[How do you assess the current situation with data collection around the world, automatic face recognition and other mass management tools? How will Vexed Generation operate in the current environment ?]
Data collection is everywhere and it exists and thrives through our use of technology. The more we click and swipe, the more data is held on us. Social Media, cookies, credit cards, loyalty cards, phones, travel cards… the list goes on. Those that hold the data can't be trusted – they can't be trusted not to sell it, use it or lose it – and the penalties for them are pathetic – 500,000 fine for Facebook for letting Cambridge Analytica and Aggregate IQ take the opiss with peoples data – even the harshest penalties are toothless – under GDPR the mx fine is 4% of turnover.
And data discriminates. The facial recognition algorithms are badly flawed and the amount of false positives that occur is very worrying. The system is at fault in its design and does not have enough understanding of the human race in order to be accurate. It therefore fails far too often. Imagine the hassle of having to defend yourself against a wrongful accusation from an algorithm!? "Computer says yes".
The whole idea of recognition systems is abhorrent and is intrusive in an Orwellian manner… and who thinks that 1984 is a nice place to be?!?
We have a plan. In the meantime these sites are worth a look: Privacyinternational.org
and the Algorithmic Justice League - ajlunited.org