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Matrix on Point: Surveillance and Privacy in a Biometric World

February 15, 2024 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Social Science Matrix, Berkeley, CA, 94501

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As governments and businesses begin to use more forms of biometric identification – including fingerprints, facial recognition, and voice recognition, among others – it’s easier than ever to recognize a person. What implications do these technologies have on the future of privacy and surveillance? In this Matrix on Point panel, experts will evaluate how biometric identification might change our understanding of the relationship between people, private industry, and their government.

The panel will feature John Chuang, Professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information; Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies and the co-director of the Medical Anthropology Program; and Jennifer Urban, Clinical Professor of Law at Berkeley Law, where she is Director of Policy Initiatives at the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and a co-faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. The panel will be moderated by Rebecca Wexler, Assistant Professor of Law at Berkeley Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Co-sponsored by CLTC, the UC Berkeley School of Law, the UC Berkeley School of Information, the Center for the Study of Law and Society, and the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society. This will be held in-person at Social Science Matrix (820 Social Sciences Building, UC Berkeley).

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