July 30, 2020 - 9:00am PDT

Join, nash, EFF Associate Director of Community Organizing, alongside Dorothy Mukasa, Fanny Hidvegi, Ruslan Dairbekov and Sarkis Darbinyan for this roundtable strategy session on responding to abusive facial recognition systems; hosted by The Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

From the Organizers:

Facial recognition systems are one of the greatest emergent human rights threats in the world. As an increasing number of governments wake up to the possibilities that facial recognition offers, in terms of empowering population control and authoritarian surveillance, civil society activists face common challenges in developing their response. Although contexts in the rollout of facial recognition differ, there are also similarities between the challenges faced by disparate advocacy communities, and opportunities for sharing lessons learned and best practices in terms of how to push back effectively against facial recognition. There are also potential opportunities flowing from networking different campaigns together, in terms of providing mutual support and fueling a global narrative on the risks of facial recognition.

This session offers an opportunity for advocates who are combatting the expansion of facial recognition in their jurisdiction to connect and share information about the challenges they face, their national advocacy experiences, and what has worked and what roadblocks they face in trying to make the case, to the public and to governments, about the dangers of facial recognition technologies. The purpose of this session is to facilitate discussion among global human rights organizations and activists who are facing increasing government use of facial recognition technologies, in order to share experiences on which arguments or strategies have been successful in different contexts, as well as potentially to network together these diverse campaigns to provide mutual support.

Beyond merely sharing and comparing experiences, a key goal will be to brainstorm common global strategies, such as targeting central pressure points like development agencies, tech companies and their employees, or other international actors who support or facilitate the expansion of facial recognition and who may be susceptible to coordinated global pressure.

Host: Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information (WIII)


Thursday, July 30
12 pm EDT