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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Politico – What it will take for women to win

“Women are more politically mobilized than ever before — but that’s not enough to get them into office. A POLITICO investigation reveals what’s really stopping women from breaking through. By Amanda Ripley; Photography and Video by Reena Flores; Illustrations by Ellen Weinstein. The United States has flatlined when it comes to electing women: At the… Continue Reading

Workplace harassment and the Comey testimony

Harassment is not tolerated in workplaces, be they public or private, but we all know that it continues regardless of admonitions against it and protestations about it. This LATimes.com article describes one powerful man’s careful, shrewd, and methodical exercise of what he called out as speaking truth to power. Whether Comey’s experience and his public… Continue Reading

TRAC Sues ICE on Withholding Data on Secure Communities Program

“The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has filed yet another suit in federal court today under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) charging Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with unlawfully withholding records on deportations. The new suit follows one filed on May 9. Both actions concern aspects of ICE’s unusually broad immigration control efforts and… Continue Reading

Data systematically wiped from federal government sites

Washington Post – Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined – “The Trump administration has removed or tucked away a wide variety of information that until recently was provided to the public, limiting access, for instance, to disclosures about workplace violations, energy efficiency and animal-welfare abuses. Some of the information relates to enforcement actions taken… Continue Reading

Guardian – Accused of underpaying women, Google says it’s too expensive to get wage data

Follow up to US Labor Dept targeting Google for systemic gender pay discrepancies via the guardian – “Google argued that it was too financially burdensome and logistically challenging to compile and hand over salary records that the government has requested, sparking a strong rebuke from the US Department of Labor (DoL), which has accused the… Continue Reading

Remember | Resist | Redraw: A Radical History Poster Project

“The Graphic History Collective has launched a new activist art project: Remember | Resist | Redraw: a Radical History Poster Project. The Graphic History Collective is collaborating with a number of artists and writers to create an ongoing poster series that will offer alternative perspectives on well-known historical events, and will highlight the histories of Indigenous… Continue Reading

WaPo – How Trump and the GOP-led Congress swiftly dismantled Internet privacy rules

The Washington Post: “The rules were adopted in October during the last weeks of the Obama administration after an intense battle that pitted large Internet service providers, the advertising industry and tech giants against consumer advocates and civil rights groups. The campaign to kill the FCC rules began just a few weeks after Trump’s November… Continue Reading

4th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Freeze of Trump Travel Plan

Washington Post: “A federal appeals court on Thursday left in place the freeze on President Trump’s revised entry ban, handing the administration another legal setback in its efforts to block the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries. The broad, decisive ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit… Continue Reading

Marshall Project – New Tool That Could Revolutionize How We Measure Justice

Beth Schwartzapfel – The Marshall Project: “The enormity of the country’s criminal justice system — 15,000 state and local courts, 18,000 local law enforcement agencies, more than two million prisoners — looks even more daunting when you consider how little we know about what is actually going on in there. Want to know who we… Continue Reading

Apple – Report on Government and Private Party Requests for Customer Information

“Apple is very seriously committed to protecting your data and we work hard to deliver the most secure hardware, software and services available. We believe our customers have a right to understand how their personal data is managed and protected. This report provides information regarding requests Apple received from government agencies and private parties from… Continue Reading

How to Opt Out of Twitter’s New Privacy Settings

Follow up to previous posting – Twitter drops ‘Do Not Track’ privacy protection – via EFF, guidance on how to restore your privacy when using Twitter – “concerned users have to click “Review settings” to opt out of Twitter’s new mechanisms for user tracking. That will bring you to the “Personalization and Data” section of… Continue Reading

CIA releases Officially Released Information System database with 50 yrs of FOIA request documents

Via Muckrock’s work and posting as follows: “The results of the Agency’s ambitious project to track all the information its made public will soon become a valuable tool for government transparency. In 1985, citing concerns regarding “difficulty determining what has been publicly disclosed,” the CIA had a truly great idea that would serve both the… Continue Reading