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Can China limit kids’ video game time? Risks with facial recognition

Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director at Stanford's Cyber Policy Center, Eurasia Group senior advisor and former MEP, discusses trends in big tech, privacy protection and cyberspace:

China is to ban kids from playing video games for more than three hours a week. But why and how?

Well, controlling the time that kids spend online fits in a pattern of growing paternalism from a state that wants to control its population in every possible way. This time around, the gaming industry is made responsible for enforcing the time limits in China that foresee in a true diet of gaming; one hour per day on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. And of course, children are vulnerable. Protecting them from addictive and violent activities can be a very wise choice that parents want to make. There are also laws in a number of countries that limit advertisements that target children, for example. But whether the latest restrictions on gaming in China will work or instead will inspire a young generation to learn of clever circumvention remains to be seen.

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What are the concerns with facial recognition technology?

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, discusses technology industry news today:

What are the concerns with facial recognition and will IBM's decision to no longer offer the tech mark the end of its use?

The concern is that the technology is racially biased. It's better at picking out white faces than black faces. Another concern is it could be abused by authorities like the police, who have a lot of power, they can immediately identify who everyone is. Will IBM dropping out end it? No, IBM was kind of far behind on this technology.

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Amazon's Facial Recognition Problem: Tech in 60 Seconds

Should Amazon stop selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement?

Probably. There's a big problem with its facial recognition technology where it has a harder time identifying people of color and women. It should surely solve that problem before it sells it to law enforcement or else it's going to get a lot of trouble.

Will Snap's move into games be a success?

Hard to say. So the problem with Snapchat is that they make really good products. They see the future, but they have a hard time building stuff that Facebook and Instagram can't copy. So, my guess? This is probably going to be a good product. Will they be able to make money off of it? We'll see.

Should I turn off Bluetooth when I'm not using it? Why?

Yes! Turn it off. Bluetooth is very susceptible to hackers. So there is a real risk. Toggle the little switch. Turn it off.

Is Instagram influence just as good as cash?

No. If you are a hotel or a restaurant and somebody shows up and they have two thousand Instagram followers and they say, "I'm an influencer give me a free meal! Say no."


And go deeper on topics like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence at Microsoft Today in Technology.

Tech in 60 Seconds: 10-Year Challenge

The 10-year challenge might actually be an attempt to improve facial recognition technology.

It's Tech in 60 Seconds with Nicholas Thompson!


And go deeper on topics like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence at Microsoft Today in Technology.

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