Relationship of mistrust between racialized groups and intelligence agencies

We often hear about the deficit of trust between the country’s national security institutions and Canadians, and especially Canadians being racialized., says the report compiled by the Advisory Group on National Security Transparency (GCT-SN). This independent and external body was created in 2019 to advise the Deputy Minister of Public Safety and the national security and intelligence community.

These relationships are sometimes damaged by mistrust and suspicion, as well as misjudgment on the part of these institutions, which are perceived by the concerned communities to be discriminatory..

Composed of 10 members from the legal, civil society and national security communities, the GCT-SN warns that the emergence of artificial intelligence poses a threat to racialized communities.

Systematic discrimination in the design of artificial intelligence (AI) can have adverse effects on vulnerable individuals or groups of individuals, including racialized communities.they found.

IA et des organisations qui les utilisent, mais aussi les clivages sociétaux et les inégalités sous-jacentes qui sont alors renforcés et potentiellement approfondis.”,”text”:”Ces biais reflètent non seulement les défauts spécifiques des programmes d’IA et des organisations qui les utilisent, mais aussi les clivages sociétaux et les inégalités sous-jacentes qui sont alors renforcés et potentiellement approfondis.”}}”>These prejudices reflect not only specific flaws in educational programsAI and organizations that use it, but also the underlying social divisions and inequalities that are then strengthened and possibly deepened.

A more lasting commitment is needed

The report, released earlier this week, urges security and intelligence agencies to better communicate with racialized communities.

In practice, civilians rarely listen to stakeholders, often offloading their responsibilities with prepared messages.we note.

Constructive communication should be based on dialogue; officers need to listen to stakeholders ’questions and concerns, and be ready and willing to respond to them.

The report also calls on intelligence agencies as CSIS to engage with more persistently racialized communities – and not just in times of crisis.

The authors highlighted the contacts of CSIS with the Iranian-Canadian community after the crash of flight PS752 in January 2020 and with the Muslim community in March after the attack on a mosque in Mississauga, Ontario.

Peel Regional Police were called to the Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Center in Mississauga, Ont., After a man attacked members of the congregation.

Photo: Radio-Canada

SCRS ne réussira pas à établir une confiance à long terme avec les communautés racialisées tant que son engagement sera principalement réactif”,”text”:”Bien qu’importants, ces contacts étaient motivés par des incidents particuliers. À notre avis, le SCRS ne réussira pas à établir une confiance à long terme avec les communautés racialisées tant que son engagement sera principalement réactif”}}”>Although important, these contacts are triggered by specific incidents. In our opinion, the CSIS fail to build long-term trust in racialized communities as long as its engagement is more reactiveaccording to the report.

the CSIS want to change in this situation

the CSIS The issues highlighted in the report were identified in a statement on Friday.

We know that the voices of racialized communities and Indigenous peoples are not heard as clearly as they should in conversations about policy, legislative and operational deliberations on national security issues.wrote to the agency, saying it was determined to change this situation.

the CSIS promised to publish more details of its engagement programs in its annual reports.

The director of the spy agency David Vigneault admitted in 2020 that the CSIS There is also an internal problem of racism.

Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, David Vigneault

Photo: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

Yes, systematic racism is here, and yes there is a level of harassment and fear of retaliation within the organization.according to him, according to the transcript of a 2020 meeting.

The agency said it reviewed the artificial intelligence section of the report and had noted guiding principles and conclusions in the report. Other agencies involved in the report have not yet commented on its findings.

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