Explainable Artificial Intelligence
AI Surveillance
Liz O'Sullivan, VP at responsable AI company Arthur/ activist

The digital systems of online surveillance like cookie tracking, prediction systems and data tracking → are moving to the physical world with facial recognition placed into CCTV cameras systems. We see surveillance in our streets, streets, next to our doors, around our schools, buildings, hospitals, theatres, and highways.


What happens when pervasive, omni-potent systems of surveillance that are already fully functional in our digital world interact with AI?

“Anything you say online can be connected to your face in the offline world. Your face is also a part of this system. Whether we like it or not we are all a part of the dark pipeline."

Liz O’Sullivan

The answer is this: it chills our right of expression: to show our delight, anger, criticism, dissent, and disagreement.  

As cameras with facial recognition technologies are proliferating throughout cities and societies, it becomes increasingly easier to know who said, what, when and where, in public spaces or during protests, in parks, and street corners. 

AI surveillance systems, created by private companies and used by cities, local governments and national governments. These surveillance systems are trained with and collect gallons of data, from people, their photos, their habits and where they live, etc. These systems are trained and deployed to recognize our faces. Once the camera captures your face at a protest, for example→ law enforcement officials can just run those images through a facial recognition system and voilà! → they can figure out who you are.

 
Liz O'Sullivan, VP at responsable AI company Arthur/ activist
 
Mutale Nkonde, founder of AI for the People

They might not use this information against you immediately, but the simple fact that these systems are gathering so much data, that subliminally surveillance systems are cognizant of our whereabouts, where we go, and what protests we go to is terrifying.

And if you are picked up from the protest, in some instances even the court decisions are grounded in the AI systems, that are amphibious and biased.

 
Caroline Sinders, critical designer/artist

Finally, AI surveillance technologies are the result of powerful private + public partnerships that mutually reinforce systemic inequity, and the power structures already in place: our governments hire private companies and ironically pay for surveillance with our (tax and other) money to train and build these instruments of control.

 
Liz O'Sullivan, VP at responsable AI company Arthur/ activist

These are oppressive technologies, built to observe and control us: Ban the Scan.