New York Times: As New NAFTA Takes Effect, Much Remains Undone

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Union leaders are preparing a list of labor cases they could bring under the new agreement’s dispute settlement provisions, including that of a Mexican labor lawyer, Susana Prieto Terrazas, who was arrested while trying to establish an independent union. But it remains to be seen what kind of punishment the independent panels that review these cases could hand down, if any. “Implementation is only... Read more »

Bloomberg: Facial-Recognition Backlash Brews After Fury Over Police Conduct

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Civil-rights advocates have long complained that facial recognition tools promote bias by misidentifying people of color. But it’s taken the widespread anger and sorrow over the death in police custody of George Floyd, an African-American Minneapolis man, to galvanize the debate. “What I’ve learned is when there’s public sentiment around an issue, you can move mountains,” said Representative Jimmy... Read more »

Venture Beat: Detroit’s fight over policing and facial recognition is a microcosm of the nation

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At the federal level, Congressional representatives including Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) are bringing legislative pressure to bear on facial recognition. Just yesterday, the Boston City Council banned facial recognition, joining a few other locales in Massachusetts and California that have done the same. And today, members of Congress introduced a bill that would ban federal fundi... Read more »

CNET: Lawmakers propose indefinite nationwide ban on police use of facial recognition

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These concerns have pushed lawmakers to consider how a facial recognition moratorium would work. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a Democrat from California, has been looking into a bill that would impose a moratorium on facial recognition for at least two years, starting from January 2021. Merkley proposed the Ethical Use of Facial Recognition Act in February, which would put a moratorium on government use of f... Read more »

Business Insider: A Congressman misidentified by Amazon’s facial recognition software says the company’s decision to suspend police usage ‘raises more questions than answers’

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When the American Civil Liberties Union tested Amazon's controversial facial recognition technology on photos of Congress members in 2018, the software incorrectly matched 28 members with the mugshots of people who had been arrested for a crime, with the mis-identifications disproportionately affecting people of color. Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California was one of the ones affected. He considers the A... Read more »

Venture Beat: Boston bans facial recognition due to concern about racial bias

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Boston’s ban comes as lawmakers are facing increased pressure to reduce surveillance tactics and defund police agencies. Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) told VentureBeat recently that facial recognition regulation is on the way from Congress with a moratorium on use by federal law enforcement. Privacy advocates are sometimes split on whether a temporary stay or moratorium on facial recognition use will su... Read more »

Eastsider LA: More federal money requested for L.A. River restoration

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Four Los Angeles area members of Congress sent a letter Monday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to request more federal funding for the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Project and increase the corps' public-private partnership program funding. Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff, Grace Napolitano, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Jimmy Gomez authored the letter sent to the Army Corps of Engineers for... Read more »

Herald Sun: Amazon Rekognition ban slammed for being ‘performative’

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Californian Congressman Jimmy Gomez has also claimed the company has been ignoring his questions about the software for years. While brands scramble to have their say on the Black Lives Matter movement (with many voicing support but seemingly few opening their wallets to help), Amazon made a brief announcement that it would stop letting police using its “Rekognition” software. But not everyone is ... Read more »

MSNBC: Rep Gomez: DACA ruling 'keeps hope alive for another day'

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Congressman Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) joins Ayman Mohyeldin after the Supreme Court ruled that the President cannot shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Gomez argues that while this is a victory, real change cannot be implemented unless President Trump, who uses immigration as a "political hammer," is voted out of office. Watch Read more »

CNET: Congress, cops and facial recognition: Amazon's pause puts the pressure on

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For starters, Amazon's call to pass legislation during its one-year moratorium presents an unrealistic timeline for lawmakers, especially during an election year, members of Congress have said. Given that lawmakers have proposed several laws on facial recognition in the last year without any progress, it's unlikely any meaningful legislation will pass by June 2021. "One year, in my opinion, would ... Read more »

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