Informational Hearings

Joint Informational Hearing - March 10, 2020

Shaping the Future of Facial Recognition Technology in California: Identifying its Promises and Challenges

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
3:00 p.m.
California State Capitol - Room 127
1315 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
 

Agenda 03/10/2020 [pdf]
Hearing Background [pdf]

Facial Recognition Technology, or FRT, is an emerging technology that use biometrics to map facial features from photographs or videos and compare the information with a database of known faces to help identify or verify the identity of individuals in images.

Recent developments in FRT have led to wide proliferation of this technology in applications, including assisting smartphone users in unlocking their phones, preventing retail theft, identifying human trafficking victims, and in airports to verify the identity of travelers. FRT also provides law enforcement with a surveillance technique to enhance public safety. Despite its promising benefits, the use of FRT also presents genuine challenges to our privacy and civil liberties.

The informational hearing will examine the promises and challenges associated with FRT, and impact it may have on consumers, state and local governments, and businesses. It will also consider what role the Legislature should take in approaching this complex and emerging issue. Presenting at the hearing are key academics, industry experts, government liaisons, and consumer and civil liberties representatives.

Informational Hearing - October 28, 2015

The Challenges and Opportunities of the Internet of Things (“IoT”)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
10 a.m. 1 p.m.
International House - Auditorium
University of California, Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
 

Event Flyer [pdf]
Hearing Agenda - 10-28-15 [pdf]
Hearing Video - 10-28-15

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging technology that looks to digitize the physical world with smart “things” or products that contain embedded software systems, sensors, and network connectivity. The commercialization of the IoT has the potential to open new markets, create productivity improvements for “smart” communities, and create value for consumers, companies, government, and economies.

The growth of this emerging technology will require a highly-trained Information Technology workforce to meet the expected demand for these exciting new IoT products and services. Meeting this demand will require cultivating strong public-private partnerships that will enable stakeholders to tackle the complex technical challenges the IoT is expected to create with privacy, cybersecurity, and interpreting the massive amount of information generated by IoT devices with data analytics.

The hearing will examine the benefits and challenges associated with the IoT and impact it may have on consumers, state and local governments, and businesses. We will also consider what role the Legislature should take in approaching this complex and emerging issue. Key academics, industry experts, government liaisons, and consumer representatives will attend.

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