JusticeTechDL: 9th Cir protects web scraping; child porn on the rise + Jobs

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This week we discuss how institutions move from creating and collecting data to structuring and storing it. In the second half of the class, we will hear from Cynthia Conti-Cook about the Cop Accountability Project. We're reading David Colarusso and Erika Rickard's Speaking the Same Language: Data Standards and Disruptive Technologies in the Administration of Justice (sec. I, II, & VI) (2017) and Diane Lacy's Analysis of the Criminal Justice System Data Architecture (pp. 5-17) (2017).


In a busy week, I looked at the 9th Circuit's recent decision protecting web scrapers from criminal prosecution (ABA Journal) and the novel legal territory created by law enforcement's use of facial recognition technology. (ABA Journal)

The internet brought a resurgence of child pornography, with the number of online photos of exploited children doubling last year alone. (NYT)

In a new treaty between the U.S. and U.K., U.K. police can access some criminal suspects' Facebook and WhatsApp messages. (Times)

The department of corrections in Bucks County, Pennsylvania got sued--and lost big--over privacy issues raised by its inmate lookup tool. (Intelligencer)

Sealed juvenile records in Washington state have reappeared through a data sharing agreement with other law enforcement agencies. (Appeal)

In an op-ed, the LA Times editorial board is calling for greater criminal justice data transparency, echoing a report from Stanford and Measures for Justice. (LAT)

Baltimore officials were pitched on putting three surveillance planes in the sky at once, covering most of city. (BSun)

Amazon's Ring wanted to use 911 calls to activate its video doorbells. (CNET)

Harvard's A2J Lab is now tackling expungement. (A2JL)

Northwestern received an NSF grant to build an open, searchable version of PACER. (NW) Meanwhile, a federal judge told Congress that PACER can never be free. (Bloomberg)

Superior court judge in Georgia, who suspected a DA hacked her computer, was charged with computer trespassing. (ABA Journal)

There are Tesla police cars, and one almost ran out of juice during a chase last week. (NBC)


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)

D.C. Pro Bono Week is hosting a Coding for Justice event on October 21. (PBW)

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 Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown reopened its student writing competition, deadline is May 31. (GULC)

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 editorial and research leads. (AI Now)

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

BSR, a consultancy, is looking for as associate for their tech and human rights work. (BSR)

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 senior engineer opening in their Justice and Opportunity vertical. (CZI)

The Harvard Law Library needs a web developer to work on their online legal textbook platform. (HLL)

The Philly District Attorney's Office is looking for researchers, data scientists and programmers. (PDAO)

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)