Criminal Justice

Surveillance, prediction, and “data-driven policing” are changing the face of criminal justice.

Unpacking what a win for the FBI would mean in the Apple case

What would a win for the FBI in the Apple case mean for social justice? How would this potential precedent play out in the real world? The debate is about much more than this one iPhone, in this one case. If Apple can be forced to help the FBI break into this device, expect state and local law enforcement to ask Apple  —  and other tech companies  —  to do the same.


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Expanded DNA databases, coming to a state near you.

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Buyer Beware: A hard look at police ‘threat scores.’

Police in Fresno, CA are piloting Beware, a proprietary commercial system that can automatically assign a “threat score” in real time to any person in the city. But what, exactly, are these scores even trying to measure? Are they accurate? And do they really offer any improvement over the simple and timely delivery of relevant criminal history information?

New body cam rules in Washington, DC offer public broad access to footage.

The footage recorded by body-worn cameras on Washington, D.C.’s police officers will be broadly available to the public under new rules approved yesterday by the D.C. Council. The new rules allow members of the community to view footage on which they are recorded, and make footage of public spaces available to the press and public under D.C.’s Freedom of Information Act.

Lucy Parsons Labs aims to add tech to Chicago activism.

Last summer, Freddy Martinez became well known for suing the Chicago Police Department to learn more about its use of stingrays. Now, along with three other Chicagoans, Martinez has founded Lucy Parsons Labs, “a charitable Chicago-based collaboration between data scientists, transparency activists, and technologists which focuses on the intersection of digital rights and on-the-streets issues.”