JusticeTechDL: China uses DNA to improve face recognition; MIT's new law journal + New Jobs

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An attorney is challenging Section 230, a core law protecting online platforms from being liable for what users post, to go after sex trafficking on Facebook. (NYT)

The U.S. Supreme Court weighs state copyright power. (Bloomberg)

MIT launches its Computational Law Report, a digital law journal without a law school. (MIT)

Dating apps know there are sex offenders on their platforms. (ProPublica)

Portland, Ore. is set to propose the strictest facial recognition ban in the country. (Fast Company) Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security wants to expand airport face recognition scans to U.S. citizens. (Tech Crunch)

China is using DNA to map Muslim faces, which could increase the state's facial recognition power. (NYT)

Opinion: Biased algorithms are easier to fix than biased people. (NYT)

FBI asked Sony for data on a user who allegedly sold cocaine over the PlayStation network. (vice)


The Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency conference 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 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 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 editorial and research leads. (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 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 Council of State Government's Justice Center is looking for a data analyst and a senior research associate. (CSG)

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

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)

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

The Lab at DC is hiring a senior data scientist. (LDC)

Measures for Justice has five 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)

TechCongress is hiring a deputy director. (TC)

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

Uptrust, a court reminder platform, is looking for a front end engineer and tech lead manager. (Uptrust)

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