JusticeTech DL: Web Scraping isn't a Crime; a NoSQL Solution to Crime Data + New Jobs

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This week we run our first of two simulations. This one combines choose-your-own-adventure and DnD with re-entry evaluation. The goal is to get students thinking about how different aspects of the criminal justice system interact with each other and how to approach their research interviews. We're reading Spradley's Asking Descriptive Questions (1979).


The author of this op-ed on Kentucky's pretrial algorithm system claims that the algorithm, without the input of a judge, is determining outcomes for some alleged offenders. (Ars) Meanwhile, Megan Stevenson and Brandon Garrett put together a great set of questions regarding the DOJ's new risk assessment tool. (Duke)

In an anticipated decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that web scraping doesn't violate anti-hacking law. (Ars)

A new proposal argues that a NoSQL solution is the way to collect criminal case information data and maintain coinciding information accuracy. (NCSC)

In L.A., citizens are using license plate readers to monitor their neighborhoods. (LAT) In San Diego, increased use of streetlamp cameras raises surveillance concerns. (LAT)

The governor of Maryland pledges $21 million to fight crime in Baltimore, including a surveillance plane. (Sun)

Protesters and police in Hong Kong are, in part, being powered by smartphone apps. (TR)


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)

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 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)