Governments have swiftly embraced automated decisions about policing and criminal justice despite very little evidence that these tools are fair or accurate. We will survey the various stakeholders investing in, using, and subject to these tools, as well as the types of decisions that are being automated, and examine how these tools are created. The discussion will then move to the training data that these tools are built on, how human bias gets baked into the automation, and how competing stakeholders’ definitions of fairness struggle to define success.
Cynthia H. Conti-Cook is Staff Attorney, Special Litigation Unit, Legal Aid Society
Sponsored by The Historical Studies Program, Science, Technology, and Society Program,The Sociology Program and The Center for Civic Engagement