Consumer biometrics make further inroads for mobile web authentication, financial services

Feb 20, 2021
Chris Burt
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Biometric devices for consumer authentication on and offline is the most prevalent theme in the week’s biometrics headlines, whether in the form of smartphone-based health passes, new native capabilities on mobile devices, or fingerprint-enabled payment cards.

Google and Microsoft are expanding their support for mobile biometrics, Idex Biometrics has announced a capital raise, Apple and startup GBT have filed patents on smartphone facial recognition, and online authentication providers Jumio, Onfido, FacePhi and Kabn have announced new customers.

Techno-Censorship: The Slippery Slope from Censoring ‘Disinformation’ to Silencing Truth

By John W. Whitehead
Nisha Whitehead
February 17, 2021
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“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”― George Orwell

This is the slippery slope that leads to the end of free speech as we once knew it.

In a world increasingly automated and filtered through the lens of artificial intelligence, we are finding ourselves at the mercy of inflexible algorithms that dictate the boundaries of our liberties.

Once artificial intelligence becomes a fully integrated part of the government bureaucracy, there will be little recourse: we will be subject to the intransigent judgments of techno-rulers.

Based on startling data from a recent study, the CDC updated its guidance to urge U.S. residents to double-mask.

By Arun Kristian Das
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The study found that loose or poorly fitted masks allow way too many particles to get to the wearer. But wearing a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask helps tighten up one’s protection and blocks more particles.

The CDC said that you don’t need to double up if you wear a tight-fitting N95 or KN95, which were nearly impossible to find in the early stages of the pandemic but are now more widely available to consumers.

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653 Deaths + 12,044 Other Injuries Reported Following COVID Vaccine, Latest CDC Data Show

By Children’s Health Defense
Global Research, February 15, 2021
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The numbers reflect the latest data available as of Feb. 4 from the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System website. Of the 653 reported deaths, 602 were from the U.S. The average age of those who died was 77, the youngest was 23.

As of Jan. Feb. 4, 653 deaths — a subset of 12,697 total adverse events — had been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following COVID-19 vaccinations. The numbers reflect reports filed between Dec. 14, 2020 and Feb. 4, 2021.

VAERS is the primary mechanism for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before confirmation can be made that the reported adverse event was caused by the vaccine.

As of Feb. 10, about 44.77 million people in the U.S. had received one or both doses of a COVID vaccine. So far, only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been granted Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S. by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By the FDA’s own definition, the vaccines are still considered experimental until fully licensed.

According to the latest data, 602 of the 653 reported deaths were in the U.S, and 137 of the deaths were related to cardiac disorder. Fifty-three percent of those who died were male, 44% were female, the remaining death reports did not include the gender of the deceased. The average age of those who died was 77, the youngest reported death was of a 23-year-old. The Pfizer vaccine was taken by 58% of those who died, while the Moderna vaccine was taken by 41%.

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Feb 10, 2021
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Deepgram secures $12M to expand speech recognition tech accuracy

Mar 19, 2020
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Speech recognition startup Deepgram has secured $12 million in Series A funding led by Wing VC, writes TechCrunch.

Deepgram leverages deep learning and has already raised a few million in capital in its five-year existence. Other investors that joined the funding round include Nvidia, Y Combinator and SAP.

The startup wants to use the investment to create new job opportunities in go-to-market and engineering, and expand its team from its current 40 members to an undisclosed number. It also wants to purchase some new hardware, as it runs its own service for better margins, which also makes it a natural partner for Nvidia. The service can also be run by customers on-premises.

Deepgram says its speech recognition tool solves the accuracy problem and supports real-time text input, and is suitable for tech and large enterprises such as call centers and voice platforms.

A number of AI startups such as have already been working on improving speech recognition tools by breaking a sound file into words, but accuracy remains a challenge.

In an interview with TechCrunch, Deepgram CEO Scott Stephenson said they are not looking to upgrade existing tech, but instead built from the ground up a deep learning tool with enhanced accuracy. The service can either be hosted on its hardware or on client hardware.

All you have to do is Google ‘bill gates digital id’ and you will get a plethora of information regarding the very advanced work Bill Gates and his billions have been conducting with regard to getting every human being digitally identified.

After you do that, then Google ‘bill gates digital vaccinations’ and see what they returns for you.

As you begin to do the research, it becomes clear pretty quickly that Bill Gates has a 3-pronged game plan consisting of Billions • Vaccinations • Digital IDs by which he is going to carry out his master plan. Is this the Mark of the Beast? No, but you should still be afraid of it anyway.

