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S.T.O.P. x RadTech with Amnesty International: Facial Recognition in the Five Boroughs
In this session, S.T.O.P. and Amnesty International will discuss New York City’s sprawling network of surveillance cameras with facial recognition technology. Using publicly available data from Amnesty’s Decode NYC Surveillance initiative and S.T.O.P.’s 2021 Surveillance Census, the interactive panel will feature demonstrations of both organizations’ public and private surveillance camera mapping projects.

Panelists will share their methodologies and data findings, revealing how the map of NYC surveillance cameras strikingly reflects structural racism, segregation, and the oversurveillance and discriminatory policing of BIPOC communities. S.T.O.P. and Amnesty will also discuss the racial biases and inaccuracy of facial recognition software and the growing national movement against its use.

Moderated by S.T.O.P.'s Albert Fox Cahn.


Sophie Dyer is a Tactical Research Adviser at Amnesty International's Crisis Evidence Lab. Beyond Amnesty, Sophie is a founding organiser of the Feminist Open Source Investigations Group and one-half of the citizen science project, open-weather. Sophie sits on the Journal of Digital War editorial board and is an external examiner for the Non Linear Narrative Masters at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague.

Matt Mahmoudi is a Researcher and Adviser at Amnesty International on artificial intelligence and human rights, and Jo Cox PhD graduate from the University of Cambridge specializing in tech and migration. He organizes with student-led group, No Tech For Tyrants, and co-founded Declarations, the human rights podcast.

Apr 19, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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