Legal implications for emerging tech, facial recognition technology and AI -- by Herbert Swaniker, Clifford Chance
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Why is the law relevant to computer science? Should computer scientists be subject to ethical codes of conduct when designing high-risk technologies? Who is legally responsible when facial recognition technology is misused and used to undermine people’s rights?

The past year has seen data and technology used in novel, exciting ways to help us emerge from the pandemic. However, we have seen how technologies like artificial intelligence and facial recognition technology can be used to undermine the fundamental ethical principles and laws. Computer scientists will be the leaders who can shape how technology can be used for good, and designed in a way that aligns with legal and ethical expectations.

This talk will explore the latest global legal frameworks and explore practical observations that developers and data scientists should be implementing now and in the future.

Mr Swaniker is a technology lawyer at the global law firm, Clifford Chance, advising on a wide range of matters in the tech sector. He focuses on issues concerning emerging technologies, artificial intelligence, social media, content, intellectual property, data protection and privacy, and commercial law. Herbert’s research interests include artificial intelligence, online harms, algorithmic bias, and age-appropriate design. Herbert advises companies globally on emerging tech law and commercial issues. He also regularly engages with industry, governmental, policy, academic and regulatory bodies on tech regulation.
Date: 27 May 2021, 17:00 (Thursday, 5th week, Trinity 2021)
Venue: Venue to be announced
Speaker: Mr Herbert Swaniker (Clifford Chance)
Organiser: Oxford University Scientific Society (University of Oxford)
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Booking required?: Not required
Cost: free
Audience: Public
Editor: Luna Li