The objective of this event is to gain a holistic understanding of the ethical and human rights implications of the algorithmic, biometric and smart city technologies that have been quietly invading our streets.
Smart city policies have aimed to make urban spaces safer, more sustainable and innovative by means of big data, biometric technologies and, more recently, artificial intelligence (AI), but these technologies create risks for human and fundamental rights. Scholars have identified certain smart city projects as advancing gender discrimination, facilitate surveillance creep and risk chilling effects on freedoms of movement, association and thought. Implementation of emotion recognition technology in the streets further undermines our rights to human dignity and autonomy. In the worst case scenario, they may enable digital repression.
Our workshop bring together academics from interdisciplinary academic communities to discuss ways to identify and govern these human rights risks - future-proofing the smart city.
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