For nearly three decades, prominent faculty experts have propelled Berkeley Law’s leading position at the intersection of law and technology. Recently, the White House tapped two of them for high-level roles to help influence federal policy improvements.
...Assistant Professor Rebecca Wexler is a senior policy advisor for science and justice at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The office works to maximize the benefits of science and technology to advance health, prosperity, security, environmental quality, and justice for Americans, advising the President and the executive branch on such matters.
...In May 2022, President Joe Biden issued an executive order that included several actions on the use of technology to help advance effective, accountable policing... The order tasks the office to lead an interagency process that helps develop safeguards for privacy, civil liberties, and non-discrimination regarding the use of certain policing technologies, like facial recognition technologies and predictive algorithms.
“My own work focuses on enhancing fairness to the criminally accused as new technologies shift the meaning of our legal rules and practices,” says Wexler, a fast-rising scholar whose work has been published in eight leading law school journals as well as peer-reviewed computer science publications. “So this position gives me a chance to help translate some of that scholarly work into practical benefits to serve the public.”
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