Abu Dhabi police upgrade patrol cars with live biometric facial recognition

Mar 19, 2020
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Abu Dhabi police will start using live biometric facial recognition technology, embedded in smart bars on top of their patrol cars, to optimize criminal investigations and operations, writes Khaleej Times.

The smart bar will communicate with a server located in the central operations department, while the software can instantly cross-match an image against the police watch list. When matched, the police are notified to act.

“We call this the ‘smart bar,’ which will be deployed for smart patrol. It will be able to do facial recognition. We will get a notification if a wanted person is on the streets,” an Abu Dhabi Police officer told Khaleej Times. “This will be launched in the coming months. Not all vehicles will be changed together but it will be upgraded in phases, around five to 10 vehicles at a time.”

The system features multiple advanced technologies and can be used in different scenarios. As explained by the officer, it can also identify plate numbers of wanted cars and the surveillance cameras can recognize speeding vehicles or those associated with other violations.

Abu Dhabi Police have introduced a number of smart technologies to improve operations, including drones to oversee traffic and better guide patrols, smart towers to send electronic messages to drivers, surveillance technology and monitoring software, and augmented virtual reality glasses to scan faces and detect suspects.

SenseTime announced plans last year to build a regional headquarters for research and development of AI technologies, including facial recognition, in Abu Dhabi.

A Screen-Addicted Society Is Easy To Control

December 3, 2020
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The ever-darkening addiction to a glass screen that’s on your person 24 hours a day and knows who you are with more precision than you know yourself is not natural.

Promoting products you didn’t realise you needed until they were thrust before your eyes.

Reading various articles all presented at particular moments on specific platforms to ensure the commentary results in you attaining the preferred conclusion.

The majority of many people’s lives are now spent interacting with screens and lockdown has only enhanced this phenomenon.

It is therefore understandable why the UK authorities choose to focus their attention on controlling what is permitted to be shared online.

By controlling these mediums of communication with subtle manipulation that is invisible, the illusion of control can be achieved by phantom force that remains intangible.

Using technology to understand how modern society thinks and behaves enables state actors to accurately predict their population’s reaction to specific information and prepare for the outlawed conjecture.

This, in combination with silencing the critics, allows a single narrative to form which is taken as gospel by a large proportion of society.

The power to infect people’s minds is unlike any political tool in history. Creating the realms of perception and concocting the premeditated response enables the infiltration of free thought.

What news-related media impacts your impression of reality and the ability to impact what you believe to be your individual opinion cannot be underestimated.

Your activity and behaviour online provides a more precise picture of who you really are than your ego would ever allow.

Therefore, those with the access to your data can ascertain what truly motivates you and what your core beliefs are. If these do not correlate with their own ambitions, a campaign of misinformation and manipulation can be initiated to attempt to alter these points of view.

Fear hangs heavy in the air and the greatest fear of all is, no one is sure what they are afraid of.

The revelation about the conduct of the 77th Brigade sheds some light on the concise operation against free thought, yet the most horrifying elements of control remain disguised in broad daylight and inconspicuous in the shadows.

Freedom is never free; you have to fight for it.

Biometrics are just one group among a range of AI technologies that governments around the world are deploying or considering as they attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, and normal cautions regarding data privacy (such as they are) may be cast aside, according to our most widely-read story of the week.

Facial recognition is one technology which may be used, along with location tracking, social media mining and others.

There are now 100,000 cameras in Moscow’s surveillance camera network hooked up to facial recognition algorithms, and they are watching for the thousands of residents on compulsory quarantine, the Bangkok Post reports. China’s government meanwhile has launched a requirement that citizens use a color-coded rating system for COVID-19 contagion risk added to Alipay, CPO Magazine reports. The new Alipay Health Code is live in 200 cities, and will roll out across the country, applying green, yellow or red status to individuals, who the report says have in some cases been mystified by and receive only vague explanations for their status.

This represents the blunt end of the surveillance advance that civil liberties advocates are worried about in light of pandemic containment efforts.

Zoom is enjoying a boom in popularity as a way for people to connect not just for work, but socially, but Consumer Reports Director of Privacy and Technology Policy Justin Brookman suggests the company should update its terms of service to ensure that video data it collects is not used to train facial recognition. The video conferencing service offers fairly typical terms, but many users, particularly new ones, may not understand what they entail, the group writes.

COVID-19 was also behind a popular article on the suggestion by House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters to disburse government aid to individuals using a digital currency backed by a state ledger and digital ID. A proposal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi originally contained a similar provision, which did not make it to the final draft.