The more familiar you become with the practices of the prison-industrial complex, the more extortion rackets you uncover directed at squeezing every last drop out of the ever growing numbers of Americans incarcerated for all or part of their adult lives.
In the latest regulatory look at the US mass incarceration network, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking into the use of prison debit cards, when the assets of newly released prisoners are returned to them via mandatory debit cards with high usage fees. Continue reading Prison Debit Cards – Another Extortion
Twitter shut down a tool that helps people hold politicians accountable in 29 countries around the world. The Netherlands-based civil society group Open State Foundation created Politwoops, which scans the Twitter accounts of politicians for tweets they’ve deleted. Deleted tweets can provide insight to the viewpoints of public officials, and journalists have been using Politwoops to keep representatives accountable for what they say publicly. In the spirit of transparency, Open State allowed other organizations to use the code of the tool, and use it they have, everywhere from Argentina, to Turkey, to Spain, to the United Kingdom.
Update: The campaign to save Politwoops was successful and the applications has been restored.
Continue reading Open Letter to Twitter About Politwoops
67 civil society groups around the world write open letter to Facebook questioning the Internet.org program to provide walled garden Internet service to underserved populations in the developing world.
The government of India prevented internet.org from being marketed in the country after the campaign was launched.
To join the campaign against Internet.org, click here. Continue reading International Webtivists Question Facebook’s Internet.org