If police use of facial recognition technology continues to spread, what we will create is structural discrimination with ramifications that fall on racial fault lines. If you think Canada is divided now, just wait.
Ottawa police and Wet'sutwet'en solidarity protestors pictured during a march in downtown Ottawa on Feb. 24. Facial recognition technology is being used by law enforcement without public oversight, and its tendency to disproportionately misidentify people of colour, LGBTQ2+ people, and women makes it inherently biased, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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'Our relationship with police has been one of violence, from the colonial nature of everything that has happened in Canada,' says Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in Port Alberni, B.C.
'I get we're in a pandemic, and I'm very supportive of using the technology, but until I know that it respects the basic rights and has the highest standards, I can't see that it's going to work,' said MP Charlie Angus.
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