Biased A.I. Tool, COVID-19 & Facial Recognition, Microsoft Flight Simulator, 1.3 Mn Stolen Art Objects, Japan’s DNA Database and Uber Security Breach

This week we start with a story on the biased nature of CoNLL-2003, an A.I. tool that has been in use for almost 2 decades helping machine learning models to identify and categorize entities in text. Next, we have a piece on the inefficiency of facial recognition technology, as nations mandate masks to prevent COVID-19. This is followed by a story on the recently released Microsoft Flight Simulator which implemented Australia’s OpenStreetMap data, to provide a virtual experience of Melbourn’s skyline. Following this is an article on Italy’s art squad, and its database of 1.3 million stolen art pieces. Then we cover the controversy surrounding a  Japanese DNA database, which has over 1.3 million DNA records of crime suspects. To end, we have an article about Joseph Sullivan, the former chief security officer of Uber, who has been charged for covering up a massive 2016 data breach.

An A.I. Training Tool Has Been Passing Its Bias to Algorithms for Almost Two Decades

Night after night, Fien de Meulder sat in front of her Linux computer flagging names of people, places, and organizations in sentences pulled from Reuters newswire articles. De Meulder and her colleague, Erik Tjong Kim Sang, worked in language technology at the University of Antwerp. It was 2003, and a 60-hour workweek was typical in academic circles. She chugged Coke to stay awake.

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Face masks give facial recognition software an identity crisis

It is an increasingly common modern annoyance: arriving at the front of the queue to pay in a shop, pulling out a smartphone for a hygienic contact-free payment, and staring down at an error message because your phone fails to recognise your masked face.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Data Insanity Spawns Enormous Buildings And Anomalies From OpenStreetMap

The OpenStreetMap project is an excellent example of how powerful crowdsourced data can be, but that’s not to say the system is perfect. Invalid data added intentionally or otherwise, can sometimes slip through the cracks and lead to some interesting problems. A fact that developers Asobo Studio are becoming keenly aware of as players explore their recently released Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

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Database is at the heart of the Italian art squad

A database with data on 1.3 million stolen art objects is the heart of the first and most important art police in the world. Try buying a Roman amphora, an Etruscan vase, or a (pompous) baroque oil painting on the internet. If you do, there’s a good chance there’s an Italian policeman looking over your shoulder.

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DNA database of police expanding, as no law limits its collection

Japanese law enforcement authorities now possess the DNA of 1 of every 100 citizens in Japan, as they have expanded the DNA crime database to about 1.3 million as of late 2019, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.

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Former Uber Security Chief Charged over Alleged Data Breach Cover-up

The former chief security officer at Uber has been charged with attempting to cover up a highly damaging 2016 data breach. Personal data belonging to around 57 million customers and employees was exposed in the 2016 hack, and the ride-hailing company’s reputation was severely damaged when news of the scandal eventually broke.

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