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A screenshot of what the Who’s Who Live service will look like. Sky says this feature is a first for a royal wedding. David Gibbs, the company’s director of digital news, said in a press statement: “This new functionality allows Royal Wedding viewers greater insight into one of the biggest live events of the year, wherever they are. We’re excited by the software’s potential and ability to give audiences new ways of consuming content.” The Hollywood Reporter suggests such functionality could soon show up in other broadcasts, like identifying celebrities on the red carpet at the Oscars, for example. But while this feature will be useful, it raises questions about how and when it is appropriate to apply facial recognition to public broadcasts. There are also issues of data privacy. Did Sky News get permission from everyone attending the wedding to identify them in this way, for example, and where did they get the training data to teach their algorithms? We’ve reached out to the company with these questions and will update this story if we hear more. Arguably, for celebrities and minor royals, being recognized in public is part of the job.
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