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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

EEOC’s Systemic Program Shows Significant Success in Past 10 Years

“In a review of its systemic program over the past 10 years, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports significant success in advancing workplace opportunity by tackling systemic discrimination…. “As a direct result of EEOC’s systemic work, more than 71,000 workers have received jobs and recovered lost wages, and many more have benefited from… Continue Reading

Pew – Europeans Worried About Repercussions of Refugee Crisis

July 11, 2016 – Europeans Fear Wave of Refugees Will Mean More Terrorism, Fewer Jobs – Sharp ideological divides across EU on views about minorities, diversity and national identity by Richard Wike, Bruce Stokes and Katie Simmons “The recent surge of refugees into Europe has featured prominently in the anti-immigrant rhetoric of right-wing parties across… Continue Reading

Gallup – Public Opinion Context: Americans, Race and Police

Frank Newport – “The deaths of five police officers in Dallas, along with the recent deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota at the hands of police, highlighted — again — the importance of understanding attitudes of the American public, including blacks and whites, toward the police and criminal justice system…” Continue Reading

EFF – Senate Still Considering Giving FBI More Power to Spy on Browser History

Via EFF – “Despite strong opposition in Congress and from the grassroots, the FBI is still pushing to expand its National Security Letter (NSL) authority. The proposed amendments would allow the FBI to serve companies with NSLs and obtain a wide range of Internet records, known as Electronic Communication Transactional Records (ECTRs), including browsing history. … Continue Reading

A Multi-Level Bayesian Analysis of Racial Bias in Police Shootings at the County-Level in the United States, 2011–2014

A Multi-Level Bayesian Analysis of Racial Bias in Police Shootings at the County-Level in the United States, 2011–2014, Ross CT (2015) A Multi-Level Bayesian Analysis of Racial Bias in Police Shootings at the County-Level in the United States, 2011–2014. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0141854. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141854. “A geographically-resolved, multi-level Bayesian model is used to analyze the data… Continue Reading

Joint ProPublica New York Times investigative report on error prone law enforcement drug testing

Tens of thousands of people every year are sent to jail based on the results of a $2 roadside drug test. Widespread evidence shows that these tests routinely produce false positives. Why are police departments and prosecutors still using them? by Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders, ProPublica Graphics by Fathom. Photography by Todd Heisler, The New… Continue Reading

EFF – FBI Must Not Sidestep Privacy Protections For Massive Collection of Biometric Data

Iris Scans, Palm Prints, Face Recognition Data, and More Collected From Millions of Innocent Citizens – “The FBI, which has created a massive database of biometric information on millions of Americans never involved in a crime, mustn’t be allowed to shield this trove of personal information from Privacy Act rules that let people learn what… Continue Reading

Victimhood and Agency: How Taking Charge Takes its Toll

Mueller, Pam, Victimhood and Agency: How Taking Charge Takes its Toll (May 1, 2016). Pepperdine Law Review, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2804124 “This project addresses an unexplored tension in the civil justice system with regard to victims. The civil justice process generally depends on victims taking action – but “active” victims may face… Continue Reading

Google posts latest diversity report

Official Google Blog: “It’s been two years since we first shared our workforce demographics and helped spark a conversation about the need to improve diversity at Google and across the tech industry. Today we’re updating google.com/diversity with our 2015 demographics, and sharing some areas where we’ve seen progress in building a more diverse and inclusive… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Gun Control: Analyzing Available Data Could Help Improve Background Checks Involving Domestic Violence Records

Gun Control: Analyzing Available Data Could Help Improve Background Checks Involving Domestic Violence Records, GAO-16-483: Published: Jul 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 2016. “Most of the 50 states submit domestic violence records—misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) convictions and domestic violence protection orders—to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for… Continue Reading

House Homeland Security Report – Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate

June 29, 2016: “Terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have sparked a public debate on the use of encryption in our society because the attackers used encrypted communications to evade detection, a phenomenon known as “going dark.” Today, the Majority Staff of the House Homeland Security Committee released a new report entitled, Going Dark,… Continue Reading

Jurist Commentary – Overcriminalization & Mass Incarceration

Donnie Bethel, Stephen Cooper, Overcriminalization & mass incarceration: SCOTUS’ Decision n the Hobbs Act Will Increase Both, JURIST – Professional Commentary, June 26, 2016, http://jurist.org/hotline/2016/06/Bethel-Cooper-mass-incarceration.php. “People of all persuasions, political parties and philosophies have awakened to the terrible toll the crises of overcriminalization and mass incarceration have wrought on America. Perhaps, as reported by The… Continue Reading