From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Members of Congress talk a lot about improving oversight of national security, but most do not do much to make it better. Just recently, the former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Jay Rockefeller, gave a speech where he said something remarkable. He spoke about the struggle Congress had with gathering information from the CIA for a report on its use of torture. “This study is … the story of the breakdown in our system of governance…. One of the profound ways that breakdown happened was through the active subversion of meaningful congressional oversight.” Continue reading Fixing Congressional Oversight of National Security→
What’s the cost of the so-called “free” services we use online every day? What do you gain and what do you give up when you accept the Terms and Conditions of your favorite app? And why should you care?
In this online discussion: documentary filmmakers, media activists and tech workers talk about what we give up and why it matters.
The experimental, Chrome and Safari only, library launches today with more than 700 chronologically ordered television citations drawn from the Archive’s television news research service. The TV quotes can be browsed by rolling over clip thumbnails, queried via transcripts and sorted for specific speakers. Citation links, context, connections to source broadcasters and options to borrow can be explored by following the More/Borrow links on each thumbnail.
The Center for Digital Democracy, joined by a coalition of public health, child advocacy, and media justice groups, today filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a case concerning teen privacy online. In Fraley v. Facebook, the social networking company was sued for violating the privacy of users of all ages, and the company settled with class-action attorneys before going to litigation. Facebook’s proposed settlement, which was eventually approved by the U.S. District Court, does not protect teen users from appearing in sponsored advertisements on Facebook, even though seven states forbid this kind of appropriation without parental consent Continue reading Coalition Demands Privacy Protections For Teens on Facebook→
This paper from former MA board member Seeta Pena Ganghadjaran focuses on specific examples of commercial data profiling against the history of low–tech data profiling of chronically underserved communities.
DEA agents with guns drawn as well as IRS agents swarmed the Oaksterdam campus as well as the store/cafe site, bringing much of Downtown Oakland to a halt and drawing swarms of protesters to the ongoing raid.
Twin Cities Indymedia and the Glass Bead Collective have assembled a 30 minute video documenting the surveillance, pre-emptive raids and arrests at the 2008 Republican Convention in St Paul, MN. Watch it here.