The Digital Walls of Fortress Europe
As part of PANELFIT, Kostas Zafeiropoulos, Janine Louloudi, and Nikos Morfonios from MIIR – one of EDJNet's Greek partners – conducted a three-part investigation on the issue of digital surveillance in the EU, with a particular focus on migration management:
The digitisation and online transition of ever more aspects of our lives is a long-term trend accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. What goes largely unnoticed is the same trend involving the data collection and surveillance superpowers of EU states.
The impact of surveillance systems on vulnerable populations, money for Frontex drones, and monitoring the movement of citizens within the European area.
Artificial intelligence and algorithms are at the heart of the EU’s new mobility-control system. High-risk automated decisions are being taken on human lives. It is an emerging multi-billion-euro unregulated market with dystopian 'smart' applications.