JusticeTech DL: LAPD scraps data-drive program; prisoners train AI + Jobs

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In a significant win for police tech oversight, the LAPD is scrapping a data-driven program that was supposed to target people likely to commit a crime. Instead, it didn't work and wasted money. (LAT) In London, police are using a predictive policing algorithm that's under increased criticism. (Wired) In a world of "blue data," Andrew Ferguson shows how this data may be used by citizens to prove systemic negligence. (Vanderbilt)

A judge in Fairfax, Virginia tells police they can no longer collect data with license plate readers. (WaPo)

AI researchers call on Amazon to stop selling their facial recognition tech to law enforcement. (TR) The SEC says there has to be a shareholder vote on whether or not to curb the sales. (Verge)

Eva Galperin at the Electronic Frontier Foundation is leading the fight against stalkerware. (Wired) Meanwhile, Kaspersky's Android security product will now mark all stalkerware as malware. (Motherboard)

Orin Kerr argues that when the state tries to compel a password a Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination should be sustained unless the government can independently show that the suspect knows the password. (Texas Law)

To improve collection, sharing and standardization of legal data, folks at Stanford have proposed a data commons for law. (CodeX) (h/t Margaret Hagan)

Los Angeles is expunging 50,000 marijuana related criminal records with the help of an algorithm. (Guardian)

In Finland, prisoners are training AI as a part of prison labor. (Verge)


Code for America's annual summit is on May 29 in Oakland, CA. (CfA)

Tel Aviv University's Cyberweek conference from June 23-27 will cover a host of topics, including the ethics of AI in criminal justice systems, which I'll be speaking on. (Cyberweek)

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

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

Jobs & Opportunities

AI Now Institute is looking for a post-doc researcher. (AI Now)

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

The California Courts Digital Service has numerous openings, including a data scientist and legal content designer. (CDS)

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

The Death Penalty Information Center is hiring a data fellow in Washington D.C. (DPIC)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for attorneys. (EFF)

The Lab at D.C. is looking for a data scientist, social scientist and operations analyst. (The Lab)

Measures for Justice is looking for a research associate. (MforJ)

TechCongress is looking for a Washington D.C. director. (TC) (h/t Jameson Dempsey)

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