JusticeTech: Predictive policing, mugshots, new jobs

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Kate Crawford and her colleagues released bombshell research finding that predictive policing tools are built on systemic data manipulation, including falsified police reports, unlawful use of force, planted evidence, and unconstitutional searches. (SSRN) (TR) In a case of serendipity, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights penned a letter to US Senators calling for attention to data-driven discrimination. (LCCHR)

The Right to Be Forgotten as it pertains to mugshots is being debated in New Mexico and New York, and people have thoughts. (New Mexican) (Times Union)

Privacy advocates have their hackles up this week over a variety of private industry and public safety issues. Amazon has been working more with the police after its acquisition of Ring, which makes a video surveillance-enabled doorbell. (Intercept) The big phone carriers reportedly broke US law by selling 911 location data. (Ars) There's a new, growing forensics industry thanks to at-home DNA testing. (Buzzfeed)

In research I missed the first time around, there was a small study in Massachusetts drug court that found participants would use a smartphone app when trying to navigate recovery. (NIH) (ht Sam Harden)

Jobs
The Aspen Institute has a new fellowship for tech policy experts. (Aspen)

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has service design and portfolio manager openings in their Justice and Opportunity vertical. (CZI)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a surveillance activist and a staff technologist, among other positions. (EFF)

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

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

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

Robin Hood Foundation's fellowship program, which helps people build user-centered technology for low-income Americans, is now open to applicants. (RHF)

Upturn has a couple full-time research and policy analyst positions. (Upturn)