Facial Recognition as Surveillance: The Need for Public Oversight

October 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

Join MIT Radius for a substantive discussion on facial surveillance and other remote biometric monitoring technologies that pose unprecedented risks to personal autonomy, privacy and democracy. Some have referred to these technologies as "nuclear waste". Others have called it "the perfect tool for oppression." Never before has a technology equipped governments with the power to automatically generate and store permanent, detailed records of every person's every public movement, habit, and association-until now.

We currently have not only an opportunity but also a responsibility to reject technological determinism, and to implement strong democratic controls over the use of this perilous technology. Panelists will outline precisely what makes this technology different and dangerous, how the ACLU and other advocates are fighting back, options for law reform, and how MIT affiliated folks can get involved.


  • Kade Crockford - Director, Technology for Liberty Program, ACLU of Massachusetts
  • Gretchen Greene - Visiting Research Fellow, Partnership on AI
  • Evan Greer - Deputy Director, Fight for the Future 
  • Kristen Sheets - Volunteer, Tech Workers' Coalition

Co-sponsored and organized by the Tech Workers Coalition.