Daily Digest (10/23)

Google’s AI Tech to Be Used For US-Mexico Border Surveillance; Facebook Oversight Board to Review Company Policies; Researcher Hacks Trump’s Twitter Account After Guessing Password; DOJ’s Google Case Likely to Get More Attention If Biden Wins, Experts Say. Click “Continue reading” below.

Google’s AI Tech to Be Used For US-Mexico Border Surveillance

Google’s AI technology will be used to aid the Trump administration’s efforts to strengthen surveillance on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to federal related documents.

The AI border surveillance will be used in conjunction with Anduril Industries, a controversial defense tech startup, The Intercept reports.

In August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) accepted a proposal from the company outlining the use of Google Cloud technology to facilitate AI systems by the agency’s innovation team.

The team continues to work on technologies to create a “virtual” wall along the border, blanketing the area with surveillance towers and drones to detect unauthorized entry into the U.S, according to the Intercept.

Google came under fire in 2018 when the Pentagon contracted the company to deploy AI-enhanced drone image recognition solutions.

The Pentagon contract also sparked employee concern that Google’s tech might be used for lethal purposes, violating privacy rights, according to the report.

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Facebook Oversight Board to Review Company Policies

Facebook’s new independent oversight board started accepting cases on Thursday, reviewing the recent policy changes that involved taking down problematic posts.

The board can choose to overrule company decisions on policy changes or platform posts, Reuters reports.

Facebook has said that the board is unlikely to handle cases related to the U.S. presidential election, and the social media company said it would not submit any cases for expedited review before Nov. 3.

Meanwhile, global Facebook users can submit appeals through the board’s website 15 days after the company notifies board members about any final content decisions, according to Reuters.

One board member, Emi Palmor, from Israel, told Reuters that the board might recommend policy changes that would affect Facebook’s features and how the company distributed content.

“We are not concerned with Facebook as a company that wants to make money,” she said.


Researcher Hacks Trump’s Twitter Account After Guessing Password

A Dutch security researcher accessed U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter account last week after guessing the account’s password.

Victor Gevers of the GDI Foundation kept guessing the president’s password, finding that “maga2020!” worked on his fifth attempt, TechCrunch reports.

Trump’s account was not protected by two-factor verification, granting Gevers easy access.

After logging in, Gevers alerted a Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity unit regarding the lapse to the president’s account, according to TechCrunch.

“We proactively implemented account security measures for a designated group of high-profile, election-related Twitter accounts in the United States, including federal branches of government,” said Ian Plunkett, a Twitter representative.

The company said last month that it would tighten the security surrounding accounts of government figures and political candidates, encouraging two-factor authentication.


DOJ’s Google Case Likely to Get More Attention If Biden Wins, Experts Say

The U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust case against Google is expected to gain more attention if Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House next month, antitrust experts said.

“What they will not do is drop this case,” George Washington University Law School antitrust professor William Kovacic told Reuters, adding that he expected Biden’s DOJ to support the case entirely or amend the complaint.

The DOJ asked a court Tuesday to find that Google had broken antitrust law in order to monopolize on search and search advertising, according to Reuters.

The Biden campaign declined to comment on the lawsuit, but spokesman Bill Russo said any Biden administration would work with Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., on Big Tech issues.


— By DPN Staff