Facial Recognition
Facial Recognition
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Facial Recognition

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updatedMar 31, 2021
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A biometric tool that employs machine vision to recognize a human's identity through unique facial traits and expressions.
A biometric tool that employs machine vision to recognize a human's identity through unique facial traits and expressions.

Software that employs machine vision to identify a human's identity by mapping unique facial traits and expressions. Detection first occurs using the Viola-Jones Algorithm or a variant, which continuously scans the image looking for areas of contrast that are specific to human faces: nose bridges are lighter than the sides, and eye-sockets are darker than the forehead, for instance. Then, to locate facial features, it uses an active human-trained statistical model, which learned the borders of facial features and applies that to scan and recognize a user's face. This can be used as a biometric identifier for certain areas or services or to identify suspects quickly.

Gender Equality

Challenges

  • It might help enforce discriminatory laws and legal practices.

  • Could be used to blackmail innocent individuals because of their family's background.

  • Might be extremely dangerous to LGBTQI+ community due to data sensitivity.

Opportunities

  • Implement forms of monitoring and evaluation to ensure the safety and autonomy in the private sphere of women-identified, girls, non-binary, and transgender individuals.

  • For transitioning individuals, this helps them erase their past online presence.

  • Can improve access to goods and services for women without the possession of legal documents.

  • It might help family reunification at critical times.

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