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How technology is expanding borders

With Antonella Napolitano, Lorenzo Bagnoli, Daniel Howden

23 September 2022    11:00 - 12:30

Fondazione Collegio San Carlo – Sala Verde

Via San Carlo 5
Modena, 41121 Italia


Borders have traditionally been among the most monitored and surveilled places in the world, and the pervasive use of surveillance technologies of various kinds has reinforced forms of control in these areas, often at the expense of the rights of travelers and migrants in particular. The panel will look at the expanding use of surveillance technologies at borders and at their contribution in making borders ubiquitous and increasingly hostile with regard to human rights.

In addition, it will discuss the European Union’s involvement in these abuses: from the involvement of Frontex – the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – in migrant pushbacks to the use of European funds to export these technologies even in non-democratic contexts and for authoritarian uses. In particular, the panel will draw on some case studies from the work of advocacy and journalistic organizations that have recently investigated these issues, such as Privacy International, Lighthouse Reports, and Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI).

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Lorenzo Bagnoli

Co-director of IrpiMedia

Lorenzo Bagnoli is co-director of IrpiMedia. He has been a journalist since 2009. In 2019 he participated in The authoritarian playbook, a podcast by the American non-profit organisation The Ground Truth Project. In 2022 he worked on Cities for Rent,…

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Daniel Howden

Director of Lighthouse Reports

Daniel is the founder and editor of Lighthouse Reports, an award-winning European non-profit investigative newsroom. He created Lighthouse’s work on migration and borders and now directs his own surveillance report. Daniel has spent most of his career as a foreign…

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Antonella Napolitano

Tech policy expert

Antonella Napolitano is a tech policy expert and advisor on strategic comms and impact, with a focus on technology on society and human rights, particularly on migration, welfare and reproductive rights. Currently, she works with public interest journalism newsrooms and…

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