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An Apology for the Internet — From the People Who Built It
Transcript of an encounter group of prominent dissidents. Nice to know there are thoughtful people nearby, if not at the controls. Is there hope? Time will tell.
Internet  business  Facebook  politics  civilLiberties 
5 weeks ago by JJLDickinson
EPIC - Algorithmic Transparency: End Secret Profiling
Per the Electronic Privacy Information Center email newsletter.

As more decisions become automated and processed by algorithms, these processes become more opaque and less accountable. The public has a right to know the data processes that impact their lives so they can correct errors and contest decisions made by algorithms. Personal data collected from our social connections and online activities are used by the government and companies to make determinations about our ability to fly, obtain a job, get security clearance, and even determine the severity of criminal sentencing. These opaque, automated decision-making processes bear risks of secret profiling and discrimination as well as undermine our privacy and freedom of association.
Without knowledge of the factors that provide the basis for decisions, it is impossible to know whether government and companies engage in practices that are deceptive, discriminatory, or unethical. Algorithmic transparency, for example, plays a key role in resolving the question of Facebook's role in the Russian interference of the 2016 Presidential Election. Therefore, algorithmic transparency is crucial to defending human rights and democracy online.
EPIC  AI  algortihmicTransparency  politics  law  government  civilLiberties 
november 2017 by JJLDickinson
The Trials of a Muslim Cop | The New Yorker
Bobby Hadid joined the N.Y.P.D. after 9/11, to protect his new country. But when he questioned the force’s tactics, his life began to erode.
thenewyorker  bobbyhadid  nypd  crime  9/11  islam  islamophobia  policing  civilliberties 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
ACLU Apps to Record Police Conduct | American Civil Liberties Union
Smartphone app is designed to record police conduct. "Take the ACLU on the go, for free."
ACLU  civilLiberties  police  apps  smartphone 
september 2017 by JJLDickinson
Photographers - What To Do If You Are Stopped Or Detained For Taking Photographs | American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU's guide. From the site:
Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply.
photography  videography  civilLiberties  law 
september 2017 by JJLDickinson
What to Say When the Police Tell You to Stop Filming Them - The Atlantic
From the article:
“Photography is a form of power, and people are loath to give up power, including police officers. It’s a power struggle where the citizen is protected by the law but, because it is a power struggle, sometimes that’s not enough,” says Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Stanley wrote the ACLU’s “Know Your Rights” guide for photographers, which lays out in plain language the legal protections that are assured people filming in public. Among these: Photographers can take pictures of anything in plain view from public space—including public officials—but private land owners may set rules for photography on their property. Cops also can’t “confiscate or demand to view” audio or video without a warrant, and they can’t ever delete images.
The ACLU’s guide does caution that “police officers may legitimately order citizens to cease activities that are truly interfering with legitimate law enforcement operations.”
photography  civilLiberties  police  videography  law 
september 2017 by JJLDickinson
North Korea: Notel
Small portable media device is popular for watching illegal video
northkorea  civilliberties  dvd  usb  korea  culture 
august 2017 by nelson
ACLU on armed protest
A good decision on an issue of conflict
aclu  gunrights  protest  civilliberties  america  guns 
august 2017 by nelson

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