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More Campuses Are Scanning Students' Eyeballs Instead Of IDs

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.31.2015 | College

Blink and you'll miss dinner.  Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is the latest institution to jump aboard the biometrics bandwagon. O...

Facial Recognition Technology Is Secretly Tracking You, Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology

Smile! You're on candid camera.

Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What remains to be seen is whether, when all is said and done, the powers-that-be succeed in distracting us from the fact that the government's unauthorized and unwarranted surveillance powers go far beyond anything thus far debated by Congress or the courts.

Cash vs. Blankets for Syrian Refugees?

Khaled Hosseini | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Khaled Hosseini

UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, estimates that two-thirds of Syrian non-camp refugees live below Jordan's poverty line, one out of six below the abject poverty line.

Smartwatches Do Little for Journalists But More Useful Wearables Are on the Way

Kerry J. Northrup | Posted 06.13.2015 | Media
Kerry J. Northrup

Don't look to this first wave of wearables for much that changes how journalists do their jobs gathering news. Coming next, however, are things such as a wrist-launched personal drone and jersey-mounted sports cameras that could open up whole new editorial approaches.

How DNA Is Turning Us Into a Nation of Suspects

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.09.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

With such a powerful tool at their disposal, it was inevitable that the government's collection of DNA would become a slippery slope toward government intrusion.

Timothy Stenovec

Passwords Are Terrible -- And These Companies Want To Kill Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 03.06.2015 | Technology

The race to kill the dreaded password is on.

Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.22.2015 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.

Iowa Wants to Let You Carry Your Drivers License On Your Phone

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

There's now a technology to replace almost everything in your wallet. Your cash, credit cards, and loyalty programs are all on their way to becoming obsolete.

Apple Wants To Beam Your Fingerprint To New Devices

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 01.15.2015 | Technology

Apple may be envisioning a world where buying a latte is as easy as holding up your index finger.

U.S. to Use Psych Tests to Vett Syrian Rebels for Moderateness

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Many have compared those "moderate Syrian rebels" the U.S. keeps looking for to unicorns. The U.S. now thinks it has a new set of tools to scare the unicorns out of hiding, and to tell the nasty terrorists from the good terrorists: psychological evaluations, biometric checks and stress tests.

Hey, Corporate Director!

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Technology
Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.

The campaign to stop cyber-crime begins with educating the next wave of professionals, but ongoing education and idea exchange are the ultimate keys to confronting cybercrime on the ground and in the boardroom.

A Free Retina Scan with Your Next Purchase?

Adam Levin | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Adam Levin

The recent data compromises at Kmart and JPMorgan are in no way similar, except they share a common enemy. And while free retina scanners are probably a stretch, biometrics -- the use of your biological data like fingerprints -- may well be the next "less hackable" thing.

6 Ways Developers Can Prevent Password Breaches

Samuel Bucholtz | Posted 10.18.2014 | Huffpost Code
Samuel Bucholtz

Is the password system really broken? In reality, the problem with passwords today is largely due to how they're managed by applications.

Why Kids Don't Have Signatures, and Banks Shouldn't Either

Brett King | Posted 07.04.2014 | Money
Brett King

In a recent UN/ICAO commissioned survey on the use of signatures in passports, a number of countries including the UK recommended phasing out the long...

NO SECURITY: Mickey Mouseprints

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.18.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

I haven't been to Disney since the 1980s, and while I was expecting lines and crowds, what awaited us was an unsettling, dystopian security aspect that could have been out of a William Gibson or Bruce Sterling novel.

Zuckerberg's Embrace of Anonymity Marks Shift in Attitudes Toward Privacy

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.06.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

The king of social media is finally recognizing that privacy is not just some cultural relic to be engineered away.

Designing Degrees for Digital Gatekeepers

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.

In this environment, enter universities that are designing degrees, creating knowledge, framing debates, and developing solutions about pressing issues (before, during, and after they become problems). Take cyber security.

MOOCs May Facilitate Fraudulent Degrees

Robert Siciliano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Robert Siciliano

Ever hear of MOOCs? The acronym stands for massive open online courses: the free online courses taught by professors at leading universities. MOOC bu...

Why the Biometrics Privacy Threat Is Overblown

Rohit Sethi | Posted 11.27.2013 | Technology
Rohit Sethi

Now that biometrics have officially gone mainstream with Apple's new fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S, does this mean that our privacy is even more at risk from snoopers, hackers, and identity thieves?

Apple's Gamble on Fingerprint Scanners May Take a While to Pay Off

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.12.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

If Touch ID doesn't work how users believe it should, they will simply ignore it and forget about it. But for Apple, that will mean an enormous business opportunity lost.

Gerry Smith

iPhone Fingerprint Scanner Comes With A Catch

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.11.2013 | Technology

The new iPhone's perhaps most cutting-edge feature, fingerprint scanning technology, comes with a catch: Some people don't have fingerprints at all. ...

Financial Inclusion in India: An Update

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Bhagwan Chowdhry

Three years ago I blogged "Is Financial Inclusion Imminent in India?" I have just returned from India after observing the progress India has made towards financial inclusion. Yes, there has been progress, but much remains to be done.

The Bizarre Feature The New PS4 Controller Almost Had

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 07.16.2013 | Technology

Picture this: You're playing your favorite game. You're low on lives, low on ammo and know there's a boss battle coming up. Your PlayStation 4 control...

Biometrics: The Final Frontier

Raquel Regalado | Posted 09.11.2013 | Technology
Raquel Regalado

The use of biometrics in schools is ever increasing because biometric identification can provide security, accountability and most importantly, speed.