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CDT Joins Others in Urging White House OSTP to Make Civil Rights Top Tech Priority Across Hiring, Credit, Housing

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) joined Upturn, the ACLU, the Leadership Conference, and other organizations in a letter to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and memos to key federal agencies about their oversight of tech practices across hiring, credit, and housing.

The coalition calls for the OSTP to prioritize civil rights and equity in the Biden administration’s AI and tech policy agenda, and for regulators to update and extend their policy guidance and rules to ensure more equitable outcomes in tech-driven decision-making and advertising. Financial institutions must develop less discriminatory AI models and improve processes for fair lending risk assessments. Housing regulators should monitor housing eligibility technologies and the unjustifiable use of court records to deny housing.

And CDT worked with Upturn and fellow civil society and disability advocacy allies to specifically urge the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Justice to proactively investigate hiring technologies, modernize and revise auditing and hiring standards, and improve employer reporting. While we commend the current administration for its progress thus far, it must act quickly to make civil rights and civil liberties a top tech priority.

Read the full letter to the White House OSTP here.

Read the full memo on technology’s role in: