Vidushi Marda
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Select press and talks. In 2023: on a short break from public-facing work to build REAL ML (see bio)
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    August 10, 2023
    A Primer on Generative AI
    I delivered this primer at Digital Future Lab's workshop on Generative AI.
    Goa, India

    November 25, 2022
    Governance and Algorithms in a Platform Economy
    My talk focused on pathways for effective governance of platforms with a focus on worker safety and autonomy.
    Mumbai, India
    June 19, 2022
    The Goa Project: ML research in Asia
    For the Goa Project, I discussed my key learnings and takeaways from studying machine learning in Asia.
    Bangalore, India
    April 07, 2022
    AI procurement - best practices and a way forward
    Working with Digital Futures Lab, I developed a procurement framework for AI technologies in the public sector for the government of Telangana. This presentation was a preliminary prompt to spur conversation with public sector officials who in turn articulated their questions and concerns in re: AI procurement. The framework has gone through multiple rounds of feedback and discussion and will be released in 2023.
    Hyderabad, India

    December 14, 2021
    Asia Pacific School of Internet Governance: Biometrics & human rights
    Along with Don Le, I delivered a talk for civil society advocates on how to craft a strong response to the human rights impact of unfettered proliferation of biometrics
    Sri Lanka
    November 11, 2021
    Nordic-Asian Forum for International Economic Law “EU and Asia in the Digitalized World”
    My talk was entitled: The promises and limitations of ethical AI frameworks: What does effective governance look like?
    Bangalore, India
    October 08, 2021
    Guest Lecture: Madurai University
    My talk focused on AI foundations and policies in India
    September 20, 2021
    Guest Lecture: National Law School of India University
    I delivered a lecture on how to critically think through the design, development and deployment of facial recognition technologies.
    Bangalore, India
    June 10, 2021
    #COVIDUnknowns: Vaccine Passports and Credentials
    On invitation from the BMJ, I reflected on the increasing trend of digital infrastructure being used for pandemic response in India.
    Bangalore, India
    May 20, 2021
    Civil Society in AI Governance: Lessons Learned
    At this year's Data Justice Conference, I joined Corinne Cath-Speth, Frederike Kaltheneur, and Fieke Jansen to discuss lessons learned from researching and advancing AI governance and advocacy in Europe, North America, South and South-East Asia.
    Bangalore, India
    May 19, 2021
    AI Ethics and Responsible AI
    On invitation from RIS, I spoke about what "Responsible AI" could and should look like. My intervention begins at 1:39:50
    Bangalore India
    May 07, 2021
    3rd Workshop on Obfuscation: Face-veillance
    On this panel, I joined Annelies Moors, Lujo Bauer, and Annemiek Van Boeijen to discuss the politics of the face and identity, and what we have learned about resisting technologies like face recognition.
    Bangalore, India
    March 24, 2021
    Guest Lecture: IIM Indore
    Drawing from ethnographic research and my policy experience, this talk reflected on the process and practice of machine learning, while highlighting the key ethical and legal challenges at play.
    Bangalore, India
    March 19, 2021
    Personal Autonomy and Rights in the Digital Age
    On invitation from Ashoka University, I discuss the surveillance economy and its impact on personal autonomy. The discussion begins at 35:05.
    Bangalore, India
    March 19, 2021
    Lunch Talk: University of California, Berkeley Law
    This lunch talk focused on the need to ground AI research in the communities and societies in which systems are deployed, we also discussed strategies for growing as a researcher in the field, career paths, and much more!
    Bangalore, India
    March 15, 2021
    AI Bias Beyond the Western Lens
    At MozFest 2021, I joined Gaurav Jain, Smriti Parsheera and Amba Kak to discuss AI Governance in the Indian context.
    Bangalore, India
    March 10, 2021
    ACM FaccT 2021 : The Future is up for Grabs
    At this year's Facct Conference, I joined Alix Dunn, Cori Crider and Sasha Costanza-Shock for a plenary panel discussion.
