The Controversies in the Data Society seminar series is presented by the Edinburgh Futures Institute in association with Science Technology and Innovation Studies.
The next seminar in our 2021 series is Sex, Lies and Zoom.
Dr Chris Elsden and Dr Pip Thornton (Design Informatics)
Zoom Obscura: creative interventions for a data ethics of video conferencing beyond encryption
The COVID-19 pandemic has gifted video conferencing companies such as Zoom with a vast amount of biometric data to be rendered knowable, translatable and ready for economic exchange – such as faces, voices, and chat scripts. It is however as yet unclear what the explosion in video conferencing software means for the exploitation and monetisation of potentially valuable data for NLP, facial recognition, ML and AI training and other drivers within the digital economy which require urgent critical scrutiny. COVID-19 has left us with little choice but to increase the volume of interactions we have in online spaces such as the video-call ‘room’, and with limited agency in how our personal data might be being stored and exploited.
Zoom Obscura is a project that aims to give agency to the users of newly ubiquitous video conferencing technologies such as Zoom, while still allowing them to participate in online spaces and debates, enabling us to negotiate our own presence and our own value in these new spaces. In addressing this controversy we will share work we have commissioned from seven diverse media artists, creative technologists and designers to develop critical interventions that make the problematic workings of these technologies legible to wider audiences while empowering users to experiment with, and control how their personal data (visual, audible, text input) manifest in online spaces.
Dr Lena Podoletz (Law and Informatics)
In this talk we will discuss the most important current use cases of machine learning technologies in the field of policing and criminal justice, the main directions of emotional AI tech development in these areas as well as key factors to consider when discussing their deployment and main implications of their potential use.
This event is a live discussion between the speakers and audience which follows the pre-recorded seminar. The seminar videos can be viewed here:
Please note this live discussion will be recorded.