Tag: facial recognition software

China: Free Our Parents From Concentration Camps

Video A million ethnic minority Uighurs have been detained in “re-education camps.” Here, three young people share their stories.CreditCreditThe New York Times In the video Op-Ed above, three Chinese citizens whose parents disappeared demand their release from China’s “re-education camps.” The government is estimated to have detained over one million people. The goal: to force […]

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Children as Young as 11 Added to N.Y.P.D. Facial Recognition Database

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The New York Police Department has been loading thousands of arrest photos of children and teenagers into a facial recognition database despite evidence the technology has a higher risk of false matches in younger faces. For about four years, […]

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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Toby Walsh, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is one of Australia’s leading experts on artificial intelligence. He and other experts have released a report outlining the promises, and ethical pitfalls, of the country’s embrace of A.I. Recently, Dr. Walsh, 55, has been working with the Campaign to Stop Killer […]

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In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons

HONG KONG — The police officers wrestled with Colin Cheung in an unmarked car. They needed his face. They grabbed his jaw to force his head in front of his iPhone. They slapped his face. They shouted, “Wake up!” They pried open his eyes. It all failed: Mr. Cheung had disabled his phone’s facial-recognition login […]

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FaceApp Is the Future

My favorite thing about John Herrman (c. 2069) is that he’s still alive. My least favorite thing about him is that he can’t talk. He knows what’s coming. He probably also has some ideas about what really mattered, in hindsight, and I’d probably agree with his ideas, because he is me. There are many things […]

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What We’ve Learned From Our Privacy Project (So Far)

ImageA Huawei surveillance camera is pictured at Interpol World in Singapore.CreditEdgar Su/Reuters The Privacy Project has been underway for four months, and in that time we’ve learned quite a bit about what we do — and don’t — know about privacy. Privacy is a complex, nebulous and constantly evolving issue, but amid the chaos and […]

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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of databases of people’s faces are being compiled without their knowledge by companies and researchers, with many of the images then being shared around the world, in what has become a sprawling ecosystem fueling the spread of facial recognition technology. The databases are pulled together with images from social networks, photo […]

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The Racist History Behind Facial Recognition

Researchers recently learned that Immigration and Customs Enforcement used facial recognition on millions of driver’s license photographs without the license-holders’ knowledge, the latest revelation about governments employing the technology in ways that threaten civil liberties. But the surveillance potential of facial recognition — its ability to create a “perpetual lineup” — isn’t the only cause […]

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Whodunit? As Feds Scan DMV Records Using Facial Recognition Software and More Cities Use the Technology, Racial Bias Could Be a Problem

Photo: iStock When you go to your local DMV office and stand in front of the camera to take as decent a photo as possible, you probably aren’t thinking about the possibility that said photo will come up in a facial-recognition search used by government agencies. If this is a concern you never had before, […]

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How AI can strengthen and defend democracy

Democratic societies the world over have come under attack in this digital era — and in ways many probably never thought possible in their lifetime. The 2016 U.S. presidential election was undermined by a two-pronged approach involving the Russian military and Facebook posts from the Internet Research Agency (IRA). Other recent examples have included ransomware […]

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Boston suburb bans facial recognition software

Citing concern over potential discrimination and dystopian misuse, the Somerville City Council in Massachusetts today voted to ban facial recognition software use by local police or city departments, the second U.S. city to outlaw the technology. The ban for the city of 81,000 near Boston follows the introduction of a facial recognition ban passed in […]

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FBI facial recognition accuracy and policy still fall short, GAO tells Congress

The FBI’s facial recognition software has been in operation since December 2011, but today members of Congress and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asserted that it still lacks sufficient privacy and accuracy assessments. The system began with a pilot program and became fully operational in September 2015, according to the GAO. Those calls for concern […]

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How Amazon’s facial recognition ambition could stunt Alexa’s development

In debates now raging in the U.S. Congress and in legislatures around the country, China has been repeatedly invoked as the boogeyman, including by a senator introducing national AI legislation this week and a San Francisco lawmaker ahead of a vote to ban facial recognition software last week. But fears of a dystopian AI future […]

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