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Surveillance, Data, and Privacy Working Group Meeting

There will be a Surveillance, Data, and Privacy Working Group meeting on May 25 at 2 p.m.

Join the Zoom meeting

The Working Group meeting is open to all to attend and watch proceedings. Only Working Group members will participate in discussions. If you have questions or comments about the meeting or the Working Group, please email Yo Deshpande at

Discussion Topics

  1. Agenda

    1. Welcome and introductions

    2. Review timeline and goals of Working Group

    3. Updates

    4. Team discussion

    5. Working session

    6. Closing discussion and next steps

  2. Background

    The Surveillance, Data, and Privacy Working Group was established by the Ordinance on Surveillance Oversight and Information Sharing passed by the City Council in October 2021. The Working Group is tasked with identifying a set of priorities and implementable objectives to increase the transparency, accountability, and engagement around the public deployment of technology and use of data within select City of Boston departments.


    The Working Group includes representatives from the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Student Immigrant Movement, the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Innovation and Technology, and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

  3. Contact and Questions

    Do you have comments or issues you’d like the Working Group to explore? Questions about the purview and process of the Working Group? Just want to chat about digital transparency and accountability in Boston? Reach out to Yo Deshpande at, or the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics at

  4. Accommodations

    Accommodations are available upon request for any person who requires alternately formatted materials, auxiliary aids, or another accommodation to ensure effective communication and access to attend meetings held by City departments and programs. Please allow at least 2 weeks to arrange for accommodations. Requests for accommodations may be forwarded to Yo Deshpande or to Kristen McCosh, Disability Commissioner and ADA Title II Coordinator, at, 617-635-3682 (voice), or 617-635-2541 (TTY).

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