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The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) produced a draft final report on Tuesday, stating that the US should pursue the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology for military use and development. The government-appointed panel considered the benefits and risks of autonomous weapons this week in a public discussion. The National Defense Authorization Act [...]

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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday that it will halt deportations of certain non-citizens for 100 days. Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske ordered the moratorium to review the policies and practices concerning immigration enforcement. The memorandum signed by Pekoske notes the significant challenges facing border security due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It [...]

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The Los Angeles Police Commission adopted a policy on Tuesday that establishes oversight measures for the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) use of facial recognition technology. The controversial facial recognition tool allows detectives to compare criminal suspects’ photos to millions of individuals’ mugshots taken in Los Angeles County. The five-member Police Commission unanimously approved the [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced the Chinese government on Wednesday for intimidating individuals seeking reparation for abuses linked to the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The human rights group alleged that the government has instituted a campaign of harassment against citizens demanding that the government take responsibility for misconduct related to the virus. The [...]

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A British judge on Monday denied a request from US officials to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges. In her ruling, the judge stated that extraditing Assange would be “oppressive” on his mental health, citing evidence of harsh US prison conditions and risk of suicide. Assange, an Australian internet activist, has been [...]

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New York State Department of Health officials announced on Saturday that they would launch a criminal investigation into a network of health clinics. The investigation is based on speculation that the provider, ParCare Community Health Network, violated the state’s guidelines in obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine and distributing it to members of the public. According to [...]

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More than thirty US states initiated an antitrust lawsuit against Google on Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit alleges that Google has abused its position as a “Silicon Valley titan” by manipulating its search results to dominate its smaller rivals. The issue arose in October when the US [...]

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A French court convicted 14 people on Wednesday as the accomplices of the Islamic extremists who carried out the 2015 terrorist attacks against the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish market. The Paris judges found the defendants guilty of various crimes including, financing terrorism, membership in a criminal network, and complicity [...]

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France’s State Council, the country’s highest court, ordered the government on Sunday to review a COVID-19 rule limiting the number of people allowed in churches. The Council stated that the law, which restricts religious services to a maximum of 30 people, is not proportionate to coronavirus infection risks. France has been in a nationwide lockdown [...]

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill on Friday which protects the home addresses and telephone numbers of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from public disclosure. The bill amends the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”) to exclude the portion of any document which discloses the home address of any active or retired judge, [...]

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