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Jan 16, 2018
A Discussion with the ACLU
Northwest Academy

Join us for a great in-person discussion with the ACLU of Oregon's legislative directory, Kimberly McCullough. She’ll give us an update on the battles the ACLU fought in 2017 and tell us about the plans for the coming year. She’ll also be a great resource for finding ways to empower yourself and shape the world for the better. Come join us for the evening!

Schedule: 6:00 PM: Doors 6:10 PM: Introductions and news 6:15 PM: Update on current ACLU efforts/activities 6:45 PM: Q&A 7:15 PM: Ways you can get involved with the ACLU and its efforts 7:30 PM: Networking

We’ll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking following the discussion. Bring any questions you may have, and we hope to see you there!

Speaker bio: Kimberly McCullough is the legislative director of the ACLU of Oregon. She joined the staff in February 2015 and directs ACLU’s advocacy and lobbying efforts before the Oregon Legislature and coordinates ACLU testimony before public bodies on the full range of civil liberties and civil rights issues in Oregon. She is also ACLU’s primary lobbyist on City of Portland matters.

Mar 18, 2019
The Perpetual Lineup
Northwest Academy 1208 SW 13th Ave, 2nd floor Portland, OR

Note: This meeting will start at 7:00 PM, NOT at our usual time. Doors will be monitored for access until 7:20 PM. If you arrive later, please post a note to the meeting page on Meetup, and we'll work to respond and let you in.

Join us for a combined meeting with Seattle TA3M!

Details about the meeting location and parking are listed at the end.

You are probably in a criminal face recognition network.

Did you know that half of US adults are in a face-recognition database? If you live in Oregon or Washington state, your face data is stored in your state's driver license database. Both states use facial recognition software to prevent driver license fraud and neither currently shares their databases with law enforcement. But what if that changes?

Facial recognition can be useful for some things, like unlocking our phones, but companies and governments can also use the technology for their own purposes — without our consent. While the technology has made great advances in accuracy, many programs still have difficulty with darker faces, women, and children. And a number of questions still exist in other areas including privacy, consent, discrimination, and whether the technology will be used for general, suspicionless surveillance.

Clare Garvie and her colleagues at Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology did a year-long investigation on police use of facial recognition, and the result of their research is a paper called "The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America" ( She'll share insights from the study and tell us how the information has already been put to use in shaping policy for the use of facial recognition technology by government. She'll be speaking to both groups, Seattle TA3M and us, via teleconference.

Join us for a great presentation and discussion about facial recognition! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!


6:55 PM: Doors

7:00 PM: Introductions

7:10 PM: Presentation

Speaker bio:

Clare Garvie joined the Center on Privacy and Technology as a Law Fellow after graduating from Georgetown Law in 2015, and now serves as a Senior Associate. In 2016, she was lead author of The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America. Her current research continues to focus on the use of face recognition by law enforcement and the ways activists, public defenders, and policymakers can ensure the technology is under control. Prior to entering law school, she worked in human rights and international criminal law with the International Center for Transitional Justice. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in political science, human rights, and psychology. You can follow her on Twitter at @clareangelyn.

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