Discussion Panel

Roundtable Discussion: Refusal of Surveillance Tech, Part 1

Monday, April 12, 2021
10:30 am to 12:15 pm PDT

Roundtable Discussion: Refusal of Surveillance Tech, Part 1 (April 12, 2021)

Roundtable Discussion: Refusal of Surveillance Tech, Part 1 (April 12, 2021)

Sponsored by the Berkeley Algorithmic Fairness & Opacity Working Group (AFOG).

In this two-part roundtable, we will build on discussions started at the Refusal Conference last summer where we dug into the idea of rejecting or refusing technology which so often runs against the grain of the celebrated role technology has generally occupied in the West (Marx 1997), wedded closely to the notion of progress itself. The roundtable discussions will specifically focus on the recent refusals and resistance to facial recognition technologies as part of an effort to understand them, draw lessons from them, and put this moment in conversation and context. In this first panel we will explore this up swell of resistance to facial recognition to understand what is happening in the current moment.

The second panel will take place on April 26, 2021 from 10:30 am – 12:15 pm.


  • Sarah Hamid, the Policing Tech Campaign lead at the Carceral Tech Resistance Network
  • Dunstan Allison-Hope, Vice President, BSR
  • Mutale Nkonde, founding CEO of AI For the People and researcher, policy advisor and key constituent to the 3C UN Roundtable on AI
  • Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Director, ACLU of California
  • Tawana Petty, National Organizing Director at Data for Black Lives, former Data Justice Program Director at Detroit Community Technology Project

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If you have questions about this event, please contact Zoe Kahn.

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Zoe Kahn
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April 19, 2021