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News Posted on April 6, 2017

Professor Joh Publishes Op-ed in Slate

Professor Elizabeth Joh published an op-ed in Slate regarding a promise by Axon—formerly Taser International—to provide free body cameras to every police department in the United States. Professor Joh writes that although these devices are seen as boons to policing, they raise many questions about what may be recorded, and how that data may be used or stored.

“Many police departments have adopted the technology first, intending to figure out the details later,” writes Joh. “The absence of clear or uniform regulations has prompted concerns that body cameras are becoming surveillance tools of the police rather than an assurance of accountability to the public. In other words, when there are few limits on what can be recorded, it may be that everything and everyone will be.”

Professor Joh's scholarship focuses on criminal procedure and policing, with a special emphasis on DNA evidence, undercover policing, and new surveillance technologies. She is the recipient of King Hall’s 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award.