From the daily archives: Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mike DeWine’s office has received a report on its facial recognition technology.

The report from DeWine’s hand-picked Advisory Committee was released on Friday.  The report makes a number of recommendations aimed at tightening up access to the facial recognition software.

That is good.

Unfortunately, the report does not recommend any changes to how information can be gathered, used, and maintained on a day to day basis.

That is bad.

The report acknowledges that facial recognition technology is a new tool, and that it “is important to examine the security and technology behind OHLEG to ensure the system is serving as a tool for criminal justice practitioners and not being used improperly.”

So what recommendations were made to guide the proper use of this technology?  None.

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SB 193: John Kasich’s Re-Election Protection Bill
by Dennis Spisak, 2010 Green Party candidate for Governor

Ohio’s Republicans have been in a hurry to pass SB193, introduced by Republican State Senator Bill Seitz, to provide election law for so-called “minor” parties in Ohio.  The bill passed out of the Senate two weeks ago and the House is planning to hold hearings this week.    SB 193 would change Ohio election rules for minor parties nine months into a two-year election cycle—but rules for Republicans and Democrats would remain the same.

SB 193 would remove minor party access to the […]

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