Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Facial-Recognition Technology Seems to Unfairly Target Minorities


Link: https://newsela.com/articles/police-database-recognition/id/23147/

Summary: Police officers have a government database that uses facial recognition to monitor people. Half of American adults are included in this database. Issues have been raised around the idea that police officers are using surveillance technology for racially biased purposes. It has been proven that a vast majority of the database is of colored people. However, anyone without a criminal background can be tracked through the governments facial recognition software; this has brought up many concerns. Even video cameras on the street can be used to scan people and match them to an image in the database. The American Civil Liberties Union has come to the conclusion that this type of technology may be violating the rights of millions of Americans. Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of Georgetown's privacy and technology center, said "It can change the basic freedom we have to go about our lives without people identifying us from afar and in secret." Although these surveillance tools can be helpful in catching criminals, it still can be misused by anyone who has access to the database.

Connection: This news article connects back to the formation of the U.S. Constitution because it was created to establish laws and guarantee basic rights for U.S. citizens.

Questions: What are your thoughts about the government allowing police officers to use facial recognition technology? Explain.

How does this make you feelknowing that many people are possibly being watched and searched by the government? Why?

How could this technology be altered or changed so that innocent people are not involved in this method of tracking criminals?

14 comments:

  1. It is unfair that police officers are misusing technology that is meant to make life in America safer and more secure. This makes me highly concerned knowing that people are being watched and searched by the government without a justifiable cause. The way that the police are using this type of technology is not correct, and people's private lives and rights would be violated. This method of technology could be altered by restricting its use to only tracking people with past criminal records or associating this with people who are possible suspects of a crime

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    1. I completely agree with you. I think it is unfair to many Americans that police can misuse technology like this. After reading the article, many concerns have been called to my attention about the government as well.

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  2. I agree with Carlo i believe its unfair how police officers are misusing them. Its unfair especially if they are watching over people who never committed a crime and targeting specific races.

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  3. I agree with Marlene, I think this is very unfair because although the government is trying to make America safer they shouldn't have technology that basically tracks people. Also I find it kinda weird that the surveillance technology has only African Americans in it. It's just cruel to me that people who have never did anything bad a day in their life being watched for no reason.

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  4. i don't think its fair to that the gov can track people even though they are doing it for a good reason. Were not animals for them to treat us like they want.

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  5. i don't think its fair to that the gov can track people even though they are doing it for a good reason. Were not animals for them to treat us like they want.

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  6. i don't think its fair to that the gov can track people even though they are doing it for a good reason. Were not animals for them to treat us like they want.

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  7. I think that the American government is specifically targeting minorities because stereotypes have lead us to believe that every POC is either a criminal or a bad person. This is obviously not true, however it is truly sad to see that this is what we think about our fellow citizens.

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  8. The only way we can fix this technology to not violate the 4th amendment is to only store the faces of criminals in the databases, but it might compromise the effectiveness of the technology. I don't think that any technology specifically targets minorities,it's up to what people put in the database.

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  9. Despite their reason of wanting to track criminals, I think this is still unfair because you don't want officers just following you and literally everything you do. The other case is, you never know if the officers are actually using this for the right purposes. Sometimes they would just arrest random people because they can because they have the power to do so. That is the part we don't want to happen.

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  10. I don't see a way around surveillance cameras not storing information about normal citizens. I do however think that this database should only be used as a last resort and be used responsibly.

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  11. I can understand how facial recognition can help make the country safer. However, there are questions as to the peoples right to privacy. If the database were to only store the faces of criminals it would still help keep the country safer while not violating the rights of citizens. While this is not the best way to ensure criminals are found it is, in my opinion, the best way to keep everyone happy.

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  12. I like that they want to track criminal, but I still think they should use it as a last resort. Officers could also be using the videos for the wrong purpose. We don't these files of video going to the wrong people.

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  13. I like that they want to track criminal, but I still think they should use it as a last resort. Officers could also be using the videos for the wrong purpose. We don't these files of video going to the wrong people.

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