I Recognize You!
Facebook is stirring the Internet up once again. In an attempt to help alert Facebook users when an image of themselves has been posted, Facebook is using facial recognition technology. It's not the first time this technology has been used, and it probably won't be the last.
John Constine of TechCrunch reports on Facebook's announcement regarding their new use of facial recognition. Chances are pretty good that we all have at least one or two unflattering pictures of ourselves somewhere on Facebook. And that's probably the best case scenario. What happens if the picture is even more problematic? You know, that photo of you on the beach when you were supposed to be in class, or the one of you at that party that your best friend didn't get invited to? If the friend that posted that picture didn't tag you, you may not even know it's on Facebook.
With Facebook's new Photo Review feature, facial recognition technology will help alert you about pictures you may be in, even if you haven't been tagged. Facebook claims the new feature is designed to help protect you from impersonators and help you maintain your privacy. However, if the thought of having Facebook scan uploaded photos looking for you makes you uneasy, they have also made it easy to opt out of this new feature, as this article from BGR explains.
Supporting Web Links
- Managing Your Identity on Facebook with Face Recognition Technology
- Facebook’s face recognition tech will alert you when someone impersonates you
- How to opt out of Facebook's new facial recognition feature
- Facial recognition at US airports becoming routine, researchers warn
- CaliBurger’s new kiosk uses facial recognition to take orders
- Intel demos 5G facial-recognition payment technology
- How do students feel about this latest feature Facebook is offering? If they are not using Facebook but parents or younger siblings are, will they discuss it with them? Why or why not?
- Divide the class into two groups to debate the pros and cons of facial recognition. The discussion can be limited to its new use on Facebook or you may want to broaden the discussion to include other ways it is being used. The Supporting Web Links section includes several related articles, but each group may wish to research other examples as well. Allow each group time to conduct their research, then reconvene to hold the discussion. Each group should provide examples and valid reasons supporting their position (either pro or con). At the conclusion of the discussion, determine which group made the more compelling argument.
- As an individual project, ask students to locate a recent news article involving facial recognition in an area or industry of their choice. Students should write a brief report providing a synopsis of the article and discussing any ethical concerns involving the use of such technology.