This course explores the role of race and ethnicity within public administration and policy. Considering the salience of race in American political life, it is important to understand how it interacts with the bureaucracy and the policy process. Emphasized are issues of representation, inequities in policy outcomes, social constructions of minority populations in policy and administration, and other topics. Specifically, the course will cover the interaction of race with important policy areas such as education, health, welfare, criminal justice, environmental justice and employment. The course will also engage the challenges related to managing and administering policies to racial and ethnic populations.
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Half of all American adults are included in databases police use to identify citizens with facial recognition technology, according to new research that raises serious concerns about privacy violations and the widespread use of racially biased surveillance technology. In Maryland, police have been using software to identify faces in protest photos and match them to people with warrants, according to the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU. Law enforcement biometric databases have traditionally captured DNA profiles related to criminal arrests or forensic investigations. The ACLU recently found that police in Baltimore may have used the recognition technology along with social media accounts to identify and arrest people with outstanding warrants during high-profile police protests last year. That alleged surveillance relied on tools from Geofeedia, a controversial social media monitoring company that partners with police. In addition to concerns about illegal monitoring and the targeting of lawful protesters, research has found that the facial recognition algorithms can be biased and inaccurate — with serious consequences for innocent people. Those disparities feed into the databases, and Arizona has no law restricting police use of facial recognition, according to the ACLU.
Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. If the government uses an error-prone face recognition system to identify you as the perpetrator of a crime, you have a constitutional right to probe its accuracy before you are convicted based on its results. But amazingly, a Florida appeals court disagrees.
By Kashmir Hill. Williams spent in jail. On a Thursday afternoon in January, Robert Julian-Borchak Williams was in his office at an automotive supply company when he got a call from the Detroit Police Department telling him to come to the station to be arrested. He thought at first that it was a prank. An hour later, when he pulled into his driveway in a quiet subdivision in Farmington Hills, Mich.