Canceled - Smart Cities, Surveillance and Privacy

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room) [map]

***This event has been canceled. There may be an opportunity to reschedule for next year, so please watch our website or follow the law school on social media for updates. 

“Smart” or “connected” cities and the related phenomenon of “smart” policing and technical surveillance tools, including facial recognition, present a constellation of complex and evolving technological, social, political and legal issues.

A small, but growing, number of cities, counties and other government agencies have started to develop new laws, policies and citizen engagement processes to address the privacy and civil liberties concerns these new technologies pose. Similarly, law enforcement and other agencies that deploy these technologies at the federal, state and local levels have developed an emerging set of policies and standards regarding the use of these new tools and for analyzing the data they produce.

Both contexts share a common set of core issues that revolve around the critical need to translate a combination of legal, technical and ethical requirements into a working set of policies and procedures that government employees and law enforcement officials at all levels can apply easily “without access to a bevy of expert statisticians, privacy lawyers, or philosophers.”

This conference brings together government officials, privacy and civil liberties advocates, and other experts to examine the privacy and civil liberties concerns raised by the use of facial recognition and other surveillance technologies and to examine existing models and emerging best practices for how communities can work with state and local government to thoughtfully address them.

The conference is generously supported by the Charles Koch Foundation in partnership with the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection and the IOT Collaborative.



Clare Garvie joined the Center as a Law Fellow after graduating from Georgetown Law in 2015, and now serves as a Senior Associate. In 2016, she was lead author of The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America. Her current research continues to focus on the use of face recognition by law enforcement and the ways activists, public defenders, and policymakers can ensure the technology is under control. Prior to entering law school, she worked in human rights and international criminal law with the International Center for Transitional Justice. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in political science, human rights, and psychology.


Janice is the Director of the Equitable Internet Initiative, a program of the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP).  In this role,  she works with organizations in three Detroit neighborhoods (Islandview, Southwest and the North End) to build community governed ISPs and bring their communities online.   She works to seed community technology programming, including DCTP’s Digital Stewards training program, and supports these organizations with local/national expansion, outreach strategies, managing partnerships, program implementation, sustainability planning, evaluation and internet adoption. 

 Janice has a background in program management, community engagement, marketing, public relations, and communications. 

Brian Hofer, Chair, City of Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission; Chair and Executive Director, Secure Justice

Brian Hofer is Chair of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission and the Chair and Executive Director of Secure Justice. His advocacy has been instrumental in a number of nation-leading ordinances, including ones that established a vetting framework for the potential acquisition and use of surveillance equipment and the first ordinance prohibiting San Francisco’s use of facial recognition technology.



Councilman Basheer Jones was elected in November 2017, becoming the city’s first Muslim council representative. He represents an area which includes the historic Hough district, as well as the St. Clair-Superior, Midtown and Asia Town neighborhoods. He also serves on four council committees – Development Planning & Sustainability, Health, Safety and Workforce & Community Benefits.  

Councilman Jones has been recognized nationally for his grass-roots activism relating to issues of social justice and empowering those who are left out of the American Dream.  He has received various awards for his work, including the “Emerging Leader” award from U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge and the Urban League’s “Distinguished Men” award.

He has been a news talk radio show host, a guest correspondent on CNN, MSNBC, and CSPAN, author of the book, “I’ll Speak for Change,” and creator of the Be the Change Leadership Series, in which he holds leadership and character development workshops within various school systems throughout the state of Ohio.


Joseph Mead is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. 

Professor Mead studies the law and policy of the nonprofit sector and policy responses to poverty. His scholarship has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed and law review journals. This research been cited by the Congressional Research Service, by federal and state appellate courts, and has influenced policy in cities across Ohio. He is a contributing editor on the Nonprofit Law Professor Blog, and teaches courses on nonprofit management, policy, and law. 

In addition to teaching and research, Professor Mead is active in the community, working regularly with local nonprofit leaders to discuss issues facing their organizations. He serves on the board of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Center for Community Solutions. In 2017, he was named Advocate of the Year by the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. 

Before joining Cleveland State, Professor Mead served as an Honors Program Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington DC.  As a Trial Attorney, he defended the constitutionality of federal statutes and advised and represented the White House and other federal agencies in constitutional and other complex litigation across the country. He clerked for Judge Cornelia Kennedy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge David Lawson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He has also worked for a disability rights law firm, for social services nonprofits, and in state and local government. He received his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was named to the Order of the Coif.


Heather Patterson is a senior research scientist at Intel Labs, where she researches the ethics, politics, and social dynamics of emerging AI-centric technological systems. Her current focus is on designing transparency, privacy, and accountability into new technologies to better serve the interests of communities. She also serves as the Mayoral Representative on the City of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission (PAC), is a member of San Jose's Privacy Advisory Task Force, and directs the Social Impacts department of IEEE Pervasive Computing.

Tawana Petty, Director, Detroit Community Technology Project Data Justice Program

Tawana is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, data and digital rights and privacy education, and racial justice and equity work. She is Director of the Data Justice Program for Detroit Community Technology Project, co-leads Our Data Bodies, and is a convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. She is a co-author of Our Data Bodies' Digital Defense Playbook and the report, A Critical Summary of Detroit's Project Green Light and Its Greater Context. Tawana is also a co-founder and editorial board member of Riverwise Magazine, a quarterly magazine which lifts up community stories by Detroit residents.


Professor Brian Ray has extensive experience in information governance, cybersecurity and data privacy. He co-founded and directs the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection and edits the Center-sponsored SSRN Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and eDiscovery eJournal. Ray also co-founded the Cleveland eDiscovery, Data Security and Privacy Roundtable, an informal group of lawyers, judges and academics that meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding electronic discovery, cybersecurity and data privacy issues.

