Facing the public: Analysis of citizen attitudes about facial recognition technologies in China, Germany, UK and US

How do citizens perceive facial recognition technology across the globe?

Applications of facial recognition technology run by governments and commercial entities increasingly impact public and private life. Yet, little is known about how citizens perceive these technologies. Join us as we present and discuss results from a new cross-national survey on the social acceptance of facial recognition technology in four different countries: China, Germany, the UK, and the US.

Panel discussion

Léa Steinacker is the Chief Strategy Officer and a founding member of ada, curated by  Handelsblatt Media Group. She is in charge of developing strategies, experimental formats, live experiences and assessing emerging technologies. In her previous role, she acted as the Chief Innovation Officer of WirtschaftsWoche. Prior to joining Handelsblatt Media Group, she worked in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Holding a BA from Princeton University, and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, she is currently a PhD candidate at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Genia Kostka is Professor of Chinese Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research centers on China’s digital transformation, environmental politics and political economy. Her most recent research project explores how digital technologies are integrated into local decision-making and governance structures in China (ERC Starting Grant 2020-2025). Previously, she was Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure at the Hertie School, Assistant Professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and strategic management consultant for McKinsey & Company.


Daniela Stockmann is Professor of Digital Governance at the Hertie School. Her current research focuses on the impact of digitalisation and its challenges for policymakers and citizens. Her most recent research project, funded by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council, explores the impact of the technological design of social media platforms on user behaviour regarding politics.

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