Technology Platform for Black Liberation

The following is a list of demands to Governor Andrew Cuomo composed jointly by Algorithmic Equity and Movers and Shakers NYC for the technological liberation of the Black community.

  1. Abolish the usage of facial recognition cameras in every neighborhood statewide until an independent accountability board is set up to determine criteria for usage of facial recognition cameras.

  2. Banning the use of facial recognition and technology that requires biometric data in public housing complexes and the implementation of a law that prevents private housing complexes from installing facial recognition and/or other biometric technology without the written consent of 70% of the residents.

  3. Mandating local Algorithmic Literacy committees designed to educate minority communities on the AI technology being implemented in their public spaces, why it’s being carried out, how this data is stored, handled and used, and how this will affect their community. A petition supported by  of the community results in the immediate removal of specified technology or service.

  4. Removal of risk assessments algorithms, which calculates the probability of an individual committing future crimes, determines bail or bond amounts, and suggests reasonable terms for punishment or probation, from being used in any courtroom statewide. These algorithms are “learning” from historical racist and biased data which further enforce systemic inequality.

  5. All records protected under Civil Rights Law Section 50-A detailing an individual officer’s on-duty conduct will be released and available for public viewing and use. This includes but is not limited to: disciplinary history, on-duty misconduct reports, complaint history, and on-duty body camera footage. This data will be collected and handled by a Black-owned data center to create a public statewide database on law enforcement conduct.

  6. Create an independent committee that reviews and reports bias found in algorithms used to determine employment and housing opportunities as well as eligibility for government services like welfare. The committee board of directors must be [x%] Black and will be responsible for continuously creating new standards and guidelines for algorithms dealing with employment, housing, and government services.

  7. $500 million in annual funding diverted to police goes into a Black Venture Capital Firm associated with the state. Black owned technology companies can apply for funding through the firm.  50% of the firm will be owned by the entrepreneurs, 50% will be owned by every Black person in the state. 

  8. Every Technology company that makes more than $10 billion in revenue is required to place 5% of revenue to a similar independent Black Venture Capital Firm that has the same structure as the one outlined in the seventh demand.

  9. Data Ownership: Black People First.  Reparations are not enough.  Median Black Wealth is on course to hit $0 by 2053.  In anticipation of Data Ownership, black people should get $2 for every $1 that the rest of the country receives.

  10. Universal Black Assets.  Every black student that turns 18 years old will receive $5000 to invest in how they see fit (either in a company, fund, or as startup capital for their own business [eligible after they register the business]).  They will also be entitled to 3 free consultations (subsidized by the federal government) with a Black Owned financial management firm. Funding will come from a data value-added tax similar to the European Union Model. 

  11. Mandate an introductory computer science class for every high school student and make AP Computer Science available in all schools.  For every black student that gets a 3 or higher on the AP Computer Science test should be placed into a pool of students that get guaranteed internships at public or private technology companies.  

  12. Our communities are still impacted heavily by voter suppression.  To that end, create a committee that evaluates the safety of using blockchain technology to register and vote from home.

  13. We demand real accountability for police surveillance through the passage of the POST ACT in the New York City Council and similar measures at state and federal levels.

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