How Microsoft Is Sparking a Crucial Conversation on Facial Recognition Technology
— July 13, 2018
By Michael Posner
Smith’s blog stresses the need for greater governmental engagement and oversight. He correctly argues that governments should develop appropriate laws and regulatory models that protect privacy, account for bias and prevent misapplication of technologies like facial recognition. But we must be mindful that too often governments themselves misuse these technologies, especially in the areas of security and law enforcement. In these politically polarized times in the U.S., Smith calls for the creation of an independent commission of experts to help frame the agenda and make informed recommendations. Though not a panacea, this type of independent expert engagement will be critically important.
Microsoft acknowledges that tech companies need to do more as well. As one example, Smith cites the bias in current technologies, which are more accurate in identifying white men than either women or people of color. This reflects the fact that most of those who develop code for these technologies are themselves white men. As Smith rightly states, it’s incumbent on the companies to correct this bias by hiring a more diverse workforce that reflects the communities they serve.
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Michael Posner is a Professor of Business and Society and Director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.