Algorithmic Criminal Justice?

About the Symposium

Algorithms are playing a growing role in both policing and criminal justice. In theory, algorithms can provide information that can help promote analytical rigor, objectivity and consistency. But they can also reflect and amplify biases inadvertently introduced by their human creators and biases present in data.

This event convened a diverse set of national thought leaders to engage with a key set of critically important questions on the proper role of algorithms in policing and in the criminal justice system. Topics addressed include, 1) approaches to identify and mitigate algorithmic bias, 2) the unique challenges and opportunities associated with the subset of algorithms that use AI, 3) ways to spur technological innovation so that the positive potential of algorithmic approaches in policing and criminal justice can be realized, while also protecting against the downsides, 4) the relative roles of the public and private sectors in developing, deploying, and ensuring the quality of new algorithmic solutions, and 5) approaches that can help ensure that algorithmic approaches enhance, rather than undermine, civil liberties.


Programs and Videos

Welcoming remarks and introductions – Video

Panel 1: Creating Algorithms for Justice – Video

  • Alex Alben (moderator) – UCLA
  • Colleen Chien – Santa Clara University
  • Eric Goldman – Santa Clara University
  • Rebecca Wexler – UC Berkeley

Panel 2: Algorithmic Policing – Video

  • Jeff Brantingham – UCLA
  • Beth Colgan (moderator) – UCLA
  • Catherine Crump – UC Berkeley
  • Andrew Ferguson – American University
  • Orin Kerr – UC Berkeley

Panel 3: Algorithmic Adjudication – Video

  • Chris Goodman – Pepperdine University
  • Sandy Mayson – University of Georgia
  • Richard Re (moderator) – UCLA
  • Andrew Selbst – UCLA
  • Chris Slobogin – Vanderbilt University

Panel 4: Regulation and Oversight – Video

  • Jane Bambauer – University of Arizona
  • Gary Marchant – Arizona State University
  • Ken Meyer – Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office
  • Mohammad Tajsar – ACLU of Southern California
  • John Villasenor (moderator) – UCLA

Keynote: Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter – Federal Trade Commission – Video

Video Playlist


Jan 24 2020


8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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