On Facial Recognition Training

Excellent article from NBC News: “Facial recognition’s ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent“.

People’s faces are being used without their permission, in order to power technology that could eventually be used to surveil them

Let’s say you have a Flickr account with hundreds of photos of your family, your friends, and the friends of your friends. How do you feel knowing that these photos could be part of a large dataset used by commercial entities in order to help them train their algorithm behind facial recognotion technology? Do you think all people in these photos are ok with this? How do you feel as a black person knowing that these systems are very bad at your specific style to recognize you correctly but are much better for white people? Be sure to watch the short video to know more about implications of these issues.

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