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Facial recognition systems in schools: Bold innovation or 'security theater'?

On Board Online • July 23, 2018

By Alan Wechsler
Special Correspondent

This summer, an artificial intelligence system is being installed in 10 buildings in the Lockport City School District. The 300-camera system will immediately recognize someone carrying a gun and alert authorities. It will also scan for students who were suspended, sex offenders, or anyone else who shouldn't be on school property.

The $3.3 million project has put the 4,600-student district in the middle of a national debate on the use of technology by government to monitor public spaces.

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