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Episode 41 – Facial Recognition

by P. C.

Masks meant to foil facial recognitionChinese citizens are always being watched by their police and government. The government claims it is to ensure that their citizens are as safe as can be. But, what if this power was abused and used for the wrong reasons? Security cameras and AI-driven facial recognition technology are becoming more and more prevalent in China. In this episode, we delve into the complicated truth regarding the surveillance state that is China.

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Campbell, Charlie. (2019, November 2019). What China’s Surveillance Means for the Rest of the World. Time.

Davies, D. (2021, January 5). Facial recognition and beyond: Journalist ventures inside china’s ‘surveillance state’.

Denyer, S. (2018, January 7). China’s watchful eye. The Washington Post.

Kobie, N. (2019, June 7). The complicated truth about China’s social credit system. WIRED UK.

Ng, A. (2020, August 11). China tightens control with facial recognition, public shaming. CNET.

Image: Disinformation,” Derek Bruff, Flickr, CC BY-NC

Your Face is Valuable

In Episode 062 of Leading Lines, the point I found most intriguing was when Dr. Bruff brought up the recent hype about FaceApp. And I can relate to this particularly because I remember exactly when that trend popped up and how I, just like everyone else, hopped on that train and tried it out. And at the time, it was borderline amazing  and absolutely hilarious. In hindsight, and with the power of some good ole education, I can now see how potentially dangerous something like FaceApp is.

The usage of facial recognition, especially within an app where they use your own pictures, can potentially be very dangerous because of the implications it has of staying on the web. Whether it’s through FaceBook or Instagram, many people are easily able to find photos of themselves on the Internet, and Chris Gilliard makes a point to say that none of those he himself put online. That just comes to show that despite what one might say or might think, people are always out somewhere in the world ready to jump on anything they can get their hands on and use it against you or to their advantage. Whether FaceApp was used deliberately to track people down is up for speculation, but regardless of whether this is the case or not, we should be more aware of what we put up, whether it be writing or photos, simply because everyone and anyone can see.

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