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In recent months, the debate around policing of American citizens has reached fever pitch. How will new technologies like facial recognition and predictive sentencing algorithms affect racial and class inequality? What does it mean that the government and private companies are able to monitor your activity more closely than ever before? How will automation in child welfare, social services, and the justice system contribute to the criminalization of poverty in an already deeply divided America?
“The Future of Policing” is part of the “Convergence” series hosted by Meehan Crist, which brings together two people from vastly different fields to explore how emerging science and tech will affect culture, society, and politics in the near future. Together with a curious and often passionate audience, Meehan and her guests grapple with the questions we need to ask today to help shape the future we want tomorrow. Each event brings out themes and ideas missing when conversations stay siloed.
— Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of the new book Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, as well as Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age.
— Naomi Murakawa is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America.
— Meehan Crist is writer in residence in biological sciences at Columbia University. Her writing explores the intersection of science, culture, and politics.
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