United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
-Ensuring Ethical Deployment of Facial Recognization Technology
Facial recognition technology falls under the category of biometric software, which utilizes mathematical mapping of an individual’s facial features and stores it as a faceprint. The technology compares a digital image or live capture to the stored faceprint in order to verify an individual’s identity through deep learning algorithms.
This technology has become ubiquitous in both public and private spaces serving various purposes such as personal device authentication and assisting the law enforcement agencies in identifying and apprehending criminals. It is also undeniable that the non-contact operation of facial recognition can bring higher authentication efficiency especially during the post-pandemic era, however, various concerns have emerged.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will address the ongoing disquiet. With the established topic of “Ensuring Ethical Deployment of Facial Recognition Technology”, the Dais anticipates that participants will develop a comprehensive plan to address the challenges facing the technology sector, including the social impacts of accuracy and bias, concerns regarding privacy and surveillance, inclusivity as well as equity. Through consensus-building and strategic negotiations, UNESCO aims to ensure all countries have access to the benefits of facial recognition technology while effectively addressing the associated challenges and recognizing the complex ethical issues at play.
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