technology

Whitmer to big tech: Prevent data from being used against women seeking reproductive care

BY: - September 1, 2022

Following recent reports of Facebook data being weaponized against women, nurses and doctors in the fallout of Roe v. Wade being toppled, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday urged five of the world’s largest tech companies to bolster data privacy protections and increase transparency. “Keyword searches, message histories, location data, and general health data can […]

Black House Dems unveil ‘Equal Justice for All’ policing package

BY: - July 8, 2020

For Tyrone Carter, a retired Wayne County sheriff deputy who toiled for 25 years on the force, the recent deaths of African Americans at hands of police has been difficult to endure.  “We have an opportunity to restore the trust that doesn’t exist right now,” said Carter, an African American state House member from Detroit.  […]

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Rick Haglund: Brophy is ‘fairly bullish’ on tech, life sciences in Michigan

BY: - June 27, 2020

David Brophy, a University of Michigan finance professor, remembers getting the call from then-Gov. William Milliken in the late 1970s as Michigan was heading into a deep economic recession. Detroit’s automakers were struggling to compete with nimble Japanese rivals that were building small, fuel-efficient cars consumers demanded during an era of high gasoline prices.  Iconic […]

Voters to decide in Nov. if police need a warrant for online info 

BY: - June 26, 2020

Should law enforcement be required to obtain a search warrant for a person’s online data and correspondence? That question will be left up to Michiganders in November.  The Michigan House on Wednesday passed on a 106-0 vote Senate Joint Resolution G, a constitutional amendment that will now go on the general election ballot.  If passed […]

Michigan chief justice: SCOTUS should allow video streaming

BY: - June 25, 2020

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack on Thursday highlighted state judiciary efforts to provide virtual access to courtrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic and told members of a congressional subcommittee that the U.S. Supreme Court could do the same. McCormack, who testified before lawmakers of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property […]

Michigan Supreme Court using Zoom to hear cases during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - April 7, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear multiple cases via Zoom videoconference in April in an effort to continue its work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Oral arguments in two cases are scheduled to be heard on April 15, and two more are set for April 22. Court justices plan to use Zoom to hear each case. […]

The new election frontier: Deepfakes are coming and often target women

BY: - March 9, 2020

Deepfake technology has been called a powerful feat in artificial intelligence and machine learning at its best, and unsettling — even sinister — at its worst. Deepfakes are media — usually videos, audio recordings or photographs — that have been doctored through artificial intelligence (AI) software to fabricate a person’s facial or body movements. They […]

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Column: For a greener future, we must accept there’s nothing inherently sustainable about going digital

BY: - January 21, 2020

Digital technologies are often put forward as a solution to environmental dilemmas. The spread of the internet came with claims of a huge reduction in printing, and by replacing paper with bytes, we thought we’d reduce our negative environmental impact. But this early promise of solving environmental problems may not be delivering because digital devices, […]

Stevens introduces bipartisan bill to combat ‘deepfakes’

BY: - September 19, 2019

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester) is sponsoring a new bill aimed at stopping “deepfakes,” videos and audio manipulated with artificial intelligence technology to show people doing and saying things they didn’t. This has been an increasing concern, especially with the 2020 election season in full swing. U.S. Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), Jim Baird (R-Ind.) and […]