Mathematicians Boycott Police Work

Why Hundreds of Mathematicians Are Boycotting Predictive Policing

GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT

LITTLE RACIST SCRIPT KIDDIES BRO CODERS DO A LOUSY JOB

Forecast future crime, potential offenders, and victims IS BULLSHIT

Some academics are calling the controversial practice a “scientific veneer for racism.”

Several prominent academic mathematicians want to sever ties with police departments across the U.S., according to a letter submitted to Notices of the American Mathematical Society on June 15. The letter arrived weeks after widespread protests against police brutality, and has inspired over 1,500 other researchers to join the boycott.

These mathematicians are urging fellow researchers to stop all work related to predictive policing software, which broadly includes any data analytics tools that use historical data to help forecast future crime, potential offenders, and victims. The technology is supposed to use probability to help police departments tailor their neighborhood coverage so it puts officers in the right place at the right time.

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  1. “Democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That […] is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.”

    — FDR

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