The Daily Populous

Friday June 22nd, 2018 night edition

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates is pouring £3 million ($4 million) into a project to create killer mosquitoes that destroy each other through sex.

It's a bold bid to curb malaria, a deadly disease typically transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes.

Tech mogul Gates will use funds from his own charity organization – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – to eradicate malaria "within a generation.".

The plan is to create genetically modified male mosquitoes that mate with their female counterparts in the wild.

Only female mosquitoes bite, so Gates' army of gene-engineered male mosquitoes would be safe to humans.

What's important is that these male mosquitoes contain a self-limiting gene that gets passed onto female mates.

Mosquitoes only start biting people once they're adults, so given enough time, the danger of blood-sucking female mosquitoes could be eradicated. »

Amazon Workers Demand Jeff Bezos Cancel Face Recognition Contracts With Law Enforcement

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Following employee protests at Google and Microsoft over government contracts, workers at Amazon are circulating an internal letter to CEO Jeff Bezos, asking him to stop selling the company’s Rekognition facial recognition software to law enforcement and to boot the data-mining firm Palantir from its cloud services.

Earlier this week, Microsoft employees called on the company to cancel its cloud computing contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Implement strong transparency and accountability measures, that include enumerating which law enforcement agencies and companies supporting law enforcement agencies are using Amazon services, and how. »

Supreme Court restricts police on cellphone location data

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Roberts stressed that the ruling did not resolve other hot-button digital privacy fights, including whether police need warrants to access real-time cellphone location information to track criminal suspects.

The ruling has no bearing on “traditional surveillance techniques” such as security cameras or on data collection for national security purposes, he added.

A person walks with an umbrella prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to impose limits on the ability of police to obtain cellphone data pinpointing the past location of criminal suspects, outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., June 22, 2018. »

Czech government passes vote to legalise same-sex marriage

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The Czech government has just passed a vote to legalise same-sex marriage.

A group of 46 lawmakers across the floor drafted the marriage bill that will grant Czech same-sex couples the right to marry on Friday.,.

“Just few minutes ago the Czech government agreed with a parliamentary bill allowing Czech same-sex couples to marry!” »