JusticeTechDL: Big Data & ICE; Apple sides against Hong Kong protestors + Jobs

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This week we’ll introduce the concepts behind machine learning and some of its applications in the criminal justice system, like facial recognition. We're reading Chu, T., Yee, S., A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning (2015) (Read Part I) and Buolamwini, J., Gender Shades: Intersectional Accuracy Disparities in Commercial Gender Classification (2018).


The UK continues to produce some of the smartest direction forward on how to approach data in the justice system with the new Digital Justice Report. (LEF)

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case regarding whether Iowa violates the Equal Projection Clause by denying expungement to people who have not been convicted of an offense, solely because they are too poor to cover court fees. (SCOTUS) (h/t Sarah Lageson)

In Arizona, an appeals court ruled that criminal suspects can't be forced to pay for their own GPS monitoring. (AZR)

A new collection of essays considers human rights in the age of platforms. (MIT)

The US, UK and Australia are increasing pressure on Facebook to not encrypt messaging platforms. (TR)

Big data and analysis is changing how ICE picks its targets. (NYT) This is on top of the administration's plan to expand DNA collection of migrants. (AP)

To diversify the types of faces in its facial recognition work, a contractor for Google took photos of homeless people without disclosing the photos' purpose. (Verge)

Motorola is continuing to expand their police surveillance and facial recognition technology business. (NBC)

The Apple Store banned an app used by Hong Kong protestors to evade police. (UKRegister) A fugitive in China, who had been on the run for 17 years, was caught by a drone. (BBC)

UK police held their first cryptocurrency auction. (Engadget)


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)

Callisto, a sexual assault reporting platform, is looking for a head of business development and an executive assistant, among other roles. (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 Lab at DC is hiring social and data scientists plus an operations analyst. (LDC)

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)