Banned in PDX: The Podcast Series Tracking Portland’s Groundbreaking Facial Recognition Ban

Throughout the summer of 2020, RedTail’s Kate Kaye tracked Portland, OR’s groundbreaking facial recognition ban through this scripted podcast series.

Throughout the summer of 2020, RedTail’s Kate Kaye tracked Portland, OR’s groundbreaking facial recognition ban through her scripted podcast series, Banned in PDX, available on Apple, Spotify and XRAYPod.com.

With police tactics under immense scrutiny in the city, the moment could not have been any more ripe – or raw – for the historic vote on legislation limiting the ability for law enforcement to employ facial recognition in the name of public safety.

But it wasn’t just about law enforcement use. Unlike other bans, Portland’s goes further, prohibiting the controversial tech in privately-owned places accessible to the public. That sparked opposition from business and tech forces throughout the country.

Banned in PDX reveals:

Listen to Banned in PDX today on Apple, Spotify and XRAYPod.com.

About Kate Kaye

Kate Kaye is an award-winning multimedia journalist who has chronicled the evolution of digital media, data use and technology in her reporting for more than 20 years for outlets including Fast Company, MIT Technology Review, OneZero, CityLab, NPR and Advertising Age. One of the first journalists to track how political organizations use voter data and digital advertising (as early as 2002), she is the author of "Campaign '08: A Turning Point for Digital Media," a 2009 book covering the digital targeting efforts of the 2008 presidential campaigns.

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