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The lawyer fighting government surveillance of Black Lives Matter | The Outline
Well, there are a lot of groups talking about the right to privacy. But for people of color, we’re worried about more than companies just collecting our data. We also don’t want to be surveilled when we take the bus to work or have our movements be undermined by our government. Whether it’s the right to kneel at a football game or organize a campus protest, those rights are under attack. And people are being surveilled specifically to freeze the right to protest.
survellance  surveillancetech  attention  government  privacy  data  protest 
22 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The miracle of the United States Postal Service
It maintains six-days-a-week service to 150 million locations, operates 26,410 post offices, and handled nearly 150 billion pieces of mail in 2017 — or 47 percent of all the mail in the world. UPS and FedEx could not possibly handle that volume, especially not to unprofitable far-flung locations — not even for parcels, as the USPS accounts for about 40 percent of Amazon shipping.
infrastructure  history  usa  government  mail  usps  writing  communication 
8 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
A VC: Life Liberty and Blazing Broadband
I have watched my kids closely over the years. I am a noticer. I pay a lot of attention to what they and their friends do, say, and think. It is a guidepost for me in terms of where we are going and how we are going to get there.

Their generation grew up with a computer on their lap and now in their pocket. They were on Facebook before they were supposed to be. Their first phone was a smartphone. They prefer to watch a movie on their laptop lying on their bed than in the movie theater. And as a young woman said at Princeton last week, they want "life, liberty, and blazing broadband".
power  web  Internet  wifi  government  politics  technology  freespeech 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
NSA Gathers 4x the Amount of Info than the Library of Congress, Daily
Every six hours one of our spy agencies gathers as much information as our most complete repository of literature contains. It is a mind-boggling amount of information, even in an age of big data.
data  information  government  technology  wtf 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Capitol Journal: We should have kept Davis - latimes.com
"We're all part of a system basically designed not to work," says Democratic state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Sacramento's most experienced politician, who received more votes in November than any candidate for any office.

"That's why we have three branches and two [legislative] houses. They're meant to have government not do much and theoretically leave people alone. In California, we've added lots of complications: The two-thirds [majority] vote, term limits, the initiative.

"We've complicated the system while people's expectations about what government should do have grown exponentially."
california  government  sacramento  politics 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The remarkable judge who struck down the Defense of Marriage Act - Joe Conason - Salon.com
"We don't go out looking for cases ... There is no such thing as an 'activist court.' I do nothing until a complaint has been filed by some citizen, or group of citizens, which states effectively that their constitutional rights have been violated. I then have an obligation; I can't just dismiss it and throw it away."
justice  law  courts  massachusetts  gay  government 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Government data: People love it, say Pew, Texas Tribune | Knight Digital Media Center
“This is perhaps the best argument I can think of for more use of (and access to) more data. Data is journalism; journalism is data. It’s truly a brave new world.”
data  journalism  newspapers  media  information  government  politics 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Going on the record: Civic engagement is for journalists, too! | Knight Digital Media Center
My closing thought for this series is: Civic engagement really IS for journalists, too. We’re definitely affected by government policy and transparency. We have legitimate interests. And if we don’t speak up in civic processes, on the record, our views won’t really count.

So put aside any cultural qualms about “getting involved.” This is a story journalists are living and working, not just covering. This is our story. If we don’t claim a leading role, we’ll be relegated to the background. Ultimately, communities would pay the price for our reticence.
journalism  media  future  politics  government  transparency  activism  newspapers 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A plain blog about politics: Unity!
Last thing: what all this suggests is that "unity" might well be best seen in the abstract not as a potentially good strategy, but as an effect of a party that is shrinking, especially a party that is shrinking because it has become dangerously divorced from normal electoral incentives. Is that what's actually happening to the Republicans right now? I don't know! I do think, however, that it's rapidly becoming probably the biggest current question worth exploring in the empirical or theoretical study of American political parties. I am sure, however, that against that possibility, the "optics" (man I hate that word) of partisanship and bipartisanship is not at all important.
politics  democrats  republicans  elections  government  usa  identity  attention 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tech Secrets: 21 Things 'They' Don’t Want You to Know - PCWorld
Don't despair. For every dirty little secret revealed herein, we describe a fix or a way to work around it (if any exists). You don't have to be a victim, if you know what to do.

