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We’re not knee-jerk against face recognition technology – it’s here to stay, and we need to explore how it can work for human rights. But we are very concerned that legislators and regulators have been so slow on the uptake – and that technology companies have been reluctant to participate in genuine public debate on a technology from which there really is no turning-back. We can – and must – all do better to make the best of this powerful new technology – and to protect us all from the worst.

My new post for WITNESS on the ethics of facial recognition technology. Go on, you know you want to.

Head on over to the WITNESS blog, where you’ll find my new post on the ethics of facial recognition. I’ll post a slightly different version here over after the weekend, with a bit more detail in a couple of areas.

UPDATE (July 2012):

I’m not sure when time will permit, as I’ve been fairly consumed with completing my freelance work, and then moving to my new job at OSF, but I’ll endeavour to post all the resources I collected related to face recognition and human rights, as I hope they’ll be of use to other researchers and advocates in the field. In the meantime, quite a few of the resources I found I linked to from these two posts:

The Ethics of Face Recognition Technology (March 7th, 2012)

Tactical and Technological Defences for Face Recognition Technology (May 18th, 2012) – and this was also posted in a slightly amended form by PBS MediaShift (18th June 2012).

Devotees from all walks of Life visit Shirdi everyday. This sometimes includes certain criminals, pickpockets etc too.
And so to avoid any terrorist attack or any untoward incident arising due to such anti-social elements presence in the Temple Premises,
the Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan Trust has at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore, installed High Tech Security System all around the Sai Temple.
There are CCTV’s installed all around the Temple Premises, inside as well as outside.
And recently a new Biometric Facial Recognition system has been installed which can not only locate but also alert the Temple authorities of the presence of thieves, pickpockets and even terrorists in the Temple’s premises. For this new Biometric Facial Recognition Technique the Data & Photographs of all the Culprits/Terrorists etc received from the Central Governments “National Investigation Agency (NIA)” & the State Governments “Criminal Investigation Department” (CID) will be uploaded into the system. And if the Scanner spots any matching Data/Photograph of any suspect entering the Temple or coming within the ambit of the installed CCTV cameras, an Alarm will be set off and the authorities will be alerted automatically as to which criminal has entered the Temple premises and where exactly he was spotted.
The Shirdi Police can then be informed and the necessary action can be taken accordingly.

In recent years, thousands of species populations declined catastrophically leaving many species on the brink of extinction. Several biological studies have shown that especially primates like chimpanzees and gorillas are threatened. An essential part of effective biodiversity conservation management is population monitoring using remote camera devices. However, due to the large amount of data, the manual analysis of video recordings is extremely time consuming and highly cost intensive. Consequently, there is a high demand for automatic analytical routine procedures using computer vision techniques to overcome this issue. In this paper we present a technique for the identification of great apes, in particular chimpanzees, using state-of-the-art algorithms for human face recognition in combination with several classification schemes. For benchmark purposes we provide a publicly available dataset of captive chimpanzees.

IDENTIFICATION OF GREAT APES USING FACE RECOGNITION:
A 2011 paper by Alexander Loos, Martin Pfitzer and Laura Aporius

See also SAISBECO