with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to discuss Rekognition.

The ACLU is particularly concerned about Amazon and its technology, as a test it conducted last year showed that Rekognition falsely matched 28 members of Congress with images in a database of people arrested by police, with members of color disproportionately being identified incorrectly.

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Looking to get away? Hit these hotspots before everyone else does

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You don’t need reminding that January is pretty bleak. As we count down the days until payday and try not to think about the cold, we’re also Googling getaways because we need something to look forward to this year – right?

But where should you head off to? Should you opt for a staycation or head to Europe? Go to your favourite place or try somewhere new? Or maybe you want to go that bit further and really chase the sun?

On The Go Tours analysed data from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation 2018 Tourism Highlights Report to find out which countries are growing in popularity as tourist hotspots – and give you some hol-spiration.

So where are we all heading as soon as the need for sun hits?

Romania is the fastest growing destination for UK tourists, with an increase of 638% between 2007 and 2017. Lithuania comes in second with around 115,000 visitors in 2017, followed by Mexico with holidays there racking up around 49 million hashtags on Instagram. If you’re going for the perfect feed, you know where to go.

Other tourist hotspots include Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Morocco.

The original favourites, France and Spain, don’t make the list for fastest growing destinations – but they are still pulling in the crowds with over six million and ten million British tourists visiting respectively.

On The Go Tours Head of Marketing, Hollie Youlden comments: ‘It’s interesting to see the variety of destinations that have made it into the top 20 with our internal consumer data seeing similar trends for UK tourists, with peaks in destinations like Morocco, Greece, and Italy.

‘Europe definitely takes the crown with 70% of the fastest growing destinations being European countries, which given the wonderful variety of locations we have in Europe, and the relatively short travel distances from the UK, may not come as a huge surprise.

‘Having said that, it’s great to see the likes of longer haul destinations in North America, Middle East, Asia and Africa with a large increase in UK tourists, showing people are willing to travel the extra mile for fantastic views, culture and cuisine.’

Brb, booking flights immediately.

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Les Trois Vallées: great skiing – but away from the bling crowd

A new hostel in low-key Les Menuires provides easy access to great ski areas but is more about beanies and live bands than expensive designer gear

In Courchevel 1850, there’s an eight-bedroom chalet that costs €295,000 a week. The price includes two chefs, two butlers and a massage therapist, but not helicopter transfers to the resort’s altiport, ski equipment or lift passes.

Given that kind of excess, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Trois Vallées, the biggest linked ski area in the world, was an exclusive, mega-rich enclave. Yet here I am in Les Menuires, just two valleys to the east and on the same lift pass, staying in a bunkhouse-hotel hybrid where a dorm bed costs as little as £22 a night.

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Joe Jonas Says He Knew ‘Right Away’ Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra ‘Were a Match Made in Heaven’
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Their biggest fan? Joe Jonas gushed over his brother Nick Jonas’ relationship with new wife Priyanka Chopra.

“Seeing Nick’s face when he first met her and the way he talks about her, and then getting to meet her and seeing what an amazing person she is, I knew right away that they were a match made in heaven,” the DNCE frontman, 29, told Entertainment Tonight on Friday, December 7.

Joe went on to detail the couple’s wedding. “My face hurts from smiling so much,” he noted. “The ceremonies themselves were so beautiful. The Indian ceremony, for me, was something new. We were all in tears.”

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Chopra, 36, and Nick, 26, tied the knot in a Western ceremony in Jodhpur, India, on December 1. They married again in a Hindu ceremony the following day.

The “Cake by the Ocean” singer, who is set to wed fiancée Sophie Turner in France in summer 2019, also spoke about how his younger sibling’s nuptials influenced his own plans. “I am [so excited],” Joe shared. “You know, I didn’t even think about it much, to be honest, because it was about them. This whole week, we just let the celebration be about Nick and Priyanka.”

The engaged pair rushed to Chopra and the “Close” singer’s defense on Wednesday, December 5, when New York magazine’s The Cut published an op-ed claiming the newlyweds “married into a fraudulent relationship” and the Quantico alum is a “scam artist.”

“This is disgusting. @TheCut should be ashamed to have someone write such evil words,” Joe tweeted. “What Nick & Pri have is Beautiful Love. Thank u, Next.”

The Game of Thrones star, 22, added in her own tweet: “This is wildly inappropriate and totally disgusting. Very disappointed that The Cut would give anyone a platform to spew such bulls—t.”

