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Predictive policing in DOJ-cited jurisdictions is bad policy, AI Now says

Predictive policing in DOJ-cited jurisdictions is bad policy, AI Now says

The AI Now Institute is calling for checks on the datasets used by predictive policing systems because of concerns that the technology can perpetuate, rather than address, “dirty” policing practices.

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Shifting from Tasers to AI, Axon wants to use terabytes of data to automate police records and redactions

Shifting from Tasers to AI, Axon wants to use terabytes of data to automate police records and redactions

Axon, one of the most prominent suppliers of tech tools to law enforcement, is shifting from selling its signature Tasers to embedding artificial intelligence in police departments around the country

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Researchers propose two approaches to reining in facial recognition bias

Researchers propose two approaches to reining in facial recognition bias

Teams of scholars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tackling bias in facial recognition technology have two recommendations for its developers: more external oversight and more representative training data.

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The First Step Act’s first steps are stalled

The First Step Act’s first steps are stalled

The First Step Act was touted as beginning a reversal of decades of tough-on-crime policies. But just hours after the bill was signed by President Trump, the federal government began a shutdown of “nonessential” government operations. Now more than a month later, the shutdown has stopped efforts by the federal government to meet the new law’s first deadline - the selection of a team who will help implement a tool to assess risk and needs.

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The Smart City still has a lot of learning to do

The Smart City still has a lot of learning to do

Much of urban America is in the market for ways to handle the pressures that come with growing and changing populations. Enter “smart cities:” The movement to make municipal planning more efficient and effective for residents, which has a lot of champions but no one-size-fits-all program.

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