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"Automating Apartheid": Facial Recognition Tech in Palestine
A Conversation with Dr. Matt Mahmoudi
The Anti-Dystopians are back, bringing you a cluster of episodes to brighten up (or cool down) your summer holidays!
To kick off, we begin by talking to friend of the show Dr. Matt Mahmoudi, the lead researcher on the Amnesty International report "Automating Apartheid" which examines the deployment of facial recognition technology in Palestine. We discussed the report's findings, including how this facial recognition technology is being deployed against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories; why these systems have been 'gamified' and how they connect to other infrastructures; how this is affecting Palestinians’ lives; and whether existing CCTV systems in other settings — including London — could be repurposed for similar kinds of militarized policing.
Further reading from the episode:
Coverage of the Report
Other Facial Recognition Tech News