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Digital Policing: A Workshop on Facial Recognition Software and Community Resistance
We would like to invite you to take part in a Workshop, “Digital Policing,” with three internationally recognized scholars on the topic of facial recognition software and community struggle in the era of big data.

Spaces are limited: we have **20** spots available.

Featuring: Tawana Petty, Deborah Raji, and Ann Cavoukian.
Our host for the workshop will be Luke Stark (Western).
Time: Friday, February 26th, 11AM

Those attending the Workshop should make the commitment to see the panel discussion the night before.

The workshop will revolve around the following question: How can we come together to push back on the deployment of facial recognition technologies by police forces, schools, and other civic institutions? What are the best strategies for the successful abolition of these and other carceral technologies?

Event Description: The second in our Big Data at the Margins series examines how the digitization and datafication of the criminal Justice system has intersected with the development and deployment of AI-driven technologies like facial recognition and predictive policing. Police forces in Canada have been eager to use facial recognition to identify and arrest, raising major concerns surrounding data privacy and the civil rights of the accused. Civil society activists ranging from the Water Protectors of Standing Rock to the Black Lives Matter activists of this past summer's uprisings against policy brutality and the carceral have been similarly targeted for FRT surveillance by law enforcement authorities. And algorithms used in the US criminal justice system to predict recidivism have drawn international condemnation for their potential for bias against Black defendants. This intensification of policing via digital tools has been met by stiff resistance by communities across North America, calling not only for many of these technologies to be banned, but also for the broader dismantling of the irredeemably racist elements of the carceral state.

Feb 26, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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