A delicate balance: Responding to a crisis with surveillance tech  

Branka Marijan Emerging Technologies, Featured, News Leave a Comment

As more surveillance technologies are being used in this fight, a broader conversation has begun on the need to balance the demands of public health with the preservation of privacy and human rights.

A Statement on COVID-19

Ploughshares Featured, News

At Project Ploughshares, we take the global social, economic, and health crisis triggered by the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 very seriously. We are committed to doing our part to minimize its impact on ourselves, our associates, and the broader community. 

Clearview AI and the public use of facial-recognition technology

Branka Marijan Emerging Technologies, Featured, News

Police forces were not forthcoming about their use of Clearview AI and facial-recognition technology in general, until a February report revealed that Canada was the largest market for Clearview AI technology outside the United States. The technology seems to have spread quietly, sometimes without the knowledge of those in charge.

Will Canada’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia impact its bid for a UN Security Council seat?

Kelsey Gallagher Conventional Weapons, News

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has long wanted to get Canada back on the UN Security Council, where it last had a seat in 2000. For Trudeau, such a return would signal Canada’s “renewed commitment to international peace and security.”

A leadership role on ethical AI is Canada’s to take or lose

Branka Marijan Emerging Technologies, News

Canada is certainly capable of promoting global norms, with a federal government commitment to fund AI research, an active AI community, and a rapidly developing tech sector. Expert help is available from leading AI researchers in Canadian universities and industries. Research institutes and civil-society groups also have expertise on various applications of AI.

Canada to support a ban on autonomous weapons 

Branka Marijan Conventional Weapons, Emerging Technologies, News

The question now is what happens next and how will the mandate be implemented when UN discussions on this issue resume in June. While fully autonomous weapons systems do not yet exist, experts agree that they soon will.

Global Affairs Canada Report on Saudi Exports Puts Economic Benefits Before Human Rights

Ploughshares News

A coalition of Canadian civil society organizations is deeply dismayed that Global Affairs Canada claims it has found “no credible evidence” linking Canadian exports of military equipment to human rights violations committed by Saudi Arabia. On 17 September 2019, the day Canada formally acceded to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the Deputy Ministers of International Trade and Foreign Affairs signed …

At the breaking point: New report reveals weaknesses in outer space security

Ploughshares Featured, News, Space Security

Space activity is flourishing. In 2018, 71 countries owned satellites. Seventy-two national space agencies spent a combined $70 billion. Eleven new agencies were created or announced. Some of the 2,062 active satellites saved 2,700 lives. The satellite industry earned $277 billion, while startups secured $3 billion in private investment Key events included: The first launch of demonstration satellites for mega …

New Technologies and Conflict Escalation

Branka Marijan Featured, News

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Glenn S. Gerstell, the general counsel for the United States National Security Agency, explains why the United States cannot afford to lose the digital revolution. He lays out the ways in which technology will transform national security threats and predicts a bleak future of constant cyberwarfare and new weapons. Gerstell rightly notes …