Ethical AI in American Policing

NOTRE DAME JOURNAL ON EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES 2022

27 Pages Posted: 3 May 2022

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Elizabeth E. Joh

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: May 2022

Abstract

We know there are problems in the use of artificial intelligence in policing, but we don’t quite know what to do about them. One can also find many reports and white papers today offering principles for the responsible use of AI systems by the government, civil society organizations, and the private sector. Yet, largely missing from the current debate in the United States is a shared framework for thinking about the ethical and responsible use of AI that is specific to policing. There are many AI policy guidance documents now, but their value to the police is limited. Simply repeating broad principles about the responsible use of AI systems are less helpful than ones that 1) take into account the specific context of policing, and 2) consider the American experience of policing in particular. There is an emerging consensus about what ethical and responsible values should be part of AI systems. This essay considers what kind of ethical considerations can guide the use of AI systems by American police.

Keywords: policing, criminal justice, artificial intelligence, AI, accountability, algorithms, ethics

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Joh, Elizabeth E., Ethical AI in American Policing (May 2022). NOTRE DAME JOURNAL ON EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4096953

Elizabeth E. Joh (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

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Davis, CA 95616-5201
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