Bias programming in - bias results out
Does it surprise you AT ALL that the algorithm programmed mostly by White Men returns the majority if its false positives on women, children and high melanin people? So basically everyone BUT White Adult Men. This should not even be CALLED a Facial Recognition Database. It should be called "An algorithm programmed to accurately recognize White adult male faces.
Women - algo gets confused by cosmetics
Children - algo gets confused by the smoothness of their features and how their faces change over relatively short periods of time because they are growing.
High Melanin People - Their skin tones make it harder for algo to distinguish their features.
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:
If you've ever wondered how much the government knows about you, here's one more thing to consider - about half of all American adult faces are now searchable in police databases, and some law enforcement agencies can identify people on video surveillance in real-time. This is according to the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law School. Alvaro Bedoya co-authored this new report, and he joins us now in our studios in Washington. Thanks for coming in.
ALVARO BEDOYA: Thanks for having me.
MARTIN: So explain how this works. What does it take for an ordinary citizen to end up in one of these databases?
BEDOYA: All it takes is to have a driver's license photo taken. This is a profound shift in the way we police society. So unless you've committed a crime, in general, you're not going to be in a criminal fingerprint database. You're not going to be in a criminal DNA database. Yet by simply standing for a driver's license photo, 26 states enroll you in basically a virtual lineup just like in the movies, except it's not a human being pointing to the suspect. It's an algorithm.
MARTIN: So this is going to come as a surprise to many people who didn't know this. Just by getting a driver's license...
MARTIN: ...In 26 states...
BEDOYA: That's right.
MARTIN: ...You're saying that that image is then put into a police database that they then cross-reference when a crime happens.
BEDOYA: So some of them are put into a police database. Others remain in the DMV database, but the police can either directly run searches or request them. There are no audits. There's little transparency. And so simply by being a citizen who drives, you are subject to thousands of warrantless searches. And there's no laws that control any of this
Listen to: Police Facial Recognition Databases Log About Half Of Americans - http://one.npr.org/i/499042369:499042370
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