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    Tanima
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    So at first let us know what is a facial recognition technology. Of course everyone of us has smart phones in our hands and an front camera which says us about automatic facial recognition at the times of clicking pictures or unlocking our phone with facelock, showing different age number, some shows emotional status in our screen and so on.
    So, basically Facial recognition technology is a technology, made as a biometry system like fingerprint recognition or Iris recognition, which is able to match a human face from a digital image or a video frame against database of faces. Though after some experiments, this technology is banned for biometry system, as it fails to identify criminals.
    However in the 1970s, the psychological emotion recognition has focused on facial recognition and speech. In 2016, this facial feature emotion recognition algorithm entered in new technologies like CCTV, smartphone etc.
    In ‘smart city initiative’ government proposed to cover 100 of Indian cities and improve the quality of life in them and specially in women through this technology. For women, this technology was expected to prevent future assault, rape as preventive measures can be taken in time.
    Lucknow police also suggested to use AI cameras , equipped with facial recognition technology as that would generate alarm for a distressed behavior of a woman.
    But living in a country,let us see, where only a few female police officers holding their positions, how much worthwhile the results become.
    According to 2019 annual report of NCNCRB, women exploitation has increased even from 2018,having a uprising curve of assualting.
    It’s to be questioned that outward assualting isn’t only a thing, women are tormented in between their house, whether it’s fear from some bad touch to domestic violence. How those technologies are going to deal with that.
    And after all of these, in these patriarchal society how much can we believe male police officers? How can we be sure that women are not just getting monitored?
    Isn’t it just another tormented thinking of government to keep women under control by analyzing their movement, mind and expression? Isn’t it another activity to herm women’s freedom in name of safety? After all constant surveillance of women make interest to patriarchy. Just the way, women are always getting monitored every where they go.
    Furthermore a 100% accurate Facial Recognition technology hasn’t been improved till now. How can we be sure about the recognition of expression. as a result it’ll only lead to harassment of both women and police.
    Maybe the ideas are good, but India lacks the infrastructure. We’ll need more female police officers for safety check of women, more police officers on road to take measures in no time. And maybe a better technology to employ. And taking of more steps to stop the criminal rather than monitoring victim.

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    Facial recognition is a type of biometric technology that extracts and analyzes specific features from an image or a video and compares the data to identifiers in other images of the same individual. In some facial recognition systems, the human body is irrelevant and only the face or parts thereof are considered, leading to systems that cannot be used to distinguish between people (but only between identical twins). In others, features of the human body are considered such as the overall form of the person, height, skin tone, hair, etc.

    Face recognition technology is now operational in most countries. A range of systems is using this technology. People, who are interested in Face Recognition Technology in the past, have raised many questions on gender neutrality. Facial recognition technology and CCTV surveillance are great examples of the problems women face in a patriarchal society. Sometimes it violates the freedom of action because, on the face of it, it’s meant to “protect.” Sometimes it is used in misogynistic ways to track women and society views this act as “necessary.”

    And this technology has nothing to do with sexism, or racism, or any other discriminatory practices. Because the fact is that it doesn’t see the person, but just a pattern of facial features which is painted over our faces by nature. It’s easier to recognize a pattern if it’s simple and not too redundant. The human face is not a simple pattern, which is why people have to be taught to make their appearance more uniform and uncluttered by makeup. Such applications form a huge database of images of human faces that can be used for research and development tasks. One of the main purposes of such databases is to create software and hardware tools for a field called computer vision. This technology is used for analyzing and processing different types of information, including biometric data, images, videos, and texts.

    Ever since the introduction of facial recognition tech, it has rampantly been used for surveillance in all parts of the world. Originally, it was used to identify criminals and terrorists to maintain peace as well as safety for their overall people. But now this technology has turned into an instrument to control women due to their patriarchal society that fears women’s freedom. So the facial recognition technology should enable a biometric single sign-on, eliminating the need to log into multiple applications via social media platforms such as Facebook or Google+. I’ll explain how it can preserve patriarchal norms.

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    A couple of months ago, the Lucknow Police released a plan to utilize cameras integrated with Facial Recognition (FRT) technology that might create warnings on a woman’s face based on “distress” expressions even prior to reporting an event. The truth is however that monitoring maintains current patriarchal standards by placing a woman in “distress,” the helpless dam, and by protecting herself by a figure of masculine authority. The Smart City program, a central government-sponsored scheme, encompasses 100 Indian cities and seeks to leverage technology in order to improve their quality of life. The protection and safety of citizens, especially women, is one of the “key infrastructure elements” of this project.

    The initiative has an average budget of Rs. 48,000 crores over 5 years, i.e. Rs. 100 crore annually. Investment in creating a solid monitoring system is an area where the use of these monies is consistent across cities. They have both contributed to the spending on obtaining technology-based crime-fighting measures such as comprehensive CCTV and FRT. According to last year’s research by the Panoptic tracker, Project maps FRT projects throughout India, there is an acquisition of FRT systems by more than 22 State Police Departments in India. Let us take a closer look at them to understand the causes behind the proliferation of objective and evidence-leading reasoning. The resulting continuous monitoring of women not only infringes on their privacy but continues the current patriarchal limitations, which limit women’s options. Monitoring is a protective policeman who reacts in Echtzeit to any continuous distress filmed by cameras on CCTV.

    This will invariably lead to males or failed technology to decide how a woman should exist in a public area in a nation where only 7,28 percent of the police force is women. Surveillance measures such as facial recognition also would cause these actors to over-intrude women’s privacy and autonomy and would result in a loss of public anonymity. In India, women are culturally monitored constantly in their homes, at their school/hostel sites, and at their jobs. This monitoring is usually intended to ensure that the lady complies with society’s standards. Women are continually advised that they should not dress in a certain way, speak loudly or firmly convey their thoughts. The monitoring of women in public areas is thus merely another step for society to take full control of women’s activities. There has not been a 100% accurate FRT system yet. His usage in police investigations might therefore lead to an arrest by facial acknowledgment of an innocent individual. The FRT’s main threat however rests in its capacity to violate privacy, freedom of speech, expression, and further violation of the human rights of marginalized people through fostering systematic prejudice.

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