Keep Dystopian Facial Recognition Technology Out of Schools

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Target: Katherine Craven, Chair of Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Goal: Ban the use of dystopian facial recognition technology in Massachusetts schools.

Facial recognition companies are trying to push their controversial surveillance services into schools. The Massachusetts ACLU, along with the state’s two largest teachers’ unions, have voiced concerns about dystopian facial recognition software that targets the nation’s most vulnerable population — children. Sign the petition to add your voice to their fight.

One of the companies attempting to sell their services to schools is Clearview AI, who has already caused international controversy by scraping millions of photos from social media accounts and selling them to law enforcement.

Facial recognition technology has been shown to disproportionately misidentify people of color, and has frequently proven to be vulnerable to abuse. Many of the services being marketed to schools are not even fully tested. Children have the right to learn and play in a safe environment without fear of surveillance, discrimination, or breaches of privacy. Sign below to demand that the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education ban the use of facial recognition technology in its schools.


Dear Ms. Craven,

Facial recognition technology is unnecessary, invasive, and discriminatory. Studies have proven that these technologies are frequently ineffective in identifying children and people of color. At best, facial recognition data invades students’ privacy, undermines trust within the school community, and serves as an inadequate and expensive substitute for addressing real issues within the school system.

Schools should foster honesty, trust, and communication among their students and staff, and this cannot be accomplished through surveillance and nonconsensual data gathering. The school board should be putting its efforts towards addressing the causes of misbehavior rather than using excessive monitoring to coerce students into obeying. I urge you to ban the use of all facial recognition technology in Massachusetts schools.


[Your Name Here]

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