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Facial Recognition: Top Influencers and Institutes

by | Mar 5, 2020 | Influencer Lists,

In 1966, MIT professor Marvin Minsky hired his undergraduate student Gerald Sussman for a simple summer job. To link a camera to a computer and make it say what it saw.

More than 50 years later that problem still hasn’t been solved, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been advances, and now Facial Recognition’s time has finally come. With more than $3 Billion on the table already, and another four expected by 2024, it’s not hard to see why competition is fierce. However, it seems that the market itself is even fiercer.

From unlocking your phone and helping the blind, to new payment methods and diagnosing diseases; whether you’re trying to stop crime or find a lost dog, the new wave of facial recognition technology is becoming indispensable. But while it’s clear that facial recognition is here to stay, the story at the coalface of implementing this technology is very different. Brands are coming face-to-face with issue’s around how it’s used and how it’s going to be regulated.

So below, we bring you the following lists, with some faces you will recognize, and some you wont.

  • Top 100 – Facial Recognition – Ethics, Rights and Laws: Influencers
  • Top 30  – Facial Recognition – Ethics, Rights and Laws: Institutes
  • Top 50  – Facial Recognition – Policy Makers: Influencers
  • Top 15  – Facial Recognition – Policy Makers: Institutes

Mapping the Community

Addressing the vast array of ethical and policy issues associated with the technology is not something that is going to happen overnight. So, we put on a brave face and went through 3 million tweets and 1 million twitter accounts looking at posts from 1st Feb 2019 to 31st January 2020 to help those facing into the winds of the issues. Below is a network map showing the online conversation around Facial Recognition, made using the Onalytica platform.

Top Influencers and Institutes

We looked at all the individuals and institutes engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top influential experts discussing Facial Recognition. Below we have a list of the top 10 ethics and policy influencers, and the top 5 ethics and policy institutes discussing Facial Recognition online. If you’d like to see the whole list, be sure to download the full report by filling the form in below.

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Ethics Influencers

Rank Twitter Handle Name Role Influencer Score
1 @hare_brain Stephanie Hare Researcher 100
2 @onekade Kade Crockford Senior Management 94.23
3 @jovialjoy Joy Buolamwini Entrepreneur 89.58
4 @katecrawford Kate Crawford Entrepreneur 89.05
5 @Matt_Cagle Matt Cagle Legal Professional 88.49
6 @AnnCavoukian Ann Cavoukian Senior Management 85.12
7 @evan_greer Evan Greer Senior Management 65.29
8 @alvarombedoya Alvaro Bedoya Legal Professional 58.03
9 @mer__edith Meredith Whittaker Researcher 54.35
10 @lizjosullivan Liz O’Sullivan Entrepreneur 43.85

Ethics Institutes

Rank Twitter Handle Name Influencer Score
1 @ACLU ACLU 100
2 @fightfortheftr Fight for the Future 88.8
3 @AdaLovelaceInst Ada Lovelace Institute 82.54
4 @BigBrotherWatch Big Brother Watch 78.03
5 @EFF EFF 76.2

Policy Influencers

Rank Twitter Handle Name Role Influencer Score
1 @F_Kaltheuner Frederike Kaltheuner Tech Professional 100
2 @jevanhutson Jevan Hutson Legal Professional 81.92
3 @PeteFussey Prof Pete Fussey Educational Professional 60.9
4 @surcamcom Tony Porter Government Professional 59.46
5 @Reema__Patel Reema Patel Senior Management 42.51
6 @Miles_Brundage Miles Brundage Researcher 37.16
7 @BeterOpDeFiets Christian D’Cunha Government Professional 36.93
8 @AlexCEngler Alex Engler Educational Professional 31.83
9 @vavacolor Valentine Goddard Legal Professional 31.14
10 @babgi Gilles Babinet C-Suite 24.9

Policy Institutes

Rank Twitter Handle Name Influencer Score
1 @GeorgetownCPT Georgetown Privacy 100
2 @AINowInstitute AI Now Institute 98.14
3 @BrookingsGov Brookings Governance 56.74
4 @doteveryone Doteveryone 48.6
5 @RunnymedeTrust Runnymede Trust 43.9


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Disclaimer: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking correlates to a strong indication of influence. The individuals listed here are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion around the above key topics. Onalytica’s PageRank based methodology is used to extract influential experts on a particular topic and takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives – this allows us to identify Topical Authority (reference) – our priority influence metric. We analyzed topical authority via their social engagement on Twitter and how much influential experts were referenced in association with Facial Recognition on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Forums, Blogs, News and Tumblr content. These calculations also take into account a user’s resonance (topical engagement) relevance (number of posts on topic, and % relevance – the proportion of their social content on the topic) and reach (number of followers). If you want to learn more, please read our article that outlines How to identify your target influencers.

At Onalytica we love building these lists and want to give back to our loyal readers as much as we can. If you’re interested in other topics (such as Virtual RealityDigital HealthDigital Marketing) be sure to have a look on our blog or why not propose some topics to us on Twitter? Effective influencer marketing starts with identifying relevant influential experts for your brand. Onalytica’s Discovery platform mines over 200 billion posts a year into a curated database of over 700K global social media influencers, including data from Twitter, Blogs, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn Profile Links + Demographic Data. Our software enables you to identify influencers by topic, demographic or content and includes real-time tracking and measurement reporting to scale your influencer relations.




Facial Recognition

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