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CPR Dialogues 2020- Rights in Times of AI: Emerging Technologies and the Public Law Framework

Ananth Padmanabhan

March 11, 2020


Watch the full video (above) of the panel discussion on ‘Rights in Times of AI: Emerging Technologies and the Public Law Framework’ featuring Shashi Tharoor (Member of Parliament, India); Madhav Khosla (Associate Professor of Political Science, Ashoka University; Ambedkar Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Columbia University; & Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows); Smriti Parsheera (Fellow, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy) and moderated by Ananth Padmanabhan (Visiting Fellow, CPR).

In the many decades since independence, courts and lawmakers have not had much of an opportunity to evaluate the impact of technology on constitutional values. However, in the past few years, new technological advancements such as biometric identification, facial recognition and other mass surveillance systems, have brought to the fore a new set of challenges that Indian democracy has not dealt with before. While courts have largely weighed in on the side of acknowledging freedoms such as privacy and free speech in the online context, the limitations and exceptions on these freedoms are far from clear. This panel explored the interaction between emerging technologies and existing public law frameworks, the need for novel approaches to address new kinds of harm, and the scope of independent governance in these emerging areas of technology.

The panel was organised as part of the second edition of CPR Dialogues, held on 2nd and 3rd March 2020 at the India Habitat Centre. Addressing the theme of Policy Perspectives for 21st-century India, CPR Dialogues 2020 provided a window to the India of the future. Experts from around the country and the world engaged with and debated these very significant development and policy challenges that India faces in the coming decade.

ThePrint India was the digital partner for the event.

Media coverage of the panel discussion can be found below:

Delhi Police’s use of facial recognition doesn’t fit into idea of democracy: Shashi Tharoor by ThePrint

Videos of other panel discussions organised as part of CPR Dialogues 2020 can be found below:

CPR Dialogues 2020- Inaugural Address by Hon’ble Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
CPR Dialogues 2020- At the Threshold of a New Decade: Navigating the Emerging Geopolitical Landscape
CPR Dialogues 2020- What Would Happen if We Were to Believe in Indian Agriculture?
CPR Dialogues 2020- Creating an Inclusive Economy in a Digital World
CPR Dialogues 2020- What Would it Take to Build a 21st-century State for India? Launch of CPR’s State Capacity Initiative
CPR Dialogues 2020- Technology and Administrative Reform: Experience from India and the World
CPR Dialogues 2020- Tracking Government Spending: Challenges in Social Policy Financing
CPR Dialogues 2020- The Air Pollution Crisis: Making Political Salience Count
CPR Dialogues 2020- Article 21 and India’s Social and Economic Rights
CPR Dialogues 2020- Challenges in Public Education: Balancing State and Non-State Actors
CPR Dialogues 2020- Emerging Trends in Indian Politics
CPR Dialogues 2020- Are India’s Financial Institutions in Crisis? Understanding India’s Economic Slowdown
CPR Dialogues 2020- The Role of Ideas in Shaping Policy
CPR Dialogues 2020- Indo-US Relations
CPR Dialogues 2020- Land and the Constitution: Solving Land Conflict in India
CPR Dialogues 2020- Political Elites and Local Bureaucratic Capacity