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A growing number of governments and companies use artificial intelligence (AI) systems to identify and track citizens and consumers. Faster check-ins at airports using facial recognition or a seamless and personalized shopping experience are two of the many touted benefits.
But not everyone believes this technology is ethical.
A campaign is being run in conjunction with All Out and Reclaim Your Face for a legal ban on harmful facial recognition and related biometric mass surveillance technologies in public spaces.
By watching and tracking us all the time, these technologies pose a specific threat to the free expression and privacy of LGBT+ people. If you are an EU citizen, you can give your support for LGBT+ lives legal weight by also signing the officially-recognized European Citizens’ Initiative to ban biometric mass surveillance.
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Imagine the humiliation of trying to catch your flight, and being stopped by a computer that determines you don’t match the gender marker in your passport. Or imagine not being able to access a public toilet just because a facial recognition algorithm thinks your face doesn’t look male or female enough.
This technology is fundamentally flawed when it comes to recognizing and categorizing human beings in all their diversity.
Many of these AI systems work by sorting people into two groups – male or female. The consequences for people whose gender does not match the sex they were assigned at birth can be severe. The algorithms are also programmed to reinforce outdated stereotypes about race and gender that are harmful to everyone.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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