JusticeTech DL: new NYPD data tool, regs on face rec + new jobs

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News


The creators of Patternizr, a data analysis tool used by the NYPD, explain their creation. (Informs) (h/t Rebecca Ackerman)

In LA, the use of predictive policing is under criticism for not having enough transparency and oversight. (LA Times) The LAT editorial board weighed in. (LA Times) (h/t Andrew Ferguson)

California is considering automatic criminal record sealing for low-level offenses, including some felonies. (NYT) A similar effort in Pennsylvania required significant work from the state police and state courts to get their data right.

A bill proposed in the U.S. Senate would limit how companies can use facial recognition software. (TR)

Despite misuse of 911 phone location data, the FCC's proposed plan on the subject doesn't mention privacy. (Ars)

After coming under criticism, FamilyTreeDNA now lets users block the FBI from using their data. (New Scientist)

The Legal Services Corp. announced a new Emerging Leaders Council to raise the profile of legal aid issues. I'll be joining the council to provide perspective from the criminal justice and technology world. (LSC)

A cop in Florida used a police database as a dating service, calling up to 150 women. (WaPo)

Events


New America is hosting a panel discussion on March 20 in Washington D.C. on how DNA-testing companies can crack cold cases and invade your privacy. (New America)

Stanford Law's CodeX conference is coming up on April 4 in Palo Alto. I'll be moderating a stacked panel of open and free law mavens. (CodeX)

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

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

The American Society of Criminology meeting is happening in San Francisco between November 13-16. They are still accepting abstracts for some presentations. (ASC)

Jobs


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

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

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for attorneys and technologists, among other positions. (EFF)

JustFix is looking to fill developer, digital marketer and project manager positions. (JustFix)

The Lab at D.C. has three postings at the moment, including a data scientist, social scientist and operations analyst. (The Lab)

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

Mozilla opened applications for its year long fellowship with a focus on "better machine decision making." (MF)

PEW is looking for someone to help with their court modernization work. (PEW)