Facial Recognition is Only the Beginning

Public Books, 2020

7 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2020

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Jake Goldenfein

Melbourne Law School - University of Melbourne

Date Written: January 27, 2020


We have become obsessed with automated facial-recognition technology. However, facial recognition may turn out to be a more benign elements of the emerging vision analytics surveillance program. Focusing on facial recognition as an application of surveillance draws our attention away from the greater structural changes that are occurring with respect to data, power, and the generation of knowledge. We need to refocus our attention on the entities that, through their control over data and computation, are determining what it means to know, who gets to know, and with what tools - something that can only be understood in the context of the wealth that the data economy generates.

Keywords: Facial Recognition, Machine Learning, Epistemology, Power

Suggested Citation

Goldenfein, Jake, Facial Recognition is Only the Beginning (January 27, 2020). Public Books, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3546525

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Melbourne Law School - University of Melbourne ( email )

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