Privacy Matters

DeBlasio responds to police reform protests by giving machine guns to cops for protest policing

Apparently top cop Bill Bratton thinks the NYPD's extensive surveillance, harassment, and brutalization of protesters have insufficiently chilled dissident speech in New York City. So he's bringing in machine guns to finish the job. Hundreds of them.

Congratulations to the Library Freedom Project, a Knight challenge winner!

I'm thrilled to be able to say that our partner in privacy education, the Library Freedom Project, has won a Knight Foundation grant, enabling project director Alison Macrina to expand her excellent efforts to educate librarians about digital privacy issues.

The Tsarnaev trial and the rest of us

Former FBI assistant director: to keep budgets high, we must 'Keep Fear Alive'

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Bad week for press freedoms in North America

Cop who defended warrantless tracking of motorists doesn't like citizens watching police

It turns out the police don't like being tracked the way they track the rest of us.

The presumption of innocence as a 'term of art'

The Moakley courthouse in Boston.

In court last week in US v. Tsarnaev, federal Judge George O'Toole said something stunning about the presumption of innocence in US trials.

Masha Gessen reports for the New Yorker:

After admitting it doesn't know who built marathon bombs, FBI has nothing new to report on the matter

Independent researcher Adam Johnson emailed the FBI this morning to ask them about who built the bombs that detonated at the Boston marathon in April 2013. The Bureau and DOJ have admitted in court that they do not know who built the bombs, or where they were built.

Here's the exchange:

Oakland police are using high-tech tool to monitor black people's driving habits

When Massachusetts-based reporter Shawn Musgrave obtained some of the Boston Police Department's license plate reader data, he found that police appeared to be targeting working class and black neighborhoods with the controversial surveillance tool.

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