Episode 109 – Offensive Tech Jargon, Facial Recognition Update, and Geo-Location Ethics

Topic 1: Racist (and other offensive) Tech Jargon

Words matter. The most obvious example is “master/slave” but there’s plenty of other insensitive terminology around. Remember, these terms might make sense to you, but you clients may hear it and wonder exactly what you’re talking about.

Link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/technology/racist-computer-engineering-terms-ietf.html

Topic 2: Facial Recognition Update.

Facial Recognition has evolved considerably in the pandemic. It has been banned in a few places. It has been regulated a bit at the local (not federal) level.

Amateurs are now getting in the game (e.g., Used to identify police during protests). And the police have adopted it for several purposes, including identifying protesters. It is over-used in China, and illegal in Portland.

Big picture: Don’t rely on tech for the answer. Looks to society and local governments.

https://www.wired.com/story/how-face-recognition-destroy-anonymity/

Topic 3: The ethics of geo-location technology.

The “Ethical Geo” web site has posted ten founding principles to begin a worldwide conversation about using geo-location technology from an ethical perspective.

The ten founding principles presented to the public for further input and refinement are:

  • Realize opportunities
  • Understand impacts
  • Do no harm
  • Protect the vulnerable
  • Address bias
  • Minimize intrusion
  • Minimize data
  • Protect privacy
  • Prevent identification of individuals
  • Provide accountability

We discuss.

Links:

https://ethicalgeo.org/launching-the-locus-charter/

Launch related video webinar – https://vimeo.com/528738906

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