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Danielle Citron Joins Axon’s AI Ethics Board; Jeff Kunins Quoted

Danielle Citron
Danielle Citron

Axon announced on Tuesday the appointment of Danielle Citron to a board that aims to guide the responsible development and use of AI-powered technologies being developed by the company.

"Our new AI Ethics Board members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience including privacy, social justice, and some of the most directly relevant core science and applied machine learning topics such as deepfake and image manipulation detection," said Jeff Kunins, chief product officer and executive vice president of software at Axon.

Citron is a professor at the Boston University School of Law, where she teaches and writes about information privacy, free expression, and civil rights. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2019. 

She serves as vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and sits on the Board of Electronic Privacy Information and the Future of Privacy.

Citron has presented her research more than 300 times, including to federal agencies, meetings of the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Holocaust Museum, the Anti-Defamation League, Wikimedia Foundation, universities, companies and think tanks.

She advises federal and state legislators, law enforcement, and international lawmakers on privacy issues. In October 2019, she testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the responsibilities of online platforms. In June 2019, she testified at the House Intelligence Committee hearing on deep fakes and other forms of disinformation.

She has also worked with the offices of Congresswoman Jackie Spier, Congresswoman Katharine Clark, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Brian Schatz, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Diane Feinstein on federal legislation.  Citron has served as an advisor to then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris. 

She served as a member of AG Harris's s Task Force to Combat Cyber Exploitation and Violence Against Women. In October 2015, Professor Citron, with AG Harris, spoke at a press conference to discuss the AG office's new online hub of resources for law enforcement, technology companies, and victims of cyber sexual exploitation. 

"We're committed to being transparent and responsible in how we develop and use AI and related technologies in our products for public safety, and our AI Ethics Board plays an important role in guiding our work," Kunins added.

About Axon

Axon is a network of devices, apps and people that helps public safety personnel become smarter and safer. With a mission of protecting life, our technologies give customers the confidence, focus and time they need to keep their communities safe. Our products impact every aspect of a public safety officer's day-to-day experience.

We work hard for those who put themselves in harm's way for all of us. To date, there are more than 465,200 software seats booked on the Axon network around the world and more than 225,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with the Axon network of devices, apps and people.

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