Join us for "The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age" with Brad Smith

The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age:
A critical conversation with Brad Smith, author and president of Microsoft, and Policing Project Faculty Director Barry Friedman.

New York University
Greenberg Lounge inside Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

Friday, September 13, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m.

Technology has drastically shaped our society and our lives, with equal potential for both incredible good and devastating harm. This is especially true with regard to the use of policing technologies. What is the future of policing technology and how should it be regulated? Who decides and how are those decisions made? However, this decision-making process is more often opaque than not, which leaves key stakeholders – including and especially the public who is subject to surveillance technology by police – shut out from the debate.

This lack of engagement illustrates the need for one of the key focus areas in our work – the need for front-end voice in shaping policing policies and practices. It is critical not only that the process of measuring the costs and benefits of new technology is carried out before it is acquired by police departments, but also that the discussion of those merits must engage the public in a transparent, equitable and democratic manner.

To begin this critical conversation, we’re hosting an open event with Microsoft President Brad Smith, 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.

The event will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Greenberg Lounge (Vanderbilt Hall, NYU) on Friday, September 13, 2019. It will be open to all faculty, alumni and current students of the NYU School of Law. Seats are also available to other interested members of the public on a limited basis. Please contact Policing Project Program Manager Christina Socci at if you are interested in attending.

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