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The UK and Australia are investigating Clearview AI, the facial recognition firm that scraped billions of photos from social media

Facial recognition company Clearview AI is now the subject of a joint investigation from privacy regulators from the UK and Australia. The UK's ICO and Australia's OAIC are looking into Clearview AI's "use of 'scraped' data and biometrics of individuals." Clearview AI was brought into the public eye by a New York Times investigation in January, which revealed the firm scraped billions of images from the internet without consent to build its facial recognition app. Visit Business Insider's home...
Tags: Google, UK, Microsoft, Australia, Trends, Canada, New York Times, Ico, Facebook YouTube, ClearView, IBM Amazon, Office ICO, OAIC, Facebook Twitter and YouTube, Clearview AI, George Floyd

Blavity has a big opportunity with Black millennials, despite struggling to fit the VC formula

Black Lives Matter may be the largest movement in U.S. history, according to four different polls cited recently by the New York Times that suggest anywhere from 15 million to 26 million people in the U.S. have participated in demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and others since Floyd’s death in late May. Blavity, a six-year-old, L.A.-based media company that’s focused on Black culture, could hardly be better positioned to help outraged Americans better understand what’s really been go...
Tags: Facebook, Hollywood, California, Sacramento, Tech, Brooklyn, New York Times, Michael Brown, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, St Louis, Intuit, Caribbean, Black, Facebook Live, Comcast Ventures

How Google Docs Became the Social Media of the Resistance

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: In just the last week, Google Docs has emerged as a way to share everything from lists of books on racism to templates for letters to family members and representatives to lists of funds and resources that are accepting donations. Shared Google Docs that anyone can view and anyone can edit, anonymously, have become a valuable tool for grassroots organizing during both the coronavirus pandemic and the police brutality protests sweepi...
Tags: Facebook, US, Tech, Google Docs, MIT Technology Review, Merrimack College, Georgia State University Read, George Floyd, Melissa Zimdars, Zimdars, Carlisa Johnson

Colleges Rescinding Admissions Offers as Racist Social Media Posts Emerge

A star high school athlete recruited to play football for Cornell University will no longer be attending the school after a Snapchat video of him using a racial slur went viral.Marquette University revoked an incoming freshman's admission offer because of a Snapchat post mocking the death of George Floyd.And an honors student bound for the University of Florida now has to make other college plans after the university learned of an Instagram post in which the student declared she was "most de...
Tags: Google, News, Milwaukee, Harvard, University, New York Times, University of Florida, Clemson, Cornell, Cornell University, Cincinnati, Floyd, Marquette University, Louisiana State University, Clemson University, Gainesville Sun

Let’s stop COVID-19 from undoing diversity gains

Rachel Sheppard Contributor Share on Twitter Rachel Sheppard is the director of global marketing at global pre-seed accelerator Founder Institute and co-founder of the Female Founder Initiative. Any disaster will have its harshest repercussions on people who were already marginalized. It’s unsurprising, then, that when it comes to jobs and businesses, the COVID-19 lockdown is impacting women and ethnic minorities more than any...
Tags: Tech, United States, Naacp, Alice, Founder Institute, Joonko, Rachel Sheppard, COVID, George Floyd

Jeff Bezos' fortune just surpassed $171 billion. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.4 trillion company and became the world's richest man. (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth just reached a new high of $171.6 billion. Bezos founded Amazon in 1995. The company has since grown to one of the most valuable, powerful companies on the planet. Bezos has gone from a New York hedge-funder to the richest man in the world, but in the process, he's weathered a high-profile divorce and hacking scandal, faced antitrust scrutiny from lawmakers, and everything in between.  These days, Bezos is focused on making Amazon more climate-friendly, growing...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Germany, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, Iran, Intel

To Gmail, Black Lives Matter emails are ‘promotions’

As protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement continue around the United States, Gmail is treating emails from advocacy and political groups referring to racial justice issues like marketing emails. The Markup analyzed hundreds of emails sent to a test Gmail account from more than 200 candidates and organizations from across the political spectrum from whom we’d signed up to receive communications. Of the emails referring to racial justice received since George Floyd was killed in Ma...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication, George Floyd, United States Gmail

When the Beatles Refused to Play Before Segregated Audiences on Their First U.S. Tour (1964)

