From the Editor

Officials in the Chinese city of Suzhou had to apologize after releasing ‘shaming’ pictures of people walking the street in their pyjamas, along with their names and ID cards.

The World Today
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Alan Philps

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

Officials in the Chinese city of Suzhou had to apologize after releasing ‘shaming’ pictures of people walking the street in their pyjamas, along with their names and ID cards. The idea was to stop ‘uncivilized behaviour’, but it came as a harsh reminder of how quickly facial recognition technology is moving.

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