The usual suspects — the resurgence of Lombroso and other pseudo-sciences in automated facial recognition

Silvia de Conca

In the second half of the XIX century, Cesare Lombroso became popular for his theories about natural born criminals and how to identify them. Mixing social darwinism, phrenology, and physiognomics, his contributions gained him the title of founder of criminology. For example, did you know that criminals, being closer to... [Read More]

What SyRI can teach us about technical solutions for societal challenges

Marijke Roosen

Influential intellectual Harari is warning that technological revolutions pose unseen challenges to our societies, arguing that these will impact amongst other things our conception of democracy. Technology makes it easier to control and monitor citizens and in doing this consolidate power to the powerful. Algorithms perform better the more you... [Read More]
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Adjudicating Data Justice

Linnet Taylor, Aaron Martin, and Sascha van Schendel with contributions from Aviva de Groot

In the span of less than a week, two important judicial decisions in Kenya and the Netherlands have demonstrated why a data justice framing is useful for analysing problems of technology in society. These two cases have kindled debates not just about data protection but also about technology’s mediating role... [Read More]