Facial Recognition Technology Has No Place in Schools

Doug Levin, EdTech Strategies, Jun 22, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think that the main problem here is that facial recognition software won't actually solve any problems or prevent any of the things (like armed intrusions) it is intended to prevent. This leaves it with only one real purpose: to track students at school through the school day. Aside from the trivial task of taking attendance, though, this serves no educational purpose at all. It does generate a lot of data, however,. which will eventually be of great interest to data miners and marketers. I don't see facial recognition technology as "potently, uniquely dangerous", though. I reserve that designation for firearms. But it's definitely not helpful.

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