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Musicians revolt against facial recognition technology

by on03 July 2023

We want to be the only ones recognised 

More than 100 musicians including Rage Against the Machine co-founders Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha, along with Boots Riley and Speedy Ortiz are boycotting concert venues that use facial recognition technology.

The boycott, organised by the digital rights advocacy group Fight for the Future, calls for banning face-scanning technology at all live events because it infringes on privacy and increases discrimination.

Several smaller independent concert venues across the country, including the House of Yes in Brooklyn, the Lyric Hyperion in Los Angeles, and Black Cat in Washington have pledged to not use facial recognition tech for their shows. Other artists joining the boycott include popular beat combos such as Anti-Flag, Wheatus, Downtown Boys and others we have never heard of because we lost interest in music in the 1990s.

Fight for the Future’s Leila Nashashibi said that surveillance tech companies are pitching biometric data tools as 'innovative' and helpful for increasing efficiency and security.

“Not only is this false, it's morally corrupt. For starters, this technology is so inaccurate that it creates more harm and problems than it solves through misidentification and other technical faultiness.”

Nashashibi said it was scary to have a world in which all facial recognition technology works perfectly anyway and privacy is nonexistent.
New York venue Citi Field, Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium, Miami's Hard Rock Stadium, and the Pechanga Arena in San Diego are among several venues across the country that have used face-scanning.


Last modified on 03 July 2023
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