blog 14 –

Over the past decade facial recognition software has been drastically improved and although it has many great applications some fear it can also be used for more malevolent deeds. With recent leaks from whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden, we have evidence that shows agencies such as the NSA and the FBI, actively spy on their citizens and the store massive amounts of data on them. This should concern any citizen, especially since these programs were implemented without informing the public. Its is a clear breach on our rights and it should be addressed as soon as possible. Although I understand the counter argument to these leaks, the primary one being “well if you’re not doing anything wrong you have nothing to hide”. This is a silly argument, there is a reason our founding fathers have basic human rights written down in our constitution. The more leeway we allow, the more inclined the government is to abuse it. I believe the more important issue at hand is the principle. How much leeway should we allow the government before something is done about it? Every time I start to ponder this question I always think back to when I read 1984 by George Orwell. Although it’s quite an exaggerated version of what is happening right now, I do believe that with enough ignorance we will slowly start building up to his dystopia. Something I have been reading up very recently has to do with the recent CIA allegations that have almost all have been 100% confirmed without the complete CIA confirmation



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  1. I wonder if a possible solution to appease both parties — the concerned for security and those who fight for their rights — would be for this sort of facial recognition to be enforced on official authoritative positions as opposed to associates and such.


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