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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

"The Centuries-Long History of Racism in Surveillance Tech"

From Wired, via the NACDL's News-of-Interest:

Sidney traces racialized surveillance tech to its origins, as far back as slavery and early prison designs. He draws parallels between the intentional, all-seeing design of the panopticon and the omni-present cameras that surround us today. He takes us through the story of Robert Williams—a Black man who was recently misidentified as a criminal suspect due to faulty facial recognition—and explains how these kinds of systems become so flawed in the first place.

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