Matt Stroud, the author of Thin Blue Lie, is an investigative reporter with a focus on companies that do business with police departments and prisons.
Norm Stamper, former Seattle police chief, said in a review that Stroud has “given us the definitive case against ‘high-tech’ policing.”
Stamper added: “While Stroud does not discount the potential good that can come from sophisticated technologies, he also recognizes that these technologies may not represent ‘progress’ at all.”
The former police chief said: “Technological development does not make U-turns, but by heeding the wisdom contained in Stroud’s analysis, activists, lawmakers, and police officials can make sure the road forward is lit by the bright lights of transparency and protected by strong legislative and policy guardrails.”
Adam Winkler said in a review published in The New York Times: “Although innovative tools can help solve crimes, police departments often embrace new technologies without adequate testing. The result is that ‘fixes’ can aggravate the very problems they were designed to remedy.”