From the Organizers:
In this session, we’ll examine the rapidly expanding mental health monitoring tech industry. Due to social distancing and the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans have turned to "Emotion AI" wellness apps that track our movements, facial expressions, speech, and eye blinks to diagnose our emotional wellbeing. While these apps may help in day-to-day management of symptoms, they also raise concerns surrounding surveillance and bias.
Joined by privacy and mental health advocates Amelia Vance (Future of Privacy Forum) and Hannah Zeavin (UC Berkeley), we'll discuss the lack of government oversight of these technologies, their connection to other surveillance tech like facial recognition, and the racist, ableist biases often informing digital emotional and behavioral assessments.
Thursday, December 8
3 pm PT / 6 pm ET
Online (via Zoom)
This event is organized not by EFF, but by S.T.O.P., a grassroots group participating in the Electronic Frontier Alliance. The EFA is a network of grassroots organizations across the country committed to promoting digital rights. Together, we're building a movement to promote freedom of expression, privacy, security, creativity, and access to knowledge.