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Failures of Predictive Policing: Chicago’s ShotSpotter Program

By Lauren Szwarc

After facing much criticism, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson has finally fulfilled his campaign promise to cancel the city’s contract with ShotSpotter. The ShotSpotter program is a recent technological development in predictive policing that was adopted by the city under Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2018. The ShotSpotter program functions by placing microphones and audio software in neighborhoods in Chicago that are deemed to be “hot spots” of crime. The technology was intended to alert police once a gunshot was detected at one of the hot spots so the police could quickly respond. However, the program is riddled with inaccuracy and has largely failed to produce evidence of gun crimes. Read more about the issue in a new post here.

Taylor Swift Threatening Lawsuit for Private Jet Emission Tracking

By Justine May

Superstar Taylor Swift has been trending in the news for quite some time. Swift has been touring her massively popular, economy-boosting, Eras Tour. She was named Time Magazine’s 2023 Person of the Year and was Spotify’s most-streamed artist globally in 2023. Her recent romance with Kansas City Chief’s tight end Travis Kelce has been the subject of intense gossip. Swift recently made history, being the first artist to win the Grammy award for album of the year for the fourth time. However, not all the press surrounding the star has been good. Swift, who is known to be quite litigious, has recently been under fire for her private jet usage and the resulting contributions to carbon emissions. Read more about the issue here.

Updates from the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law

JETLaw in the News: 2022 Washington & Lee Law Journal Rankings

Released on July 15, 2023, the 2022 Washington & Lee Law Journal Rankings provide citation data and calculated  ranks for the top 400 U.S.-published law journals and the top 100 law journals published outside the United States. The survey span of the 2022 ranking is five years (2018-2022). This year, continuing its trend of academic and scholarly excellence, the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law placed within the top 50 best specialized journals, alongside a placement as the #2 ranked journal in the “Arts, Entertainment, and Sports Law” category and as the #9 ranked journal for the “Science, Technology, and Computing” category.

JETLaw in the News: Of DNA & Agriculture 

In recent months, JETLaw has been cited in a number of articles and publications across the country, covering a wide variety of topics including DNA processing, anticultural issues, antitrust and FTC merger policy, and artificial intelligence. Check out some of these recent works below, and congratulations to the cited authors for their ongoing impact to global law and policy.

National Institute of Justice – Automation of Sexual Assault DNA Processing Increases Efficiency | Zocalo – The U.S.-Mexico Corn Conflict Is Popping Off | MROnline – Canada’s steadfast support for Big Agriculture’s assault on Mexican biodiversity | R Street – Comments of Proposed FTC Rule to Amend HSR Pre-Merger Filing Process | Thomson Reuters – AI training for state and local government agencies


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