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International Conference on Facial Recognition in the Modern State

15 September 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 16 September 2022 @ 1:30 am AEST

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This virtual conference will hold 24 international speakers from various regions around the world, including six panels and three acclaimed keynote speakers. The webinar will provide a platform for socio-legal academic discussion around government use of FRT in Europe, US, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa.

From border control to policing and welfare, governments are using automated facial recognition technology (FRT) to collect taxes, prevent crime, police cities, and control immigration. However, many questions remain unanswered. Is FRT a legitimate tool to ensure public safety and security? Or is it a surveillance infrastructure, undermining fundamental rights and the rule of law? The conference and (later) Cambridge Handbook, written by the speakers of the conference, will explore whether and how the answers to these questions differ among liberal democracies, and how democracies compare to authoritarian regimes on six different continents. Building on cultural and legal differences and common trends, the presenters will discuss possible future directions in regulating governments’ use of FRT at national, regional, and international levels.

Conference takes place from 9:00am – 5:30pm UTC+2 /CEST

Keynote Speakers

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Associate Professor Orla Lynskey
London School of Economics, UK

Orla Lynskey is an Associate Professor, having joined the LSE Law School in 2012 and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of data protection, technology regulation, digital rights and EU law. She holds an LLB (Law and French) from Trinity College Dublin, an LLM in EU Law from the College of Europe (Bruges) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

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Professor Milton L Mueller
Georgia Tech, USA

Milton Mueller is an internationally prominent scholar specializing in the political economy of information and communication. The author of seven books and scores of journal articles, his work informs not only public policy but also science and technology studies, law, economics, communications, and international studies. His books Will the Internet Fragment? (Polity, 2017), Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press, 2010) and Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002) are acclaimed scholarly accounts of the global governance regime emerging around the Internet.

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Professor Mark Andrejevic
Monash University, Australia

Mark Andrejevic is Professor of Media Studies in the School of Media, Film, and Journalism at Monash University (Monash) and Chief Investigator at the ADM+S Centre’s Monash Node. His research covers the social, political, and cultural impact of digital media, with a focus on surveillance and popular culture.

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Conference Hosts

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Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Lithuania (main host)

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Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, UNSW Sydney, Australia

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society

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Centre for Law in the Digital Transformation at the University of Hamburg, Germany

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Georgia Tech, USA

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London School of Economics, UK

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Macquarie University, Australia

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15 September 2022 @ 5:00 pm AEST
16 September 2022 @ 1:30 am AEST