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Facial Recognition Tech: 4 Things You Must Know

Updated June 18

On May 22 and June 4, Congress held hearings on facial recognition technology. The Congressional hearings examine the use of facial recognition technology by federal, state, and local government agencies, corporations and social media companies. Specifically, lawmakers address privacy and civil rights concerns.

Facial Recognition Tech: 4 Things You Must Know

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Click here to watch the Hearing on C-SPAN
  1. Facial recognition technology programs cannot accurately identify people of color and women.
  2. Facial recognition technology is not regulated by government.
  3. Law enforcement agencies and corporations use facial recognition technology without our consent.
  4. Facial recognition technology contributes to employment discrimination — against people over the age of 40, women and minorities — and to disparities in health insurance premiums.

All information provided is verifiable, for example: the videos and resources provided (and the sources cited in the resources provided) confirm all statements.

Facial Recognition Technology Resources

  1. Read Written Testimony: [United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Re: Facial Recognition Technology (Part 1) – Its Impact on our Civil Rights and Liberties by Joy Buolamwini, Founder, Algorithmic Justice League]
  2. Read Written Testimony: [United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Re: Facial Recognition Technology (Part 1) – Its Impact on our Civil Rights and Liberties by Professor Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law]
  3. Read Written Testimony: [United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Re: Facial Recognition Technology (Part 1) – Its Impact on our Civil Rights and Liberties by Dr. Cedric Alexander, Former President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives]
  4. Read Written Testimony: [United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Re: Facial Recognition Technology (Part 1) – Its Impact on our Civil Rights and Liberties Ms. Clare Garvie , Senior Associate, Georgetown University Law Center, Center on Privacy & Technology]
  5. Read Written Testimony: [United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Re: Facial Recognition Technology (Part 1) – Its Impact on our Civil Rights and Liberties by Ms. Neema Singh Guliani, Senior Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union]

Video Resources: Facial Recognition Tech

  1. Watch Video: [ by United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Re: Facial Recognition Technology (Part 1) Its Impact on our Civil rights and Liberties on YouTube]
  2. Watch Video on C-SPAN: [The House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing to examine the use of facial recognition technology (Part 2) by the government and commercial entities and its impact on civil rights and liberties. Witnesses discussed the flaws in the technology, including programs that could not accurately identify people of color and women. Other concerns raised were the lack of regulation and oversight in the technology, how law enforcement is using facial recognition, fears of racial profiling, and the privacy issues surrounding Facebook, Uber, and Amazon’s use of the technology]

About the Author

Olivia P. Walker is an award winning public affairs and administration professional. She launched O.W.B Public Affairs and writes all site content. She previously consulted for the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering and served as government affairs and public policy analyst at WellCare Health Plans.  Olivia is a fusion belly dancer and a member of the American Society for Public Affairs and Administration’s section on public law and administration.

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Key Takeaways

As the website administrator and author of all content published on O.W.B Public Affairs Digest, YouTube’s global access issues prompt me to offer key takeaways.  I recommend the following for online business owners, website administrators and bloggers:

  • Consider offering services and content off-line (if you don’t already).
    • Anyone who makes all of their income online or exclusively offers online services, products and content must seriously consider the risks.
  •  Consider using a second video streaming service, as a Plan B.
    • Time is money. Outages such as the recent YouTube outage cost you money and can damage your reputation.
    • Additionally, we cannot assume the YouTube outage was not the result of a cyber attack.
  • Educate yourself on best practices. Specifically,
    • Research best practices for (a) mitigating cyber-risks (b) implementing contingency plans and (c) implementing effective risk-management strategies.

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Breaking|YouTube Is Down For Users Around The World

YouTube, the video streaming website, is down for YouTube users around the world. There are YouTube Videos embedded throughout O.W.B Public Affairs Digest. Therefore, O.W.B Publish Affairs digest will publish updates as they come in from YouTube. In the meantime:

  • We must acknowledge this outage is a problem — millions of people use YouTube videos on their website(s). Additionally, many people rely on YouTube for income.
  • We need to ask ourselves if this outage is a cyber-security issue or a quick-fix system flaw?
  •  We must consider that at any moment, a cyber disaster or a large-scale system failure might occur which, could profoundly impact businesses and the global economy.

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