The website later removed the article and apologized.

Joe sweetly extended the Jonas charm to Chopra in an Instagram post on Thursday, December 6. “Super Married! I Love You Both!” he wrote. “Welcome to the Family Pri! Congratulations!”

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This Holiday Season Patagonia is Giving Away The $10 Million in Unplanned Cash Benefiting Alaska’s Wildlife Refuge

This holiday season, Patagonia is giving away the $ 10 million in unplanned cash we saw as a result of last year’s irresponsible tax cut. A tax cut that was not only a windfall for the oil and gas industry but will also open up 19 million acres of Alaska’s wildlife refuge. The timing of this tax cut couldn’t have been worse.

Our planet is in peril because of human-caused climate disruption. Patagonia believes the scientists—including the authors of Friday’s National Climate Assessment report—and it is urgent that we all do something about it.

Since 1985, Patagonia has funded grassroots activism as part of our commitment to 1% for the Planet. This additional $ 10 million will go a long way for the groups defending our air, water, and land. It will also include support for the regenerative organic agriculture movement, which we think will not only slow the climate crisis but could begin to reverse it.

Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, says catastrophe is here, and we need all the help we can get to address the climate crisis. He said, “Our government continues to ignore the seriousness and causes of the climate crisis. It is pure evil. We need to double down on renewable energy solutions. We need an agriculture system that supports small family farms and ranches, not one that rewards chemical companies intent on destroying our planet and poisoning our food. And we need to protect our public lands and waters because they are all we have left.”

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The President has no choice but to watch as the special counsel grinds away, apparently getting closer to Trump’s inner circle

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Houston Texans Owner Bob McNair Passes Away

The Houston Texans have announced that team founder, owner and chief executive officer Bob McNair passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday.

McNair was 80.

In 1999, McNair made the deal that brought the NFL back to Houston after Bud Adams and the Oilers departed in 1996. The Texans under his leadership have experienced numerous playoff berths as well as a consecutive sell-out streak that dates back to 2002.

A long time philanthropist, McNair’s initial bid of $ 700 million for the Texans has since ballooned. In 2018, the team is estimated to be worth $ 2.8 billion.

McNair is survived by his wife, Janice as well as his children, sons Cary and Cal McNair and daughters Ruth Smith and Melissa Reichert.

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Companies worry Amazon’s HQ2 will lure away employees

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke away from tour for a mini moon

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set off on their royal tour this month, with the couple currently on the New Zealand leg of their trip, having already visited Australia, Fiji and the kingdom of Tonga.

But with a jam-packed schedule of official events and appearances, it’s hardly surprising that Harry and Meghan haven’t had much downtime – something they surely need, especially following the news of their future baby, expected in Spring 2019.

It has recently emerged however that the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex did actually escape for a mini moon on their tour and we didn’t even notice.

The royal couple reportedly took some time away during their royal tour of Fiji, escaping for a ‘mini moon’ at the Vatuvara Private Islands Resort on Kaibu Island, before returning to royal duties in Tonga.

Meghan has opened about her pregnancy during the tour, explaining how it has made her feel jet lagged, so here’s hoping she managed to catch up on some sleep!

Luckily, it looks like the mini moon did the trick, with the royal couple seeming relaxed and restored when they arrived in Tonga.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently in New Zealand – and people are talking about them more than ever, especially after Harry let his nickname for his future baby slip!

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Here’s hoping they get to have another mini moon soon!

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Krispy Kreme Is Giving Away Free Donuts on Halloween. Here’s How to Get One

Is your biggest Halloween fear that you somehow won’t find quite enough sugar this year?

Calm yourself: We’ve found a sweet solution.

Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut to folks in the holiday spirit this Halloween.

How to Get a Free Krispy Kreme Donut This Halloween

All you have to do is suit up in your Halloween costume and head over to your local Krispy Kreme on Wednesday, Oct. 31, to get a free donut.

Krispy Kreme goes all out for Halloween every year with a special collection of limited-time, Halloween-themed treats.

This year’s Halloween lineup includes two newbies: the Trick-or-Treat donut, a glazed donut dipped in salted caramel and covered in candy, and the Monster Batter donut, which is filled with cake batter and decorated with slime-green icing, monster eyes and candy confetti.

No purchase is necessary for this trick-free treat; however, the deal is only good at participating locations, so be sure to check with your local Krispy Kreme before suiting up.

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