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Professor Ferguson Talks Race, Targeting with Big Data Policing in The Crime Report

Thursday, December 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Looney
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Prof. Andrew FergusonIn an interview with The Crime Report, Professor Andrew G. Ferguson discusses the potential for police algorithms like those presented in his latest book, The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement, to disproportionately target marginalized populations.

Among the approaches law enforcement could use to minimize such targeting, Ferguson suggests open conversations, which he calls “surveillance summits,” that invite the community into the process. “Data is dependent on how you use it, and who uses it, and the choices being made to utilize it,” Ferguson explains, adding that citizens should be questioning “how these new technologies are playing out in our communities.” Read the entire interview with Julia Pagnamenta for more on Ferguson’s take on how these conversations and others could impact future use of surveillance in law enforcement.

The Rise of Big Data Policing has been making waves in the criminal justice community since its release, with the professor appearing in several media outlets to further discuss the ideas presented in the book. For a closer look at Ferguson’s book, read an excerpt on Medium’s In Justice Today and pick up a copy of the book here


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