On 3rd of June 2022, DSCI in collaboration with Ashoka University, conducted a seminar on ‘Constitutional Right and Facial Recognition Technology’ as part of the CIPHER Seminar Series.
CIPHER Seminar Series is a quarterly dialogue amongst industry professionals on contemporary issues that arise on account of emerging technology and tech policies.
The panelists for the seminar included:
Dr. Siddhartha Chaudhuri, Senior Research Scientist, Adobe Research and Ms. Anushka Jain, Associate Policy Counsel, Surveillance and Transparency, Internet Freedom Foundation.
The session was moderated by Ms. Anisha Koshy, Associate- Policy, DSCI.
As part of the dialogue, the speakers explored the use of FRT in public spaces with particular emphasis to India. The format of the event allowed speakers to present their ideas in the initial leg of the seminar followed by a general Q&A session where questions from the audience were entertained.
Ms. Anushka Jain elaborated on the recent deployments of FRT in public spaces and its risk to privacy.
Dr. Siddhartha Chaudhuri explained the underlying technology behind FRTs and pointed out the shortcomings of the FRTs when deployed in real-life instances.
The event was attended by participants from diverse backgrounds.
The next CIPHER Seminar is proposed to be held around September 2022.