JusticeTechDL: e-discovery co. allegedly faked AI; maps help Hong Kong protestors + Jobs

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This week, we are providing a brief introduction to the principles of data and technology as they pertain to the student's project. We are also introducing the students to Trello, the project management software for the course. We are reading Paul Ford's opus What is Code.


In a weapons exporting investigation, the DOJ asked Apple and Google to hand over the names and information of 10,000 people that downloaded a gun scope app--commentators consider the move an unprecedented overreach. (Forbes)

A whistle blower suit accuses an e-discovery software company of fraud by using humans for supposedly artificially intelligent tasks. (Law)

A federal judge rules the terrorism watchlist violates the constitutional rights of those on it. (NYT)

A majority of American adults are cool with law enforcement using facial recognition technology. (PEW) Meanwhile, the Cardiff, Wales high court says police use of facial recognition is legal. (Guardian) In a riddle me this scenario, Amazon Ring says they don't use facial recognition, but they have a head of facial recognition research anyway. (BoingBoing)

Real-time maps warn Hong Kong protesters of riot police. (Quartz)

AI and brain-scanning technology can improve lie detectors, which, as any reader of this newsletter knows, is gonna create all sorts of issues. (Guardian)

Predictive policing got its start in L.A., it's also where it's receiving the biggest push back. (Atlantic)

The Indiana Supreme Court decided that criticizing a cop on Facebook can be a crime. (TechDirt)

A scammer successfully deepfaked a CEO's voice to fool a company employee into transferring $243,000. (Gizmodo)

Duke Law launched a new center to study the science of criminal justice reform. (Duke)


The Justice Innovation Challenge is showcasing their hackathon's winners in D.C. on Oct. 1. (LSAC)

NIST is hosting a Tech to Protect Challenge in ten cities around the country, Sept. 27-29 and Nov. 1-3, 2019. (NIST) (h/t Dave McClure)

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)

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 Law and Society Association is accepting submissions for its conference May 28-31, 2020 in Denver. (LSA)

The Jobs & Opportunities

ACLU national is looking for a director of product management. (ACLU)

AI Now Institute is looking for a research lead. (AI Now)

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

The U.C. Berkeley School of Law's Center for the Study of Law and Society needs a new executive director. (Berkeley)

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 user experience researcher and senior engineer openings in their Justice and Opportunity vertical. (CZI)

Code for America needs a data scientist to help with their expungement work, among other projects. (CfA)

The Ford Foundation needs a criminal justice program officer. (Ford)

The New York Legal Aid Society needs a staff attorney for their digital forensics unit. (NYLAS)

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)