February 1, 2017 - Pro Publica's Julia Angwin Speaks On Algorithmic Decision-making

On Wednesday, February 1, the Law School welcomed Pro Publica's Julia Angwin for a lecture on the use of algorithmic data analysis in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Julia led a groundbreaking 2016 report by ProPublica that analyzed algorithmic "risk assessments" used in the criminal justice system to influence bond decisions, sentencing determinations, and other determinations.  

Her remarks to Georgetown Law students focused on how machines are being used to make decisions such as the news we read, the ads we see, which neighborhoods get heavier police presence and which receive more attention from political candidates.  

Ms. Angwin appeared as part of Georgetown Law's Legal Studies Colloquium on Edge Technologies, a course taught by Professor Laura Donahue that focuses on new and emerging technologies that are transforming how we think about the law.

Julia Angwin, journalist at ProPublica

Julia Angwin, journalist at ProPublica