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Facial recognition is leading to wrongful arrests

A pair of wrongful arrests of Black men in Detroit is being blamed on facial recognition software’s habit of misidentifying non-white individuals, the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday. The statement came after it was reported that larceny charges filed in May 2019 against a 25-year-old man were dropped four months later after law enforcement authorities realized a facial recognition platform had led them to arrest the wrong person. The Detroit Police Department dropped a similar case last month after it arrested a 42-year-old Black man for robbing a watch store and held him for 30 hours, releasing him after realizing the department's facial recognition software pointed cops to the wrong person. "There are still likely many more people we will learn about nationwide," the ACLU of Michigan said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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AI pounds the pavement

Philadelphia officials are taking submissions for their latest “Pitch & Pilot” project, this time looking for ideas to help the city improve the data it collects on roadway quality in order to save money and decrease repair times on city streets. The call for what the city is calling a “pavement repair prioritization tool” asks the private sector to build technology powered by artificial intelligence to inventory road signs and the locations of manholes, as well as assess the condition of pavement. Ryan Johnston reports.

The next 10 years

From simmering advancements in artificial intelligence to recent applications of public health monitoring brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the public sector’s use of technology is changing quickly. Just as the past 10 years have brought widespread adoption of cloud computing and citizen-centric models of service delivery, the next decade will introduce changes adapted to shrinking government budgets and growing demand for more convenient online services. In a new special report, StateScoop and EdScoop dive into what comes next for digital government. Read the full report.

NASCIO conference goes online, too

Like every other conference this year, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers' year-end gathering is also going online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event which had been scheduled for October in Minneapolis, will be replaced by a series of virtual sessions, the association said last week. NASCIO previously replaced its midyear event in May with five online panels. Now, the year-end conference, which traditionally includes themed galas, nightly excursions into the host city and the release of an annual members survey about trends in state IT policy, will take on a similar form. Ben has more.

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