Incident 158: Facial Recognition in Remote Learning Software Reportedly Failed to Recognize a Black Student’s Face

Description: A Black student's face was not recognized by the remote-proctoring software during check-in of a lab quiz, causing her to excessively change her environments for it to work as intended.


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Alleged: unknown developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Amaya Ross , Black students and Black test-takers.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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Incident OccurrenceAmaya's Flashlight
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Amaya's Flashlight

Amaya's Flashlight · 2022

We believe in people and causes that make our world better. Students of colour are getting flagged to their teachers because testing software can’t see them. Mozilla approached us to help tell Amaya’s story of encountering software that fai…


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