In the last few days, several reports have emerged outlining steps the United States Federal Government is taking in realm of (personal) technology. These accounts are in line with what I recently told you in a post about Smart Speakers. When it comes to technology, privacy/security trumps EVERYTHING and the three (3) reports below are proof that the contentious convergence of government and technology is here to stay.
Here’s what you need to know:
Amazon, Google, Microsoft… Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds (The Register)
Why should you care? More than 85 advocacy groups focused on a diverse set of social issues, including racial justice, religious liberty, civil rights, human rights, and immigrant rights have raised concerns about this practice, including the ACLU.
“History has clearly taught us that the government will exploit technologies like face surveillance to target communities of color, religious minorities, and immigrants.”
Feds Can’t Force You To Unlock Your iPhone…. With Finger Or Face (Forbes)
Why should you care? The judge says all logins are equal. In the past, they couldn’t force you to give up your pass code, now fingerprints, facial recognition (or other future innovations… i.e. voice) are also included. Forcing you to do this could be the equivalent of forcing you to self incriminate.
“If a person cannot be compelled to provide a pass code because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot be compelled to provide one’s finger, thumb, iris, face, or other biometric feature to unlock that same device,” the judge wrote.
Feds to allow drones to to fly over crowds at night… and make routine night flights (ABC)
Why should you care? Rogue drones have been used to carry bombs on battlefields, to deliver contraband to prisoners, to interfere with firefighters and, last month, to cripple the operations of a major airport.
Last year, Congress approved a measure that will let the government develop a system to identify and hack or shoot down drones that authorities deem threatening.
Do these statements make you feel safe?
“Drones can collect massive amounts of sensitive data from people and can be equipped with facial recognition technology as well as license plate reading software”
Suzette Kemp is the Federal Government’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) appointed by President Donald Trump. The federal CIO is charged with driving government wide technology policy, leading the federal CIO Council and often putting out unexpected IT fires. She has recently said her office is crafting legislation to provide the government with “guardrails” for how to incorporate the technologies and ensure they don’t possess bias that runs counter to the mission of agencies (FedScoop).
Yesterday President Barack Obama issued a memorandum, Promoting Smart Gun Technology. It’s easy to listen to everyone else’s summary of what the memorandum entails – even better is to READ THE MEMO FOR YOURSELF. Let me share a few important takeaways from this memo:
"We need voters who want safer gun laws, and who are disappointed in leaders who stand in the way, to remember come election time." —@POTUS
As with most federal issues, there was a “team” established 3 years ago to look at gun violence in general and make recommendations.
Within 90 days FROM TODAY (March 30, 2015), the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall prepare jointly a report outlining a research and development strategy designed to expedite the real-world deployment of such technology for use in practice.
Department Consideration of New Technology. In today’s press conference, President Obama made a great comparison to technology most Americans already use today: If we can push a button to find our iPhones, why can’t we push a button to find our guns.
That very last statement is the most powerful statement I have heard to date about gun control. This idea is not revolutionary, as noted by The Blaze back in 2011. “Smart guns theoretically offer a way for a firearm to be personalized so it will only work for an “authorized person.” Engineers working on smart guns have already tried things like radio-frequency identification (RFID), fingerprint-recognition systems, and magnetic rings to keep an unauthorized person from firing a gun.” There was even a book written in 2014 called, “The Future of Guns”.
I don’t own a gun, never even touched one. (If I did it would be pink). I have no idea how much they cost. One thing I can comprehend is THE potential COST ASSOCIATED WITH THE A LOSS OF A GUN VS. THE COST OF LOSING AN IPHONE. If you consider it that way, this IS A LIFE AND DEATH SITUATION, regardless of the who or the what.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: DISMISSING THE IDEA THAT SOME ACTION, WHILE SURELY NOT A PANACEA, THAT AIMS TO PREVENT SOME GUN VIOLENCE MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL WHEN YOU HAVE NO SOLUTIONS OF YOUR OWN TO OFFER. No one with any sense takes you seriously. #solutionsplease #nopoundingthetable
Technology innovation solves tough problems. Now surely, there are traditional “gun companies” that will undoubtedly try to get in on the action when a Request for Proposal (RFP)) is issued. But I would LOVE to see the likes of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and others – major tech companies – BAN together to HELP the federal government sort through this issue. Think this is too far off? Well, what about Microsoft and Apple’s recently advertised, “Let there Be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin with Me” commercial? Controlling gun violence supports peace on earth, no? Doesn’t sound too far off if you ask me!!! #techrules
You can watch President Obama’s the full speech from today below (save yourself some time and skip to 12:57). and the Microsoft/Apple commercial I referenced here.
Microsoft released a surprise in the wee hours of the night. Outlook for iOS and Android devices. “If you’re a consumer, just download the free apps from the Google Play [or iOS] store and then log in with your Microsoft Account to create files, print and perform day-to-day editing for free.”
It really is that simple! Adding Gmail, Yahoo or iCloud accounts look very similar to the native iOS process. Here are the links to download Outlook for Android, iOS. While you’re at it, check out Office Mobile.
There’s nothing really to say other than get ready to use Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone – FOR FREE! Visit the iTunes store or Google Play and download it now!
It’s Sunday! And in just a few short weeks, most of America will be tuned into FOX, NBC and CBS to watch the upcoming season of the National Football League. (Some of us will even adjust our church and work schedules.) Did you know that NFL team photographers take 2 Polaroid shots just before and after the snap at every NFL game? Up until this season, they actually take physical photographs, print them out and run them over to the coaches for analysis throughout the game. Well, that’s about to change!
This coming season, instead of NFL teams using Polaroids to take pictures before and after the snap, each team will now use Surface Tablets by Microsoft. “The tech upgrade comes as part of a deal between the NFL and Microsoft. The new tech, at the very least, gets images to the sidelines 15 to 25 seconds faster than those Polaroid photos of old. Microsoft even developed a private wireless networks in each stadium that are only used by the game tablets.”The Verge
Microsoft Surface is the official tablet of the NFL and both are working together to revolutionize the way coaches and medical staff view data about the game, real-time, including play books and managing confusions and other medical data. This is just one of many collaborations between the NFL and Microsoft (see also Xbox).
Since we’re on the subject, I must say, Here We Go Steelers! (waves terrible towel) ScheduleInstagramiCal