Loyola University New Orleans honors Orleans Parish judge, and more metro college news | Crescent City community news

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS: Judge Robin Pittman ‘91, J.D. ‘96,  is recipient of the 2020 Adjutor Hominum Award from the Alumni Association of Loyola University New Orleans. This award recognizes a Loyola graduate whose life exemplifies the values and philosophy of Jesuit education: moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity. Pittman is a criminal court judge and former assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish. She spends much of her time out of chambers in the community, engaged in service to Loyola and visiting local schools to mentor young students. In lieu of a party to celebrate her accomplishment, Pittman has established a sociology scholarship to benefit high-achieving sociology majors with financial need. To contribute, visit giving.loyno.edu/adjutorhominum.

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING: A 4.5-month cybersecurity career training course begins Dec. 7 at Delgado Community College with support from the Capital One Foundation. Those who complete the program will receive credentials

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Madison City Council bans city agencies from using facial recognition technology | Local Government



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The Madison City Council banned late Tuesday city agencies, including the Madison Police Department, from using facial recognition technology and also pushed back a decision on Edgewood High School’s latest effort to install lights at its athletics field.

On a 17-2 vote, the council approved a new ordinance that prohibits city agencies, departments and divisions from using facial recognition technology or “information derived from a face surveillance system” with a handful of exceptions.

Following a national reckoning this year on over-policing in communities of color, Madison and other governments have scrutinized and limited the use of face surveillance systems by law enforcement.

“The technology has proven to be unreliable and faulty,” Ald. Rebecca Kemble, 18th District, said of facial recognition, describing the ban more as a moratorium. “We also don’t want this technology to be used to further worsen the racial

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Google Maps community feed will highlight changes in your city

Google is introducing a new community feed to Maps that the company says will help keep you informed of all the latest developments in your city, including new restaurant openings and service changes. Located in the app’s Explore tab, the feature collects all the latest reviews, photos and posts submitted to Maps by local experts, as well as people you know and merchants. 







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Additionally, if you follow a nearby store or restaurant, you’ll get updates from them through the feed. So if your favorite taco joint adds a new item to their menu, Maps will do its best to let you know. If you’ve gone out of your way to share your food and drink preferences through the app, you’ll see those reflected in the feed as well. For example, those into clean eating will see a greater number of places that serve healthy food highlighted

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Smart City Enabler Quantela Makes Strategic Investment In Graymatics

The deal will improve Quantela’s suite of AI-powered smart city and crisis management offerings

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Smart city enabler Quantela on Tuesday announced that it has made a strategic investment in Silicon Valley-founded cognitive multimedia analytics company Graymatics.

The all-equity deal would give Quantela a minority shareholding in Graymatics with significant strategic and go-to-market (GTM) alignment, and help build comprehensive capabilities in video analytics into its AI-driven smart solutions for its target markets spanning smart cities, buildings, education campuses, public spaces and commercial establishments.

As for Singapore-based Graymatics, the deal will open doors for it to be a part of global smart city projects through Quantela. The company provides video analytics solutions to different smart cities especially in the east zone of India, and various smart spaces (including buildings, highways, ports, airports,

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Queen City Angels Closes Investment in Emerging RegTech Company, Joot

CINCINNATI, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Queen City Angels (QCA) today announced an investment in Joot, a regulation technology (RegTech) company with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. The two-year old business is focused on changing the way compliance is done by applying automation and technology to dramatically improve the regulatory management process for financial advisory firms. While the amount of the investment was not disclosed, Joot plans to use the QCA investment to fund product development and accelerate sales and marketing for its software-as-a-service platform.

Joot was co-founded by CEO Bo Howell, a securities lawyer and former chief compliance officer, who previously worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and Alec Cheung, a B2B marketing veteran with fintech and financial services experience.

“Many of the common activities that compliance officers have to perform are still done via email, tracked via spreadsheets, and recorded in network folders

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Colorado Springs ranks 15th best city for technology workers | Business

Colorado Springs ranks 15th among the best places for technology workers, offering the best combination of quality of life and job prospects, according to a study by the Computing Industry Technology Association (CompTIA).

Colorado Springs moved up one spot from last year in the annual ranking, which is based on CompTIA’s evaluation of U.S. metro areas with populations of more than 250,000, where demand for technology professionals is high. Denver and Boulder also ranked in the top 15, with Denver falling one spot to 10th and Boulder moving up two spots to 12th. Colorado and North Carolina were the only states with three cities in the top 15.


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The top rankings by the three Front Range cities was reinforced by the 2020 Milken Institute State Technology and Science Index, which ranked Colorado second to Massachusetts, the same rank both states

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Werner Herzog: Elon Musk’s Mars city is a ‘mistake’ and an ‘obscenity’

Elon Musk is on a mission to make humans a multi-planetary species by building an independent city on Mars.

The billionaire tech mogul has said that the Starship spacecraft designed by his rocket company, SpaceX, could launch on its first flight to Mars as early as 2024. Eventually, he hopes that the rocket will shuttle people to the red planet en masse. His goal is to build a city of 1 million Martians by 2050.

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog thinks that would be “a mistake.”

“I think Elon Musk stylizes himself as some sort of a technological visionary,” Herzog told Inverse. “Because he has to sell his electric cars. Wonderful that he does that. He has to sell his reusable rockets. Wonderful that he’s doing it.”

But, he added, “I disagree with him when he postulates and preaches about colonizing Mars.”

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New York City wants to rein in the bots reading your resume

New York City is trying to rein in the use of algorithms used to screen job applicants. It’s one of the first cities in the U.S. to try to regulate what is an increasingly common — and opaque — hiring practice.



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The city council is considering a bill that would require potential employers to notify job candidates about the use of these tools, referred to as “automated decision systems.” Companies would also have to complete an annual audit to make sure the technology doesn’t result in bias.

The move comes as the use of artificial intelligence in hiring skyrockets, increasingly replacing human screeners. Fortune 500 companies including Delta, Dunkin, Ikea and Unilever have turned to AI for help assessing job applicants. These tools run the gamut from a simple text reader that screens applications for particular

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DPD to start using gunshot detection technology ShotSpotter if City Council approves

The Detroit Police Department plans to present a proposal to the City Council on Monday that would allow the installation of sound sensors to  alert police of gunshots  in the city.



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The department  seeks to administer the gunshot detection system, called ShotSpotter, in two communities with high rates of gun violence. If approved by the council, ShotSpotter would be installed in the 8th and 9th precincts, covering 6½ square miles, said Assistant Police Chief David LeValley.

 The four-year, $1.5 million contract proposal for ShotSpotter covers installation of the sensors, annual subscription for real-time gunfire analysis and alert services, and expert witness services. The technology would go live by spring 2021. 

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ShotSpotter would add to Detroit police’s robust assortment of law enforcement technology, which includes facial recognition

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The virus wasn’t spreading in New York City schools. Why close them?

But while rising test positivity is a cause for concern and a reason to increase public health interventions, it can’t be looked at in isolation — and it’s not a good measure on which to base a decision to close schools. The metric is best interpreted as a gauge for how hard we’re looking for cases and how hard it is to find them. It is not equivalent to prevalence of the coronavirus in the community (although it is related to that figure); mainly, it’s a signal to do more testing.

The only epidemiological reason to close schools would be evidence that they are magnifying infection and driving community spread. And so far, there is no data suggesting that in-person education is doing those things. To the contrary, the prevalence of infection in schools is comparatively low.

Given the long-term harms that occur when children are out of school for

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