08 Nov 2018
Call Recording: Human Rights, Biometrics and & HIV Surveillance in Criminalized Populations
On Thursday, 15 November 2018, GNP+ hosted an interesting discussion with the authors of a recent Lancet HIV journal piece, Biometrics and public health surveillance in criminalised and key populations: policy, ethics, and human rights considerations, about some of the ethical and human rights issues related to the collecting and storing of data from people facing high rates of criminalization, including people living with HIV, gay men and other MSM, sex workers and people who use drugs. Recently, many civil society and community groups have begun voicing concern over the growing use of biometric identifiers—most often fingerprints —to track, monitor and research their communities.
Participants on this call led a discussion on how these biometric surveillance systems work, what ethics and human rights standards apply and how and where these new technologies should or should not be used. They also spoke about how community members could get further informed and engaged on this controversial issue.
Call speakers included, Dr. Matthew Kavanagh, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, Georgetown University, Dr. Stefan Baral, Johns Hopkins University and Maureen Milanga, Health GAP
If you didn’t get a chance to participate in this fascinating webinar now is your chance to check out the recording linked below.
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