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Passing Through Airport Security With the Touch of a Finger

New York Times: A company called Clear is using fingerprints and iris scans to spare some passengers the first phase of the T.S.A.’s security airport screening process — the document-verification checkpoint and its line. Clear says it can speed fliers through checkpoints while maintaining tight security. But the rollout process has been slow — Clear is available only in some terminals at 24 domestic airports — an earlier iteration of the company had a data security issue.

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100 experts tell Congress how to improve election security

CNN: “These are very stark recommendations,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology. “Election officials don’t realize how much of what they do implicates concepts of security and defense, and they’re also protecting against the worst hackers out there: nationstate adversaries.”

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GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters

Gizmodo: Although files possessed by Deep Root would be typical in any campaign, Republican or Democratic, experts say its exposure in a single open database raises significant privacy concerns. “This is valuable for people who have nefarious purposes,” Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said of the data.

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Understanding Bias in Algorithmic Design

ASME Demand: A.R. Lange and Natasha Duarte discuss how human judgments are reflected in data-driven decision-making, and how unexamined value-laden software can have unintended discriminatory effects that perpetuate structural inequality.

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After London attacks, British prime minister calls for worldwide Internet regulations to fight terrorism

Washington Post: “May’s government now has incredible compulsory powers to do both targeted and bulk surveillance in her country,” said Michelle Richardson, deputy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based think tank. “The only thing left you could seem to grab would be a complete surveillance state. If you’re proposing to go even further than the current authority, there’s not much you could do beyond that that isn’t an explicit attack on human rights.”

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