Smart Policing Tools Developer Builds AI Ethics Board

Smart Policing Tools Developer Builds AI Ethics Board

Axon, a provider of smart devices for reduced-force policing and security applications, has appointed three individuals to its AI Ethics Board.

Axon offers products like tasers, body cameras, and drones, as well as policing software; and the company seeks to leverage Artificial Intelligence in its offerings. At a time of intensifying scrutiny over the use of AI by law enforcement agencies, the company’s AI Ethics Board appointments may help it to defend itself against potential criticism.

One of the appointments is Danielle Citron, a Boston University School of Law professor who is focused on information privacy and civil rights.

Another appointee, Chris Harris, is the Campaign Coordinator for Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit aimed at the promotion of social and economic justice for the state’s residents. He is also the Public Safety Commissioner for Austin’s District 1.

Wael Abd-Almageed, the third appointee, is a researcher with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering with a focus on “representation learning, debiasing and representations, multimedia forensics and visual misinformation (including deepfake and image manipulation detection) and biometrics,” according to a statement announcing the appointments.

Axon says the members of its AI Ethics Board will meet regularly to discuss the company’s technologies, and that the Board has already published reports on automated license plate reading and facial recognition.