When American rock and roll made its way to the UK in the 1950s and 60s, along with a burgeoning folk and blues revival, many young British fans hadn’t been conditioned to think of music in the same way as their U.S. counterparts. “Unlike racially segregated Americans,” for example, “the Beatles didn’t see—or hear—the difference between Elvis and Chuck Berry,” writes Joseph Tirella, “between the Everly Brothers and the Marvelettes.” They also couldn’t see playing to segregated audien...
Tags: Google, Music, Florida, UK, College, John Lennon, US, Paul Mccartney, Elvis, Beatles, Mccartney, Ron Howard, Jacksonville, South, Facebook Twitter, Little Rock

Decrypted: Police leaks, iOS 14 kills ad-tracking, anti-encryption bill

What would the world look like if encryption were outlawed? If three Republican senators get their way, it might just happen. Under the guise of national security, the Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through a draft bill that would end “warrant-proof” encryption — that is strong, near-impossible to break encryption that lets only the device owner unlock their data and nobody else. Silicon Valley quickly embraced this approach, not least because it cuts even the tech giants out of the loop so t...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Silicon Valley, Justice Department, Senate Judiciary Committee, Signal WhatsApp, George Floyd, Facebook Messenger Experts

Join GGV’s Hans Tung and Jeff Richards for a live chat today at 3:30 pm EDT/12:30 pm PDT

The good ship Extra Crunch Live sails along today, bringing two noted venture capitalists aboard to discuss the world’s investing patterns, their own deals and much more. Extra Crunch members can join the conversation with Hans Tung and Jeff Richards from GGV Capital at 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT/7:30 p.m. GMT. We’ll collect audience questions as we go, so buy an Extra Crunch trial now so you can participate. Of course, TechCrunch has a list of its own queries — GGV Capital invests globally, w...
Tags: Startups, Europe, China, Events, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Ggv Capital, Alexa von Tobel, ECL, Hans Tung, Jeff Richards, GGV, Sydney Sykes, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus

Join GGV’s Hans Tung and Jeff Richards for a live chat today at 3:30 EDT/12:30 PDT

The good ship Extra Crunch Live sails along today, bringing two noted venture capitalists aboard to discuss the world’s investing patterns, their own deals and much more. Extra Crunch members can join the conversation with Hans Tung and Jeff Richards from GGV Capital at 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT/7:30 p.m. GMT. We’ll collect audience questions as we go, so buy an Extra Crunch trial now so you can participate. Of course, TechCrunch has a list of its own queries — GGV Capital invests globally, w...
Tags: Startups, Europe, China, Events, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Ggv Capital, Alexa von Tobel, ECL, Hans Tung, Jeff Richards, GGV, Sydney Sykes, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus

Reddit, YouTube, and Twitch are taking major steps to crack down on hate speech from pro-Trump and far-right groups (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN, FB)

Major social media platforms on Monday took action against Trump, pro-Trump groups, and far-right accounts for violating their policies against hate speech. Reddit banned r/The_Donald, the largest pro-Trump subreddit, Twitch suspended Trump's official account, and YouTube banned a number of prominent white supremacists' channels. The moves come as major advertisers are boycotting Facebook over the company's refusal to take more aggressive action against hate speech and misinformation. Visit Bu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Youtube, Trends, Reddit, Naacp, Donald Trump, Steve Huffman, North Face, Trump, Ku Klux Klan, Tulsa Oklahoma, Denny, Ben Jerry, Stefan Molyneux

Brand Moves for Monday June 29

Eighteen weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand move...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Christopher Nolan, London, Microsoft, China, Germany, Advertising, Diageo, Unilever, Austria, Brooklyn, Lewis Hamilton, Epic

Starbucks suspends advertising on all social media platforms, becoming the latest company to boycott Facebook

Starbucks announced Sunday it will suspend all of its advertising across social media platforms as it conducts discussions "internally, with our media partners, and with civil rights organizations" about ending the spread of hate speech. Facebook, in particular, has taken criticism for its response to hate speech on its platform and its decision to allow President Trump to make controversial posts, such as calling protesters "thugs" and writing "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, London, Minneapolis, Youtube, Trends, Patagonia, Starbucks, Donald Trump, Coca Cola, Cnbc, Business Insider, Zuckerberg, Trump, Anti Defamation League

Mobilewalla Used Cellphone Data To Estimate the Demographics of Protesters

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: On the weekend of May 29, thousands of people marched, sang, grieved, and chanted, demanding an end to police brutality and the defunding of police departments in the aftermath of the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. They marched en masse in cities like Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, empowered by their number and the assumed anonymity of the crowd. And they did so completely unaware that a tech company w...
Tags: New York, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Tech, Atlanta, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Minneapolis New York Los Angeles, Mobilewalla, Major US Cities In, New York 59, Anindya Datta

