JusticeTech DL: FBI still wants backdoors; Checkr worth $2.2b + New Jobs

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This week we move beyond practical skills and start introducing the role data plays in criminal justice systems. To start, we look at the history of police data: why and how it is collected and how is it used, including the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports and New York City’s CompStat. This will include a discussion about a new law in Florida that looks to improve the data collection process. We are reading Stacy Wood's The Paradox of Police Data.


News


Last week, I linked to an Ars Technica op-ed about how Kentucky is deferring to their risk assessment with no judicial input when releasing some people. I followed up with the Kentucky Courts to understand more and, as I suspected, the Ars piece didn't quite have it right. Many jurisdictions around the country, including Kentucky, don't allow for pretrial detention for a variety of offenses. It's not a new phenomena.

I was quoted in a piece regarding the Pittsburgh DA's planned use of license plate readers and facial recognition. (Appeal)

The FBI tried to plant a backdoor in an encrypted phone network. (vice)

Facebook is working with police to stop terror attacks from being live streamed. (Guardian)

Checkr, a background check tech company, is now valued at $2.2 billion. (Forbes)

Real-time surveillance will test the British tolerance for cameras. (NYT)

A California lawmaker trying to weaken a new privacy law is married to Ring executive. (Politico)

A new paper by Solon Barocas and Karen Levy looks at privacy dependencies, the decisions made by other people that affect other people's privacy. (SSRN)

We post a lot of tech jobs, AI Now has thoughts to how job candidates can better interview potential employers. (AINow)

Events


NIST is hosting a Tech to Protect Challenge in ten cities around the country, Sept. 27-29 and Nov. 1-3, 2019. (NIST) (h/t Dave McClure)

The Justice Innovation Challenge is showcasing their hackathon's winners in D.C. on Oct. 1. (LSAC)AI Now is hosting a symposium on Oct. 2 in New York City. (AINow)

The Maintainers are putting on a third conference focused on maintenance, infrastructure and repair in Washington D.C., October 6-9. (Maintainers)

ASSETS is calling for papers regarding AI fairness and those with disabilities for a workshop in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27. (ASSETS)

The American Society of Criminology meeting is happening in San Francisco between November 13-16. (ASC)

The Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency has a call out for papers for their law track. The conference will be in Barcelona, Spain Jan. 27-30, 2020. (FAT)

We Robot 2020 has a call out for proposals. It'll take place at the University of Ottawa, April 2-4, 2020. (UOttawa)

The Law and Society Association is accepting submissions for its conference May 28-31, 2020 in Denver. (LSA)

Jobs & Opportunities


ACLU national is looking for a director of product management. (ACLU)

AI Now Institute is looking for a research lead. (AI Now)

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

BSR, a consultancy, is looking for as associate for their tech and human rights work. (BSR)

Callisto, a sexual assault reporting platform, is looking for a head of business development and an executive assistant. (Callisto)

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

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has a user experience researcher and senior engineer openings in their Justice and Opportunity vertical. (CZI)

The Ford Foundation needs a criminal justice program officer. (Ford)

The Harvard Law Library needs a web developer to work on their online legal textbook platform. (HLL)

The New York Legal Aid Society needs a staff attorney for their digital forensics unit. (NYLAS)

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

The Stanford Center for Human-centered Artificial Intelligence wants to fill a number of director roles. (HAI)

Tech Congress is accepting applications for its congressional fellows. (TC)

Thorn has a number of positions open for engineers, product managers and sales. (Thorn)

Uptrust, a court reminder platform, is looking for a front end engineer and tech lead manager. (Uptrust)

Upturn, a tech policy outfit in D.C., is hiring for four awesome sounding positions. (Upturn)