Can You Hear Us Now?

This piece is cross-posted from Common Cause. “Speaking just a few weeks before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in Read more


Civil Rights, Big Data, and Our Algorithmic Future

Key decisions that shape people’s lives—decisions about jobs, healthcare, housing, education, criminal justice and other key areas—are, more and more often, being made automatically by computers. As a result, a growing number of important conversations about civil rights, which focus on how these decisions are made, are also becoming discussions about how computer systems work. Read more


Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data

A diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations, media justice advocates, and good government groups publicly released a core set of Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data in February 2014. The Principles are intended to inform corporations, law enforcement, and state and federal policymakers about the critical impacts on civil rights Read more