JusticeTech DL: SF bans gov't face rec tech; a literal robocop; jobs

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This fall, Keith Porcaro and I are bringing back our Criminal Justice Technology, Policy, & Law course to Georgetown Law Center. This is a practicum course, which means we partner our students with system stakeholders on process and technology improvement projects. We are currently seeking new partners for Fall 2019. (Medium)


I spoke with the team at Sleepwalkers, a new podcast on AI, about the technology's role in criminal justice systems. (IHeartRadio) Meanwhile, companies are getting the data to train AI largely by keeping consumers in the dark. (Atlantic)

San Francisco banned government agencies from using facial recognition. (NYT) However, the private sector still has free rein. (TR) Meanwhile, in the UK, it's full steam ahead with the controversial technology. (BBC)

In Philadelphia, controversy over risk assessments run the risk of damaging the criminal justice reform coalition between the prosecutors and defenders. (Inquirer)

In the tragicomedy that is police tech, a company wants a robot to mediate traffic stops so cops don't get violent. (WaPo)

Agencies that use Socrata for open police data reporting are going to see the service cut in June. The company was bought by Tyler Technologies last year. (GovTech)

Crime is at historic lows, but people are convinced we live in a post-apocalyptic terrorscape, in part because of social media apps like Nextdoor and Citizen. (Vox)

A county in Illinois copyrighted mugshots, which shutdown at least one mugshot website. (Q985) I wrote about this legal approach a year ago. (ABA Journal)

How'd some top cybercriminals get caught? The advertised their skills online. (Slate)


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

The Law and Society Association Collaborative Research Network will cover various aspects of law and technology, including criminal justice from May 30-June 2. (LSA)

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 National Network to End Domestic Violence is hosting its Technology Summit in San Francisco, July 29-31. (NNEDV)

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 and an executive assistant. (AI Now)

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

The Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University is looking for an undergrad researcher. (TSU)

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

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a criminal litigator. (EFF)

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

TechCongress is looking for a Washington D.C. director. (TC)

University of California Irvine has a role open for a digital rights fellow at the law school's International Justice Clinic. (UCI)

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