Axon has named Chris Harris to its AI Ethics Board to supervise the development and production of the company’s AI technology, Axon announced on Tuesday.
"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,” Axon Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President of Software Jeff Kunins.
Chris Harris is an advocate working to transform the criminal justice system. He currently serves as a Campaign Coordinator for Texas Appleseed, a public interest nonprofit that promotes social and economic justice for all Texans, and as a Public Safety Commissioner representing District 1 in the City of Austin.
Harris has led and contributed to winning campaigns aimed at limiting: racial disparities in the criminal justice system, state violence, unnecessary arrests, ICE detentions, pre-trial incarceration, subpar indigent defense and further investment in police and prisons.
Previously, he worked in the software industry with a focus on public sector solutions and held various roles, including analyst, consultant, and product manager. As data and policy analyst with Just Liberty between Jan. 2019 and Jan. 2020, Harris analyzed the criminal justice system data and policy to inform and strengthen reform efforts aimed at creating a more just and free Texas.
Harris also served in a variety of consulting and management positions during his nine-year tenure with Periscope holdings. Most recently, between 2015 and 2016, he served as a product manager. In the position, Harris performed strategic and tactical product functions for the BidSync sourcing solution and the company's flagship enterprise e-procurement suite, BuySpeed.
As a solutions consultant with the company, Harris provided business and implementation expertise to the Sales organization for prospect interactions and RFx completion. Organized and delivered product demonstration efforts, including high-stakes presentations to State and major city prospects. He served in the role between Feb. 2013 and Jan. 2015.
“I'm so grateful to have their advice and perspective, and am excited to be adding their diverse viewpoints and expertise to the Board," concluded Kunins.
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.