Just remember: You've been warned.
business  privacy  security  technology  government  internet  mobile  copyright 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Social media get quake reports out fast - latimes.com
[...] Stewart, who Twitters as @amyeureka, she said she was amused when, 24 hours after the quake there, city officials said they were going to get the word out that Eureka was open for business, hoping for mention in newspapers the next day.

"I was thinking," she said, "we already got the word out. We don't communicate like that anymore."
socialnetworking  social  journalism  media  newspapers  california  earthquake  government 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com News | Iran? The U.S. should mind its own business
Iran is not a secular nation. The majority of Iranians are deeply religious, and even though it sounds paradoxical to us, they believe in an Islamic democracy. They want most of the elements of democracy: They don't want the state to jam religion down their throats; they want a lot of freedom. But they also understand that to be guided by Islam, which is basically how they live their lives anyway, is not counter to democracy.

There's nowhere in the constitution of the Islamic Republic that says votes should be rigged if you don't like the candidate or that the president should have no power. There's nowhere it says that the people's choice does not count.

So it's entirely possible for someone like Mousavi or Rafsanjani to believe that Islam and democracy are compatible.
islam  power  middleeast  government  politics  elections  protest  social 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Eating Up “Food, Inc.” - Nicholas D. Kristof Blog - NYTimes.com
One window into journalism: A good chunk of Friday afternoon was spent chasing one elusive fact. Food, Inc. reported that the number of FDA food safety inspections had fallen from 50,000 in 1972 to 9,164 in 2006. I thought that was a telling statistic and included it in my draft, but I also asked my assistant, Natasha Yefimov, to double-check the figures with the FDA.

The FDA said the figures were wrong — both of them. The FDA acknowledged that the number of inspections had dropped, but said the 1972 figure was 10,610, while the fiscal year 2006 figure was 7,498 domestically and 125 abroad. The FDA said it had no idea where the other numbers could have come from. [...]
nytimes  politics  news  journalism  food  film  cinema  documentary  government 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Health Data Proves Contagious On Social Media - WSJ.com
Public interest in swine flu also spurred the CDC to start its first Facebook page May 1. By May 21, it had nearly 6,500 fans, adding to an increasing number of health-care organizations already on Facebook including the American Red Cross, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Mayo Clinic.

Yet not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Of more than 5,000 hospitals in the nation, only 128 have YouTube channels, 87 have Facebook pages, 140 have Twitter accounts and 23 have blogs.
health  social  socialnetworking  twitter  facebook  youtube  video  web  online  medicine  data  information  government 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Multnomah County puts social media position on hold after backlash from employees - OregonLive.com
"The bedrock of communication has shifted dramatically in the last three years," Matthews said. "Maybe I am too busy to go to a county meeting, but I want information. It's a way of responding to consumer demand."
politics  government  social  yasns  public  media  work  oregon  portland 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Flickr Creates New License for White House Photos | Epicenter
The change marks a first for Flickr, which to date has not had a license for government works, other than a “No Known Copyright Restriction” license that is used on photos from its Commons project, which includes photos from some of the world’s greatest museums and libraries. Those photos include ones from the Library of Congress, for instance, that never were copyright since they were made or paid for by the federal government
photography  government  flickr  creativity  copyright  law  yahoo  president 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Brad DeLong's "Our future as a financial colony" - THE WEEK
It's not that proxy contests will be initiated in Mandarin (although youngsters in Britain and America may well find themselves being sent to finishing schools in Maharashtra to purge themselves of their hillbilly Oxford or Boston accents and acquire the high-class English tones of Mumbai). But corporate bankruptcy will become a branch—probably the major branch—of international intrigue as governments find themselves dealt in whether they like it or not. And for the rest of us, "working for the man" will take on a brand-new—and foreign—dimension.
china  india  brazil  usa  business  finance  language  corporations  uk  government 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Generation B - From Local Editor to Local Politician, a Civic Call - NYTimes.com
When we’re young, we assume that history is stored away some place safe and solid like a library or university. But by middle age, when the weight of the world has fallen upon us, we come to understand that the institutional memory of a government body or newspaper or city of 80,000 is fragile, residing within a small number of individuals who are bright enough and who care enough to know.
history  memory  journalism  newspapers  ohio  government  media 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Incredible Shrinking State News Press Corps - Raw Fisher - Washingtonpost.com
Many bloggers say that far from being able to replace professional reporters, they actually suffer from the diminished flow of state news. "What I can't offer on my blogs is the relationships, the institutional memory, the why, the history that reporters who know the capital can bring to their stories," says Waldo Jaquith, who blogs on Virginia politics and runs a site, RichmondSunlight.com, that tracks every bill. "Newspapers can describe the candidates for governor in a more balanced, deeper way because you don't have a dog in the race. We bloggers do."
politics  newspapers  media  business  journalism  news  economics  government 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
AFP: Change.gov coming to the White House
"Using these tools is going to become a critical way that Barack is going to evaluate the performance of his own team," Rosenberg said.
"My joke is that at the Monday cabinet meeting the (agency) directors will be comparing notes on how many YouTube views they got and how many comments on their blog post." Congress is going to have to keep up or risk being taken apart by the New Media tool-kit of the Obama White House as it pushes its legislative agenda, Rosenberg said. "The expectations of your constituents are going to change," he said. "You'll have no choice but to try to follow now that Obama's changing expectations of what government looks and feels like."
politics  elections  technology  obama  web  activism  socialnetworking  government  facebook  barackobama  transparency  whitehouse  social 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The library - a recession sanctuary - The Boston Globe
"Libraries are unfortunately used to this," Ryan said. "But the essential role of the library cannot be duplicated in anybody's home, when you consider the combination of manuals, books, and librarian expertise," Ryan said. "In down economic times, families aren't going out to spend a lot of money on books and movies. This is when the branches can shine as a community gathering place and at a time when people are seeking answers to life improvement."
library  cities  government  politics  books  movies  community 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ars Technica: Reinventing conservatism, one tweet at a time
[...] Conservatives don't need to figure out how to promote conservatism on Facebook; they need to figure out what it is they're promoting. To the extent that a new media strategy is part of opening up that conversation, great, but it had better not become a substitute for engaging in some of that painful introspection. [...]

