Controversial facial recognition company AnyVision raises $235M in Series C

AnyVision, an Israeli company that has garnered controversy for its technology that transforms passive cameras into active security systems to surveil and monitor crowds, adds a big funding round to the approximately $116M previously raised. The system, which is used by hospitals, schools and retailers including Macy’s and BP, uses AI and biometrics to identify individuals and assess behavior. It also has an ability to assess elevated temperature, which could be used for COVID-19 or other illness risk.

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Mozilla reveals global harms posed by YouTube’s recommendation algorithm

July 13, 2021

In what Mozilla calls the “largest-ever crowdsourced investigation,” more than 37,000 YouTube users volunteered to find the extent of harms YouTube’s recommendation algorithm imposed on people via its recommendations. The algorithm, which drives 70% of watch time on the second-most-visited website in the world, was shown to be spreading misinformation and offensive content, and politicizing issues in 3,362 videos identified as “regrettable” coming from 91 countries.

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Ad Fontes Media Partners with The Trade Desk to Support Brand Safe Advertising

February 23, 2024

Ad Fontes Media, a company that rates news sites for reliability and bias, has announced the integration of its rating data with The Trade Desk’s programmatic advertising platform. This will allow the screening out of highly partisan, AI-generated and clickbait sites, preferentially serving ads to sites containing quality journalism. Directing ad spend to low quality sites not only wastes dollars and threatens brand safety but de-monetizes quality news operations.

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