New policy memos tackle facial recognition and EV charging

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We’re excited to announce the release of two new policy memos that our group has been working on! You can find both, along with other publications from SPG members, on our eScholarship page.

Establishing Privacy Advisory Commissions for the Regulation of Facial Recognition Systems at the Municipal Level

Chris, Vetri, Morgan, Eric, Kim, and Regina tackle an issue that has taken on newfound importance amid recent calls to reform police departments: local regulation of facial recognition systems. They focus on the development of privacy advisory commissions and identify best practices to ensure their effectiveness, including: a clear mandate and responsibilities; cooperation, financial support, and regulatory authority with and over counterparts such as law enforcement; and representation from technology experts and community members. Read more here.

Expanding access to EV fast chargers in California’s low-income communities

Chris explores a growing challenge that local governments are facing – despite decreasing costs of electric vehicles, their widespread adoption is inhibited by poor charging infrastructure. He lays out several following policy recommendations to ensure that California’s marginalized communities have access to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, centered on building codes, curbside charging stations, and an EV charger rebate program. Read more here.