mobile tech + a pandemic + Racist police practices
In May 2020 UK police added COVID-19 penalty functions into their mobile app. Before this they were already stopping, searching and issuing paperwork fines disproportionately to Black and Brown people.
We’re deeply concerned that the tech will amplify this effect. What does it mean when police can adopt technology unchecked that will further harm marginalised communities without interrogating the racism that’s woven into their practices?