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U.S. Taking ‘Very Close Look’ at Vaccine Passports

ABC News reported:

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says the government is taking “a very close look” at the possibility of vaccine passports for travel into and out of the United States.

As head of the Department of Homeland Security, Mayorkas oversees the Transportation Security Administration, which safeguards the nation’s transportation systems.

Mayorkas told ABC on Friday that one of his guiding principles throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been “the value of diversity, equity and inclusion and making sure that any passport that we provide for vaccinations is accessible to all and that no one is disenfranchised.”

Unlike Neighboring D.C. Schools, Catholic University Will Not Enforce Vaccine Mandate

The Washington Post via MSN reported:

Catholic University will not enforce a coronavirus vaccine mandate when it fully reopens classrooms and residence halls this fall, a departure from other colleges in the District.

John Garvey, the university’s president, said he is confident most of the community will get vaccinated on its own before the fall semester starts, rendering the types of mandates seen at neighboring schools unnecessary. “We found that 70 percent of the community had already been vaccinated with at least one shot, and this was nearly a month ago,” said Garvey, referencing a recent universitywide survey that garnered about 2,500 responses. “It was clear we would get to 80, 85 percent in a couple of months.”

Rather than enforce a mandate, the university is strongly encouraging students, faculty and staff to get their shots. Garvey, who contracted the coronavirus last year, said he is vaccinated.

Microsoft President Brad Smith Warns ‘Life Will Become Like George Orwell’s 1984’ by 2024 if Lawmakers Don’t Protect the Public Against AI

The Daily Mail reported:

Life could become like George Orwell’s 1984 within three years if laws aren’t introduced to protect the public from artificial intelligence, Microsoft president Brad Smith has warned.

Smith predicts that the kind of controlled, mass surveillance society portrayed by Orwell in his 1949 dystopian novel ‘could come to pass in 2024’ if more isn’t done to curb the spread of AI.

It is going to be difficult for lawmakers to catch up with rapidly advancing artificial intelligence and surveillance technology, he told BBC Panorama during a special exploring China‘s increasing use of AI to monitor its citizens.

Children Are Increasingly Selling Explicit Content On OnlyFans: Report

New York Post reported:

Kids are using fraudulent personal details to sell explicit videos and imagery on OnlyFans.

A BBC News investigation has revealed a number of accounts launched by minors on the adult website, which boasts more than a million “creators” who share self-produced content to more than 120 million paid followers. In return, OnlyFans takes a 20% cut off all subscriptions.

More People Are Buying Wearables Than Ever Before — and Apple Is in the Lead

ARS Technica reported:

The wearables category of consumer devices — which includes smartwatches, fitness trackers, and augmented reality glasses — shipped more than 100 million units in the first quarter for the first time, according to research firm IDC. Q2 2021 saw a 34.4 percent increase in sales over the same quarter in 2020.

To be clear: wearables have sold that many (and more) units in a quarter before, but never in the first quarter, which tends to be a slow period following a spree of holiday-related buying in Q4.