February 7, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:00pm PST
Sacramento, CA

ACLU California Action (not EFF) will host this event. EFF's nash Sheard will be participating.

Artificial Intelligence and Mass Surveillance

Join us for a legislative briefing on artificial intelligence and mass surveillance. As AI sweeps across our world, policymakers need to be able to distinguish fact from fiction, hype from real life harm. California has a key role to play, and our state’s elected leaders must stay ahead of how AI is transforming, and at times, supercharging, surveillance in predictable and unfamiliar ways.


February 7, 2024
11:00 AM PT


State Capital Annex Building
Sacramento, CA



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Event registration required
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From ACLU California Action:

This legislative briefing will give legislators, their staff, and the public tools to analyze and understand how AI systems impact people’s lives, and how they intersect with mass surveillance. Civil rights and AI policy experts will lead the discussion and cover topics including:

  • AI and the state: how government agencies are already using artificial intelligence to track, investigate, and make decisions about the lives of California residents.
  • The role of corporate actors: from the leaders in the field, to the lucrative surveillance industry.
  • The impact on California’s Black and brown communities: the dangers AI poses to communities that are under-resourced and over-policed.
  • How California’s leaders can protect people: highlighting important policy steps that legislators can and must take.

Indeed, AI-fueled surveillance is already encroaching on our private lives. In fact, you may be in an AI-fueled facial recognition database. One such company, Clearview AI, has scraped personal images from the internet to build its mass face surveillance system. We encourage interested attendees to use this form to request the file that Clearview AI maintains about you.

About the Speaker:

As the Managing Director for Advocacy, nash Sheard works to assure the organization's work is impactful, collaborative, and innovative.

Before joining our executive team, nash led EFF's grassroots, student, and community organizing efforts as the Director of EFF's Organizing team. As Organizing Director, nash supported member organizations of the Electronic Frontier Alliance in educating their neighbors on digital-privacy best practices and advocating for privacy and innovation-protecting policy and legislation.

More about ACLU California Action

ACLU California Action is a 501(c)(4) organization jointly formed by the ACLU affiliates in California.

Our mission is to protect civil liberties and civil rights, advance equity, justice, and freedom, and dismantle systems rooted in oppression and discrimination. The organization uses rigorous policy analysis, advocacy, and strategic communications to achieve policy change on a statewide level. We advance this work through collaboration with organizations that have members directly impacted by policy decisions in Sacramento. Beyond legislation, ACLU California Action aims to build enhanced political power and influence for the ACLU and our collective movements statewide.

This event is organized not by EFF, but by ACLU California Action.