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Race, Tech and Borders (webinar recording)

By: Marco Campana
May 15, 2024

This April 2022 panel builds on UN Special Rapporteur on Racism E. Tendayi's Achiume report Racial discrimination and emerging digital technologies: a human rights analysis. Presenters assessed the racially discriminatory use of digital technologies in border and immigration enforcement, including at the U.S./Mexico border and in Europe.

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Stacy E. Wood, Director of Research and Programs, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry
  • E. Tendayi Achiume, Alicia MiƱana Professor of Law at UCLA Law School, UN Special Rapporteur on Racism
  • Mizue Aizeki, Project Director of the Surveillance, Technology and Immigration Policing Project & Senior Advisor to Immigrant Defense Project
  • Jaivet Ealom, student at the University of Toronto, advocate and author of Escape from Manus
  • Petra Molnar, Associate Director, Refugee Law Lab 

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Law Critical Race Studies Program and UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2)

View the report below. Summary:

"In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, E. Tendayi Achiume, analyses different forms of racial discrimination in the design and use of emerging digital technologies, including the structural and institutional dimensions of this discrimination. She also outlines the human rights obligations of States and the responsibility of corporations to combat this discrimination."

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