Facial Recognition Systems Won’t Stop School Shootings

By Ian E. Muller | June 21, 2018
In a desperate effort to put an end to student shootings, U.S. schools are willing to try almost anything to improve security. Across the nation, facial recognition systems have been sold to schools with the promise they will identify problematic parents, expelled students, and criminals. But there is little proof these systems can do that. […]
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Take What is Offered: Biometric Authentication in Altered Carbon

By Sarah Landes | April 19, 2018
What happens when technology reaches the level where it can grant humans immortality? Richard K Morgan’s epic 2002 novel, and current Netflix show, Altered Carbon explores this question, and in the process reveals an unsettling answer about owning your own identity. We are thrown into an unfamiliar world of flying cars, neon skyscrapers, and eerily […]
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Biometrics in Humanitarian Efforts

By Ayenna Cagaanan | April 3, 2018
Humanitarian organization work in extremely volatile situations. From refugee camps to war zones, officials must make decisions efficiently and thoughtfully. With precious data on the line, maintaining integrity while providing privacy, these organizations turn to biometrics for convenience and security. Here are some benefits and critiques of using biometric authentication programs in these organizations. Uses […]
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The World of Tomorrow: Theme Parks and Your Biometrics

By Sarah Landes | March 20, 2018
I love theme parks – judge me all you want, but recently, I made my annual pilgrimage to Universal Studios in Florida and realized for the first time that I was giving them my biometrics! While I had done this process many times before, this time I took notice. I started researching the history of […]
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My Voice is My Password: The Power of Voice as a Biometric

By Asem Othman | February 27, 2018
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. Artificial intelligence voice assistants like Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa have become convenient alternatives to the tedious, frustrating, and time-consuming effort […]
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What Does the Future of Biometrics Hold?

By Ian E. Muller | February 20, 2018
Raise your hand if you use a fingerprint or your face to unlock your phone. Now, keep your hand up if you use it to unlock any apps. What about your banking app? What about to unlock a password manager? I’m willing to bet the majority of you still have your hand in the air. […]
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Solving a Biometric Vulnerability with Liveness Measures

By Asem Othman | January 11, 2018
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. A biometric system is a pattern recognition system that has vulnerable points and threats, same as password- or token-based authentication systems. In 2001, […]
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Passwords are Broken, but are Biometrics?

By Rosa Hargrove | December 12, 2017
When it comes to online security, we trust far more than we should. We trust our coworkers and friends with our login information. We trust organizations to handle our information responsibly. We trust our passwords to protect us from hackers. Nowadays, some of us even trust biometric authentication to guard most of our information. But […]
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Face Recognition is Easy, But Securing It Is Not

By Asem Othman | October 12, 2017
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. Extracting intrinsic information from faces, such as identity, gender, ethnicity, and age, is a task that humans perform routinely and efficiently. Now, machines […]
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Authentication is in the Iris of the Beholder

By Asem Othman | September 28, 2017
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. The term ocular, derived from its Latin root oculus, broadly refers to the anatomical regions and structures related to the eye. Ocular biometrics refers […]
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