Drones, facial recognition, surveillance

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We’ve come up with a template to report ongoing research. I’m trying it out below:
Why I think it is of interest to the group:
I’m doing some research on drones, facial recognition & surveillance, because the convergence of different technologies generates new ELSI, especially when measures that might make sense in crises acquire permanence beyond the crisis. The convergence of drones and facial recognition is one such site. A creeping spread of surveillance of the public in everyday life is one danger.
What I personally found interesting about the stories/link(s) listed below:
I need to know more about how this convergence actually works, where it is happening, what the regulatory responses are, as well as responses in the media.
Where I started:
What I’ve found useful
This is contains a useful discussion of Latin America
The most recent info around this in the EU that I can find is collected at the ‘Growth’ website on Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME.
Here’s an earlier article is looking at Europe: Rise of drones in UK airspace prompts civil liberties warning. It quotes Eric King of Privacy International:
Not too long ago, this was the stuff of science fiction, but flying robotic devices equipped with facial recognition technology and mobile phone interception kit are increasingly commonplace.
It also mentions EU regulatory efforts to enable greater civil use of drones. On 26 November 2014, the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor 
was that this includes
law enforcement uses which may be, for instance, search and rescue, disaster response, border control/protection, civil protection, aerial surveillance, traffic monitoring, observation and pursuit of criminal suspects, or observation of civil unrest

Conflating law enforcement and disaster response like this seems problematic. That’s why I’m interested. We do discuss some aspects of the regulatory and policy innovation pursued in tis area in this article ‘Don’t Drone? Negotiating Ethics of RPAS in Emergency Response‘. But this is very much work  in progress … Any comments/leads would be very welcome!

https://epic.org/privacy/facerecognition/ EPIC’s always useful!


Robots disrupt Ebola care

In an article on ‘This is what happens when you bring a robot to an Ebola ward‘ Nidhi Subbaraman (@NidhiSubs) describes how nurses resisted experimental implementation of a robot that could facilitate communication between health workers inside and outside containment zones. They said that

a robot would give doctors yet another excuse to avoid meeting patients

Drives home how innovation has to be more ‘holistic’ for lack of a better word, co-realising complete socio-technical futures that respond to challenges, rather than technical ‘solutions’  and how this needs to be done with all of those who would be working with the technology, not just the elites.