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Gunshot detection technology and the reproduction of targeting Black, immigrant, and working class communities
[Original illustration and credit for Coda Story: Aigerim Ismagulova] Police stations across the United States increasingly rely on gunshot detection technology, extolling its virtues under the guise …

Race, tech, and medicine: Remarks from Dr. Dorothy Roberts and Dr. Ruha Benjamin
Image Credit: Ruha Benjamin (website)     This past July, Dr. Dorothy Roberts and Dr. Ruha Benjamin participated in Policing without the police: Race, Technology, and the New Jim Code, an online talk …

J. Khadijah Abdurahman: Predictive analytics, Child Welfare, and Storytelling’s Power (Part 2 of 2)
[Cover photo credit: Mir Suhail ] Can you tell me about the oral history project at Roosevelt island- how it got started, what are the desired outcomes? So in response to all kinds like a racist debat …

Our Data Bodies, is an education project run by researchers and organizers in Los Angeles; Detroit; Charlotte, N.C.; and other cities. It has worked to teach communities of color how their personal data is collected and used by tech firms and government agencies. This year, it hosted virtual trainings for community organizers to teach them how to fight potentially harmful technologies like facial recognition.

We are a five-person team concerned about the ways our communities’ digital information is collected, stored, and shared by government and corporations. Based in marginalized neighborhoods in Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California, we look at digital data collection and our human rights, work with local communities, community organizations, and social support networks, and show how different data systems impact re-entry, fair housing, public assistance, and community development.

This work is made possible in part by a grant from Digital Trust Foundation.

Publishers of the Digital Defense Playbook.

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