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Last updated February 19, 4:20 AM (UTC)

Kickstarter workers vote to form first union in tech industry (nbcnews.com)

The historic vote comes amid growing discontent among employees at technology companies such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft, who have started to organize.

Vestager: Facial recognition tech breaches EU data protection rules (euractiv.com)

The European Commission will take some time before deciding on how to legislate facial recognition remotely, but will not prevent national initiatives from moving ahead on their own, Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager has said.

The messy, secretive reality behind OpenAI’s bid to save the world (technologyreview.com)

The AI moonshot was founded in the spirit of transparency. This is the inside story of how competitive pressure eroded that idealism.

Facial Recognition Technology Is the New Rogues’ Gallery (slate.com)

The problem with facial recognition technology isn’t just that you could be mistaken for a suspect—it’s that it means your government doesn’t trust you.

The Disappeared (revealnews.org)

For six years, a North Carolina family has tried to find out what the U.S. government did with its children after they were separated at the border.

Draining the Risk Pool — Real Life (reallifemag.com)

Insurance companies are using new surveillance tech to discipline customers

Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop (nytimes.com)

Microphones and cameras lurk everywhere. You may want to slip on some privacy armor.

EU’s new AI rules will focus on ethics and transparency (venturebeat.com)

The EU will propose AI regulations that focus on ethics and transparency in a bid to distance its policies from those of China and the U.S.

This Is What Makes My Head Spin. (blog.politicsmeanspolitics.com)

THIS is what makes my head spin: The president is not a moral figure in any idiom, any land, any culture, any subculture. I’m not talking…

Measuring People Power in 2020+ (mobilisationlab.org)

How do you measure gifts of time, expertise and leadership? What indicators can you use to assess grassroots power building, organising and volunteer initiatives? #MeasuringPeoplePower surfaces answers from 500+ changemakers around the world.

Kickstarter Employees Vote to Unionize (nytimes.com)

Engineers and other workers at the crowdfunding platform voted narrowly on Tuesday to form a union.

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet (wired.com)

People used to think the crowdsourced encyclopedia represented all that was wrong with the web. Now it's a beacon of so much that's right.

Why your new work colleague could be a robot (bbc.com)

Better sight, better hands and more intelligence are allowing robots to take on more and more jobs.

The "EARN IT" Act Is Another Terrible Proposal to "Reform" Section 230 (blog.ericgoldman.org)

Another “fix Section 230” bill is coming. This one is called the “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2020” or “EARN IT Act of 2020” and it’s being led by Sens. Graham and Blumenthal. The EARN...

China's Hacking Spree Will Have a Decades-Long Fallout (wired.com)

Equifax. Anthem. Marriott. OPM. The data that China has amassed about US citizens will power its intelligence activities for a generation.

Artificial Intelligence and Public Standards: report (gov.uk)

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has today published its report on artificial intelligence and its impact on public standards.