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World Aug 17Trump administration imposes new Huawei restrictions
The U.S. government is imposing another round of restrictions on tech giant Huawei as President Donald Trump renews accusations the Chinese company's telecommunications equipment is used for spying.
Politics Aug 13WATCH: White House press secretary defends Trump’s TikTok, WeChat orders
TikTok and its U.S. employees are planning to take President Donald Trump's administration to court over a sweeping order that could ban the popular video app, according to a lawyer preparing one of the lawsuits.
Nation Jun 24Detroit police challenged over face recognition flaws
The complaint by Robert Williams is a rare challenge from someone who not only experienced an erroneous face recognition hit, but was able to discover that it was responsible for his subsequent troubles.
Nation Jun 11Microsoft joins Amazon, IBM in pausing face scans for police
Microsoft has become the third big tech company this week to say it won’t sell its facial recognition software to police, following similar moves by Amazon and IBM.
Nation Jun 11Amazon bans police use of face recognition technology for a year
Amazon banned police use of its face-recognition technology for a year, making it the latest tech giant to step back from law-enforcement use of systems that have faced criticism for incorrectly identifying people with darker skin.
Nation May 19Google says it won’t build AI tools for oil and gas drillers
Google says it will no longer build custom artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction, separating itself from cloud computing rivals Microsoft and Amazon.
Nation May 18Tech-assisted COVID-19 tracking is having some issues
Harnessing today's technology to the task of fighting the coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be more complicated than it first appeared.
Health May 05COVID-19 tracing apps come with privacy trade-offs
Many governments eager to reopen their societies are starting to bet on smartphone apps to help stanch the coronavirus pandemic.
World Mar 27Microsoft divests from Israeli facial-recognition startup
Microsoft says it is pulling its investments from a controversial facial-recognition startup that scans faces at Israeli military checkpoints.
Science Feb 24Pentagon adopts new ethical principles for using AI in war
The new principles call for people to "exercise appropriate levels of judgment and care" when deploying and using AI systems, such as those that scan aerial imagery to look for targets. But the principles fall short of stronger restrictions favored…