Research

Artificial Intelligence

ADOPTION AND REGULATION OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGIES IN INDIA: WHY AND WHY NOT?

Data Governance Network Working Paper No. 5, 5 December 2019

The widespread adoption of facial recognition technologies by the public and private sectors, without any meaningful debate or regulation, raises a number of concerns. These concerns revolve around issues of transparency, privacy and civil liberties, accuracy and effectiveness, and evidence of biased outcomes. This paper outlines the various contexts in which the use of this technology is being discussed in India and the challenges that it presents on account of the lack of an informed policy debate and appropriate legal and procedural safeguards. It focuses, in particular, on the proposed National Automated Facial Recognition System and the many ways in which it falls short of satisfying the tests laid down by the Supreme Court in the Puttaswamy right to privacy case.

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FAIRNESS AND NON-DISCRIMINATION

Smriti Parsheera, Philip Catania, Sebastian Cording, Diogo Cortiz, Massimo Donna, Kit Lee & Arie van Wijngaarden

Responsible AI: A Global Policy Perspective, Charles Morgan ed., ITechLaw, 2019

The power and influence of AI systems continues to grow as they are increasingly being integrated in many aspects of our daily lives. The impact of this becomes particularly serious when algorithmic decision making extends to fundamental aspects of our lives such as whether we are profiled as a potential suspect, whether we get called for an interview, or whether our mortgage application is approved. It therefore becomes essential that the developers and adopters of these systems should be cognizant of the ways in which AI systems can perpetuate and exacerbate existing biases, the reasons for the same and the ways to mitigate biased outcomes. In this chapter we will look at some of the areas where automated decision-making is being deployed at scale, the risk that this may poses to individuals and the emerging thinking on measures to ensure fairness and non-discrimination in AI applications.

A GENDERED PERSPECTIVE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

International Telecommunications Union's Kaleidoscope Conference, Santa Fe, Argentina, November, 2018 (Awarded the second best paper prize)

Focusing on the role of gender in the knowledge-making processes around artificial intelligence, this paper highlights the imbalanced power structure of those processes and the consequences of that imbalance. It then proposes a three-stage pathway towards bridging this gap. This includes adopting a set of publicly developed standards on AI, which should embed the concept of “fairness by design” and investing in research and development towards technological tools that can help translate the ethical principles into actual practice.

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