JusticeTechDL: a personal essay; criminal justice as a platform + New Jobs


Happy New Year! During the break, I made some changes. First, you might notice the aesthetics are a little different; it is because I migrated to Substack. This doesn’t change anything for you, except if you want to share the newsletter. The new sign up link is: https://justicetech.substack.com/

Second, if you need to keep this newsletter out of your spam filter, I have a new email to white list: jason@tashea.com.

Third, thank you for your survey responses last year. I took them to heart and will start including civil justice tech news and make other recommended improvements throughout the year.

Last, in a little personal news, I left the ABA Journal at the end of 2019. Today, I’m starting a new role at Quest for Justice, an access-to-justice platform for self-represented litigants—this will not impact the newsletter.

Ok, enough updates, on to the news!


At the end of last year, I wrote about my trials and tribulations trying to find my place in justice tech. (ABA)

Law enforcement's use of consumer genetic data is entering a new phase. (Slate)

Axon, previously Taser, sees criminal justice as a platform, here’s how. (CNBC)

In the largest reported reverse-location warrant, the ATF reaped data from 1,500 phones while pursuing an arson investigation. (Ars)

Lack of guidance on AI leaves public services in limbo, says UK watchdog. (Guardian)

The Chattanooga, Tenn. government is asking residents to report online hate speech in an effort to decrease hate crimes. (MIT)

A federal study found that facial recognition’s accuracy is affected by demographics, like age, race and gender. (NIST)

San Diego suspends a face recognition program and limits ICE access to criminal justice data. (EFF)

A new report asks: why do many civil rights organizations oppose risk assessments and what reform options exist to avoid adopting the tools? (SJC)

There is new model legislation for the automatic expungement of criminal records.(CCRC)

Here’s what it is like to land a job in Silicon Valley after learning to code in prison. (Atlantic)

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The Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency will be in Barcelona, Spain Jan. 27-30, 2020. (FAT)

The Machine Learning Symposium will be held at Santa Clara University in San Jose on March 6, 2020. (SCU)

LITCon, which focuses on the use of technology in law and legal education, is going down at Suffolk Law School in Boston, March 30, 2020. (Suffolk)

We Robot 2020 will 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 Partners for Justice conference will be held in Baltimore on May 14, 2020. (PJC)

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 post-doc researcher. (AI Now)

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

ATJ Tech Fellows Program is looking for fellows and partner organizations. (ATJ)

Berkeley Law's Technology & Public Policy Clinic is looking for a clinical teaching fellow. (Cal)

Callisto, a sexual assault reporting platform, needs a software engineer. (Callisto)

The Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University is looking for a research analyst. (TSU)

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has a three openings in their Justice and Opportunity vertical. (CZI)

The Council of State Government's Justice Center is looking for researchers around the country. (CSG)

Data & Society is looking for a researcher/postdoctoral scholar for their AI on the Ground Initiative. (DS)

The Office of Justice Programs at the DOJ is looking for a supervisory statistician. (DOJ)

The FBI’s Application and Data Division needs a software engineer. (FBI)

Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology is hiring an institute associate. (GULC)

Georgetown Law's Intellectual Property and Information Policy Clinic is hiring a clinical teaching fellow. (GULC)

Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation needs a researcher. (GU)

The Harvard Cyber Law Clinic needs a new clinical instructor. (BKC) (h/t Gabe Tenninbaum)

The Illinois Courts are looking for a senior program manager for its legal technology initiatives. (ILCourts)

Measures for Justice has four open positions in their research and technology sections. (MfJ)

Neota Logic, an expert systems platform, is looking for a university and non-profit relationships director, plus other roles. (Neota)

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

Quest for Justice is building out its dev team. (Q4J)

Recidiviz, a criminal justice data platform, is looking for a product manager. (Recidiviz)

The Stanford Center for Human-centered Artificial Intelligence wants to fill a number of director roles. (HAI)

Stanford CodeX is open for fellow applications. (CodeX)

Suffolk University Law School is looking for a legal innovation and technology clinical fellow. (SULS)

Swansea University School of Law is filling a number of legal tech and computational law teaching and technical jobs. (SU)

TechCongress is hiring a deputy director. (TC)

Thorn, a platform fighting child sex trafficking, has a number of positions open. (Thorn)

Yale Law School is looking for fellows for the Information Society Project. (ISP)