[...] Perhaps this is the way to put it: Some of these tech tools are very good at mobilizing reactive, oppositional activism—against the bailout, against some liberal media outrage, against this or that Democratic (sorry, "Democrat") politician. The dangerous temptation right now, especially for a party in the minority, is to seek to recapitulate the Cold War coalition model through oppositional self-definition, when something more robust is called for. [...]
politics  republicans  gop  twitter  palin  government  activism  online  social 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bush Data Threatens to Overload Archives - NYTimes.com
“I’m told researchers like to come and dig through my files, to see if anything interesting turns up,” Mr. Cheney said. “I want to wish them luck, but the files are pretty thin. I learned early on that if you don’t want your memos to get you in trouble some day, just don’t write any.”
cheney  data  information  politics  republicans  gop  wtf  research  history  government 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
FT.com | Gideon Rachman’s Blog | Covered in internet slime
If the newspaper industry really goes down the pan, I now have a business plan. I will claim to be a former member of the Bilderberg/Illuminati/Council on Foreign Relations/UN/Zionist establishment and write a book revealing the inside story of a plot to form a world government. It will sell millions.
humor  politics  religion  uk  newspapers  media  journalism  government  books  internet  reputation 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Movie Review - 'Milk' - Freedom Fighter in Life Becomes Potent Symbol in Death - NYTimes.com
[...] “My name is Harvey Milk, and I want to recruit you.” That was an opening line that the real Milk often used in his speeches to break the tension with straight audiences, but the film shows him deploying it with mostly gay crowds as well, with a slightly different inflection. He wants to recruit them into the politics of democracy, to persuade them that the stigma and discrimination they are used to enduring quietly and even guiltily can be addressed by voting, by demonstrating, by claiming the share of power that is every citizen’s birthright and responsibility. [...]
gay  politics  sanfrancisco  1970s  bayarea  reviews  film  cinema  movies  government  voting  power  speech  identity 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com | Obama and the dawn of the Fourth Republic
"[...] The first three American republics display a remarkably similar pattern. Their 72-year life span is divided into two 36-year periods (again, give or take a year -- this is not astrology). During the first 36-year period of a republic, ambitious nation-builders in the tradition of Alexander Hamilton strengthen the powers of the federal government and promote economic modernization. During the second 36-year phase of a republic, there is a Jeffersonian backlash, in favor of small government, small business and an older way of life. During the backlash era, Jeffersonians manage to modify, but never undo, the structure created by the Hamiltonians in the previous era. [...]"
politics  technology  history  economics  obama  government  usa 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Thomas Friedman - Why How Matters - NYTimes.com
ou do things matters more than ever, because so many more people can now see how you do things, be affected by how you do things and tell others how you do things on the Internet anytime, for no cost and without restraint.

