Semi-(a)utomated decision-making systems that categorize and rank us, codify and deepen inequalities. With the widespread awareness of their presence in China and the US, it is also in Europe that the exercise of power is increasingly being transferred from person to machine.
In Slovenia, we were among the first to test a system for detecting children with potential learning and educational problems, the financial administration introduced a system for predicting potential tax evaders, at the Jože Pučnik airport the global IT company Amadeus tested biometric boarding by means of facail recognition, Slovenian police tried to expand their legal powers on automatic registration plate recognition. Under pressure from the EU and without public participation, Slovenia
is implementing the 5G infrastructure, following the mandate of an ever-faster and more data-rich connectivity.
The civil society has rarely any insights into the operation of such systems, let alone any influence on
the desirability of their introduction. The political, social, economic, health, justice and education
systems can no longer be discussed without a simultaneous debate on the automation that underpins their development. Due to the complexity and specialization of knowledge, high financial inputs and related interests, automation is shying away from democratic scrutiny. The inevitability of ever-increasing connectivity and ever more effective control is what worries us, so this year´s edition of the Grounded Festival opens up a space for addressing the autonomy of the living in the Internet