    Bangalore, India
    March 04, 2021
    Implications Tutorial: AI on the Ground Approach
    I joined Noopur Raval, Ranjit Singh, and Radhika Radhakrishnan at the 2021 edition of ACM FAccT to discuss the politics of studying up in AI research, and the need for context-driven approaches to articulating AI's societal impact.
    Bangalore, India
    February 02, 2021
    Kerala Looks Ahead: E-Governance
    The Government of Kerala organised the 1st edition of "Kerala Looks Ahead", a conference and consultation focusing on policy areas critical to Kerala's economic future. My intervention starts at 3:13:32.
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    December 18, 2020
    Can Excel Sheets have Ethics?
    On invitation from Tandem research, I discuss the challenges of a risk-based approach vis-a-vis a rights based approach to regulating AI.
    Bangalore, India
    December 11, 2020
    Resistance AI Workshop @NeurIPS
    I joined Seeta Pena Gangadharan, Mariella Saba, Hamid Khan and Biju Matthew at the first Resistance AI workshop at NeurIPS 2020 to discuss the ways AI currently concentrates power.
    Bangalore, India
    December 09, 2020
    EU-NGO Forum: Addressing Artificial Intelligence Harms
    I joined Sarah Chander, Beg Wagner, Andrea Renda, Dafna Feinholz, and Juha Heikkila at this panel to discuss International efforts aimed at regulating AI.
    Bangalore, India
    November 27, 2020
    Should India Ban Facial Recognition?
    Against the backdrop of IFF's Project Panoptic, I joined Anushka Jain, Nirmal John and Mutale Nkonde to discuss strategic and legal approaches to facial recognition use in India and beyond.
    Bangalore, India
    November 19, 2020
    Guest Lecture: IIIT- B
    My talk was titled, "Piercing the veil of ethical AI". Here, I focused on the need for a holistic regulatory approach to governing AI.
    Bangalore, India
    September 23, 2020
    Data Justice and COVID-19 Book Launch
    I joined Carly Kind, Linnet Taylor and Karen Yeung at the book launch of "Data Justice and COVID-19" to discuss the enduring impact of COVID-19 crisis on surveillance practices.
    Bangalore, India
    August 24, 2020
    Policing In Modern India: Technology and Responsibility
    Organised by Carnegie India, I joined this conversation on the growing role of technology in Indian law enforcement agencies. I drew from research on New Delhi's predictive policing system, CMAPS.
    Bangalore, India
    May 27, 2020
    Expert Seminar on AI and Privacy
    Invited by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to speak about the intersection of AI and privacy.
    Bangalore, India
    May 22, 2020
    The Rise of COVID Surveillance and Facial Recognition
    In a webinar hosted by Internet Freedom Foundation, I shared part of my findings from ongoing work on facial recognition in India.
    Bangalore, India
    January 24, 2020
    Knowledge Transfer on Facial Recognition in India
    I held a workshop on introducing the state of facial recognition in India, with a focus on legal challenges and technical limitations. Vijay Gnanadesikan, CEO of FaceTagr responded to my presentation.
    New Delhi, India
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    December 10, 2019
    Intercultural Digital Ethics
    A workshop at Oxford University, hosted by the Digital Ethics Lab. My talk focused on the need for a deliberate, ground-up approach to context and culture in re: AI.
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    December 04, 2019
    On AI, Law, and Foreign Policy
    On invitation from Stiftung Neue Verantvortung, I delivered a talk & interactive Q&A on the foreign policy implications of AI, human rights, and technical standardisation.
    Berlin, Germany
    December 03, 2019
    Roundtable on the Ethics of AI, UNESCO
    I joined Peter Paul Verbeek and Paula Boddington to talk about the use of AI for crucial decision making.
    Paris, France
    November 28, 2019
    Beyond Ethics Councils: How to really do AI governance
    In a panel at the Internet Governance Forum 2019, I joined Fieke Jansen, Bernard Shen and Corinne Cath-Speth to critique current AI governance approaches and suggest a way forward.
    Berlin, Germany
    October 15, 2019
    AI and Digital Rights at CocoNet II
    At CocoNet II, organised by Engage Media, I held two sessions on AI for digital rights activists from South East Asia.
    Antipolo, Philippines
