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D-ID honored for its facial recognition-blocking technology


Tel Aviv-based startup D-ID is a 2019 Netexplo award winner for its artificial intelligence technology that protects facial images from being automatically detected by facial recognition algorithms. Netexplo is an exclusive global network of 19 leading universities, facilitated in partnership with UNESCO, that spots more than 2,000 innovations per year and continuously tracks the hottest topics in tech.

“Every year Netexplo awards 10 of the most promising digital initiatives globally, selected for their innovative use of technology and potential social impact,” explains Marcus Goddard, vp intelligence at Netexplo. “D-ID is an innovation that deserves to be showcased – providing ground-breaking technology, D-ID pioneers the use of AI in a way that is likely to create far-reaching impact on privacy protection.”

“We have developed an AI technology that make images unrecognizable to face recognition algorithms – while keeping them similar to the human eye,” added Gil Perry, co-founder and CEO of D-ID. “This allows people to store, share and utilize images and videos without having to worry about their faces being picked up, identified and misused by automated face recognition tools.”

D-ID was founded in 2016 by veterans of the Israel Defense Forces Intelligence Corps. Last year the company raised $4 million in a funding round led by Pitango Venture Capital, and participants include Foundation Capital, Fenox Venture Capital, Maverick Ventures, a pair of angel investors, and Y Combinator. D-ID announced its initial product launch at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco last September.

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