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Researchers, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and privacy professionals will take part in the upcoming workshop, "Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology" to be held December 8, 2011 at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Ave. N.W. in Washington, D.C.

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will focus on commercial applications of facial detection and recognition technologies, exploring an array of current uses of this technology, possible future uses and benefits, and potential privacy and security concerns.
A webcast of the proceedings will be available here. Any updates to the agenda, included below, can be found at

Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology
December 8, 2011
8:30 am Registration  
9:30 am Welcome & Introductory Remarks: Chairman Jon Leibowitz
10:00 am Panel 1 - Facial Detection & Recognition Technology: How Does It Work?
  Moderator: Edward W. Felten, Chief Technologist, FTC
  Panelists: Ralph Gross, Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University
    Dr. P. Jonathon Phillips, Electronic Engineer, NIST
10:30 am Break  
10:45 am Panel 2 - Facial Detection: Uses and Ramifications
  Moderators: Mark Eichorn, Assistant Director,
Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
    Manas Mohapatra, Attorney,
Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
  Panelists: Fred Carter, Senior Policy & Technology Advisor,
Information and Privacy Commissioner's Office, Ontario, Canada
    Andrew Cummins, Chief Strategy Officer, SceneTap
    Harley Geiger, Policy Counsel, Center for Democracy and Technology
    Beth Givens, Director, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
    Jai Haissman, Founder & CEO, Affective Interfaces
    Brian Huseman, Senior Policy Counsel, Intel Corporation
12:00 pm Lunch  
1:15 pm Remarks: Commissioner Julie Brill
1:30 pm Panel 3 - Facial Recognition: What's Possible Now and What Does the Future Hold?
  Moderators: Amanda Koulousias, Attorneys,
Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
    Jessica Lyon, Attorneys,
Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
  Panelists: Alessandro Acquisti, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
    Chris Conley, Technology & Civil Liberties Fellow, ACLU of Northern California
    Gil Hirsch, Co-founder and CEO,
    Benjamin Petrosky, Product Counsel, Google Inc.


2:45 pm Break  
3:00 pm Panel 4 - Facial Detection & Recognition: Exploring the Policy Implications
  Moderators: Maneesha Mithal, Associate Director,
Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
    Laureen Kapin, Counsel for International Consumer Protection
Office of International Affairs, FTC
  Panelists: Joseph J. Atick, Ph.D., Vice Chairman, International Biometrics & Identification Association
    Daniel Caron, Legal Counsel, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
    Pam Dixon, Executive Director, World Privacy Forum
    Erin Egan, Senior Privacy Advisor & Director, Privacy, Facebook
    John Verdi, Senior Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center
    Dr. Simon Rice, Principal Policy Adviser (Technology), Information Commissioner's Office, United Kingdom
    Daniel J. Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
4:30 pm Closing
Jessica Rich, Deputy Director,
Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC

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