Running a queer dating startup amid a pandemic and racial justice uprising

The events of the past few months have shaken the lives of everyone, but especially Black people in the U.S. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted members of the Black community while police violence has recently claimed the lives of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and others.  Two weeks ago, two Black transgender women, Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells were murdered. In light of their deaths, activists took to the streets to protest the violence Black t...
Tags: Tech, Black, Robyn Exton, Floyd, Tallahassee Florida, Dominique, Exton, George Floyd, Riah Milton, McDade a Black

Base10 is raising a new $250 million fund and doubling down on diversity in venture investing

Base10, which was cofounded by Adeyemi Ajao, one of the most prominent Black venture capitalists, is announcing that it is raising its second venture fund. At $250 million, the follow-on fund will be bigger than its first, a $137 million investment vehicle that was already the largest Black-led venture fund. Base10 has a much more diverse group of founders than the typical venture firm, in large part because it has looked for investments that are off of Silicon Valley's well-trodden paths, Aja...
Tags: Google, Mexico, Softbank, US, Trends, Atlanta, Spain, Silicon Valley, Black, Business Insider, Sao Paulo Brazil, Troy Wolverton, Andreeseen Horowitz, Ajao, Adeyemi Ajao, TJ Nahigian

Facial Recognition Bill Would Ban Use By Federal Law Enforcement

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation Thursday that seeks to ban the use of facial recognition and other biometric surveillance technology by federal law enforcement agencies. The legislation would also make federal funding for state and local law enforcement contingent on the enactment of similar bans. The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act, is supported by Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Ma...
Tags: Minneapolis, Nbc News, Tech, United States, Pramila Jayapal, Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, Jeff Merkley D Ore, Sens Ed Markey, Federal Law Enforcement, George Floyd

A Congressman misidentified by Amazon's facial recognition software says the company's decision to suspend police usage 'raises more questions than answers' (AMZN)

After Amazon announced that it would suspend police use of its controversial facial recognition technology Rekognition for one year, Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to ask for more transparency on this moratorium. In 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union ran a test on Rekognition that misidentified Gomez and 27 other members of Congress, many of whom were people of color. Gomez says there needs to be more legislation on how facial recognition technolog...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Congress, California, US, Trends, Aclu, Ibm, Michigan, Jeff Bezos, Detroit, Pdf, Sundar Pichai, Committee, American Civil Liberties Union, Gomez

Amazon engineers built an internal wiki page that suggests alternatives to unconsciously racist terms like 'brown bags,' 'cake walk,' and 'master/slave' (AMZN)

Amazon engineers have created an internal Wiki page that lists unconsciously biased terms and how to replace them in their everyday language. Although not officially enforced by the leadership team, Amazon's managers have been encouraging employees to review the page, which has been viewed roughly 30,000 times since its creation earlier this month. Words and phrases listed in the page include "brown bags," "cake walk," and "master/slave." It's the latest example of employee-driven change at Am...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Black Lives Matter, Signal, AMZN, Business Insider Amazon, George Floyd

Biased AI perpetuates racial injustice

Miriam Vogel Contributor Share on Twitter Miriam Vogel is the president and CEO of EqualAI, a nonprofit organization focused on reducing unconscious bias in artificial intelligence. The murder of George Floyd was shocking, but we know that his death was not unique. Too many Black lives have been stolen from their families and communities as a result of historical racism. There are deep and numerous threads woven into racial in...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Column, Microsoft, Opinion, Government, Tech, Diversity, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Department Of Justice, Sally Yates, Ftc, Racial Justice

Google’s piecemeal privacy changes now let users auto-delete their data

Google said Wednesday it’s making a handful of privacy changes. In a blog post, the search giant said it’ll make it easier for users to go “incognito” and pause data collection as they use Google’s mobile apps. It’s also adding proactive account security recommendations to its Security Checkup tool. Google also said it’ll allow its users to auto-delete their data after 18 months. It explains: Starting today, the first time you turn on Location History — which is off by default — your auto-del...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, California, Tech, Ibm, Silicon Valley, United States Amazon, George Floyd

How US K-pop fans became a political force to be reckoned with

Expect more online raids of the kind that drowned out a racist BLM backlash and humiliated Donald Trump, experts sayIt started as an attempt to blunt the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement but it ended in derision. When the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag appeared on Twitter, its unintended descent into ridicule was driven not by hardened political activists but by a loose coalition of young people worldwide united by their love of South Korean pop music.Those hoping to hold back the tide of su...
Tags: Music, Technology, Activism, US, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, Pop and rock, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Bts, Black Lives Matter Movement, K-pop, Tiktok, US elections 2020

