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In case after case, courts reshape the rules around AI

In case after case, courts reshape the rules around AI

When undercover officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office bought crack cocaine from someone in 2015, they couldn’t actually identify the seller. Less than a year later, though, Willie Allen Lynch was sentenced to 8 years in prison, picked through a facial recognition system. His case — and others like it — could reshape the limits placed on AI.

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As facial recognition begins to face regulatory scrutiny, industry and privacy advocates spar over who owns your data

As facial recognition begins to face regulatory scrutiny, industry and privacy advocates spar over who owns your data

As governments build smart cities and businesses deploy commercial tools, the commercial potential of facial recognition is competing with civil liberty concerns and protections for individuals’ private information.

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After early detours, algorithmic bus routing heads for more schools

After early detours, algorithmic bus routing heads for more schools

Two years after Boston Public Schools faced parental backlash over an algorithm to improve bus routing, school districts are looking to give the software another chance, drawn by potential to save millions.

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Five cities, five different approaches to algorithms in government

Five cities, five different approaches to algorithms in government

We looked at five cities and the steps and policies that are bringing new technology to city hall.

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Faced with spikes in child abuse reports, one Pennsylvania county turns to algorithms for triaging safety

Faced with spikes in child abuse reports, one Pennsylvania county turns to algorithms for triaging safety

For five years, officials at the Department of Human Services in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania have been working on a tool to triage calls made to the county’s child protection services hotline, one of many used around the country

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