Facial recognition technology ‘fundamentally undemocratic,’ says Angus as critics wary of political use
July 28, 2021
Refugee Law Lab Associate Director Petra Molnar is quoted in a Hill Times piece about the Canada Border Services Agency’s experiment with facial recognition technology at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.
Ottawa tested facial recognition on millions of travellers at Toronto’s Pearson airport in 2016
July 19, 2021
Refugee Law Lab Associate Director Petra Molnar is featured in a Globe and Mail article about the growing prevalence of surveillance technology at Canada’s border.
New Border Tech: Interview with Petra Molnar
July 15, 2021
In this Al Jazeera interview, Dr. Petra Molnar, Associate Director at the Refugee Law Lab, discusses the increasing deployment of new surveillance technologies in border control settings – at the expense of human rights, human dignity and the international right to seek asylum.
Invasive, automated surveillance systems to be introduced within refugee camps in Greece
June 7, 2021
According to Petra Molnar, associate director at York University’s Refugee Law Lab, who visited refugee camps in Lesbos last year, the use of intense surveillance “strengthens that link between migrants as people who bring diseases and all of that, and bodies who must be managed, surveilled and kept under control.
Dr. Molnar worries that contact-tracing mobile apps and other “biosurveillance” methods will soon be required for refugees crossing all EU borders, becoming what she calls “tools of oppression.”
Clear safeguards needed around technology planned for border checkpoints
May 5, 2021, written by Jamie Liew and Petra Molnar
Automated systems can affect decision-making for things like immigration and refugee applications.
Moria 2.0: The EU’s sandbox for surveillance technologies
March 31, 2021
‘They can see us in the dark’: migrants grapple with hi-tech fortress EU
March 26, 2021
A powerful battery of drones, thermal cameras and heartbeat detectors are being deployed to exclude asylum seekers
Technology is the new border enforcer, and it discriminates
November 23, 2020
Tech solutions have not made border control more objective or humane, but rather more dangerous.
UN warms of impact of smart borders on rerugees: ‘Data collection isn’t apolitical’
November 11, 2020
Special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia believes there is a misconception that biosurveillance technology is without bias.
Dispatch from a refugee camp during the COVID-19 pandemic
October 13, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic first appeared, and we were preoccupied with bread-baking and Tiger King, it was talked about as the great equalizer, a moment to bring us all together.
Yet as we enter the eighth month of this global crisis, it becomes increasingly clear that we’re hardly “in this together.”