New Collaboration with Max Planck Law

Event: Rethinking Citizenship and Movement in the Age of Digital Disruption launches a new collaboration with Max Planck Law and the Harney Program

Digital Disruption Poster not abstract

On July 12, 2021, the Harney Program in collaboration with Max Planck Law hosted the panel Event: Rethinking Citizenship and Movement in the Age of Digital Disruption.

Automated decision-making, big data and biometrics are disrupting patterns of population governance. Within their borders, governments turn to digital identity technologies and AI to allocate services and welfare assistance while ensuring only those with a legitimate claim accede to state support. At the border, the e-passport, embedded with its bearer’s physiological features, is becoming the key to the bolted gates of admission to some of the most coveted global destinations. As vaccination for Covid-19 intensifies-in mostly rich western countries-the vaccination passport could come to play a similar role. In all these contexts, justifications for the growing use of digital technologies rest on risk mitigation and efficiency. Yet, the asserted benefits of deploying digital technologies to identify, monitor and track individuals and populations must be evaluated and balanced against their potentially detrimental effects. The three panelists Prof Roger Brownsworth, A/Prof Mirca Madianou, and Dr Marie-Eve Loiselle, explored the legal, social, and ethical impacts of digital and biometric technologies on border enforcement and pandemic management, placing these developments in a broader theoretical and critical framework.

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