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Government Use of Facial Recognition Is Banned in Boston

Boston is the latest city to ban the use of facial recognition, joining a growing list of administrations to outlaw the tech. The decision comes amid a growing backlash against the software, which research shows consistently misidentifies people of color. An MIT study found that facial recognition algorithms designed by Microsoft, IBM, and Face++ made up to 35% more errors when detecting the gender of darker-skinned women. For light-skinned men, that error rate dropped was just 1%.

Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, who co-sponsored the law, said these biases made the tech unfit for use:

You can read more in an article by Thomas Macaulay in The Next Web article at https://thenextweb.com/neural/2020/06/25/boston-bans-government-use-of-facial-recognition/.

Categories: Facial Recognition

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