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Advisor resigns from ID2020 objecting to blockchain immunity passports for COVID-19

Elizabeth M. Renieris, a Harvard lawyer on the ID2020 technical advisory committee, has resigned from the ID2020 Alliance. The organization aims to enable digital identity for those that lack one, and is especially active with refugees and marginalized groups. Renieris' resignation was driven by concerns that the organization will get involved in COVID-19 immunity passports, as Coindesk first reported.

Jan 17, 2021 by Ledger Insights
Tech News
Xinjiang: more than half a million forced to pick cotton, report suggests

More than half a million people from ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang have been coerced into picking cotton, on a scale far greater than previously thought, new research has suggested.

Dec 29, 2020 by Helen Davidson - The Guardian
World News
Portland, Maine has voted to ban facial recognition

Portland, Maine has passed a ballot initiative banning the use of facial recognition by police and city agencies. The Bangor Daily News is reporting that voters have passed a ballot initiative bolstering a ban on facial recognition by city agencies. The initiative follows a city council vote in August, which put a preliminary ban in place as an ordinance.

Nov 25, 2020 by Russell Brandom
Tech News
Why Mexican drug-traffickers started smuggling iron ore to China

IT IS big, bulky, you can't snort it, and it doesn't get you high. Per tonne, it sells for about $125, compared with cocaine, which fetches at least $50m wholesale. By any reckoning, iron ore would seem like a daft thing to peddle if you were in the drugs trade.

Feb 15, 2021 by The Economist
World News
IBM to withdraw from the facial recognition market out of profiling fears

IBM announced Monday it's withdrawing from the general purpose facial recognition market, saying it worries that the technology is being used to promote discrimination and racial injustice.

Jun 09, 2020 by Tectract
Tech News
Hong Kong Protester Calls for Run on Chinese Banks: Withdraw Money on Same Day

TL;DR: As first reported by Summit News for English-reading audiences, a hastily translated China Press account claimed a so-called prominent Hong Kong protester is calling for a run on Chinese banks, hoping to take civil disobedience from the streets and to the heart of China's economic engine.

Aug 16, 2019 by Edward Kelso via Coinspice
World News
New ECB President, Christine Lagarde, Praises Negative Interest Rates

Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, will become the head of the ECB. Already, she has made a fool out of herself. Following a two-day marathon in which "Spitzenkandidat" Failed and Merkel's Plan A and Plan B Dumped Lagarde will now head the ECB and give up her job at the IMF.

Jul 04, 2019 by FXStreet
Finance News



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