    August 24, 2019
    Persistence of Prejudice: On AI and Bias
    At TEDxDUCIC, Delhi University. My talk covers the politics of machine learning, the social implications of its use, and questions to consider going forward.
    New Delhi, India
    May 30, 2019
    Transformative Constitutionalism in Asia
    A workshop for former and sitting judges of constitutional courts in Asia, organised by Konrad Adeneur Stiftung. My talk focused on constitutional questions and challenges posed by emerging technologies like artificial intelligence.
    Manila, Philippines
    April 05, 2019
    Regulating Data-Driven Finance
    Participant at Dvara Research’s annual workshop. My interventions focused on algorithmic models, data protection and protected characteristics in financial data.
    Chennai, India
    March 07, 2019
    Human Rights in the Era of AI, Human Rights Council
    Invited expert on the sidelines of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council. On a deliberate, human rights based approach to AI.
    Geneva, Switzerland
    February 16, 2019
    AI, Design and Ethics in India
    Panelist at UNbox Festival, invited by Tandem Research.
    Bangalore, India
    January 17, 2019
    Expert Consultation on Artificial Intelligence
    Invited by UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics and Science of Technology to provide expert input to the Commission’s ongoing work.
    Paris, France
    January 11, 2019
    Artificial intelligence policy in India: a framework for engaging the limits of data-driven decision-making
    Talk based on my academic paper at Fairness, Accountability, Transparency/Asia organised by Digital Asia Hub.
    Hong Kong
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    October 23, 2018
    Artificial Intelligence: Impact on Privacy and Freedom of Expression
    Presenter at an expert roundtable on the sidelines of 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee.
    New York, United States of America
    October 05, 2018
    In Pursuit of Autonomy: AI Policy and Ethics
    Panelist at CyFy 2018
    New Delhi, India
    August 30, 2018
    Impact of Data Privacy Bill on Data Processors and Users
    Panelist at MediaNama's #NAMAprivacy event. My talk focused on how India's data protection bill does not engage with challenges raised by the increasing use of algorithmic models for consequential decision making in India.
    Bangalore, India
    August 29, 2018
    Applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector
    Speaker on invitation from UNESCAP, Google, Berkman-Klein Center and Digital Asia Hub on the implications of AI systems in public sector decision making and public spheres of everyday life. I focused my talk on constitutional standards and State-citizen relationships.
    Bangkok, Thailand
    June 18, 2018
    Expert Consultation on AI & Freedom of Expression
    Invited expert at a consultation held by David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Expression, to provide input on his 2018 report on AI & freedom of expression and the information environment.
    Geneva, Switzerland
    April 27, 2018
    Workshop on AI and Human Rights
    Organised by Data & Society under Chatam House Rules.
    New York, United States of America
    April 26, 2018
    Global Milestones and Challenges to Freedom of Expression
    Panelist and Participant at Columbia University's Justice for Freedom of Expression Conference
    New York, Unites States of America
    January 19, 2018
    Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and the Law
    Invited by the Oxford Internet Institute and the Alan Turing Institute to talk about framing the role of human rights standards vis-a-vis AI. I contributed to both the workshop and panel discussion.
    London, United Kingdom
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    October 20, 2022
    Can Democratic Norms Catch Up with AI Surveillance? A Conversation with Vidushi Marda
    I spoke on the podcast Power 3.0 the global AI surveillance market, the struggle to set ground rules for emerging technologies, and how governments’ race to adopt cutting-edge tools could threaten the democratic principles of transparency and accountability.
    April 21, 2022
    AI Regulation In Different Cities, A GitHub Snafu, and Crypto-Miners Wreck a Town’s Power
    I spoke with Dev News on AI regulations in multiple cities around the world.

