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Dear CLIC Community,

In major cities across the country, protestors are raising their voices against the injustice of police brutality, white supremacy and the systemic failure of our law and society to protect all people equally.  In the middle of a global pandemic that is disproportionately affecting working class, poor and marginalized communities, we continue to witness the murders of Black men and women at the hands of the police. This week alone, people all over the country have mobilized in the name of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Tony McDade, to name just a few of the individual tragedies. Together they point unmistakably to the need for fundamental, structural change in the administration of justice.

The Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) stands in unwavering solidarity with those  speaking out against racial injustice. As a Center, we are dedicated to the study of law and technology in the public interest, which unequivocally means dismantling white supremacist practices and uses of law and technology. Tools of surveillance, such as face recognition, algorithmic decision-making, and geolocation technology, can violate the rights of privacy, speech, and autonomy. The overuse and abuse of these and other surveillance technologies can too easily be weaponized against Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well members of the LGBTQIAA communities. We stand as allies with these communities in the exercise of their rights and when protesting racism and endemic violence. In our work as a Center, we are committed to hold those accountable who wield the awesome power of 21st technologies to uphold the promise of equal justice under law.

Our hearts are with the families of the victims and the communities immediately impacted by the recent violence. These events are but a reminder of systemic and institutionalized racism that has been a feature of this nation since its founding. We work so that the promise of the innovation and creativity made possible by 21st century technologies can finally provide opportunities for repair and renewal. We extend our hearts, hope, and hands to our students and colleagues at NUSL whose sense of safety and well-being has been impacted. And we express solidarity with our Northeastern neighbors in Roxbury, Dorchester and the Greater Boston Area who have long committed their creativity and innovation to the fight against injustice.

Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity