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Facial Recognition Technology Regulation: A Practical Guide for Congress

Open the Government

New policies and research suggest there is increasing need to establish protections for facial recognition technology – San Francisco, Somerville, Massachusetts and Oakland have banned government agencies from adopting the technology amid widespread concerns about threats to civil rights and liberties. Compounding these concerns is the quiet adoption of facial recognition technology as a surveillance tool to secretly monitor citizens and non-citizens alike. This policy guide will allow Congress to check the growth of facial recognition technology on a national scale, before the technology becomes too ubiquitous to rein in. This is an opportunity for Congress to develop effective legislation that protects civil liberties and strengthens accountability.

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Smarter government or data-driven disaster: the algorithms helping control local communities

MuckRock & the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law (RIIPL)

Governments now use the ability to collect and analyze hundreds of data points everyday to automate many of their decisions, but does handing government decisions over to algorithms save time and money? Can algorithms be fairer or less biased than human decision making? Do they make us safer? Automation and artificial intelligence could improve the notorious inefficiencies of government, and it could exacerbate existing errors in the data being used to power it.

MuckRock and the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law (RIIPL) have compiled a collection of algorithms used in communities across the country to automate government decision-making. They have also compiled policies and other guiding documents local governments use to make room for the future use of algorithms.

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Police Surveillance: Facial Recognition Use in Your Backyard

Open the Government & MuckRock

The use of facial recognition technology by police departments, both small and large, has quietly proliferated throughout the country. MuckRock and Open the Government sent over 112 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the largest police agencies to answer a number of questions about their use of facial recognition technology. This project was launched to help the public investigate their local police agencies’ use of facial recognition technology. This resource includes a guide on the project and a database of all information collected so far.

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Who’s watching who? A guide to monitoring the use of facial recognition tech where you live

MuckRock

A New York Times investigation recently introduced the country to Clearview AI, a small and secretive facial recognition company. Clearview says the foundation of their system is a 3 billion strong database of facial images pulled from social networks and the web. The investigation started with records requests by MuckRock and Open the Government, part of the work to keep tabs on those keeping tabs on us.

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FAQ – New Jersey Police Bodycams

Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law (RIIPL)

This is a collection of frequently asked questions around body-worn camera use by police officers in the state of New Jersey, along with answers to them and links to further resources/educational materials.

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A Citizen’s Guide to America’s Forever Wars and the Secrecy that Sustains Them

Open the Government

This guide provides an overview of the expansion of U.S. wars since 2001 and the systemic secrecy helping shield them from public view. It also includes a section on militarization of the police in the US (pp. 15-16).

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