[AfrICANN-discuss] [OT] Invitation RightsCon-Tunez: Roundtable discussion about biometrics
katitza at eff.org
Thu May 2 21:38:45 UTC 2019
My colleague Jennifer Lynch, EFF Surveillance Litigation Director, is
organizing a strategic roundtable at RightsCon to discuss biometric
surveillance. If you are working on the issue and also going to
RightsCon, would be great if you can join this conversation. If that's
the case, could you please let Jennifer lynch at eff.org knows directly
that you’re interested in participating?
Thanks so much! Looking forward to seeting you at RightsCon!
*Session Title: You're Not Just a Pretty Face: Biometric Surveillance
Has Moved Beyond Face Recognition - How Do We Stop It?*
Session Description: Every day we hear about new developments in face
recognition in China, Israel, the US, and other countries - face
recognition accuracy has improved exponentially; cameras are being
deployed in more and more places; and face recognition is used for more
and more services.
However, by focusing solely on face recognition, activists, NGOs and
lawyers are missing the forest for the trees. Face recognition is now
just one of the many technologies incorporated into vast surveillance
systems and used to track people. Other technologies in these systems -
like object recognition, license plate and text recognition, voice
recognition, and gait recognition - combined with cheap cloud storage
and machine learning are allowing for tracking on a never-before-seen
This session will provide a space to discuss these topics. It will bring
in experts to explain how technologies are working and how they are
being deployed around the world. It will also encourage interactivity by
asking all participants to share stories and contribute ideas for change.
Main Goal of Session: The main goal of this session will be to share
knowledge about the biometric technologies that governments are using or
planning to use to surveil and track their citizens - what are the
capabilities of these surveillance systems; which are the companies
designing the technologies; what activism has worked to limit the reach
of these systems; and how can we strategize and work together to stop them.
Translate to Post-Conference Action: This session will translate to a
post-conference action by building a community of lawyers and activists
who are working together to share knowledge about and fight biometric
surveillance. It may also develop principles for companies that are
working on these technologies.
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