Tag: recognition

Detroit police challenged over face recognition flaws, bias

A Black man who says he was unjustly arrested because facial recognition technology mistakenly identified him as a suspected shoplifter is calling for a public apology from Detroit police. And for the department to abandon its use of the controversial technology.

The complaint by Robert Williams is a rare challenge from someone who not only experienced an erroneous face recognition hit, but was able to discover that it was responsible for his subsequent legal troubles.

The Wednesday complaint filed on Williams’ behalf alleges that his Michigan driver license photo — kept in a statewide image repository — was incorrectly flagged

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Outrage over police brutality has finally convinced Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM to rule out selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement. Here’s what’s going on.

Activists have campaigned for years against the police having access to facial recognition software.
Activists have campaigned for years against the police having access to facial recognition software.

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  • IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft have all committed to not sell facial recognition to law enforcement at least temporarily.

  • While activists have been campaigning for the companies to do this for years, the Black Lives Matter movement appears to have tipped the scale.

  • As facial recognition becomes more widely used to catch criminals, illegal immigrants, or terrorists, there is mounting concern about how the technology might be abused.

  • Each company has made subtly different promises on their sales bans.

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Tech Tent: Facial recognition faces reckoning

Studies have suggested facial recognition technology is more likely to wrongly identify the faces of black people
Studies have suggested facial recognition technology is more likely to wrongly identify the faces of black people

It was the week that big tech slammed the brakes on development of facial recognition systems.

On Tech Tent we ask whether it is enough to stop police using these systems – or whether there needs to be a wider look at the implications of this technology.

The rapid adoption of facial recognition systems by law enforcement agencies around the world has been challenged by civil liberties groups which have alleged the technology is not fit for purpose – and in particular is

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IBM will no longer develop facial recognition technology following George Floyd protests

IBM will no longer develop technology for facial recognition following protests against racial inequality in the US and UK.

In a letter to congress, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said that the company “no longer offers general purpose IBM facial recognition or analysis software.”

“IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency.”

“We believe now is the time to begin a national

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