March 22, 2017
- Approximately half of adult Americans’ photographs are in a FRT database.
- 18 states each have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the FBI to share photos with the federal government, including from state departments of motor vehicles (DMV). The committee identified Maryland and Arizona as having MOUs with the FBI.
- The FBI will continue to pursue MOUs with states to gain access to DMV images.
- The FBI used facial recognition technology (FRT) for years without first publishing a privacy impact assessment, as required by law.
- FRT has accuracy deficiencies, misidentifying female and African American individuals at a higher rate. Human verification is often insufficient as a backup and can allow for racial bias.
- The FBI went to great lengths to exempt itself from certain provisions of the Privacy Act.
Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-funded international news bureau, has been accused by its own editors and reporters of intentionally distorting coverage of conflict in Syria and Libya.
Canada’s Real News Network did a 3-part interview with Ali Hashem, a Beirut-based reporter for Al-Jazeera who recently quit his job. An editor at the same bureau later supported Hashem’s allegation and left his position as well. Continue reading Al-Jazeera – Under Fire for Distorted Coverage
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.
Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg was one of the featured speakers at the August 4th anti-spying protest. Ellsberg was joined by Jennider Granick, AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein and author Norman Solomon at the rally in the heart of San Francisco.
Change to Win, CWA, Media Alliance, Media Action Center, Free Press. Avaaz, Occupy LA and others joined to welcome Rupert Murdoch to Los Angeles. Continue reading 200+ Protest at Fox Shareholders Meeting in LA