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CPDP 2015: Assessing the Societal Impact of Automated Border Control Gates

23 Feb 2015

Organized by ABC4EU project

Chair: Ann-Charlotte Nygård, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (EU)

Moderator: Sadhbh McCarthy, Centre for Irish and European Security (IE)

Panel: Gemma Galdon Clavell, Eticas Research & Consulting (ES), Peter Graham, IBM (UK), Mark Maguire, National University of Ireland Maynooth (IE), Anne-Marie Oostveen, Oxford Internet Institute (UK), Irma van der Ploeg, Maastricht University (NL)

This panel brings together diverse perspectives on the role of societal impact assessment in the design of automated border control (ABC) systems. Recent research projects have sought to facilitate the harmonization of ABC in the European Union and have provided an opportunity for the societal impacts of factors such as biometric technologies and automated processing to be assessed. Panelists will discuss questions related to the assessment of desirability, acceptability, ethics and privacy, and the way in which societal concerns can be incorporated into the technological development and implementation of ABC projects. Issues to be addressed include:

  • The societal impact of automated border control harmonization in the EU
  • The specific solutions to incorporate societal concerns into technological design and decisions Methodologies useful in the assessment of the societal impact of data-intensive technologies.