Surveilling the Surveillants: Radical Science and the Abolition of Policing Algorithms

Science for the People

Location: Virtual

Time: 7 PM to 8 PM

Policing algorithms like predictive policing and facial recognition technology claim to produce less biased, more “efficient” policing. So why do they continue to discriminate against Black and Brown people? In this live presentation and Q&A, members of the Santa Cruz chapter of Science for the People discuss how policing algorithms not only reflect and perpetuate racist assumptions, but are designed by powerful institutions to promote their ideologies.
This talk will also highlight abolitionist technologies, which act to disrupt racist algorithms, prevent incarceration, and surveil the surveillants. As an example of the latter, Science for the People will present an analysis of data on the Santa Cruz Police Department to reveal trends in their interactions with the local houseless population before, during, and after the formation of the Ross Camp.

Science For The People – Santa Cruz Chapter

Science for the People originally arose in 1969 out of the anti-war movement and lasted until 1989. With radical analysis and non-hierarchical governing structure, Science for the People tackled the militarization of scientific research, the corporate control of research agendas, the political implications of sociobiology and other scientific theories, the environmental consequences of energy policy, inequalities in health care, and many other issues. Since 2015, SftP veterans have collaborated with a new generation of SftP members to explore the history of radical science and to rebuild the organization for today. Science for the People organizes scientists, activists, students, and scholars to face these issues head-on in research institutions, universities, and communities.