Face recognition technology is increasingly being used by government agencies, particularly law enforcement, but while regulation of the technology is increasing, the rollout has been far from uniform. The Policing Project, with help from the Information Law Institute, conducted a review of enacted and proposed regulation across the U.S. and Canada, culminating in our new resource that analyzes trends in legislation and provides a table of nearly 200 proposed and enacted laws.
Police officers in the U.S. pull over at least 50,000 drivers every day, making the traffic stop the most common interaction between the public and police. But despite the frequency, there is a lot we don't know about stops and their effects, in part because stop data collection laws are not mandated in most states, and even when they do exist, the laws are far from perfect.
In the second blog in our new series exploring the use of biometrics, we take a look at iris recognition, a technology being deployed nationwide – from the Southern border to Massachusetts –but one that has yet to see the news coverage and public discussion that have surrounded other high-profile biometric technologies.
How should private companies, governments, and the public address concerns posed by new technologies, such as the loss of privacy, perpetuation of racial injustice, or the prospect of widespread government surveillance? Microsoft President Brad Smith recently visited NYU Law for a discussion of these issues and the new book “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age.”
This fall, the Policing Project is excited to welcome three new full-time fellows to our staff. The fellows will work to develop creative and innovative ways to reshape constitutional and administrative law toward promoting democratic accountability in policing.
Technology has drastically shaped our society and our lives, with equal potential for both incredible good and devastating harm. Join us for a conversation with Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, to discuss his newly released book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age, in the context of policing technology, with special emphasis on the ethics of AI, privacy legislation and the need for regulation on facial recognition.
Today, the Camden County Police Department announced adoption of its innovative, revised use of force policy drafted with the help of the Policing Project. The new policy — vetted and revised with the ACLU of New Jersey — is one of the most progressive use of force policies in the nation.
Face recognition as a technology has been the topic of much debate among both policymakers and AI practitioners recently. And justifiably so. Here, we present a conversation, in the form of questions and answers, between a policy analyst and a technologist.
The Policing Project’s new blog series explores one of the more complex—and rapidly changing—areas of policing: the use of biometric technologies. For our first blog in this series, we explore face recognition, covering some common questions like, “How are police using this technology?” and “How does the technology work?”
Today, the Policing Project at New York University School of Law released a privacy audit and assessment of ShotSpotter, the most widely used gunshot detection technology in the United States, currently operating in nearly 100 jurisdictions across the country.
Policing Project Senior Program Manager Regina Holloway has been selected as a 2019 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity. As part of her fellowship, Regina recently traveled to Johannesburg with her cohort of 20 fellows from South Africa and the United States.
The Albany Community Police Advisory Committee facilitates community involvement with the police department by hosting public meetings and forums where residents can discuss community issues and express their concerns.
How do we know what works in policing and what doesn’t? Often, the answer is, “We don’t.” As Policing Project Faculty Director Barry Friedman and extern Kate Mather explain in a new editorial for Just Security, evidence-based policing is still a niche approach struggling to find its place in mainstream law enforcement.
In a report produced with the Policing Project, Axon’s AI and Policing Technology Ethics Board concluded that face recognition technology is not yet reliable enough to justify its use on body-worn cameras, and expressed particular concern regarding evidence of unequal and unreliable performance across races, ethnicities, genders and other identity groups.
Our Youth-Police Engagement Program ended the year with an informative and action-packed day at the Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center—where the students experienced a day in the life of an officer in training.
The Policing Project is proud to announce that Senior Program Manager Regina Holloway has been selected as a 2019 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity, joining a cohort of 20 leaders from across South Africa and the United States who are working to build a more equitable world.
The Police Chief’s Advisory Boards have been a longstanding feature of the Phoenix Police Department’s community-police relations. Each board has its own chair and co-chair, and is organized by affinity or identity group.
While many cities are dealing with complications associated with new and emerging technology, state surveillance has a special historic significance in Oakland, California, where privacy advocates have successfully established a formal entity with the teeth to ensure public oversight of the use of surveillance tech.
Policing Project Director Barry Friedman moderated a panel at NYU Law exploring the use of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and face recognition in policing, and how we evaluate the true financial and social costs of this tech.