Curated News: February 25, 2022

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Algorithmic Governance and Cultures of Policing

PENLINK: A DIGITAL SPY


PenLink, a small Nebraska company, is allowing law enforcement around the world to spy on Google and Facebook users. PenLink’s revealed involvement in government surveillance tells of the willingness of tech giants to forfeit information when offered a valid warrant.


[READ MORE] https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2022/02/23/meet-the-secretive-surveillance-wizards-helping-the-fbi-and-ice-wiretap-facebook-and-google-users/?sh=5227a2e63f0f


INDIAN STATE SUED


SQ Masood sues the Indian state after police demand unwarranted mug shots of him and his father-in-law when he was driving through a Muslim-dominant neighborhood.


[READ MORE] https://therecord.media/meet-the-man-who-sued-an-indian-state-over-facial-recognition-technology/


FACIAL RECOGNITION ADVANCES


Clearview AI, a facial recognition technology development company, reports that they can have 100 billion faces catalogued within the year, meaning “almost everyone in the world will be identifiable,” according to the president of the company.


[READ MORE] https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/08/adams-police-surveillance-technology-00006230


AI IN AFRICAN BATTLEFIELD


Artificial Intelligence makes its way onto the African battlefield as violence and extremist groups rise, but limits have become obvious and reveal the constraints of AI technology.


[READ MORE] https://news.ufl.edu/2022/02/uf-selected-to-help-develop-national-ai-curriculum/


THE NEW ORLEANS DEBATE


LaToya Cantrell, the Mayor of New Orleans, pushes to repeal restrictions that had been placed on the use of surveillance and identification technology in December of 2020. The Eye on Surveillance Coalition braces themselves for the worst.


[READ MORE] https://thelensnola.org/2022/02/17/mayor-cantrell-moves-to-reverse-bans-on-facial-recognition-predictive-policing-and-other-surveillance-tech/


Luxury, Corruption, Global Ethics & Tech

AI AGAINST CORRUPTION


Prof Albert Sanchez-Graells discusses the strengths and weaknesses of AI when it comes to its ability to contribute to the anti-corruption effort.


[READ MORE] https://www.open-contracting.org/2022/01/20/lets-get-real-about-ais-potential-to-end-corruption-in-procurement/


CREDIT SUISSE SCANDAL


James Soong Chu-yu, general secretary of Taiwan’s then-ruling party from 1989 to March 1993, opened a Credit Suisse account that went unflagged amid accusations of Soong of receiving bribes.


[READ MORE] https://www.occrp.org/en/suisse-secrets/leading-taiwan-politician-had-secret-credit-suisse-account-at-time-of-major-defense-corruption-scandal


JANUARY TOP 10


January 2022 Top 10. List: check out a summary of the top 10 most pivotal international anti-corruption moves made during the past month.


[READ MORE] https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/top-10-international-anti-corruption-2417026/


BUSINESS IN MIAMI


The notorious money-launderer, Reza Zarrab, continues his lavish lifestyle in Miami, evading his sentence to 130 years in prison and managing to remain connected to his criminal network.


[READ MORE] https://www.wsj.com/articles/trial-for-former-goldman-sachs-banker-set-to-begin-11644840001


KOREA’S INDEX IMPROVES


Korea continues its five-year long period of consecutive improvement of their Corruption Perceptions Index, placing it at 32nd position for the least corrupt territory and begging the question of what Korea is doing to make this improvement happen.


[READ MORE] https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2022/02/356_324198.html


Algorithmic Management and Workplace Surveillance

EQUITABLE WORKPLACES


The management of people is an art that can be revolutionized with the addition of artificial intelligence tools. By automating collection and analysis of data, AI can be used to improve HR, promotion, training and evaluation in companies around the world.


[READ MORE] https://hbr.org/2022/01/using-people-analytics-to-build-an-equitable-workplace


SAP MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE


A German company, SAP, leads the industry of digital supply chain management. With the ability to do tasks that range from accounting to HR, Miriam Posner poses the question of whether or not SAP may have the ability to improve worker’s rights.


[READ MORE] https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/the-software-that-shapes-workers-lives


POST COVID MANAGEMENT


Before the pandemic, management software and services were mainly used to track employee attendance and work. But with a more hybrid and gig-centric workforce, those tools are now in need of major upgrades.


[READ MORE] https://www.computerworld.com/article/3650490/why-workforce-management-faces-a-daunting-post-covid-world.html


CHINESE MEDICAL DIGITALIZATION


Making AI an integral part of hospitals can help to alleviate the problems brought by the growing Chinese population and the insufficient number of doctors to match.


[READ MORE] https://www.ft.com/content/c1fe6fbf-8a87-4328-9e75-816009a07a59


MONITORING ETHICS


An ethical discussion about whether employee monitoring software can ever be considered ethical, and if it is, can it really be effective in increasing company productivity.


[READ MORE] https://tech.co/news/employee-monitoring-software-divides-opinion