The California State Senate is considering a bill to make it illegal for law enforcement to use facial recognition technology in officer-worn body cameras. The bill, AB 1215, has passed the State Assembly. It should not pass the Senate because it is based on a number of fallacies concerning facial recognition technology and would undermine beneficial uses of it by law enforcement.
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September 10, 2019
September 9, 2019
Fact of the Week: Only 23 percent of large corporations in North America have a chief digital officer, compared to 39 percent in Europe.
From cloud computing to e-commerce and social media, companies’ digital strategies have become crucial across all industries. This is reflected in the rise of chief digital officer (CDO) positions, which companies have used to centralize and prioritize their digital strategies.
September 3, 2019
Fact of the Week: Implementing an R&D tax Credit Increases a State’s Rate of Business Formation by 7.5 Percent
Proponents of R&D tax credits argue that reducing the costs businesses face to innovate encourages them to invest more into R&D. A recent study of county-level data between 1990 and 2010 provides evidence to support this argument.
September 3, 2019
In an article for Daily Caller's American Renewal, conservatives should embrace an industrial strategy to deliver economic security, national security, and freedom.
September 2, 2019
As Daniel Castro writes for Government Technology, state and local governments can deter ransomware attacks by refusing to pay the ransoms.
August 28, 2019
If the U.S. economy is to regain its international competitiveness, especially vis-à-vis China, it will have to accelerate innovation, including in advanced-industry production.
August 26, 2019
Fact of the Week: Every Dollar Canadian Firms Invested in R&D Between 2000 and 2012 Added Another 33 Cents to the Rest of the Economy
When a business makes a new discovery, it cannot capture all the profits for itself, because competitors can replicate the discovery or use it to pursue their own new research opportunities. This positive spillover effect doesn’t provide an incentive for businesses to invest in R&D, but it helps the rest of society, which is one reason why governments subsidize R&D investments.
August 23, 2019
As Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin write for Irish Tech News, the European Union needs a plan to stay competitive in artificial intelligence after Brexit.
August 22, 2019
Fact of the Week: Professionals Averaged 5.4 Hours per Week Working at Home From 2013 to 2017, a 38 Percent Increase From 2003 to 2007
The adoption of technologies like smart phones and cloud computing has made it less important for people many occupations to do their work onsite where their companies are located. Data from the American Time Use Survey reflects this trend and suggests that working remotely has not increased the total hours spent working, on average.
August 21, 2019
While these two companies were right to finally cut ties with the notorious “cesspool of hate” after mounting public pressure, they should also be cutting their ties to other bad actors on the Internet, including those that engage in online piracy.