Feb 28, 2018

Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology

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Good intentions + evolving tech + developing science + inadequate data = bad outcomes

Predictive policing technology has proven highly controversial wherever it is implemented, but in New Orleans, the program escaped public notice, partly because Palantir established it as a philanthropic relationship with the city through Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s signature NOLA For Life program. Thanks to its philanthropic status, as well as New Orleans’ “strong mayor” model of government, the agreement never passed through a public procurement process.

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