Sociology Colloquium: Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing

Please join us for the next Sociology Colloquium session on Thursday, October 15 at noon:

Sarah Brayne will present, “Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing”

In the digital age, we scatter millions of digital traces in our wake as we go about our everyday lives. In her forthcoming book, Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing, Sarah Brayne draws on her research with the Los Angeles Police Department to understand how the police use the digital trails we leave to deploy resources, identify criminal suspects, and conduct investigations. Although big data policing holds potential to reduce bias and increase efficiency, this research analyses how it also reproduces and deepens existing patterns of social inequality, threatens privacy, and challenges civil liberties.

Sarah Brayne is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UT Austin. In her research, Brayne uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the social consequences of data-intensive surveillance practices. Her forthcoming book, Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing (Oxford University Press), draws on ethnographic research with the Los Angeles Police Department to understand how law enforcement uses predictive analytics and new surveillance technologies. In previous research, she analyzed the relationship between criminal justice contact and involvement in medical, financial, labor market, and educational institutions. Brayne’s research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Law and Social Inquiry, and the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.  

Prior to joining the faulty at UT Austin, Brayne was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University. Brayne has volunteer-taught college-credit sociology classes in prisons since 2012. In 2017, she founded the Texas Prison Education Initiative.

This session will be a regular Zoom meeting, so no registration is required. All faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend.

To Join Zoom Meeting: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/95890324562?pwd=MDY3NHZ0UHhtZTM3WjdaVFI2V3NzUT09

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