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Conference: CLIC presents “About Face: The Changing Landscape of Face Recognition”

May 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


As enthusiasm for technological advancement has ushered in an exciting era of unprecedented innovation, technologists, scholars, privacy rights advocates and members of the public are raising concerns about the efficacy of facial recognition software and its uses in the future. Increasingly, the media news cycle is full of stories about the ways tech companies and government institutions are deploying facial recognition technology to the detriment of the public’s constitutional rights and statutory rights to privacy. In an era of unprecedented digital innovation, has the emergence of facial recognition technology proven that surveillance technology has finally gone too far? This conference will explore the encompassing regulatory, legal and human implications in facial recognition technology.


Keynote Speaker

Cyrus Farivar

Cyrus [“suh-ROOS”] is an investigative tech reporter at  NBC News  in San Francisco. 

In addition to being a radio producer and author, Cyrus was most recently a senior tech policy reporter at  Ars Technica. He was also previously the sci-tech editor and host of “Spectrum” at Deutsche Welle English, Germany’s international broadcaster, from 2010-2012. 

Cyrus is the author of multiple books, including  Habeas Data  (2018) and  The Internet of Elsewhere  (2011). Praised by  The New Yorker, among others,  Habeas Data  takes a look at legal cases that have had an outsized impact on surveillance law in America. His first book focuses on the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world. 

In 2017,  Cyrus  won the Technology Reporting award with Joe Mullin from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter for their August 2016 story:  “Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s dirty cops got caught.” Cyrus  has also reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, Slate, and many others. 

He received his B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

He lives in Oakland, California. 


Conference Co-Chairs:

Woodrow Hartzog

Professor Hartzog joined the faculty of the Northeastern University School of Law in 2017 and holds a joint appointment with the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, where he teaches privacy and data protection issues. His research focuses on the complex problems that arise when personal information is collected by powerful new technologies, stored and disclosed online. 

Professor Hartzog’s work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the Yale Law JournalColumbia Law ReviewCalifornia Law Review and  Michigan Law Review,  and popular national publications such as The Guardian,  WIRED,  BBC,  CNN,  Bloomberg,  New Scientist,  Slate,  The Atlantic  and  The Nation. He has testified twice before Congress on data protection issues. His book,  Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies  (Harvard University Press, 2018), has been called“one of the most important books about privacy in our times.” 


Evan Selinger

Evan  Selinger  is a Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology and a Senior Fellow at The Future of Privacy Forum. His most recent book, which is co-authored with Brett Frischmann, is  Re-Engineering Humanity. His most recent anthology, which is co-edited with Jules Polonetsky and Omer Tene, is  The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy. Cambridge University Press published both texts in 2018. Committed to public philosophy, he has written for many newspapers, magazines, and blogs, including  The Guardian, The Atlantic, Slate, The Nation, Wired,  and  The Wall Street Journal. 


Discussions Moderated By:

Natasha Singer

Natasha Singer is a reporter at The New York Times where she covers the intersection of technology, business and society with a particular focus on data privacy, fairness and tech industry accountability. Natasha was a member of a Times’ reporting team whose privacy coverage was a finalist this year for a Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting. Natasha also developed and teaches a tech innovation ethics course at The School Of The New York Times, the newspaper’s summer program for high school students.
Photo credit: Jenna Moon for the NYT


Panelists: Understanding the Social Impacts & Challenges of FRT 

Kade Crockford

Kade Crockford is the Director of the  Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts and MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. Kade works to protect and expand core First and Fourth Amendment rights and civil liberties in the digital 21st century, focusing on how systems of surveillance and control impact not just the society in general but their primary targets—people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and dissidents. 

