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John Oliver dives into the shady uses of facial recognition

As protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue around the globe, there’s been a growing discussion around the importance of blurring images from these protests before posting them online. After all, as John Oliver points out in the Last Week Tonight video above, “there are currently serious concerns that facial recognition is being used to identify Black Lives Matter protesters.”

Oliver follows that up with a 20-minute deep dive into the dangers of the technology, including ethical concerns, the companies harvesting our photos to sell to law enforcement agencies, and the fact that facial recognition can be biased and inaccurate (studies have even found that it’s more likely to misidentify people of colour than white people, for instance). Read more…

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