On October 28, 2016 U.S. District Judge Charles Haight rejected a proposed settlement pertaining to the New York Police Department’s spying on religious and political activity, saying that the guidelines did not do enough to safeguard civil liberties.
Math isn’t colorblind and algorithms don’t care about free speech, but police and the FBI are treating face recognition technology as if it is divorced from the realities of centuries of repressive policing.
Community leaders should press state and local agencies, and the FBI, to be fully transparent about how they use face recognition; if those agencies refuse, advocates should use state and federal Freedom of Information laws to take them to court. Advocates should also press city councils, state legislatures, and law enforcement for laws and use manuals that protect individual liberties and civil rights.
The candidates took up “stop and frisk,” the terror watch list (“no fly, no buy”), racism, and Islamophobia.
Last year, the Charlotte City Council unanimously passed a civil liberties resolution that was supposed to prevent the kind of police encounter that ended Keith Lamont Scott’s life. It was supposed to ensure that there are no “footnotes or asterisks” to the phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance “with liberty and justice for all.”
An audit by the Inspector General shows that 79% of LAPD Suspicious Activity Reports were written on non-whites
Did you know that Boston is one of three
The FBI, in collaboration with DHS and other government agencies, is again launching programs that are at best doomed–and at worst designed—to disrupt the Muslim communities in cities where they are launched.
Rapidly developing technology exposes communities of color to near-constant surveillance and over-policing.
Trump’s vitriolic anti-immigrant, anti-civil libertarian, and openly racist policies have elicited a wave of condemnations. However, as many have pointed out, some of those most quickly running to condemn him are themselves the architects of policies that have been largely racist and anti-civil libertarian.
On August 10, the American Federation of Teachers, civil and human rights organizations, faith leaders and community groups came together to issue a letter to the FBI condemning its Don’t Be a Puppet program.
PreCheck lanes operate in more than 180 airports across the country. They permit members who provide DHS with detailed personal data, a photograph, and fingerprints to pass through the airport security with their shoes on and laptops stored in their carry-on bags. “With a 5 year, $85 membership, you can speed through security,” beams the TSA website.
On the day of his death at the hands of
While these killings were perpetrated by different police departments in different states, they are far from unconnected. Both killings are part of a larger pattern of state-sponsored violence that is symptomatic of the white supremacy that is endemic in our society.
Many people were surprised by Monday’s S