Ray's research focuses on security and privacy regulation, national and international jurisdiction over data, and data governance, collection and use policies at the municipal, county and state levels. He is part of a small team of researchers that in 2018 established the Internet of Things Collaborative (IoTC) with a $1.75 million Digital Excellence Grant by the Cleveland Foundation. He serves as the IoTC Cybersecurity Industry Liaison working with faculty on both campuses and industry to develop applied research and education programs related to IoT security.

In 2016 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appointed Ray to the CyberOhio Advisory Board. He co-chairs the Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium's Workforce Development Committee and is a member of the Sedona Conference's Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Group. He was selected to participate in the Yale University Cyber Leaders Forum in 2017, and SC Magazine named him one of three Outstanding Cybersecurity Educator in the 2017 Reboot Leadership Awards.

Ray also is an expert in comparative and international law. His book, Engaging with Social Rights: Participation, Procedure and Democracy in South Africa's Second-Wave provides a comprehensive analysis of the South African Constitutional Court's social rights decisions. He was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and has published extensively on comparative constitutional law and social rights.

Professional Experience and Education: Litigation associate at Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio; judicial clerk for Judge Alan E. Norris, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Justice Richard J. Goldstone, Constitutional Court of South Africa; J.D., Ohio State University College of Law (Order of the Coif; Articles Editor of The Ohio State Law Journal, and valedictorian); Fulbright Fellow, Kyoto University; B.A., University of Notre Dame.

Mike Shapiro, Chief Privacy Officer, County of Santa Clara

As Chief Privacy Officer for the County of Santa Clara, Mike Shapiro brings a wide range of experience across the information privacy life cycle.  In the consulting world, he excelled in leading government and industry professional teams advising clients on the most pressing privacy matters from new program development and data breach preparedness to privacy training and compliance.

With approximately 2 million residents and 22,000 County government employees in the heart of Silicon Valley, Mike is working to create an enterprise privacy program in support of constituent and employee privacy alike.  Building upon the County’s exceptional growth in technology and economic development, he also looks forward to creating the public-private partnerships necessary to establish a Privacy Center of Excellence (COE).  Working with industry and academia, the COE can discuss the latest privacy threats and solutions, socialize best practices, and strive to balance responsible information sharing with privacy protections.  Mike has also participated in panel discussions and initiatives involving elections privacy and security issues, along with the influence and impact that online news sources and social media have on voters and the election process.


Nicholas Zingale, Ph.D., is a post-doctorate senior executive fellow from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government with over 25 years of academic and professional experience in public policy and management. He is a former associate professor at The University of Akron and an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University. Currently, he is a co-director at the Institute of Applied Phenomenology in Science and Technology. He has published over 80 articles in technical and academic journals.  He is the 2006 recipient of the National Association of Environmental Professionals Environmental Excellence Award in Education resulting from a USAID grant funded project leading an innovative public policy and management program for the government of Vietnam. He teaches courses in Public Administration and Organization Theory, Public Policy and Government Regulation, and Environmental and Global Sustainability Policy and Administration. He is a local and nationally invited speaker on issues of governance, phenomenological inquiry, environmental and global sustainability policy and is certified as a Qualified Environmental Professional, Hazardous Material Manager, and ISO Environmental Management System lead auditor. Dr. Zingale holds degrees from Bowling Green State University, Baldwin Wallace College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Akron.




8:00 am - 8:30 am  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:40 am  Introduction

8:40 am - 9:00 am  Welcome: Cleveland City Council and Smart Technology

Matt Zone, Cleveland City Council Ward 15

9:00 am - 10:00 am  Municipal Ordinances and Facial Recognition Bans

This panel will discuss the experiences of several municipalities implementing their respective surveillance ordinances and, more recently, bans or moratoriums on the use of facial recognition technology, identify lessons learned and consider whether and how other communities could adapt those models to develop proactive policies and community engagement practices to protect privacy and civil liberties when local, regional and state governments consider adopting surveillance technologies.

10:00 am - 10:15 am  Networking Break

10:15 am - 11:00 am  Technology Providers, Corporate Policies and Contracting

This panel will examine the relationship between technology providers and government entities with a focus on the ways in which several providers have proactively adopted policies to mitigate privacy and civil liberties concerns. It will also examine the ways that government entities can incorporate those same protections into the contractual obligations of these providers and consider model language developed by several organizations.

11:00 am - 11:15 am  Networking Break

11:15 am - 11:30 am  "Smart" Technology and Community Engagement in Cleveland 

Basheer Jones, Cleveland City Council Ward 7

11:30 am - 12:30 pm  “Smart” Technology and Community Engagement

This panel will examine how grassroots, community organizations can increase awareness of the risks and benefits posed by the adoption of smart technologies and how to develop a model for sustainable engagement between communities and local and regional governments.

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm  Lunch

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm  Civic Data Privacy Leaders Network

The Future of Privacy Forum, in partnership with the MetroLab Network and with the support of the National Science Foundation, recently launched the Civic Data Privacy Leaders Network, a collaborative with representatives from over 30 municipalities that provides an active, authoritative resource for municipal leaders to navigate emerging privacy issues, share practical guidance, and promote fair and transparent data practices. This session will introduce the Network, discuss its work and future plans, including best practices and model policies for government data privacy leaders.

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm  Networking Break

2:15 pm - 4:15 pm  Civic Data Privacy Leaders Workshop (By Invitation Only)

4:15 pm   Closing Reception



CLE credit: 4.0 Hrs approved

Category: CLE Programs, General, Public Lectures

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