Speed Read

Facial Recognition Company Debunks Claims Of Antifa Storming The Capitol (ROF, Jan 08, 2021)
The Washington Times ran a story about a facial recognition company seemingly “confirming” that members of Antifa were at the Capitol on Wednesday of this week. But if the paper had bothered to do any actual checking, they would have seen that the people identified by facial recognition weren’t actually Antifa, but right wing extremists that Antifa had warned people to steer clear of on their website. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this absurd story and what could happen to those who have perpetuated it.
 

Intel Is Repositioning Its Depth-Sensing Camera Into Facial Recognition (Peta Pixel, Jan 08, 2021)
The Washington Times ran a story about a facial recognition company seemingly “confirming” that members of Antifa were at the Capitol on Wednesday of this week. But if the paper had bothered to do any actual checking, they would have seen that the people identified by facial recognition weren’t actually Antifa, but right wing extremists that Antifa had warned people to steer clear of on their website. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this absurd story and what could happen to those who have perpetuated it.
 

Facial Recognition Software Flawed, As Government Use Increases (Legal Examiner, Jan 08, 2021)
Facial recognition software, often used by law enforcement to identify and track criminals and terrorists, is seriously flawed — just ask Michael Oliver of Detroit, one of several people who have been wrongfully arrested and jailed. Or ask the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Department of Commerce agency found in a December 2019 study that facial recognition systems are 100 times more likely to misidentify minorities, particularly Black and East Asian people. Multiple lawsuits have been filed either seeking millions in damages for false arrest and imprisonment or to sharply curtail the use of facial recognition systems. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is planning to expand a pilot facial recognition program to all international transportation hubs. The goal is to capture facial images of every person coming into or leaving the country, whether by plane or ship.
 

Five Ways To Make AI A Greater Force For Good In 2021 (MIT Technology Review , Jan 08, 2021)
A year ago, none the wiser about what 2020 would bring, I reflected on the pivotal moment that the AI community was in. The previous year, 2018, had seen a series of high-profile automated failures, like self-driving-car crashes and discriminatory recruiting tools. In 2019, the field responded with more talk of AI ethics than ever before. But talk, I said, was not enough. We needed to take tangible actions. Two months later, the coronavirus shut down the world.
 

Will The Capitol Riot Change Public Opinion About Facial Recognition? (Coda Story, Jan 08, 2021)
This week’s riots in the U.S. Capitol could herald a shift in attitudes towards the use of facial recognition surveillance by law enforcement, according to digital rights experts interviewed by Coda Story. Many of the rioters who mobbed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday did not cover their faces or use any of the elaborate schemes protesters worldwide have developed in recent years to avoid identification by police cameras — leading to calls on social media for facial recognition software to be used to track and arrest them. While facial recognition is not known to have been used in the arrests of more than 80 Capitol protesters, a debunked, and since retracted, story in the Washington Times claimed facial recognition technology had been used to identify the presence of “Antifa members” in the crowd.

 

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