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Tech Talk with Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement

Jan 25, 2018

12:30-1:20 pm.
William H. Gates Hall Room 117
Lunch provided.
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Join the Tech Policy Lab for a book talk on “The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement.”

The Rise of Big Data Policing introduces cutting-edge technology that is changing how the police do their jobs and shows why it is more important than ever that citizens understand the far-reaching consequences of big data surveillance as a law enforcement tool. Andrew Guthrie Ferguson reveals how these new technologies—viewed as race-neutral and objective—have been eagerly adopted by police departments hoping to distance themselves from claims of racial bias and unconstitutional practices.  But behind the data are real people, and difficult questions remain about racial discrimination and the potential to distort constitutional protections.

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson is Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law. Professor Ferguson is a national expert on predictive policing, big data surveillance, and the Fourth Amendment. He is the author of Why Jury Duty Matters (NYU Press, 2012).

Spring Distinguished Lecture with Kate Crawford: AI Now

Mar 6, 2018

Please join the Tech Policy Lab for a lecture on the social and political questions for artificial intelligence with Kate Crawford on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 pm in Kane Hall.
Trevor Timm, Kate Crawford

The impact of early AI systems is already being felt, bringing with it challenges and opportunities, and laying the foundation on which future advances in AI will be integrated into social and political domains. The potential wide-ranging impact makes it necessary to look carefully at the ways in which these technologies are being applied now, whom they’re benefiting, and how they’re structuring our social, economic, and interpersonal lives.

Kate Crawford is the co-founder (with Meredith Whittaker) of the AI Now Initiative, a New York-based research center working across disciplines to understand the social and economic implications of artificial intelligence. She is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, a Visiting Professor at MIT’s Center for Civic Media, and a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Information Law Institute. Her research addresses the social implications of large scale data, machine learning and AI. Recent publications address the topics of data discrimination, social impacts of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and due process, ethical review for data science, and algorithmic accountability.


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Modern Surveillance Discussion with Author Jennifer Granick

Feb 21, 2017

12:30-1:20 pm.
William H. Gates Hall Room 119.
Lunch provided.

Join the Tech Policy Lab for a discussion on modern surveillance with author Jennifer Granick. She recently won the 2016 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for her book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, And What to Do About It. She is the Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Soci­ety. From 2007 to 2010 she served as the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (more…)