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.
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).