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Dutch police allowed to force suspects to unlock their phone with fingerprint, court rules | NL Times

The police are allowed to force a suspect to unlock their smartphone with a fingerprint scan. This method is not in conflict with the principle that a suspect does not have to cooperate with their own conviction, the Noord-Holland court ruled on Thursday in a case against three men suspected of phishing activities. All three suspects were convicted, reports.
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Startup Looks to Establish ‘First Free Market for Legal Advice’ | Legaltech News


Originally posted in LegalTech News

If there is a buzzword that represents the millennial generation, it’s not “swag” or “LOL” or “can’t even.” It’s something that cuts to the heart of what Millennials truly value: “speed,” whether that’s looking up facts quickly, meeting people and solidifying dates quickly or, as one start-up is banking on, obtaining legal advice quickly. is a start-up launching out of Boulder, Colorado, focusing on connecting lawyers and clients as quickly as possible. In an interview with Legaltech News, Congo CEO Willy Ogorzaly said that the company is positioning itself as a legal marketplace for the new generation. Originally doing research while in college, Ogorzaly said that the company’s founders realized that millennials weren’t well-versed in the attorney searching process.

via Startup Looks to Establish ‘First Free Market for Legal Advice’ | Legaltech News.

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Inside DARPA: The Pentagon’s Brain – World Affairs Council

Originally posted  Inside DARPA: The Pentagon’s Brain – World Affairs Council.

The internet, GPS, voice recognition programs like Siri – many of the technologies that we use today were developed with national security in mind. These inventions and many others began as projects of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Department’s secretive military research agency. For more than fifty years, DARPA has held to a singular and enduring mission: to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security. The genesis of that mission and of DARPA itself dates to the Cold War and the launch of Sputnik in 1957, and a commitment by the United States that it would be the initiator and not the victim of strategic technological surprises.

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The Future of Crime: Smartphone Tracking, Neurohacking, and AI Assisted Murder | Singularity HUB

I am a geek.  I love anything that is geeky techie.  I have told my kids many times that had I been born 20 years later, I would be like Abby on NCIS or Garcia on Criminal Minds.  I grew up reading every sci-fi book I could get my hands on.  I love Matrix and saw in the movie our near future.  We are closer to living in a Matrix-like world than we can imagine.

That is why it is so important to get kids interesting in STEM.  In an interview some time ago, Massimo Banzi, one of the founders of Arduino, stated that we have the choice of designing our own future or allowing someone/something else to design our future for us.  Without our children learning science and mathematics, how will they be able to a design of their own choosing?

Jason Dorrier writes about how close we are to living in that Matrix world.

The world Marc Goodman outlines in exhaustive detail in his forthcoming book, Future Crimes, is as real, gritty, and frightening as life outside the Matrix. Indeed, Goodman opens his book by quoting the classic sci-fi epic. Do you want the red pill or the blue pill? “Remember, all I’m offering is the truth.” He would know.

Goodman, who began his career as a beat cop at the Los Angeles Police Department, has worked with the FBI, US Secret Service, Interpol, and police in over 70 countries. He is an authority on today’s exponentially scaling cybercrime and a theorist of future crimes worthy of the best sci-fi but, in fact, lurking just around the corner.

You won’t remember every detail of the book—it’s packed to the gills with them—but you may walk away with a better understanding of the challenges facing those of us engaging in the “consensual hallucination” that is modern cyberspace. And that’s the point really.

via The Future of Crime: Smartphone Tracking, Neurohacking, and AI Assisted Murder | Singularity HUB.

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The Queen Of Code

You probably don’t know the name Grace Hopper, but you should. As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that by the year 2000 accounted […]