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Georgetown Conference to Explore Racial Bias in Govt. Monitoring

A Georgetown law conference will examine the long-standing disproportionate impact that government surveillance has had on the Black community.

“The Color of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of the African American Community,” is currently underway. The day-long conference will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning historians, scholars, activists and members of the criminal justice, law enforcement and national security communities, according to the Georgetown Law Department’s website.

“We are very pleased to host this important event, which will examine the underexplored racial dimension of government surveillance and its implications for criminal justice, civil rights and public policy,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “We are having a national conversation about surveillance and policing. As we do that, we have to bear in mind history’s lessons for how those practices have affected some far more than others.”

Conference speakers include David J. Garrow and David Levering Lewis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers of Martin Luther King, Jr. and W.E.B. DuBois, the authors of a civil rights scorecard for police body-worn cameras, and advocates from who are working to release Department of Homeland Securtiy records on that agency’s monitoring of Black Lives Matter activists.


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