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  1. An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: After years of backlash over controversial government work, Google technology will be used to aid the Trump administration's efforts to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border, according to documents related to a federal contract. In August, Customs and Border Protection accepted a proposal to use Google Cloud technology to facilitate the use of artificial intelligence deployed by the CBP Innovation Team, known as INVNT. Among other projects, INVNT is working on technologies for a new "virtual" wall along the southern border that combines surveillance towers and drones, blanketing an area with sensors to detect unauthorized entry into the country. Contracting documents indicate that CBP's new work with Google is being done through a third-party federal contracting firm, Virginia-based Thundercat Technology. Thundercat is a reseller that bills itself as a premier information technology provider for federal contracts. The contract was obtained through a FOIA request filed by Tech Inquiry, a new research group that explores technology and corporate power founded by Jack Poulson, a former research scientist at Google who left the company over ethical concerns. Not only is Google becoming involved in implementing the Trump administration's border policy, the contract brings the company into the orbit of one of President Donald Trump's biggest boosters among tech executives. Documents show that Google's technology for CBP will be used in conjunction with work done by Anduril Industries, a controversial defense technology startup founded by Palmer Luckey. The brash 28-year-old executive -- also the founder of Oculus VR, acquired by Facebook for over $2 billion in 2014 -- is an open supporter of and fundraiser for hard-line conservative politics; he has been one of the most vocal critics of Google's decision to drop its military contract. Anduril operates sentry towers along the U.S.-Mexico border that are used by CBP for surveillance and apprehension of people entering the country, streamlining the process of putting migrants in DHS custody. CBP's Autonomous Surveillance Towers program calls for automated surveillance operations "24 hours per day, 365 days per year" to help the agency "identify items of interest, such as people or vehicles." The program has been touted as a "true force multiplier for CBP, enabling Border Patrol agents to remain focused on their interdiction mission rather than operating surveillance systems." It's unclear how exactly CBP plans to use Google Cloud in conjunction with Anduril or for any of the "mission needs" alluded to in the contract document. Google faced internal turmoil in 2018 over a contract with the Pentagon to deploy AI-enhanced drone image recognition solutions. "In response to the controversy, Google ended its involvement with the initiative, known as Project Maven, and established a new set of AI principles to govern future government contracts," notes The Intercept. Read more of this story at Slashdot. View the full article
  2. CNN may bill itself as a 24-hour news network but it chose not to bother with the breaking news coming from the FBI news conference regarding election interference by bad actors overseas. View the full article
  3. Mr Obama liken his successor to a "crazy uncle", while Mr Trump mocks his old adversary. View the full article
  4. A story worth putting in the Museum of Hypocrisy right next to Bernie Sanders' private jet and the automatic weapons Michael Bloomberg's bodyguards carry. View the full article
  5. The widespread sexual abuse of elderly residents is a "national shame", a top inquiry hears. View the full article
  6. EXCLUSIVE: President Trump's campaign Thursday will take over YouTube's masthead for 24 hours, controlling the prime internet real estate on the day of final debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Fox News has learned. View the full article
  7. GOP Senate candidate Daniel Gade, of Virginia, took in a $2.5 million fundraising haul in the third quarter of 2020, a seven-figure improvement over earlier totals and the first time he has raised more than incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, who raised $2.2 million. View the full article
  8. President Trump has the momentum in the late stages of the 2020 presidential campaign "particularly with Black men," sports columnist Jason Whitlock told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday. View the full article
  9. An Ohio sheriff with a history of making bold statements is calling out Hollywood liberals -- offering to buy them a one-way ticket out of the country if President Trump wins reelection and that makes them upset. View the full article
  10. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner accused his Democratic challenger, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, of flip-flopping on his stance on the importance of providing a “targeted” coronavirus relief package as quickly as possible. View the full article
  11. A wedding portrait has gone viral for its realistic depiction of what the big day could potentially look like for breastfeeding mothers. View the full article
  12. CNN's leftwing media reporter Brian Stelter suggested that social media giants aren't doing enough to censor what he describes as "disinformation." View the full article
  13. Dan + Shay, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young were among the earliest winners at the 2020 CMT Music Awards. View the full article
  14. Trump: “There is nobody that campaigned harder for “Crooked” Hillary Clinton than Obama." View the full article
  15. The actress and social activist wrote in a post shared to her website that despite having already cast her vote in the upcoming Nov. 3 election, she feels the need to encourage others not to let off of the gas pedal. View the full article
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