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Institute for Technology, Law & Policy

The Institute for Technology, Law & Policy undertakes cross-disciplinary research to learn how both established and emerging technologies influence society, privacy, law and public policy.


Policy at the Speed of Tech

AI, algorithms and other advances are disrupting society, privacy, commerce and the law. The Institute for Technology, Law & Policy examines emerging issues in a rapidly changing environment.

A partnership between UCLA School of Law and UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, the Institute for Technology, Law & Policy examines the benefits and risks presented by technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, cybersecurity and digital media and communications.

These and other rapidly evolving technologies raise questions germane to the outcome of ethical and public policy issues, the applicability and utility of current laws and regulations that govern their use.


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Algorithmic Criminal Justice?

A Symposium Hosted by the UCLA School of Law, January 24, 2020

  • 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.

  • Program 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

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