Facial recognition technology may be coming to festivals soon, and many people from artists to attendees are afraid of the repercussions.
Live Nation’s investment last year in Blink Identity, a company specializing in facial recognition, has spawned a new campaign in opposition to the use of the tech at festivals and concerts. It was started by digital rights group Fight For The Future, and already has support from artists such as Tom Morello, The Glitch Mob, and more.
At first glance, facial recognition technology can be used for many good and beneficial reasons, ranging from identifying stalkers – as was used at a Taylor Swift concert at the Rose Bowl stadium in Los Angeles last year – to pairing your face with your ticket, reducing the time fans wait in line to get in. On the other side of the same coin, many are warning of the negative effects that the technology could cause such as the result of faulty programming in algorithms that have already been seen with Amazon which recently incorrectly identified one in five lawmakers in California as criminals.
Depending on who is being asked, the other potential benefits/drawbacks to facial recognition being used at events include pointing out illegal immigrants, drug dealers, people with outstanding warrants and the such that may lead to safer concert experiences. Regardless, Live Nation does not want these options at their events and Fight For The Future have spoken out: “Music fans should feel safe and respected at festivals and shows, not subjected to invasive biometric surveillance.”