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Two new privacy impact assessments are released

The Smart City PDX team and the office of Equity and Human Rights have released two more privacy impact assessments. Portland Police Bureau Body worn cameras and Office of Violence Prevention’s case management system: Apricot360.

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City of Portland releases draft Surveillance Technologies Inventory Specification

Members of the public are invited to provide feedback by April 30, 2024.

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Smart City PDX Announces New Community Leads Cohort

This is our fourth iteration of the Community Leads Cohort. We use this model in our Smart City PDX team as a form of transparency and inclusion—to ensure that communities experiencing the greatest technological harms play a leading role in technology policy making. 

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Calling community organizers, leaders and connectors to apply for Smart City PDX RFQ

Smart City PDX Program seeks Community Leads to apply for our Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Deadline to apply is Sept. 14, 2023 at 5 p.m.

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Co-creating Portland’s surveillance technologies inventory with the community

The Smart City PDX program is coordinating activities to inform about surveillance technologies. These events are also to co-create the City of Portland’s surveillance technologies inventory. This inventory will collect information about the surveillance technologies owned by city bureaus.

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Help us guide how the City’s surveillance technologies policy is implemented

The Smart City PDX program wants to make the implementation of the surveillance technologies policy a community driven process.

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Portland City Council unanimously passes surveillance technologies policy 

In a unanimous vote on Feb. 1, 2023, Portland City Council passed a resolution to create a citywide inventory of surveillance technologies and implement privacy impact assessments in procurement processes.

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Smart City PDX proposes a policy to guide the City’s use of surveillance technologies

Developed with and for the community, the surveillance policy focuses on reducing harm to those most vulnerable to and harmed by surveillance technologies.

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Download the Smart City PDX Digital Justice and Surveillance Technologies Zine

The Smart City PDX program is releasing a zine for community outreach. This zine includes information about Digital Rights and Digital Justice. It also describes surveillance technologies, and some community experiences on Digital Justice.

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November updates Surveillance Technologies Policy

Policy public hearing delayed to February 2023; Surveillance Technologies policy refresher; Policy development and public involvement; Next steps and future work

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September 27 work session on Surveillance Technologies and impact assessments

Portland’s City Council engaged in a work session on surveillance technologies and impact assessments. The session focused on the benefits of assessing the impacts and risks of technology.

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September 2022 Surveillance Technologies Policy updates

The Smart City PDX team is releasing a draft version of the surveillance technologies policy. This is the result of more than a year of participatory work with the community. This document is being reviewed for comments by City agencies. We are expecting to have a public hearing later this year.

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On the road for the Surveillance Technologies Policy - May 2022 update

The City of Portland is hosting a series of public discussions and policy workshops to inform key policy areas for a citywide ordinance on the use of surveillance technologies in Portland.

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Help us build the City’s Surveillance Technologies Policy!

This event will start a series of public meetings to learn, share, and contribute to the development of the surveillance technologies policy.

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City council work session on surveillance technologies and digital justice

This work session aimed to provide the City Council with information and strategies to understand and mitigate impacts of surveillance technologies. There was a special emphasis on how local governments and communities have developed policies and strategies to regulate their use.

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Summary from the co-design event on surveillance technologies on December 13, 2021

The main purpose of this community event was to work collaboratively with community members interested in helping our Smart City PDX team to develop key components of the surveillance technologies policy.

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Digital justice advocates share their views about surveillance technologies

On October 9, 2021, the surveillance technologies policy development team organized a panel called "Meet the Experts: Learn about Digital Justice, Digital Rights, and Surveillance Technologies."

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City of Portland starts developing its surveillance policy

The City of Portland needs a comprehensive surveillance technologies policy that guides the use and procurement of surveillance technologies.

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Portland opposes proposed CBP rulemaking to using FRT on international travelers

The United States Customs and Borders Protection (CBP) is proposing using face recognition technologies (FRT) for security reasons on all international visitors. The City of Portland opposes the use of FRT as described in this policy due to serious concerns of racial bias and human rights impacts.

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What does digital justice mean in Portland?

The Smart City PDX team coordinated with different equity groups within the City of Portland government to develop a working definition for digital justice. Digital justice intends to become a core value in future policies and work on information and technology.

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