“In a connected world, countries, governments and companies also have character, and their character — how they do what they do, how they keep promises, how they make decisions, how things really happen inside, how they connect and collaborate, how they engender trust, how they relate to their customers, to the environment and to the communities in which they operate — is now their fate.”
business  corporations  ethics  identity  reputation  social  government  economics  environment  community 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
FresnoBee.com News Blog: Fire line looks like a legislative boundary
"Here's the kicker: As difficult a job as firefighters have had since Sept. 10 working to control this blaze, it's a sure thing they'll eventually contain the fire. Much less certain is whether state leaders will ever do anything to draw up district boundaries that actually make sense, rather than something that looks like a child's scrawled doodle (or a lawmaker's choice district)."
fire  fresno  california  newspapers  law  politics  disaster  government 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A fearful India turns to video for security - The National Newspaper
"[...] This spring, [New Delhi] also installed cameras at 59 stops along its subway line. So far, concerns about privacy have been muted, likely because so much of the city remains outside of CCTV’s watchful eye – a far cry from London’s roughly 1,800 cameras, monitoring virtually every inch of public space. But there have been concerns about how surveillance footage will be used. The surveillance industry does not fall under any government legislation. [...]"
india  asian  transit  privacy  security  video  government  transportation  public 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Editor & Publisher: Young Journos and The Social Contract 2.0
"[...] Under such circumstances, will it still be necessary for journalists to fulfill their self-deputized role as watchdogs in the unofficial fourth branch of government? Of course it will. But journalists who have enjoyed relative autonomy over public discourse for decades must now learn to share their piece of media pie with untrained others and respect the new element they bring to our collective goal of maintaining an informed, active populace. [...]"
media  journalism  newspapers  public  news  politics  government  social 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Who Says Kids Make You Happy? | Newsweek Global Literacy | Newsweek.com
"Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it costs anywhere from $134,370 to $237,520 to raise a child from birth to the age of 17—and that's not counting school or college tuition."
happiness  parenting  psychology  research  education  government  money  work 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Britain Seeks Its Essence, and Finds Punch Lines
“I personally think it’s based on a misreading of the British character. Part of the attraction of Britain is the space it gives people to pursue their own agendas and identities.”
society  identity  government  culture  uk  europe 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Iraq: The War Card - The Center for Public Integrity
"In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
bush  cheney  data  government  iraq  journalism  memory  military  politics  research  rhetoric  statistics  terrorism  usa  war 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Facebook Used by Officials to Spy on Welfare Clients :: News :: thetyee.ca
"One of the policies is to make sure income assistance is going to people who are eligible. We take allegations of fraud seriously. In fact we are mandated to investigate every allegation of fraud we get from any source."
socialnetworking  facebook  government  canada 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
San Bernardino County Sun - FROM THE EDITOR: On County Salaries
"On Wednesday, we chose to remove the names of those employees from the list, publishing only the job title and salary." Good call.
public  government  journalism  california  ethics  sanbernardino  newspapers  online  work  jobs 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Daily Weekly: Krist Novoselic's SW Debut: Smells Like (Put Word Here) Spirit (Seattle Weekly)
"Of course anarchy is synonymous with chaos and disorder. But Anarchy has another meaning; it’s about people associating outside of the state structure. Committed Anarchists are actually meeting oriented people."
politics  diy  identity  government  public  power 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Dana Milbank - Smile -- You're on Social Security! - washingtonpost.com
"I'm going to take it now because I can take it now. I'm thrilled to think that after all these years I'm getting paid back the money I put in."
government  usa  money  retirement  population  aging 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Letter to the Editor | New York Times Video
"Charles Ferguson, a filmmaker, presents a rebuttal to claims made by L. Paul Bremer III that top American officials approved the decision to disband the Iraqi army." I saw "No End in Sight" last night.
politics  video  nytimes  iraq  war  government  military  film  cinema  documentary 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Road to Clarity - New York Times
"That sense of possibility has always meant a lot to me. For some, a sign is just a utilitarian object. For others, it’s a symbol of connectivity."
design  aesthetics  travel  transportation  beauty  reading  minimalism  government  identity 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Names We Choose or Ignore - New York Times
"Professor Greene’s larger point is that cities express communal values by naming schools, bridges or roads after people. When they settle on a name like Owl Creek [...] they are essentially saying nothing."
nature  community  aesthetics  identity  government  behavior  history  memory 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Black isn't enough - Los Angeles Times
"The problem isn't that black people are voting for black candidates, it's that they don't hold their representatives accountable."
losangeles  politics  race  black  latino  government  voting  california 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Loyal to a Fault
"American-ness comes in many shapes and forms and holds a peculiar appeal, even to some of its critics. After all, despite its imperfections, our most successful exercise in nation-building continues to be our own."
usa  identity  government  law  activism 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Canada’s Policy on Immigrants Brings Backlog - New York Times
"Nearly two-thirds of Canada’s population growth comes from immigrants, according to the 2006 census, compared with the United States, where about 43 percent of the population growth comes from immigration."
immigration  canada  usa  law  government  society  jobs 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The southern urban negro as a consumer: a machine-readable transcription.
Ooooweeee. Tiffany B. Brown shouldn't've sent it to me but she did, oh, she did, yes, she did.
memory  history  black  marketing  government  demography 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | South Asia | India rattled by vibrating condom
"The government's job is to promote family planning and population control measures rather than market products for sexual pleasure."
sex  india  aesthetics  design  hiv  aids  families  government  asian  asia 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Crackdown on middle class wine drinkers-Life & Style-Health-TimesOnline
"We know from international evidence that it’s measures that tackle price and availability where one can really make a difference. There is a very clear link between price and consumption. It’s never been cheaper in real terms than it is now."
wine  beverages  drinking  uk  health  government  economics 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall
"The White House announcement that they view South Korea as the model for a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq is further evidence of how dangerously out of touch with reality this administration is." Barbara Lee still speaks for me.
congress  democrats  elections  government  war  iraq  oakland  berkeley  alameda  bush  military  southkorea 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Why Are They Greener Than We Are?
"My prediction is that if we have a change in America, it won't be driven by politicians or architects but by the developers [...] So I think the one group we associate most with greed and inefficiency, it will lead the way in the future."
architecture  environment  sustainable  europe  usa  design  land  government  green  realestate 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
POZ - April #133 : Getting On (and off) - by Lucile Scott
“The CDC is assuming that people over 64 are not having sex. We believe everyone should be tested into their 80s."
aging  sex  hiv  aids  science  government  relationships  marriage 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Pentagon Preps Mind Fields
"With technology, we're constantly interrupting people, burdening people. My phone is ringing, my Blackberry is buzzing, I've gotten 20 e-mails since we started talking. We just want people to be able to focus. Give them a bit of peace."
government  research  e-mail  memory  attention  presence  war  technology 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Royal Finds Female Voters Resistant - washingtonpost.com
"She's getting on my nerves every time she focuses on her motherhood. Of course women can have children. So what? That's not the reason why I'll vote for her . . . but because I don't like the others."
women  elections  france  voting  leadership  gender  feminism  government 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New Profiling Program Raises Privacy Concerns - washingtonpost.com
"The idea is to troll a vast sea of information, including audio and visual, and extract suspicious people, places and other elements based on their links and behavioral patterns." (Ugh! "Trawl," not "troll"!)
privacy  government  usa  terrorism  civilrights  civilliberties  bush  encryption  social  information  politics 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Democracy Now! | EXCLUSIVE: Imprisoned Journalist Josh Wolf Speaks Out From Jail After Over 170 Days Behind Bars
"Every single person that can stand up and document injustices they see around them is one more person that will help lead towards an understanding and enlightenment of our society about what's really going on."
journalism  media  sanfrancisco  prisons  politics  justice  government  interview  blogging  activism  dublin 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Socialist Senator
“I’m not afraid of being called a troublemaker. But you have to be smart. And being smart means not creating needless enemies for yourself.”
vermont  government  politics  newengland  usa  socialism 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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