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Debating Artificial Intelligence in Surveillance

by Geny Caloisi

The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2021 (October 19th, Bristol) has announced its line-up of speakers and subjects.

The latest appointment is Professor Fraser Sampson (picture right), the new Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material and Surveillance Camera Commissioner. Professor Sampson has over 40 years of experience working in the criminal justice sector, having served as a police officer for 19 years before becoming a solicitor specialising in policing law, conduct and governance.

Philip Ingram MBE and Professor Martin Innes will discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the surveillance industry.
Professor Martin Innes, Director at Crime and Security Research Institute at Cardiff University and Director of the Universities’ Police Science Institute, will present ‘The technology of facial recognition and the ethics which underpin it.’

Informed by data from an independent evaluation of how facial recognition biometrics can be used to support street policing, Professor Innes will explore how the technology is being deployed by police and what results from it they can and cannot deliver.

Professor Innes comments, “Facial recognition technologies have emerged as a particularly controversial technology among the growing armoury of digital policing tools. Supporters point to clear benefits in helping police identify wanted suspects. Opponents worry about the step-change in surveillance capacity and capability such technologies portend.”Philip Ingram, MBE from Grey Hare Media and a former Colonel with British military intelligence, will discuss the challenges of seizing large quantities of surveillance camera footage during a significant incident (such as the Salisbury Novichok poisoning). He will consider how video analytics such as facial recognition could aid an investigation.

Louise Stapleton, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor at Avon & Somerset Police, will provide ‘A counter-terrorism threat update’, concentrating on the current threat faced in the UK from terrorism, threat actors, methodologies, and hostile surveillance. The presentation will include an overview of the See Check and Notify workshop developed by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.

Providing a perspective from inside the control room will be Chris Harrison, CCTV Manager at North Somerset Council. He will share his CCTV system upgrade journey from concept to completion, including justifying the works financially and efficiently.

Derek Maltby, MD of Global MSC Security, says, “We are honoured to have such a high calibre of speakers presenting at The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition this year. AI can be polarising, misunderstood and sensationalised. This event will separate fact from fiction, to understand where we are today, what is possible and what checks and balances need to be in place for it to be used ethically and effectively.”

The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition takes place on Tuesday, October 19th 2021, at The Bristol Hotel in Bristol City Centre, from 09:00 until 15:30.

Registration is open: www.globalmsc.net/seminars

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