What We're Talking About This Week - May 25th

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world1-3In The News This Week

This week in industry news, Wired investigates the unlikely, and potentially problematic,  partnership between Amazon's new facial recognition technology and law enforcement agencies. What laws or regulations govern police use of the facial recognition technology and who is likely to be impacted most? 

Key Highlights:

  • Numerous nonprofits wrote to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to ask the he stop selling the technology to police over fears the system will violate rights and target communities of color. 
  • State and federal laws generally leave police departments free to do things like search video or images collected from public cameras. Cities and local departments can set their own policies and guidelines, but even some early adopters of the technology haven't done so.
  • Orlando's chief of police, John Mina, said that the system could improve public safety and "offer operational efficiency opportunities." However, the system hasn't yet been used in investigations, or on imagery of members of the public. 

"This is a perfect example of technology outpacing the law," says Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "There are no rules." 

You can access the full story here

This Week From the Rave Team

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog.

7 Internal Communication Messages to Send via Mass Notification

people connectionHR and marketing communications experts agree that one of their biggest frustrations is getting internal communication messages read, especially if they require a timely response. Tapping into the communication capabilities of your internal communication system can allow employers to leverage employee engagement data and avoid alert fatigue. To help you get started with this, here are 7 internal communication messages to send to your employees via mass notification.

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school-violence-graphic-emailHow Seminole County, FL Protects 66,000 Students with Rave Panic Button and Mutualink

Last October we hosted a webinar featuring Captain Richard Francis, the School Safety and Security Director at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. In this webinar breakdown blog, we highlight Captain Francis' thoughts on how Rave Panic Button has simplified the notification process for key stakeholders during an emergency and best practices for implementing the platform in your school system. 

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Rave in the News

In April, an Ottawa County man shot two people in another county, killing one, before returning to his home where he held his wife hostage and threatened to kill her next. The situation posed a threat to not only the wife and those nearby, but also to the officers responding to the call.

Luckily, the man's wife was detailing key information from inside the home to local dispatchers, including information on her husband and the weapons he had. The wife spent 45 minutes texting Ottawa County dispatchers without her husband being aware of the exchange, giving law enforcement a huge tactical advantage when they arrived at the scene.

Ottawa County Central Dispatch Executive Director Tim Smith said he thinks the ability to communicate with the woman saved the lives of two officers. 

To read the full story, click here. 

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Jackson Lucas

Written by Jackson Lucas

Jackson - an enthusiastic rock climber and storyteller - focuses his time on content creation, fixing the website, SEO strategy and working with current Rave customers to make sure they have the proper tools and knowledge to execute successful community marketing campaigns. In a previous life, he was an avid scientist and environmentalist. He spent his undergraduate career studying rocks and educating others on environmental sustainability and eco-justice. He also spent 4 years diligently researching the history of climate change in Antarctica to better understand today's changing world. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Colgate University.

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