Could low-cost, multipronged testing of innovative ideas—a strategy that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has used with stellar success—fix our justice system? NYU Prof. Angela Hawken has pioneered a public policy app that, she tells the “New Thinking” podcast, will prove it can.
A new data tool called Raheem.AI that enables community residents to monitor and report police conduct anonymously and in real time will soon get its first tryout in Oakland, Ca. Developer Brandon Anderson believes it can save lives.
A new, automated DNA testing tool, which speeds up the time it takes to analyze crime scene samples, is welcomed by law enforcement and supported by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The ACLU says it’s equivalent to a “nuclear bomb” aimed at privacy rights—and is unnecessary.
Technology used responsibly and benignly by one nation or agency can be used for sinister purposes by another. The Economist examines the promise and the dangers of new technologies, focusing on areas where technology is radically changing how the justice system operates.
Police now have access to a broad expanse of databases detailing information on individuals, but there are few limitations on how they can obtain or use this information, according to a forthcoming study in the Iowa Law Review.
Amazon has joined the growing number of companies selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies, offering to “identify persons of interest against a collection of millions of faces in real-time.” Civil libertarians are nettled. “This is a perfect example of technology outpacing the law,” says the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Digital monitoring of a spouse or partner can constitute illegal stalking, wiretapping or hacking. Laws and law enforcement have struggled to keep up with technological changes, even though stalking is a top warning sign for attempted homicide in domestic violence cases.
A professor at the University of California Davis School of Law predicts Supreme Court justices will defend the First Amendment principles of free speech against government attempts to curb Internet abuses—even when those abuses involve promoting falsehoods online.
Facial recognition software has been in use for more than a decade. As it gets cheaper, retailers and many smaller police departments are eyeing it as a viable tool for targeting shoplifters; but how will privacy concerns be addressed?
Several technology companies are working with police departments to develop capability to add artificial intelligence to video surveillance and body cameras that could identify faces in real time, potentially expanding the reach of police surveillance. The body-camera technology is expected to be ready by the fall.