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Sheehey, B.
Ethics beyond transparency: Resisting the racial injustice of predictive policing
(2020) Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 24 (3), pp. 256-281.

DOI: 10.5840/techne202087128

Abstract
This paper responds to recent work highlighting the problematic racial politics of predictive policing technologies. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s account of ethics as counter-conduct, I develop a set of ethical techniques for resisting the racial injustice at work in predictive policing. This framework has the advantage, I argue, of not reducing the ethical issues of predictive policing solely to epistemic concerns of transparency. What I suggest is that we think about the ethics of technology less as an epistemic problem than as a problem for action or practice. By thinking of ethics in terms of resistant practices, we can begin to consider a notion of responsibility that holds us and the technologies we bind ourselves to accountable for the harms created by this bond. © 2020 Philosophy Documentation Center. All rights reserved.

Author Keywords
Algorithms; Ethics; Foucault; Predictive policing; Racial injustice

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