A lot of our lives occurs on-line.
When the worldwide pandemic was declared, for many people, the shift from in-person life to digital life was virtually complete. We attended courses on-line, went on digital dates, had Zoom events with our mates and video consultations with our medical doctors.
Social media took on an outsized position in how we stored in contact with family members and shared our reactions to the information. For many people, our digital footprint has exploded in dimension — there may be extra data than ever about our well being, what we expect, the place we stay, how we glance and who we love out there on-line.
One may argue that synthetic intelligence know-how has an upside, like when it tracks and predicts local weather change. However there are additionally quite a lot of downsides. And even the potential advantages can have unfavourable implications.
Though we typically choose in to share private data in trade for the comfort of apps and companies, there are different instances when our data is shared — and used — with out our permission, and sometimes with out our data. For instance, in 2020, Clearview AI was primarily kicked out of Canada for accumulating a database of billions of Canadian faces they offered to police departments and personal corporations.
As soon as analysts achieve entry to our personal information, they will use that data to affect and alter our behaviour and selections. And for those who’re marginalized indirectly, the implications are worse.
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Specialists have been warning in regards to the risks of knowledge assortment for some time now, particularly for Black, Indigenous and racialized individuals. This 12 months, Amnesty Worldwide known as for the banning of facial recognition know-how, calling it a type of mass surveillance that amplifies racist policing and threatens the correct to protest.
What can we do to withstand this creeping tradition of surveillance?
Our visitors right now on this episode of Don’t Name Me Resilient have some concepts. They’re consultants in discrimination and know-how. Yuan Stevens is the coverage lead on know-how, cybersecurity and democracy on the Ryerson Management Lab and a analysis fellow on the Centre for Media, Expertise and Democracy at McGill College of Public Coverage. Her work appears at know-how’s impression on susceptible populations. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is the Canada 150 Analysis Chair in New Media at Simon Fraser College the place she additionally heads up the Digital Democracies Institute. She’s the creator of a number of books — her most up-to-date is Discriminating Knowledge.
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For a full transcript of this episode of Don’t Name Me Resilient, go right here.
Every week, we spotlight articles or books that drill down into the subjects we talk about within the episode. This week:
Intense police surveillance for Indigenous land defenders contrasts with a laissez-faire stance for anti-vax protesters
How police surveillance applied sciences act as instruments of white supremacy
To guard our privateness and free speech, Canada must overhaul its method to regulating on-line harms
Inside new refugee camp like a ‘jail’: Greece and different nations prioritize surveillance over human rights
AI applied sciences — like police facial recognition — discriminate in opposition to individuals of color
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Police and governments could more and more undertake surveillance applied sciences in response to coronavirus fears
Amassing race-based information throughout coronavirus pandemic could gas harmful prejudices
Darkish Issues: On the Surveillance of Blackness
The brand new surveillance state
Algorithmic Policing in Canada Defined
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