Portland Surveillance Technologies Policy

On Monday, October 17, 2022, Hector Dominguez, of Smart City PDX, joined us and Portland’s TA3M to discuss the surveillance technologies policy that his team and Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights have been working on for the past year. The proposed policy is a binding resolution, which you can read here:https://www.smartcitypdx.com/news/2022/9/20/september-2022-surveillance-technologies-policy-updates Slides from…

Police Intelligence Gathering and Surveillance Audit

Last year, the City of Portland Auditor’s Office performed an audit of police surveillance used in the city, and we participated by providing input. The audit objective was to answer the question “Did police gather intelligence and conduct criminal investigations in a manner that protected privacy and civil liberties during the protests that occurred between…

Winter 2022 newsletter now available!

A new edition of our newsletter is now available. In it, we talk about surveillance in Portland, the work we’ve been doing, and how you can get involved. To sign up for our periodic newsletter, a blank email with a subject heading of “Subscribe” to newsletter@pdxprivacy.org, or you can read it here: https://www.pdxprivacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Winter-2022-Newsletter.pdf

Portland City Council Surveillance Work Session

Portland City Council will hold a work session on surveillance and digital justice on January 11, 2022 at 9:30 AM PST. Speakers at this meeting will inform City Council members about the impacts of surveillance technologies on local communities, describe how other cities have developed policies to regulate surveillance technology use, and discuss potential strategies…

Surveillance technologies policy development codesign event

On Monday, December 13th, we teamed up with Smart City PDX, Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights, and Cascadia Partners to bring the community together tor an online surveillance technologies policy codesign event. The City of Portland is currently developing a comprehensive surveillance and privacy policy in order to create transparency and accountability processes…

Digital Justice and Surveillance

On Monday, February 22nd, Hector Dominguez, of Smart City PDX, gave a presentation to Portland’s Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays about the City of Portland’s efforts towards achieving digital justice in Portland and rethinking surveillance. At the meeting, he explained how Smart City PDX is working to both define digital justice and to include that definition in…

City of Portland passes facial recognition bans

On Wednesday, September 9th, the Portland City Council unanimously passed two facial recognition ban ordinances: one that addresses the use of the technology by City bureaus and a second that addresses use by private entities in places of public accommodation. With the adoption of the public ban, Portland joined fourteen other cities that had already…