Being Watched: Embedding Ethics in Public Cameras


Cities are adopting camera technologies, including public video cameras and sensors, that use AI to process visual data with the promise of improving services, enhancing management capabilities, and lowering costs. However, privacy is a core challenge to using the data, as the public lacks trust in how governments use camera-generated video data. This project focuses on investigating the social acceptance of cameras and video data and developing technical solutions that will satisfy privacy concerns, including blurring faces and other identifying information when using biometric data so that machine learning models can be trained to remove these privacy attributes from raw videos. 


Team Members

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project Co-Lead


Jan. 26, 2024
Responsible Data Handling in the Age of AI: Insights from Good Systems’ Sharon Strover and Amy Kristin Sanders
An interview with two of Good Systems’ experts on data privacy, both from UT’s School of Journalism and Media: Sharon Strover, former chair of the Good Systems Executive Team, and Amy Kristin Sanders, who is also an associate professor (by courtesy) at the School of Law
July 17, 2023
Making AI Good for Humans
Professor Sharon Strover of The University of Texas at Austin talks with Austin Forum executive director Jay Boisseau about AI's implications for humans--what are the risks (both accidental and intentional), why is it hard to address some of them, and what UT's Good Systems program is doing to help! Sharon and Jay cover a wide range of related topics as they discuss the risks and benefits of AI for humans and the need to learn how to co-exist in ways that benefit all.
April 3, 2023
Positive Friction – An Interview with Sharon Strover
Sharon Strover is a professor of communications in the Moody College of Communication and chair of Good Systems at The University of Texas at Austin. We sat down with Strover in advance of the 2023 Good Systems Symposium, taking place April, 3 - 4, on UT Austin’s campus.