    March 08, 2021
    On predictive policing and AI in India
    I spoke to Analytics India Magazine on data-driven policing in India
    Bangalore, India
    February 10, 2021
    Politico AI Decoded: Emotion recognition now - AI alliances 101 - Misogynoir playbook
    Shazeda Ahmed and I spoke to Politico's Melissa Heikkila about our report "Emotional Entanglement".
    Bangalore, India
    January 24, 2021
    On emotion recognition and law enforcement in India
    Following reports of Lucknow police using emotion recognition to detect distress, I spoke to Sonam Joshi from the Times of India on the dangers and pitfalls of emotion recognition technology.
    Bangalore, India

    July 15, 2020
    AI and its role in COVID-19 responses
    I spoke with Red Tani and Sara Pacia from Engage Media about the role of emerging technologies in COVID-19 responses.
    Bangalore, India

    December 30, 2019
    The All-Seeing Eye
    I spoke with Srinivas Kodali, host of the Suno India podcast on facial recognition, democracy and fundamental rights in India.
    Bangalore, India
    July 21, 2019
    'Facial recognition gives others control over your face, features. Isn't that scary?'
    I spoke with Sonam Joshi from the Sunday Times of India about the extent, nature and dangers of facial recognition technology.
    Bangalore, India

    August 28, 2018
    Vidushi Marda on Civil Society, AI and the future of free expression
    I spoke with Dean Jackson from the National Endowment for Democracy on how civil society can best contribute to the development of a human rights respecting framework for AI

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    June 30, 2022
    Emotion recognition is mostly ineffective. Why are companies still investing in it?
    I spoke to Greg Noone about government approaches to emotion recognition
    June 24, 2022
    Predictive policing: Crime prevention or profiling? | Techtopia
    I spoke with DW's Chief Technology Correspondent, Janosch Delcker, on the logics and perils of predictive policing systems

    August 12, 2021
    How healthcare workers in India fought a surveillance regime and won
    For this piece in CodaStory, I spoke to Varsha Bansal about the increasing use of technology to surveil workers in India
    Bangalore, India
    May 17, 2021
    Online Privacy: A fraught philosophical debate
    I spoke to Sid Venkataramakrishnan from the Financial Times on the dangers of a western-centric lens to online privacy.
    Bangalore, India
    April 16, 2021
    NuraLogix’s work on public surveillance tools raises concerns about cooperating with firms tied to Chinese government
    Shazeda Ahmed and I spoke with David Green from The Globe and Mail about our January 2021 report, "Emotional Entanglement: China's emotional recognition market and its implications for human rights"
    Bangalore, India
    April 04, 2021
    Scientists create online games to show risks of AI emotion recognition
    I spoke to Nicola Davis from the Guardian for the need to talk about the dangers and pseudoscientific foundations of emotion recognition early in the lifecycle of this market.
    Bangalore, India
    March 03, 2021
    Smile for the camera: The dark side of China's emotion recognition tech
    Building on a report co-authored with Shazeda Ahmed, we spoke to Michael Standaert from the Guardian about the perils and misleading claims rampant in China's emotion recognition market.
    Bangalore, India
    January 27, 2021
    China growing use of emotion recognition tech raises rights concerns
    I spoke with Avi Asher Shapiro from Reuters about key findings from our January 2021 report "Emotional Entanglement".
    Bangalore, India
    January 25, 2021
    China is home to a growing market for dubious “emotion recognition” technology
    Rest of World covered the launch of our January 2021 report, "Emotional Entanglement", and zoomed in on one of the use cases we discuss in our report: Education
    January 22, 2021
    Privacy fears as Indian city readies facial recognition to spot harassed women
    I spoke with Rina Chandran from the Thomson Reuters Foundation about Lucknow Police's plans to integrate emotion recognition into their operations.
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    June 23, 2020
    What a machine learning tool that turns Obama white can (and can’t) tell us about AI bias
    The Verge covered my analysis of recent research on accuracy of facial recognition systems.
    June 04, 2020
    Can the EU make AI “trustworthy”? No – but they can make it just
    As part of ongoing work on biometrics and AI with European Digital Rights, I speak here on the importance of pushing back against the supposed inevitability of AI in crucial decision making.

    November 07, 2019
    Mass surveillance fears as India readies facial recognition system
    I spoke with Rina Chandran from Thomson Reuters Foundation on the surveillance concerns arising from the AFRS.
    November 04, 2019
    India to build world's potentially biggest facial recognition system
    I spoke with Rohini Mohan from Straits Times about India's National Automated Facial Recognition System
    October 09, 2019
    India Is Creating A National Facial Recognition System, And Critics Are Afraid Of What Will Happen Next
    I spoke with Pranav Dixit from Buzzfeed about India's envisioned nation-wide facial recognition system.
    October 05, 2019
    'We are hurtling towards a surveillance state’: the rise of facial recognition technology
    I spoke to Hannah Devlin from the Guardian about real-time facial recognition.
    September 02, 2019
    Little Brother Is Watching: India Is Over-run By Cheap Snooping Systems
    Gopal Sathe from Huffington post covered my tweets and research on facial recognition, and why "accuracy" is not the key concern with the use of these technologies.
    January 08, 2019
    Meet The Women Who Have To Sneak Onto Facebook
    I spoke with Pranav Dixit from Buzzfeed on the gendered aspects of social media access.

    April 25, 2018
    One 30-page document contains everything you need to know about AI
    The Outline covered the 2018 publication, "Privacy and Freedom of Expression in the Age of AI" that I worked on with Corinne Cath-Speth and Frederike Kaltheneur. A joint publication between Privacy International and A19, it was among the earliest pieces of research linking AI and human rights.

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