Our Work

We drive policy outcomes and spark debate through reports, scholarly articles, regulatory comments, direct advocacy efforts together with coalition allies, articles and op-eds, and participation in events including public panels, conferences, and workshops. Here's a selection of our recent work.

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testimony by Aaron Rieke | 25 July 2019
Examining the Use of Alternative Data in Underwriting and Credit Scoring to Expand Access to Credit

Before the House Committee on Financial Services’s Task Force on Financial Technology, Aaron testified that some types of nontraditional data can help underserved consumers access credit.

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amicus brief by Harlan Yu and Logan Koepke | 19 June 2019
In Support of Public Access to Legal Decisions Regarding Government Surveillance

Together with computer security experts, we filed an amicus brief in support of the unsealing of a judicial opinion regarding the federal government’s attempt to wiretap Facebook Messenger voice calls, which are end-to-end encrypted.

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comments by Logan Koepke | 14 December 2018
Comments to California Judicial Council on S.B. 10 and Pretrial Risk Information

We filed comments with the Judicial Council of California on two of its proposed new court rules. We argued that the proposed rules on how courts use pretrial risk assessment tools need significant modifications in order to be constitutionally defensible and to protect civil rights.

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amicus brief by Aaron Rieke, Logan Koepke, and Miranda Bogen | 16 November 2018
Amicus Brief in Onuoha v Facebook

We filed a legal brief arguing that Section 230 should not fully immunize Facebook’s Ad Platform from the Fair Housing Act. We describe how Facebook itself, independently of its advertisers, participates in the targeting and delivery of housing advertisements based on protected status.

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comment by Miranda Bogen, Hannah Masuga, and Aaron Rieke | 20 August 2018
Comment to the FTC on the consumer welfare implications of algorithmic decision tools, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics

We offered comments to the Federal Trade Commission on the implications of algorithmic decision tools used in consumer advertising and marketing campaigns.

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letter by Harlan Yu | 26 April 2018
Letter to Axon's AI Ethics Board on Face Recognition and Body-Worn Cameras

We wrote a letter to Axon’s AI Ethics Board to express serious concerns about the direction of Axon’s product development, including the possible integration of real-time face recognition with body-worn camera systems. We were joined on this letter by 41 other civil rights, racial justice, and community organizations.

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comment by Aaron Rieke | 19 May 2017
Comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Alternative Credit Data

With The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Americans for Financial Reform, we explore the risks and benefits of new types of credit data for historically disadvantaged groups. The comments spotlight data that is most predictive of likelihood and ability to repay, and least likely to raise fair lending concerns.

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amicus letter with Harlan Yu and Miranda Bogen | 21 April 2017
Amicus Letter in Floyd Objecting to the Substance of the NYPD’s Body Worn Cameras Operations Order

Upturn files an objection to the NYPD’s proposed body-worn camera policy, together with the Leadership Conference, the Center for Media Justice, Color Of Change, and other groups.

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Written testimony by Harlan Yu | 13 March 2017
Philadelphia City Council Testimony on the Ongoing Implementation of Body-Worn Cameras

Harlan testifies at a hearing held by the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Safety on the Philadelphia Police Department’s current body-worn camera policy, which is not meeting national best practices.

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Statement with Harlan Yu | 15 May 2015
Civil Rights Principles on Body-Worn Cameras

Upturn coordinated the development of a shared set of civil rights principles for body-worn cameras. The principles were endorsed by a major coalition of 34 local and national organizations, including the NAACP, National Council of La Raza, National Urban League, Center for Media Justice, ACLU, and others.