Stephen Caines serves as a Technology and Policy Innovation Advisor for the Mayor’s Office of San Jose. He is also a second year Residential Fellow at CodeX - The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. He is best described as a legal technologist with a passion for privacy and access to justice. His work primarily focuses on facial recognition 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 on the San Jose Digital Privacy Advisory Task Force. He has also co-organized classes & seminars such as the Social Impact, AI & Law Bootcamp.


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.