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The Justice Tech Download (by Jason Tashea)
Last week, I wrote about how the US can compete against China on digital justice technology for the Brookings Institution. My argument is that our failure to invest in our courts and make big, smart bets on justice technology not only damages our rule of law at home, but also abroad. China is already selling its “techno-authoritarian toolkit” to numerous governments, and there is no clear alternative that promotes democracy and human rights.
I hope justice advocates and technologists will build on this new argument to help expand the coalition that supports these issues and drive home their importance. With Attorney General Merrick Garland reinstating the Office of Access to Justice at the DOJ last week, what I propose is just another reason to cement this issue’s place in the federal government with a level of funding commensurate with the task ahead.
At a time when democracy is being attacked here and around the globe, failing to take bold action is an unforced error with drastic consequences. The US must step up and lead.
I spoke with Jim Sandman, Logan Cornett, and David Udell about the role data can play in improving civil legal aid. (Talk Justice)
The Office to Access to Justice is coming back to the Department of Justice, and there’s a stated interest in technology’s role. (DOJ) A separate report was released on access to justice in the age of Covid. (Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable)
License plate scanners were supposed to bring peace of mind, instead they tore a neighborhood apart. (Washington Post)
How police surveillance exploded in New Orleans. (Lens)
How the FBI crushed a ransomware gang by using the gang’s favorite tactic against it. (Ars Technica) A coordinated bust of dark-web dealers yielded 150 arrests in the US and Europe. (Wall Street Journal)
The aftermath of Carpenter: An empirical study of Fourth Amendment law. (SSRN)
How to prepare the International Criminal Court for our digital future. (OpinioJuris) (h/t Aonghus Kelly)
How the #EndSARS (not the virus) protests against police changed Nigeria’s tech industry. (Rest of World)
Debunking five common myths about the FBI’s homicide data. (Mother Jones)
[Virtual] The Harvard Kennedy School’s symposium on intercultural digital ethics is Nov 3-4. (Harvard)
[Virtual] “Reading 35,000 Parole Hearing Transcripts – A New Direction for Machine Learning in Criminal Law” is Nov 4. (CodeX)