Our country is waking up to the pervasiveness and brutality of policing in black communities. At the same time, we are engaged in the most important surveillance debate in a generation. Conversations about these trends rarely intersect.
On April 8, 2016, Georgetown Law and the Center on Privacy & Technology held a landmark conference to begin bridging that gap. Entitled The Color of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of the African American Community, the conference explored the role of law enforcement and national security surveillance in the relationship between African Americans and their government – beginning with the colonial era and continuing to the present day.