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The Historical Studies Program, Science, Technology, and Society Program,The Sociology Program and The Center for Civic Engagement Presents

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Robotic Racism: A Public Defender’s Perspective on Automated Decision-Making in the Criminal Justice System
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
4:40 pm – 6:00 pm
Cynthia H. Conti-Cook '03
Staff Attorney, Special Litigation Unit
Legal Aid Society
Governments have swiftly embraced automated decisions about policing and criminal justice despite very little evidence that these tools are fair or accurate. We will survey the various stakeholders investing in, using, and subject to these tools, as well as the types of decisions that are being automated, and examine how these tools are created. The discussion will then move to the training data that these tools are built on, how human bias gets baked into the automation, and how competing stakeholders’ definitions of fairness struggle to define success.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

Time: 4:40 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium