Privacy Matters

Watch ACLU and EFF support arguments against dragnet phone surveillance live

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Public school student resists malware and internet censorship

Nathan Ringo, a public school student in Minnesota, got in trouble for cracking his way around his school's censorious content blocker, which prohibits students from visiting any websites that contain profanity or nudity. As punishment he was denied access to in-school internet.

A Ferguson protester speaks

In a must-read account of the school to prison pipeline's impact on young people (primarily of color) in the United States, journalist Raven Rakia looks at the story of one young protester in Ferguson. Rakia met Frankie at the demonstrations that erupted in the wake of white police officer Darren Wilson's slaying of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August.

Looks like Chicago PD had a stingray out at the Eric Garner protest last night

Looks like police in Chicago have a tricked out surveillance truck equipped with cell site simulators, a.k.a. Stingrays, that force nearby phones to send data to cops instead of to phone company cell towers. Did those cops get a warrant for that?

NYPD also monitoring civil rights activists' social media use

Last week I wrote about how the Commonwealth Fusion Center, a DHS funded so-called 'counterterror' intelligence center in Massachusetts run by the State Police, monitored the social media accounts of Black Lives Matter activists before and during political demonstrations.

The NYPD monitors civil rights activists' speech, too. This tweet is from last night:

Report: Albuquerque police gang unit received military training at shadowy Department of Energy site in the desert

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Ferguson activists take their demands to Obama and Holder

Today civil rights activists from organizations including Dream Defenders and Millennial Activists United met with President Obama, Attorney General Holder, and Vice President Biden. These were among their demands:

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