Washington, D.C. (November 12, 2020): The Technology, Law & Security Program (TLS), in partnership with the Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute (CJPPI) at the American University Washington College of Law, the Journal of National Security Law and Policy (JNSLP) at Georgetown University, and Future Tense are announcing their capstone event to their joint Power, Policing, and Tech project. The Symposium, “Technology, Policing, and Earning the Public Trust” will take place virtually on November 20, 2020, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST.
After the killing of George Floyd earlier this summer, there has been a groundswell of discussion and action regarding the rooting out of systemic racism and creating authentic police reform within the criminal justice system. One question that arises is: what is the role of technology in this endeavor? “How can technology help to earn the public trust, expose systemic racism, and make policing safer and fairer for everyone, especially for the Black, Latinx, and other communities of color in America,” explains our associate, Gabriela Chambi.
It is this kind of forward thinking and thought leadership that prompted Attorney Chambi, Amanda Torres (Assistant State’s Attorney for Tampa Bay, Florida), and Charlene Collazo-Goldfield (Adjunct Professor at FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs), to co-author: Hey Siri, I’m Being Pulled Over. “We were spurred on by our mentor, the Honorable Zuberi Williams (Maryland State District Court), call for his mentees to do something positive and helpful, so we knew we had to lead in this moment.” Attorneys Chambi, Torres, and Collazo-Goldfield explained. The paper explores existing policing data collection practices, describes the importance of partnership with technology companies, and argues how technology companies can magnify the accountability and fairness that citizens deserve. The paper was accepted for publication and will be highlighted at the symposium by the following panel of experts and the authors:
Jack Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard University.
Tracey Meares, Yale Law School
Arthur Rizer, R Street Institute
Bennett Capers, Fordham Law
Dr. Rashall Brackney, Chief of Police, Charlottesville, Virginia