October 6, 2015 - 1:45pm PDT to October 8, 2015 - 2:00pm PDT
Riverside, Calif.

EFF investigative researcher Dave Maass will speak on two panels at the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) annual conference, Oct. 4 – 8, 2015 at the Riverside Convention Center, in Riverside, Calif. 

Police Use of Emerging Technology: Implications for Oversight

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6

As law enforcement applications of cutting edge technology grows, police oversight agencies must keep pace with the practical, legal, and ethical implications of an array of sophisticated tools that raise questions about the balance of privacy and public safety. This session will give a technical overview of surveillance technology such as drones, license plate readers, facial recognition, Stingrays, and social media aliases. It will also review some of the cases that have come up around the country. Lastly, the session will address how civilian oversight investigations can ensure that proper policies are in place and adhered to by law enforcement agencies.


Peter Bibring, Director of Police Practices, ACLU of Southern California

Dave Maass, Investigative Researcher, Electronic Frontier Foundation

hawn Musgrave, Projects Editor, MuckRock.com

Ali Winston, Reporter, Center for Investigative Reporting

Moderator: Kelvyn Anderson, Executive Director, Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission

Using Data to Challenge and Change Policy

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7

The session presents three or more jurisdictions in which data and statistical evidence were researched and analyzed allowing the presenters to conduct investigations of state laws, department policies, and the actions of law enforcement or corrections officers in individual cases. Constitutional violations and deficient policies were identified and recommendations made regarding 4th Amendment (search and seizure) and 8th Amendment (cruel and unusual punishment) violations.


Meredith Gamson Smeidt, Executive Director, Center for Policing Equity, University of California Los Angeles

Kelly Davis, Investigative Journalist

Dave Maass, Investigative Researcher, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Moderator: Sue Quinn, Past-President, NACOLE