JEDII Tech News: May 3

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How did Atlanta become a top breeding ground for billion-dollar startups in the Southeast?

By Jonathan Shieber on TechCrunch (

Over the past five years, the Southeastern region, led by Atlanta, has gone from being “one of the best kept secrets” in tech, to a vibrant ecosystem teeming with a herd of the billion dollar tech businesses that are referred to in the investment world as “unicorns” (thanks …

San Diego Held Back Materials Sought by Congress on Facial Recognition

By Jesse Marx on Voice of San Diego (

In 2017, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform wanted to learn more about San Diego’s use of facial recognition technology. The city’s response downplayed internal concerns over the program and withheld a number of reports showing how prevalent it really was.

How Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer Does Her Job

By Katie Deighton on The Wall Street Journal (

Jenny Lay-Flurrie holds every department at the company—from hiring to videogaming—accountable for being accessible to people with disabilities.

UW’s Tech Policy Lab, CIP co-hosting virtual book talk with Kate Crawford to discuss role of AI and politics, and the planetary costs of AI

on Center for an Informed Public (

On Thursday, May 13 at 4 p.m. PDT, the University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab and Center for an Informed Public will co-host a virtual book talk featuring Kate Crawford, a leading scholar of th…

Opinion | Women journalists face escalating violence online. We should know.

By Maria Ressa, Julie Posetti on The Washington Post (

This violence is sometimes called “virtual,” but the damage from this global scourge is very real.

In Moscow, Big Brother Is Watching and Recognizing Protesters

By Ilya Arkhipov on Bloomberg (

Officials hailed Moscow’s massive facial-recognition camera network as a benign aid to residents that would enforce quarantine restrictions, catch criminals and even let them pay subway fares. Now it’s being deployed to crush dissent against President Vladimir Putin.

AI Security: How Human Bias Limits Artificial Intelligence

By Mark Stone on Security Intelligence (

Looking at AI security from a social sciences side shows that it still has a long way to go. Sometimes, it needs to learn from humans. An expert weighs in.

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