We’re highlighting this report from Access Now (lead author Estelle Masse) because it is one of the best summaries we have seen for how society can use data to fight COVID-19 without dumping privacy protections overboard.
Chock full of case studies (the good and the bad) and sensible recommendations.
Please read, share and pass it on.
Continue reading Access Now Recommendations on Privacy In The Age of COVID-19
A massive coalition of justice and equity groups has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand the Lifeline program to meet the challenges of the COVOD-19 epidemic.
The group made three demands.
- To immediately prohibit the disconnection of Lifeline (subsidized) connections
- To require Lifeline providers to unlimited voice and texting services within one week.
- To create an emergency Lifeline Broadband program within 21 days.
You can read the letter below.
Continue reading 252 Groups Ask FCC To Expand Lifeline
By Ann Garrison for Black Agenda Report
The program deputizes teachers to spy on students and recruits social service agencies to assemble dossiers on them while providing mental health services.
“The state is is lipsticking the pig for federal agencies that rely on racist stereotyping.”
California’s “Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE)” program flags teenage kids “feeling alienated from their peers,” “having a strong sense of being troubled by injustice,” and suffering from “depression” as also having “tendencies to extremism” that should be closely monitored. And surprise surprise, these kids are disproportionately Black and Brown. The program deputizes teachers to spy on them and recruits social service agencies to assemble dossiers on them while providing mental health services.
I spoke to Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director of Media Alliance, about the program’s history and the coalition fighting it.
Continue reading California Flags Alienated, Idealistic Kids of Color as Potential Violent Extremists
By Alan Greenblatt. Originally published in Governing
Perhaps no city cares about the privacy of its residents as much as Oakland.
Last year, the California city became one of just a handful around the country that have banned municipal use of facial recognition technology. That came on top of an earlier ordinance that put limits on surveillance technology.
Those laws were largely the handiwork of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission, a citizen-led board that can review any and all city policies and regulations through a privacy lens. Other cities have privacy policies or staff in place, while a few have ad hoc groups to address particular issues, such as smart city policies. No other city has a standing group with such a broad charter.
Continue reading What Cities Can Learn from the Nation’s Only Privacy Commission