Roundtable: The Politics of Regulating Facial Recognition Tech

Daragh Murray, University of Essex, Mutale Nkonde, Harvard University, Yi Zeng, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

Daragh Murray, Senior Lecturer, Human Rights Centre and School of Law, University of Essex

Daragh Murray is a senior lecturer at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre & School of Law. His research focuses on issues relating to conflict and counter-terrorism, as regulated by the law of armed conflict and international human rights law. He has a particular interest in the use of technology, particularly in an intelligence agency and law enforcement context, and in the regulation and engagement of non-State armed groups. He is a former Government of Ireland IRCHSS Research Scholar and has a PhD in Law from the University of Essex, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and an MSc in Computer Security & Forensics from Dublin City University. He is currently a member of the Human Rights Big Data & Technology Project, based at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre.

Mutale Nkonde, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center of Internet and Society, Harvard University

Mutale Nkonde is an AI governance expert. During her tenure in Congress she led the introduction of the Algorithmic Deepfake Accountability Acts and the No Biometric Barriers in Housing Access Act. She is now a fellow at Berkman Klein Center, where she is leading a project that seeks to use popular culture to raise public awareness about the privacy concerns surrounding the census and working on how to resolve the concerns raised by the widespread deployment of AI technologies in US society.

Yi Zeng, Professor, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Yi Zeng is a professor and deputy director at the Research Center for Brain-inspired Intelligence, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also a board member for the National Governance Committee for the New Generation Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Science and Technology China and the Director for the Research Center on AI Ethics and Governance, Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence. Zeng is a fellow of the Berggruen Research Center, Peking University and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Values, Ethics, and Innovation. His major research interests focus on technical models for brain-inspired AI, AI ethics, and governance. He leads the efforts of the Brain-inspired Cognitive Engine and the Linking AI Principles platform.

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.

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