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Stephen Caines serves as the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer for the Mayor’s Office of San Jose. He is a legal technologist, policymaker, academic and Lawyer who recently completed a two-year Residential Fellowship at CodeX - The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and still works with the center as a Non-Residential Fellow. Within MOTI his policy areas include Digital Privacy, Public Safety, Innovation, Procurement Reform, and the Digital Inclusion Fund.


His academic scholarship primarily focuses on surveillance technology use by governments and law enforcement, as well as examining the impacts of other emerging technologies. Stephen is a co-founder of the CoronAtlas dashboard, a free pandemic resource open to the general public and currently serves in the San Jose Digital Privacy Working Group. Stephen was also a member of the Day One Project Technology Policy Accelerator Cohort which provided policy proposals to the Biden Harris Transition Team. He has also co-organized classes & seminars such as the Social Impact, AI & Law Bootcamp at Stanford Law School.


Stephen holds a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law with a concentration in the Business of Innovation, Law, and Technology. While in law school, his work focused on public interest, legal aid organizations, and nonprofits. He was a 2018 Access to Justice Technology Fellow and has worked with the Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. on a variety of technology initiatives aimed at optimizing their operations. In January 2019 he spoke at LSC’s Innovations in Technology Conference. Additionally, he worked on the legislative and technology policy team of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. Stephen’s educational experiences led him to his current work, where he develops standards and best practices for the safe and ethical implementation of technology in the public sector.