JusticeTech DL: Palantir's police manual revealed; face rec everywhere + jobs

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A little personal news: I was named one of the Fastcase 50 for 2019, which honors "the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders." (Fastcase)

Secretive data-mining company Palantir's user manual for police was revealed. (Vice) Over 300 Californian law enforcement agencies have access to the platform. (Vice) Not to be outdone, evidence of Amazon's cozy relationship with local police increased with reports that the company provided "heat maps" to local police for a sting operation. (Vice)

The FBI and ICE are using state drivers license databases without consent for facial recognition searches (WaPo) (H/t Nazia Fyazi). Meanwhile, U.S. Border and Customs Protection is planning on scanning everyone's face at the country's top 20 airports. (Buzzfeed) In a case of serendipity, a House subcommittee held hearings on the Department of Homeland Security's use of facial recognition. (House) At the local level, a debate rages in Detroit over a camera system tracking citizens. (NYT)

Arizona law enforcement agencies gather and share license plate data with little oversight. (AZ Mirror) Not only a police thing, turns out everyone is using license plate cameras to track cars. (Slate)

Stalker apps empower domestic abusers. (Tech Review)

To tackle some illegal online behavior, IBM recommends rethinking the Communications Decency Act's section 230, which protects websites from liability for what users post. (IBM)

The A2J Lab at Harvard started a randomized control trial of text message court date reminders in New York. (A2J Lab) Previous research indicated that reminders can improve court appearances by over 50%. (ABA Journal)


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)

Jobs & Opportunities

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

AI Now Institute is looking for an executive director and a post-doc researcher. (AI Now)

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

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

The Future Society is looking for interns. (TFS)

Georgetown Law Center needs a program manager who focuses on algorithmic fairness and people with disabilities. (GU)

The Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University seeks a clinical instructor to join their Cyberlaw Clinic. (HU)

Paladin needs a software engineer. (Paladin)

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)