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.


Gerhard Hammerschmid is Professor of Public and Financial Management and Director of the Centre for Digital Governance at the Hertie School. His research focuses on public management reform, comparative public administration, public sector performance management and personnel management. Hammerschmid also serves as academic head at the Institut für den öffentlichen Sektor e.V. and is coordinator and partner of various EU-funded research projects (COCOPS, LIPSE, EUPACK, TROPICO) on public management reform.

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