The Information Age produces conditions facilitating mass communication and democratization, as well as dystopian monitoring and centralized control. The Technology for Liberty Program aims to use our unprecedented access to information and communication to protect and enrich open society and individual rights by implementing basic reforms to ensure our new tools do not create inescapable digital cages limiting what we see, hear, think, and do. Towards that end, Kade researches, strategizes, writes, lobbies, and educates the public on issues ranging from the wars on drugs and terror to warrantless electronic surveillance. Kade has written for  The Nation, The Guardian,  The Boston Globe, WBUR, and many other publications, and regularly appears in local, regional, and national media as an expert on issues related to technology, policing, and surveillance. 

Find Kade’s blog, Privacy Matters, at, the ACLU of Massachusetts’ dedicated privacy and technology website. 


Brenda Leong

Brenda Leong, CIPP/US, is Senior Counsel and Director of Strategy at Future of Privacy Forum. She oversees strategic planning of organizational goals, as well as managing the FPF portfolio on biometrics, particularly facial recognition, along with the ethics and privacy issues associated with artificial intelligence. She authored the FPF Privacy Expert’s Guide to AI, and co-authored the paper, “Beyond Explainability: A Practical Guide to Managing Risk in Machine Learning Models.” She also facilitated the development of and authored the publication of FPF’s “Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Commercial Applications.” She works on industry standards and collaboration on privacy concerns, partnering with stakeholders to reach practical solutions to privacy challenges for consumer data uses. Prior to working at FPF, Brenda served in the U.S. Air Force, including policy and legislative affairs work from the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of State. She is a 2014 graduate of George Mason School of Law.   Learn more about Brenda’s work by reading  AI and Machine Learning: Perspectives with FPF’s Brenda Leong. 


Dr. Chris Gilliard

Dr. Chris Gilliard is a professor, speaker, and writer whose work on privacy, surveillance, facial recognition, and digital redlining has been featured in motherboard, real life magazine, EDUCAUSE review, and the chronicle of higher education.  


Panelists: Regulatory Possibilities & Problems 

Clare Garvie

Clare Garvie is a senior associate with the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. She was a co-author and the lead researcher on  The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition  in  America, a report that examines the widespread use of face recognition systems by state and local police and the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties consequences of this new technology. Her current research focuses on the use of face recognition-derived evidence  in  criminal cases, and she serves as an informational resource to public defenders, advocates, and journalists.  She received her J.D. from Georgetown Law and her B.A. from Barnard College  in  political science, human rights, and psychology. Previously, she worked  in  human rights and international criminal law with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). 


Jennifer Lynch

As Surveillance Litigation Director, Jennifer  Lynch  leads EFF’s legal work challenging government abuse of search and seizure technologies through the courts by filing  impact lawsuits and amicus briefs in federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Jennifer founded EFF’s  Street Level Surveillance  Project, which informs advocates, defense attorneys, and decisionmakers about new police tools, and in 2017, the  First Amendment Coalition  awarded her its  Free Speech and Open Government Award  for her work opening up public access to police surveillance records. Jennifer has written influential white papers on  biometric data collection in immigrant communities  and  law enforcement use of face recognition. She speaks frequently at legal and technical conferences as well as to the general public on technologies like location tracking, biometrics, algorithmic decisionmaking, and AI, and has testified on facial recognition before committees in the  Senate  and  House of Representatives. She is regularly consulted as an expert on these subjects and others by major and technical news media. 


Sue Glueck

Sue  Glueck is the Senior Director of Academic Relations for Microsoft’s legal department where she works on AI and ethics, the future of work, privacy, and a myriad of other fascinating topics.  Prior to that,  Sue was an Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Regulatory Affairs team where she led a legal team that provided privacy advice to engineering groups that create software products and online services.  Sue co-authored Microsoft’s Privacy Guidelines for Developing Software Products and Services and is the co-editor of an international standard (ISO 29100 Privacy Framework).  Her real claim to fame was when the Seattle Times proclaimed  that the privacy policy she created for Internet Explorer 8 “breaks the mold with what may be the best written privacy policy for any software product ever.”  

Sue is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology and has a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.  Prior to attending law school,  Sue worked as a computer programmer for IBM. 


May 10, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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