The news: The United Nations human rights commissioner is calling for a worldwide moratorium on public facial recognition and other AI tech the agency claims violates human rights.
How we got here: A report released earlier this year from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that six US federal agencies used facial recognition tech on images of protestors from the 2020 George Floyd protests to verify their identities, ultimately inspiring a bipartisan group of US house lawmakers to reignite calls for comprehensive AI regulation.
Who’s taking action? The UN’s call for a total moratorium comes on the heels of growing facial recognition bans in some US cities and self-imposed moratoriums from some of Big Tech’s most influential companies.
And it’s not just the US making moves: The European Union is reportedly considering new rules that would effectively outlaw AI used for mass surveillance or for ranking social behavior.
What’s next? Some degree of large-scale AI regulation in the US and EU appears not a matter of if, but when.
Though civil liberty and privacy advocates will welcome such changes, emerging AI companies like Clearview AI will likely argue such restrictions would hamstring US AI innovation at a time out of increased competition in the space globally.
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