SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that's creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. Government agencies around the U.S. have used the technology for more than a decade to scan databases for suspects and prevent identity fraud. But recent advances in artificial intelligence have created more sophisticated computer vision tools, making it easier for police to pinpoint a missing child or protester in a moving crowd or for retailers to analyze a shopper's facial expressions as they peruse store shelves. Efforts to restrict its use are getting pushback from law enforcement groups and the tech industry, though it's far from a united front. Microsoft, while opposed to an outright ban, has urged lawmakers to set limits on the technology, warning that leaving it unchecked could … [Read more...] about San Francisco may ban police, city use of facial recognition
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Updated 10:27 am PDT, Saturday, April 20, 2019 FILE - In this July 28, 2016, file photo, a flag with a blue and black stripes in support of law enforcement officers, flies at a protest by police and their supporters outside Somerville City Hall in Somerville, Mass. An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued after a co-worker pinned up a "Blue Lives Matter" flag. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Saturday, April 20, 2019, that Karimah Guion-Pledgure alleged in her January lawsuit that the flag demeans the "Black Live Matter" movement. less FILE - In this July 28, 2016, file photo, a flag with a blue and black stripes in support of law enforcement officers, flies at a protest by police and their supporters outside Somerville City Hall in ... more Photo: Charles Krupa, AP … [Read more...] about Oregon county pays $100K over Blue Lives Matter flag
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Dugan Arnett Globe Staff January 30, 2019 Where’s the buzz? Where’s the electricity? Where are the downtown rallies and the entrepreneurial types hawking bootleg team merchandise from busy intersections, city ordinances be damned?Where is the unbridled emotion befitting a Super Bowl lead-up, a force so potent that it has been known to inspire bouts of relative insanity, like the Philadelphia gentleman so moved by the Eagles Super Bowl victory last year that he bent over a pile of horse manure on a city street and took a celebratory bite?It seems fair to wonder, as the Patriots prepare to make their unprecedented ninth Super Bowl appearance in the past 18 years — including their third straight — whether some of the thrill is gone. Advertisement Or, to paraphrase American president and Patriots enthusiast Donald Trump, has the team simply … [Read more...] about Spoiled Patriots: In success-soaked Boston, has all the winning dimmed the excitement?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Janelle Nanos Globe Staff January 12, 2019 When it opened in 1976, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace was a marvel. More than 100,000 spectators sipped champagne at the ribbon-cutting of the restored Quincy Market, transformed from a tattered wholesale marketplace into a cosmopolitan consumer magnet. Mayor Kevin White, standing on the portico of the Greek Revival landmark, told the assembled crowd: “This market is yours, the public’s. Use it, enjoy it.” In an era when cities sacrificed dearly for revitalization, it was the rare urban renewal story that locals and tourists alike could enjoy.The marketplace’s prominent position on the Freedom Trail, next door to historic Faneuil Hall itself, quickly helped it draw foot traffic that now seems staggering: 32 million visitors a year patronized its collection of quirky local … [Read more...] about Faneuil Hall’s promised retail revolution? We’re still waiting.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Will Gilson January 11, 2019 We can look back at 2018 as a hell of a year for the local dining scene, and now we enter into 2019 looking for our restaurant version of the Oscars’ “In Memoriam.”From your neighborhood restaurant to big names like L’Espalier, Townsman, and even the storied and salty Durgin Park, losing these places felt like losing loved ones. Places where we made memories, places we worked, and places where, despite recent assertions, Boston’s national reputation as a city for restaurants was made. (OK, maybe not in the case of Durgin Park. . . . We can file that under “Historical Landmarks.”)I remember a time when we used to treat the opening of a new restaurant the way we bought vinyl albums. We waited patiently for them to be released so we could enjoy them over and over again. However lately, in the era of … [Read more...] about Confessions of a Boston-area restaurant owner