Body Language

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In this thought provoking article from The Baffler, Sanjana Varghese discusses the dangers of biometric surveillance beyond facial recognition. Whereas facial recognition has rightfully occupied a lot of attention for its racist biases and its authoritarian overreach, Varghese points towards other similar technologies that also deserve public critique. Varghese discusses emotion recognition, gait recognition, earprint recognition and voice recognition as examples of emergent surveillance technologies that build the carceral state. “Tearing this entire infrastructure down to its studs—and making it impossible to build on—is the only way forward,” Varghese concludes.

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