Facial Recognition Being Used to Identify London Rioters

Are you one of the thousands of upset, destructive rioters out on the streets of London? Bad news — if your photo is captured, a Google group of vigilante justice-seekers are coming to take you down.

The Google group is called “London Riots Facial Recognition”, and is apparently composed of a group of concerned citizens who are seeking justice against rioters. They’re using facial recognition software to identify any rioters who are unlucky enough to have their photo captured and posted online.

Now, while vigilante justice is hardly a new thing, our era of technology is sure to introduce some “iffy” ethical issues to this debate. What’s to stop a group of “concerned citizens” from deciding to take the law into their own hands, using technology to identify criminals?


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