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Privacy and Surveillance and Individual Security [clear filter]
Wednesday, June 12
 

3:45pm

Getting a Handle on Facial Recognition Tech
Facial recognition technology has become one of the most visible and pervasive technologies, increasingly used by private companies and governments alike. With each headline, awareness of the risks linked to its usage is rising, and increasingly more stakeholders are calling for regulation or the development of principles to guide the development and deployment of facial recognition technology in public spaces. 

Attention has been further driven to this issue when San Francisco banned the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies, shortly after followed by Amazon shareholders who proposed to ban sales of facial recognition technology (Rekognition) to governments. The latter vote failed, but the numbers of those who supported the ban were significant.

Speakers
avatar for Leandro Ucciferri

Leandro Ucciferri

Policy Analyst, Asociación por los Derechos Civiles
I'm a lawyer, policy analyst and researcher working at the Association for Civil Rights (ADC in Spanish), a not-for-profit, independent, NGO founded in 1995, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My work focuses mostly on privacy issues. https://leandro.im
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Tim Engelhardt

OHCHR (UN Human Rights)
avatar for Verónica Arroyo

Verónica Arroyo

Latin America Policy Associate, Access Now
@veroluiza My work is focuses on data protection, privacy, surveillance and digital security in Latin America.I am also Vice Chair of the Youth Observatory (ISOC Youth SIG)


Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Elyssa (Laico)
 
Thursday, June 13
 

12:00pm

Digital Identity for Refugees: Special considerations for protection and privacy
Moderators
avatar for Aiden Slavin

Aiden Slavin

Chief of Stuff, ID2020
At ID2020, Aiden works on technology policy, strategy, and operations. Prior to joining ID2020, Aiden conducted M&E for IFRC, worked as a journalist for CNN and CNN Arabic, and served as a Technical Consultant for KRCS, the Sovrin Foundation, and the PeaceTech Lab at the US Institute... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dragana Kaurin

Dragana Kaurin

Founder & Director, Localization Lab
Dragana Kaurin is a human rights researcher and ethnographer working at the intersection of technology, human rights and migration. She is the founder and executive director of Localization Lab, a non-profit organization that works on technology adoption with local communities, research... Read More →
avatar for Rob Baker

Rob Baker

Director, Signal Program, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
My professional focus in effective innovation campaigns within larger institutions and the role of emerging technologies for humanitarian response and international development. Particular focuses are on components of AI (i.e., deep learning, machine learning, predictive modeling... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Graf Narbel

Vincent Graf Narbel

Strategic Technology Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross


Thursday June 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Adean (Palais)
 
Friday, June 14
 

9:00am

You're Not Just a Pretty Face: Biometric surveillance has moved beyond face recognition - how do we stop it?
Every day we hear about new developments in face recognition in China, 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 scale. 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.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Lynch

Jennifer Lynch

Surveillance Litigation Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Jennifer Lynch is a senior lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and works on privacy and civil liberties issues. She challenges government surveillance technologies like location tracking, face recognition, and DNA collection through the courts and works to promote privacy-protective... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leandro Ucciferri

Leandro Ucciferri

Policy Analyst, Asociación por los Derechos Civiles
I'm a lawyer, policy analyst and researcher working at the Association for Civil Rights (ADC in Spanish), a not-for-profit, independent, NGO founded in 1995, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My work focuses mostly on privacy issues. https://leandro.im


Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Hannibal (Laico)