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Tech Sector Must Own Up Responsibility: Microsoft President

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San Francisco: The tech industry needs to step up and do more to address challenges related to regulation, Microsoft President Brad Smith has said. In an interview with Geek Wire, Smith said the time has come for the tech giants to own up responsibility for its actions. “The tech sector needs to step up and do more to address the challenges that technology is creating. As it does that, it needs to recognize that in part, it requires companies working more closely with governments. “It even requires embracing to a degree what I would call a smart approach to regulation so that technology is, among other things, governed by law,” Smith was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Given the potential for abuse of the fast advancing facial recognition technology, governments across the world need to start adopting laws to regulate this technology in 2019, Microsoft President Brad Smith had said recently. “Unless we act, we risk waking up five years from now to find that facial recognition services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues,” warned Smith in a blog post. “The time for action has arrived,” he said, adding that the industry must also exercise restraint while using this technology.

In his new book titled “Tools & Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age” the Microsoft executive and co-author, Carol Ann Browne tells the inside story of some of the biggest developments in tech and the world over the past decade. “Often in the world of software, people focus not on building the most complete complex but a minimum viable product first. They get feedback, and then they use that feedback to make the product better. We actually believe that has something to offer for the world of technology regulation,” Smith told Geek Wire. The potential for abuse of the face recognition technology is huge and the widespread use of this technology can lead to new intrusions into people’s privacy. (IANS)

 

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