JTDL: First US city set to ban predictive policing; NYC pushes police tech transparency + New Jobs

Editor’s Note

I want to welcome Eleni Manis, PhD to the JTDL team. I’m grateful that she offered to help improve the jobs section of the newsletter. Keep her in mind if you have any technology and ethics projects in need of assistance.

As always, thank you for reading.



How surveillance has always reinforced racism. (Wired) Anti-Blackness in policy making: Learning from the past to create a better future. (Harvard)

The New York City Council passed—with a veto proof majority—a major NYPD surveillance transparency bill. (EFF) NYC is also changing how it handles police misconduct claims, including the creation of a database that will track the roughly 1,100 pending allegations of police abuse. (New York Times)

In a U.S. first, Santa Cruz, Calif. is set to ban predictive policing. (Thomson Reuters) Examining the bias of predictive policing. (Digital Trends)

If you go to a protest, what kinds of personal information might police collect about you? (Markup) The Sims—yes, that Sims—becomes an outlet for those that can’t attend a protest. (techdirt)

Geofence warrants: How police can use protesters' phones against them. (c|net) Google's geofence warrants face a major legal challenge. (OneZero)

US government spy planes monitored George Floyd protests. (CNN) Congressional representatives demand federal law enforcement stop surveilling protesters. (techdirt)

Venmo and Paypal are stalling efforts to bail people out of jail. (VICE)

Cops are increasingly requesting data from Facebook, and you probably won't get notified. (OneZero) Facebook helped the FBI hack a child predator, raising many questions. (techdirt)

Congress again takes up facial recognition reform, but activists say this time is different. (Morning Consult) The dangers of facial recognition software. (Last Week Tonight) Here’s a Chinese company hacking facial recognition to make it “safer”. (South China Morning Post)

Body cameras haven't stopped police brutality, here's why. (Wired) They used smartphone cameras to record police brutality and change history. (Wall Street Journal)

Inside the two-year fight to stop Amazon from selling face recognition to the police. (MIT) A pause on Amazon's police partnerships is not enough. (Slate) Police ties to Amazon Ring home surveillance come under scrutiny. (PEW)

Police use of high-tech surveillance amplifies bias and overreach. (Undark) Denver police use NSA-grade surveillance software. (Unicorn Riot)

Law enforcement agencies say they need more resources to investigate dark web crimes. (National Institute of Justice)

How an etsy review and a LinkedIn profile led to a arrest. (ABC)

How COVID is pushing courts online. (Economist) How Spain is adopting remote court tech. (Fair Trials) (h/t Mar Jimeno) Remote criminal hearings are happening in New Zealand. (Victoria University) (h/t Aonghus Kelly)

New Kansas court record system could expand access to hard-to-reach documents. (Shawnee Mission Post)

There’s a new site aggregating legal tech jobs. (Legal Tech Jobs) (h/t Daan Vansimpsen)

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[Virtual] Legal Geek is hosting a conference on June 23. (LG)

[Virtual] Center for American Progress is hosting the Innovations Conference on criminal justice, June 23-25. (CAP)

[Virtual] Passport to Practice, a bootcamp for law students and new lawyers, will be held June 24-25. (PtP)

[Virtual] Docacon, a conference that teaches docassemble, is June 26. (Doca)

The National Association of Court Management annual conference will be held in New Orleans from July 12-16. (NACM)

[Virtual] Subtech, a conference on law and innovation, is July 16-17. (ST)

[Virtual] The International Legal Technology Association is holding a conference from August 24-28. (ILTA)

[Virtual] The first annual American Legal Technology Awards will be held in August, date TBD. (ALT)

[Stay tuned] We Robot 2020 may not take place at the University of Ottawa. (UOttawa)

Jobs & Opportunities

[New] 18F, the federal government’s in-house tech shop, is hiring for two roles. (18F) (h/t Eleni Manis)

AI Now Institute has numerous openings. (AI Now)

[New] The Appeal, a digital publication focused on criminal justice, needs an editor. (TA)

Arnold Ventures has a bunch of job openings in their various criminal justice tracks. (Arnold)

The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is looking for a deputy director and a program coordinator. (Aspen) (h/t Betsy Cooper)

Berkeley Law's Technology & Public Policy Clinic is looking for a clinical teaching fellow. (Cal)

[New] BetaNYC needs a civic hacker. (BNYC) (h/t Eleni Manis)

Blue Ridge Labs needs a program associate. (BRL)

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has openings in their Justice and Opportunity vertical. (CZI)

Code for America is looking for a senior consulting engineer for its “Clear My Record” expungement project. (CfA) (h/t Matt Bernius)

Color of Change is hiring for numerous data and engineering positions. (CoC)

The FBI needs a software engineer. (FBI)

Georgetown’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy needs a justice data associate. (GULC) (h/t Matthew Stubenberg)

[New] Harvard’s A2J Lab needs a research specialist. (A2J)

The Illinois Courts are looking for a senior program manager for its legal technology initiatives. (ILCourts)

Lagniappe Law Lab is looking for an access-to-justice tech fellow. (LLL)

LawHelpNY needs a new director. (CFW)

Measures for Justice has numerous open positions in their research and technology sections. (MfJ)

Neota Logic, an expert systems platform, is looking for a university and non-profit relationships director, plus other roles. (Neota)

The Philly District Attorney's Office is looking for researchers, data scientists and programmers. (PDAO)

Pro Bono Net has numerous openings in New York for project management and other roles. (PBN)

Quest for Justice is looking to fill numerous roles. (Q4J) (Disclosure: I work for Q4J.)

Recidiviz, a criminal justice data platform, is looking for a dev. (Recidiviz)

[New] Schmidt Futures has numerous open roles. (SF)

Texas Southern University’s Center for Justice Research is looking for a research analyst. (TSU)

Theory and Principle, a legal software development boutique, needs a QA dev. (T&P)

Thorn, a platform fighting child sex trafficking, has a number of positions open. (Thorn)

Yale Law School is looking for visiting fellows for the Information Society Project. (ISP)