At the Policing Project, we believe that there must be transparency and public debate around the adoption of new policing technologies.

Police across the country increasingly are using a wide array of advanced technologies. From sophisticated surveillance equipment, to AI-powered investigative software, to next-generation systems integrations and expanded databases, the rapid pace of technological adoption has outpaced regulation. Although some new technologies promise to make policing safer and more effective, there is widespread concern about invasions of privacy, inaccuracy, and perpetuation of racial bias.

Rather than being “for” or “against” particular technologies, we believe the correct approach is to figure out if (and how) society can benefit from a particular technology while eliminating or minimizing any harm, and then ensure any decision to use the technology has democratic legitimacy. To do so, we are developing an array of tools for communities, police, government officials, and private companies.