Clarence Wardell III: White House Police Data Initiative

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:30am

2255 North Quad

The White House Police Data Initiative: Building Trust through Data Transparency

In May 2015, President Obama announced the launch of the White House Police Data Initiative, working with 24 police departments to leverage data on police-citizen interactions (e.g., officer-involved shootings, use of force, body cam video, and stops) to increase transparency and accountability, build community trust, and enable innovation.

During this session, Clarence Wardell, co-lead of the Police Data Initiative, will discuss the growth of the initiative to include 129 law enforcement agencies across the country, some of the early successes and challenges, and how civic technologists and agencies can work together to achieve common goals. Additionally, Clarence will discuss some of the other tech and innovation initiatives of the Obama Administration, including his time as a Presidential Innovation Fellow and currently as a member of the U.S. Digital Service at the White House.

About the Speaker:

Currently a member of the U.S. Digital Service at the White House, Dr. Clarence Wardell III was previously a Presidential Innovation Fellow who worked with the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House on open data initiatives. His work included co-organizing and leading the White House Police Data Initiative, an effort aimed at using open data as a means to increase trust and engagement between law enforcement agencies and citizens. 

Clarence is a researcher and social entrepreneur who is passionate about using technology to increase and enhance civic engagement. Previously, Clarence was a Research Scientist with CNA Corporation’s Safety & Security group, where he provided analytical support to emergency management and law enforcement organizations to improve response outcomes. In that capacity, Clarence also led CNA’s research on the adoption and use of new media technologies by emergency managers. In addition, he has developed several civic-focused software products, including Trivial Impact, a political trivia mobile game, and tinyGive, a social media-based microphilanthropy platform that was acquired in 2016.

Clarence, who is also an affiliate with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Council on Foreign Relations term member, holds a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

This event is sponsored by the School of Information Citizen Interaction Design program.