Kristen Thomasen on “Liar Liar Pants on Fire! Examining the Constitutionality of Enhanced Robo-Interrogation”

Kristen Thomasen

The combination of human-computer interaction (“HCI”) technology with sensors that monitor human physiological responses offers state agencies improved methods for extracting truthful information from suspects during interrogations.  These technologies have recently been deployed in the form of automated kiosks, where an individual interacts with an avatar interrogator.  The HCI system uses a combination of visual, auditory, near-infrared and other sensors to monitor a suspect’s eye movements, voice, and various other qualities.  The information is then aggregated and analyzed to determine deception.  Kristen Thomasen argues that this type of application poses serious risks to individual rights—such as privacy, the right to silence, and the right to silence.  Her paper explores possible solutions and suggests that courts, HCI technology developers, and state agencies institute limits on how this emerging technology obtains and uses information.

Kristen Thomasen will present Liar Liar Pants on Fire! Examining the Constitutionality of Enhanced Robo-Interrogation on Saturday, April 21st at the 3:30pm “Social Issues in Robotics” Panel Presentation at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida.  Kristen Thomasen is currently a J.D. 2012 candidate at the University of Ottawa, Ontario.  She has a M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University in Ottawa and a B.A. in Anthropology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  Miss Thomasen co-founded the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program.  In 2010, she co-presented with University of Ottawa Professor Ian Kerr, whom she presently works for as a Research Assistant, on “Facebook and a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy”.

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