Petra Molnar, author of The Walls Have Eyes

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Petra Molnar for the release of her book The Walls Have Eyes! This event will take place on Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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A chilling exposé of the inhumane and lucrative sharpening of borders around the globe through experimental surveillance technology

In 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it was training "robot dogs" to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border against migrants. Four-legged machines equipped with cameras and sensors would join a network of drones and automated surveillance towers--nicknamed the "smart wall." This is part of a worldwide trend: as more people are displaced by war, economic instability, and a warming planet, more countries are turning to AI-driven technology to "manage" the influx.

Based on years of researching borderlands across the world, lawyer and anthropologist Petra Molnar's The Walls Have Eyes is a truly global story--a dystopian vision turned reality, where your body is your passport and matters of life and death are determined by algorithm. Examining how technology is being deployed by governments on the world's most vulnerable with little regulation, Molnar also shows us how borders are now big business, with defense contractors and tech start-ups alike scrambling to capture this highly profitable market.

With a foreword by former UN Special Rapporteur E. Tendayi Achiume, The Walls Have Eyes reveals the profound human stakes of the sharpening of borders around the globe, foregrounding the stories of people on the move and the daring forms of resistance that have emerged against the hubris and cruelty of those seeking to use technology to turn human beings into problems to be solved.


Petra Molnar is a lawyer and anthropologist specializing in migration and human rights. She co-runs the Refugee Law Lab at York University and is a faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Petra has crossed many borders and worked all over the world including Jordan, Turkey, the Philippines, Kenya, Colombia, Canada, and various parts of Europe. Petra’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Al Jazeera, Wired, The Guardian, and many other outlets. The author of The Walls Have Eyes: Surviving Migration in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, she splits her time between Toronto, New York, and Athens.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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The Walls Have Eyes: Surviving Migration in the Age of Artificial Intelligence By Petra Molnar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620978368
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: New Press - May 21st, 2024


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