Policing and Accountability in the Digital Age: Panels

September 15, 2016

Policing is being transformed by a breathtaking range of technologies, including location tracking, predictive policing, social media monitoring, encryption, and more. These tools are changing the landscape of what police can do, how quickly they can do it, and at what cost; for many departments, they offer a way to do their job more efficiently, particularly at a time of declining staffing levels and funding. At the same time, they offer an unprecendented window into citizens' private lives and frequently have a disproportionate impact on communities of color and marginalized groups. These new technologies may require police to adopt new rules and municipal governments to adopt new oversight mechanisms.

On September 15, the Brennan Center hosted an all-day symposium to address these issues, with NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton giving the keynote. The panel discussions that followed are below. For complete details on panel speakers, see the agenda here

Panel One: Minding the Constitutional Gap: Surveillance, Speech, Race, and Religion

Panel Two:  Tweets, Likes, and Law Enforcement

Panel Three: Uneasy Partnerships: Private Industry and the Public Trust

Panel Four: How Does Surveillance Impact Minority Neighborhoods?

Panel Five: Where Do We Go from Here?