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Michigan University study advocates ban of facial recognition in schools

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A newly published study by University of Michigan researchers shows facial recognition technology in schools presents multiple problems and has limited efficacy. Led by Shobita Parthasarathy, director of the university's Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) program, the research say the technology isn't suited to security purposes and can actively promote racial discrimination, normalize surveillance, and erode privacy while institutionalizing inaccuracy and marginalizing non-conforming students. The study follows the New York legislature's passage of a moratorium on the use of facial recognition and other forms of biometric identification in schools until 2022. The bill, which came in response to the launch of facial recognition by the Lockport City School District, was among the first in the nation to explicitly regulate or ban use of the technology in schools. That development came after companies including Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft halted or ended the sale of facial recognition products in response to the first wave of Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S. The Michigan University study -- a part of STPP's Technology Assessment Project -- employs an analogical case comparison method to look at previous uses of security technology like CCTV cameras and metal detectors as well as biometric technologies and anticipate the implications of facial recognition.


The Democratization of Surveillance

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As artificial intelligence brings nations high speed facial recognition capabilities, surveillance societies are rising across nations: blurring the lines between privacy and security. This is due to the enormous scale of changes that are enabled by significant advancements in technology: digital imaging, high speed processing, skin texture analysis, thermal cameras, machine learning, 3D sensors, speech recognition, mood recognition and more. These advancements break technical barriers allowing the extensive collection, recording, storage, analysis and application of digital data and information. Moreover, the explosion in processing power allows powerful computers utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to execute facial recognition capabilities with almost perfect accuracy. Today, facial recognition technology can be used to not only identify individuals but also uncover additional personally identifiable information (PII), such as photos, blog posts, social networking profiles and internet behavior all through facial features alone.


Facial Recognition Is the Perfect Tool for Oppression

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The ACLU, along with nearly 70 other civil rights organizations, has asked Amazon to stop selling facial recognition technology to the government and further called on Congress to enact a moratorium on government uses of facial recognition technology. The media weighed in, and important voices expressed anxiety. Over at the Washington Post, the editorial board declared, "Congress should intervene soon." Even some members of Congress -- many of whom were recently misidentified by Amazon's facial recognition software -- are rightly worried. Along with a group of other scholars, we asked Amazon to change its ways.


Pros and Cons of Facial Recognition – Is It A Blessing or a Curse in Disguise?

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While improvements in the facial recognition technology are on the rise, privacy concerns around the technology are also surfacing. This has led us into asking - Is facial recognition really as useful as the experts claim, or is it just another tool that can lead us to a dystopian future? Imagine a world where you can pay for your cereal without cash, cards, or a phone, by just smiling at the cashier. Now, imagine being monitored by the authorities for being an ethnic minority. From smiling to pay to being monitored as an ethnic minority, countries worldwide are displaying both, the bright as well as the dark sides, of using the facial recognition technology.


Facial Recognition Technology: Here Are The Important Pros And Cons

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When you post a photo on Facebook, and the platform automatically tags the people in the image, you might not give much thought to the technology behind the convenience. However, when you discover that facial recognition technology could track you without your permission while you walk down a street in London, it might make you question the invasion of your privacy. Just like with any other new technology, facial recognition brings positives and negatives with it. Since it's here to stay and expanding, it's good to be aware of the pros and cons of facial recognition. What is facial recognition, and how does it work?