With the veil of ignorance social standing would be ignored to ensure fairness

With the veil of ignorance social standing would be

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ignorance is applied. With the veil of ignorance, social standing would be ignored to ensure fairness through impartiality. Under Rawls’s theory, China’s social credit system is unjust, as unfairness is created when citizens are treated accordingly to their social score. 4.4.3 Deontological Analysis in Summary In summary of both deontological branches, governments will be more inclined to use new technologies, like facial recognition, as these technologies become commonplace and improve the efficiency of a government. Considering China’s massive population, it is clear why the Chinese government is willing to use facial recognition to monitor and keep tabs on its citizens. Coupled along with China’s social credit system, enforcing laws and praising good behavior become a much simpler task. Arguably, the social credit system would not work as well or efficiently without FRT. Despite the promise of a more just society, it is evident that facial recognition and the social credit system could lead to an unfair society based on social class/status. Under the framework of deontology and its various theories, the misuse of facial recognition is clear in China’s social credit system. Using Rawls’s veil of ignorance and Rousseau’s idea of a social contract, a just government would not treat citizens differently based on their social standing. The social credit system does not comply with the veil of ignorance as such. Facial recognition only serves to make the social credit system more accurate and widespread, worsening the possible unfair treatment of people. Consequently, the contractarian deontological criterias of moral use of a technology are not met. Moreover, the social credit system does not allow for agency. Opportunities ranging from academic to personal can be lost due to a low social credit score and/or low social credit sco res from peers, disabling a citizen’s agency (Karsten, 2018). The social credit system steers the right to be one’s own agent to the government’s right to be its citizens’ agent. In other words, an individual’s agency is discredited due to the government’s increasing interest to control and monitor its citizens. It is important to note that facial recognition can be used to increase security in a
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48 nation, but the technology can be easily mismanaged. Moving forward, facial recognition should be met with more ethical practices that can be universally agreed upon as moral use of a technology. 5. Recommended Solutions 5.1 Technological Solutions 5.1.1 Diversifying the Reference Database With the current limitations facial recognition holds due to inherent racial bias and error in its functionality, the government should step in and begin regulation of the development and implementation of the technology in society. While there is a lot of potential for facial recognition to be used for security and consumer convenience, there needs to be a standard for how all programs are to be trained. If standard learning datasets were redeveloped to contain more diversity in skin complexion
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