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The Role of Ethical AI Within the Criminal Justice System: Virtual Panel Discussion

Tuesday, June 29th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Webinar Overview:

Artificial intelligence has an increasingly powerful impact on our daily lives as it is used within the government sector. Both local and national governments utilize AI technologies to inform decision-making processes in areas such as predictive policing, criminal risk, eligibility for government assistance, welfare or benefits, immigration, and more.

Join RMDS and leading professionals in the AI and ethics field for an informed discussion on AI and criminal justice. Moderator Merve Hickok will be joined by James Brusseau, Renee Cummings and Joe Devon in this virtual panel discussion on some fundamental topics regarding AI within the justice system. We’ll explore the implications of bias in data science & AI systems and the importance of ethical decisions in developing and implementing these algorithms. Some questions to consider: How can bias be avoided or mitigated within the analytical process? What are the principles that guide AI to make decisions? Can algorithms always make good decisions? How about fair decisions? There are many hidden ethical issues to consider with automated decision making systems - we’ll shed light on some of them and empower attendees to be informed when using and critiquing AI systems within social and criminal justice frameworks.

This panel is hosted by RMDS Lab. We strive to be a global resource for using AI and data science for positive social impact. The opinions of panelists are their own and do not necessarily represent the opinions of RMDS Lab

Webinar Highlights:

  • Learn how AI is currently being used by different areas in the criminal justice system

  • Understand some core concerns regarding the application of AI technology and how to address that

  • Acquire knowledge of how AI can be a tool to address bias within our justice system


MODERATOR: Merve Hickok
Founder of and Lighthouse Career Consulting

Merve Hickok is the founder of Lighthouse Career Consulting and, a global repository for published AI principles, guidelines, legislation, organizations and case studies. It also features research about AI in relation to the justice system, the future of work and public disinformation.
Merve has over fifteen years of senior-level HR & Sales experience in Fortune 100 companies (Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Marriott Corporation), working on diversity & inclusion, college recruitment, HR technologies and sales projects spanning more than 20 countries.
Merve is an impactful voice in the conversation around AI ethics and bias through lectures, speaking engagements, and his website. She is increasing public knowledge of the impact of AI and automated decision making systems in our lives while advocating for oversight, transparency or accountability.

PANELIST: James Brusseau, PHD
Director of Ai Ethics Site

James Brusseau is Director of AI Ethics Site, a research institute currently incubating at Pace University. He explores the human experience of artificial intelligence and is an author of books, articles, and digital media on the history of philosophy and ethics. He has taught in Europe, Mexico, and currently at Pace University near his home in New York City.

PANELIST: Renee Cummings
Founder & CEO, Urban AI, LLC; East Coast Lead, Women in AI Ethics (WAIE)

Renée Cummings, founder of Urban AI, is a criminologist and AI ethicist. She’s also a community scholar at Columbia University and just executed a groundbreaking move as part of a team of global AI ethicists who developed the first examination to certify data scientists as Ethical Emerging Technologists.
Advocating for more diverse, equitable and inclusive AI, she’s on the frontline of ethical AI, battling bias and discrimination in AI and generating real-time responses to many of the unintentional consequences of algorithms.
The east coast lead at Women in AI Ethics, Renée specializes in AI for social good, justice-oriented AI design, social justice in AI policy and governance, and using AI to save lives. She’s committed to using AI to empower and transform communities; helping governments and organizations navigate the AI landscape and develop future AI leaders. She lives in New York City.

Founding partner of Diamond

Joe Devon is the co-founder of Diamond , an inclusive digital agency, and is also the co-founder of Global Accessibility Awareness Day , a global event that shines a light on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities.
Joe is a leader in cloud-first development in the streaming media space and consults on Digital Transformation and Development Best Practices. He also serves on advisory boards including USC's IT program, non-profit organizations, co-working spaces and various conferences.