Reconocimiento facial

Security cameras on a pole near Parliament in London on Jan. 6. (Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

In September, London’s most senior police officer, Cressida Dick, warned that Britain could be sleep-walking into “some kind of ghastly, Orwellian, omniscient police state” if it didn’t address the ethical dilemmas posed by facial recognition and artificial intelligence. Now, her prophecy is coming to pass.

Last week, the London Metropolitan Police announced that it will start using live facial recognition technology to identify criminal suspects in real time, in one of the largest experiments of its type outside of China. The entire world should be paying attention.

Since 2010, British police have been operating under severe strain as successive governments cut more than 20,000 police jobs.…  Seguir leyendo »

Why We Must Ban Facial Recognition Software Now

Facial recognition technology, once a darling of Silicon Valley with applications for policing, spying and authenticating identities, is suddenly under fire. Conservative Republicans like Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio and liberal Democrats like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York have strongly criticized the technology. San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Somerville, Mass., have barred all of their government agencies, including the police, from using it. And several Democratic candidates for president have raised deep concerns about it, with one, Senator Bernie Sanders, calling for an outright ban for policing.

We think the senator is right: Stopping this technology from being procured — and its attendant databases from being created — is necessary for protecting civil rights and privacy.…  Seguir leyendo »

Face recognition technology is being used to unlock phones, clear customs, identify immigrants and solve crimes. In the Video Op-Ed above, Clare Garvie demands the United States government hit pause on face recognition. She argues that while this convenient technology may seem benign to those who feel they have nothing to hide, face recognition is something we should all fear. Police databases now feature the faces of nearly half of Americans — most of whom have no idea their image is there. The invasive technology violates citizens’ constitutional rights and is subject to an alarming level of manipulation and bias.

Our privacy, our right to anonymity in public and our right to free speech are in danger.…  Seguir leyendo »

Certains se souviennent peut-être du film hollywoodien Minority Report, adaptation d’une nouvelle du romancier Philip K. Dick, dans lequel la reconnaissance faciale avait envahi la société, devenant un instrument de contrôle total. Chez soi, dans le métro, dans sa voiture, en marchant dans la rue, à son travail ou en franchissant le seuil d’un magasin, partout les citoyens se voyaient ainsi identifiés, suivis, et assaillis d’offres commerciales ultrapersonnalisées.

Nous aurions tort de considérer ce scénario comme celui d’une lointaine science-fiction ou un délire de technophobe paranoïaque. Littérature et cinéma ont souvent un don de prescience saisissant. Les technologies de reconnaissance faciale sont là et commencent à s’immiscer dans nos vies.…  Seguir leyendo »