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Reimagining Police Surveillance

January 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Reimagining Police Surveillance: Protecting Activism and Ending Technologies of Oppression

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Registration is required for this event. The panel will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link for this panel will be sent on the day of the event, to the email address provided at registration. Schedule of events can be found below and on our website.

Monday – Panel 1 – The History and Overview of Police Surveillance in America

Monday, January 17, 2022 | 12:00–1:00 PM ET | Virtual Zoom Room

Panel discussion of what police surveillance technologies are and the historical context of their use within the United States justice system.

  • Andrea L. Dennis, John Byrd Martin Chair of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Matthew Guariglia, Electronic Frontier Foundation Policy Analyst
  • Daanicka Gordon, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Tuesday – Panel 2 – The Expansion of Police Surveillance Technology

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 12:00–1:00 PM ET | Virtual Zoom Room

Panel discussion of how and why certain technological innovations are adopted by police for surveillance efforts, and how the consequences—both intended and unintended—of technology-driven solutions to the problem of crime.

  • Nathan Freed Wessler, Deputy Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
  • Catherine Crump, Clinical Professor of Law & Director of Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
  • Elizabeth Joh, Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
  • Emily Tucker, Professor of Law & Director of Research and Advocacy, Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law

Wednesday – Panel 3 – Surveillance of Social Movements and Public Protest

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 12:00–1:00 PM ET | Virtual Zoom Room

Panel discussion on how police and federal agencies utilize their extensive resources to track, identify, and surveil public protest.

  • Jack Schulz, Counsel Representing Detroit Will Breathe
  • Linda Sarsour, Co-Founder and Executive Director at MPower Change
  • Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Deputy Director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty & National Security Program
  • Albert Fox Cahn, Founder and Executive Director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project

Thursday – Panel 4 – Ending Targeted Police Surveillance of Communities of Color

Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 12:00–1:00 PM ET | Virtual Zoom Room

Panel discussion on how digital surveillance tools such as facial recognition technology, predictive algorithms, and social media monitoring, among others, are heavily relied upon by police during investigations, despite evidence that the technology is flawed and disparately impacts people of color.

  • Eric Williams, Managing Attorney for Detroit Justice Center
  • Harvey Gee, Attorney for the San Jose City Attorney’s Office & Contributing Author to Symposium Volume 55.4
  • Angel Díaz, Lecturer in Law at UCLA School of Law

Friday – Panel 5 – Reform Discussions

Friday, January 21, 2022 | 12:00–1:00 PM ET | Virtual Zoom Room

Speakers will explain what “reform” of police surveillance technology means to them, current reforms they endorse, proposed reforms of which they believe we should be suspicious, activist efforts worth endorsing, and what they envision as the best path forward. Speakers will also accept questions from participants and discuss new ideas as they emerge.

  • Jumana Musa, Director of the Fourth Amendment Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law
  • Bennett Capers, Professor of Law at Fordham Law School & Director of Center on Race, Law & Justice
  • Hamid Khan, Founder of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

To submit your event, please send the event name, description, instructions for registration and/or attendance, the organizer’s name, and organizer’s website to: calendar@dontcallthepolice.com

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