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Facial Recognition: How Does This Technology Work, Why Is It Controversial, How Can It Be Used?


The use of facial recognition by law enforcement has raised concerns about privacy and the bias it reinforces against people of color. Use of the technology has been banned in many cities across the country, most recently in Portland. But the same technology is already used in our daily lives, such as in social media and for self-driving cars. We discuss how facial recognition works, and whether there is potential for it to be channeled for good.


Michael Kebede, policy counsel focused on civil rights, ACLU of Maine

Terry Yoo, associate professor of computer science, University of Maine; teaches a graduate course in computer vision

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