Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 23rd April 2018 351

On The Face Of It New Technology Has Some Appeal 

The arrest if a wanted man in China last week raised eyebrows in a number of quarters and triggered some fresh debates about the limits to privacy and to freedom.

The man in question came out of hiding to attend a pop concert, thinking that, miles from home, he would be safely lost mingling in a crowd of about 60,000.

Instead of that, he felt the arm of the law on his shoulder when facial recognition software built into surveillance cameras flagged him up for immediate arrest.

This came a matter of weeks after the revelation that Chinese police at the railway station in Zhengzhou are trialling ‘facial recognition sunglasses’ linked to a database of suspects as they monitor passengers passing through.

Late last year, Gan Liping, a young Chinese woman in Shenzhen, hit international headlines when she raced to cross a road, setting out just after the lights changed.

She looked up to see her face displayed on a large screen with the words ‘Jaywalkers will be captured using facial recognition technology,’ an early victim of another trial.

China is embracing video surveillance if its people at a rapid rate.

Is this a steady and beneficial rise towards a utopia in which crime is deterred and public safety ensured? Or is it a slow slide towards a tormenting dystopia with a totalitarian regime monitoring and controlling its citizens?

In era of mass casualties from acts of terrorism and barbarism and of crime spiralling beyond the grasp of law enforcement resources, technology like this has an appeal.

If we embrace it on our own shores, though, it would surely need introducing with great care.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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