Thoughtful Biometrics Workshop 2023

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Thoughtful Biometrics Workshop 2023

A collaborative inquiry into biometric technologies, real-world risks and benefits, and crafting a path to useful and reasonable regulation.

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  • 4 days 2 hours
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Thoughtful Biometrics Workshop is designed to support multiple stakeholders, including those concerned with the risks, of biometric technologies to explore both the risks and beneficial uses, and to collaborate towards useful, meaningful regulation of products and processes.

TBW takes place over four partial days, scheduled to fit within a North American work week (future versions of the conference may rotate to other timezones).

Day 1: Mon Feb 13, 9-11am PT (noon-2pm ET): Laying the Ground for Conversation

Day 2: Tue Feb 14, 9am-2pm PT (noon-5pm ET): Open Space Technology agenda co-created in the opening hour; three1-hour breakouts; closing

(no meetings on Weds 2/15 )

Day 3: Thu Feb 16, 9am-2pm PT (noon-5 pm ET): Open Space Technology agenda co-created in the opening hour; three1-hour breakouts; closing

Day 4: Fri Feb 17, 9-11am PT (noon-2pm ET): Wrap Up and Next steps

More information about why now, why this format, who is behind this, and the impact we hope for can be found at


The first Thoughtful Biometrics Workshop was in 2021. Kaliya Young is the founder and this is what has been said about the event:

It’s the start of another thing that Kaliya does so well. Find an important part of the tech world, where society needs to make progress, for the good of all, but where the various parties involved have not been able to communicate effectively, and bring them into communication.

In this case, it’s biometrics – using unique physical characteristics too quickly and reliably identify human individuals. You, dear reader, are probably in one of two camps: biometrics give you hives; or biometrics are a key, cornerstone technology for the future.

Kaliya says that the use of biometrics is not going away, and so, how about we get both sides together and figure out how to use the technologies with care and foresight?