IT’S THE LAW (03/28/2023)

The French National Assembly has proposed a controversial law critics worry will cross a new frontier in video surveillance. Article 7 of the “Bill relating to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games” has been condemned by human rights organizations for permitting algorithmic AI video surveillance to be used at major events, possibly as soon as the Rugby World Cup in September, and subsequently at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Algorithmic video surveillance is a new area of machine technology that utilizes AI to monitor, learn from and assess behavior and movement over time, so for example in this scenario, to anticipate crowd movement and predict and alert about “risky” behavior, based on AI estimation.

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