February 13, 2024 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm PST
Austin, TX

EFF-Austin, a local organization in the Electronic Frontier Alliance, (not EFF) will host this event:

Facial Recognition and the Erosion of the Rule of Law in “Moscow Smart City”

From the Organizers:

In this talk, Ms. Semivolos will analyze the administrative and legal techniques which the Russian government has utilized to commence the adaptation of facial recognition and the construction of Moscow smart city, while also targeting the erosion of the rule of law and that of civil society. On one hand, administrative and scientific accounts of Moscow smart city are vehemently positive. Some experts posit that smart city’s construction, and the growing presence of informational technologies in citizens’ lives will lead to a higher degree of democratization. However, what is also taking place is the emergence of more sophisticated means to surveil. I will explore the subtle and important processes that energize the advent of Moscow the smart city: the administrative and legal agendas leading the adaptation of facial recognition technologies, and how the latter affect the life of Russian civil society and its basic engine, the rule of law.

Our speaker this month is Antonina Semivolos. Ms. Semivolos worked as a Trusts & Estates Paralegal in a boutique New York city law firm, and as an Electronic Discovery Paralegal for a large international law firm before attending Maurer School of Law. She later completed a dual degree in law and in Russian/post-Soviet studies at Robert F. Byrnes Russian & East European Institute (8/2014), and an MA in Telecommunications at the Media School (12/2022), Indiana University Bloomington. Her professional focus is interrelation between personal data collection lawmaking and facial recognition technologies adaptation in Russia and the US.
Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive and will later be archived at https://www.youtube.com/user/effaustin. Questions for the speaker from virtual attendees may be submitted via the Youtube livestream chat, our Twitter account, @EFFaustin, or our Mastodon account, @effaustin.


Tuesday, February 13, 2024
7 pm – 9 pm CT


Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street Suite 150 · Austin, TX
Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

This event is organized not by EFF, but by  EFF-Austin, 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.