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Chair: Dr Amanda Chisholm, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies / Researcher in Gender and Security

Speaker: Ana Valdivia, Research Associate in Computer Science at the Department of War Studies


Over the last decade, a large number of people are on the move due to conflict, instability, climatic emergency consequences, and other social and economic reasons. In Europe, the so-called refugee crisis has become an occasion to foster the digitalisation of borders. Interoperable databases, biometric systems, lie detectors, and maritime surveillance models are some examples of data-driven solutions currently implemented across the EU.

In this seminar, we will explore how these socio-technical systems are operating nowadays and analyse its technical specifications (machine learning models, databases used, companies involved, etc.). After that, we will discuss the ethical impact and human rights violation that this situation is causing.



Ana Valdivia is a Research Associate in Computer Science at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her research has explored the performance of computational linguistics models and the design of ethical, transparent and fair machine learning classifiers. Concerned about the impact that artificial intelligence can have on vulnerable communities, her interest lies in investigating how governmental actors are implementing it. In SECURITY FLOWS, Ana works on the development of digital methods to better understand the production of data and technology for border security. She will also bridge the gap between computer and social science.

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