Facebook to be hit by its largest ever advertiser boycott over racism

Brands including North Face, Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia pulling out in July over hate speech policing Facebook will be confronted with its largest ever advertiser boycott in July, as a coalition of some of America’s biggest brands, including The North Face, Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia, commit to pulling advertising from the platform in a row over its policing of hate speech.The boycott has been coordinated by the campaign group Stop Hate for Profit, set up after the killing of George Floyd in M...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Minneapolis, Race, Advertising, America, Unilever, World news, US news, Patagonia, Ben Jerry, George Floyd, Stop Hate for Profit

Political correctness has gone off the rails: John Stossel

Do you say what you think? That’s risky! You may get fired! You’ve probably heard about a New York Times editor resigning after approving an opinion piece by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, that suggested the military to step in to end riots. Many Times reporters tweeted out the same alarmist wording, “Running this puts Black NY Times staffers in danger.” Really? How? Robby Soave, a Reason Magazine editor who writes about young radicals, explains, “They only claim it because that’s their tactic for...
Tags: Google, Nbc, Opinion, Nbc News, Sacramento, Sport, Harvard, Soccer, New York Times, Harvey Weinstein, Ucla, Philadelphia Inquirer, Vince Fong, Galileo, California Legislature, Sullivan

Twitter hides Trump tweet threatening protesters with ‘serious force’

Twitter took its latest action on content from President Trump Tuesday, again hiding a threat of state violence behind a warning label and appending it with a notice. Trump’s latest offending tweet declared “There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!” The tweet follows a clash between protesters and law enforcement Monday night in Lafayette Square near the White House. We’ve placed a public i...
Tags: Social, TC, Twitter, Minneapolis, California, Washington, White House, Tech, Capitol Hill, Jack Dorsey, Seattle, Trump, Lafayette Square, Trump Administration, George Floyd, Autonomous Zone

Stacy Brown-Philpot is stepping down as CEO of TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot announced today that she is stepping down from her role at the freelance labor marketplace. Brown-Philpot joined TaskRabbit seven years ago as the company’s chief operating officer and was promoted to CEO in the spring of 2016. In the fall of 2017, the company was acquired for undisclosed financial terms in a stock deal by Ikea and has continued to operate independently as a subsidiary of the company. Brown-Philpot had previously spent nearly nine years in a va...
Tags: Google, TC, Nordstrom, Minneapolis, Softbank, Tech, Hp, Xerox, Ikea, Ursula Burns, Aicha Evans, Stacy Brown Philpot, Brown Philpot, Zoox, George Floyd, New York Times Brown Philpot

Join GGV’s Hans Tung and Jeff Richards for a live Q&A: June 30 at 3:30 pm EDT/12:30 pm PDT

As June comes to a close, TechCrunch will welcome GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Jeff Richards to Extra Crunch Live. Eagle-eyed readers will recall that we discussed this conversation earlier in the month. Happily, after a minor scheduling shuffle, the venture capital firm will join Extra Crunch Live next week. Next Tuesday, June 30th, at 3:30 p.m. ET, 12:30 p.m. PT and 7:30 p.m. GMT, to be precise. It’s going to be a fun one, so make sure to mark your calendars now. (Extra Crunch subscribers, t...
Tags: TC, Events, Tech, United States, Ggv Capital, Hans Tung, Jeff Richards, GGV, Extra Crunch, Khatabook, Extra Crunch Live, George Floyd, Bangalore Keep Beijing Coder Austin, Slice New York City

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Monday halting a variety of immigration visas. It temporarily suspends H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J-1, and L-1 visas, affecting the tech industry, students, and au pairs, among others. Amazon, Google, Twitter, and other major tech companies are criticizing Trump's move to halt certain immigration visas. The companies said it will make American firms less competitive and less diverse. Apple on ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, Ipo, Barack Obama, Trends, Intel, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Alexa, Trump, Amazon Alexa, Wirecard, SoftBank Vision Fund, Akshay Naheta

Read the letter that more than 1,600 Google employees sent to CEO Sundar Pichai asking the company to stop selling technology to police forces: 'We want Google to take real steps to help dismantle racism.' (GOOG, GOOGL)

More than 1,600 Google employees have signed a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai that asks the company to stop selling its technology to police forces. About 20 workers wrote the letter, which outlines ways that employees are "disappointed" in the company's response to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.  They highlight how Google currently works with the Clarkstown Police Department, which has been sued for surveillance of Black Lives Matter activists. Visit Business Insider's hom...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, United States, Seattle, Black Lives Matter, Sundar Pichai, Black, Google Cloud Platform, Pichai, Amazon Microsoft, Clarkstown Police Department

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