“These 68 videos show clear apparent instances of police officers escalating violence during protests. Most departments refused to share details about investigations and discipline or even officers’ names.”—Zipporah Osei, Mollie Simon, Moiz Syed, Lucas Waldron, “We Are Tracking What Happens to Police After They Use Force on Protestors.” ProPublica. July 29, 2020.
When someone wonders why anyone would want to “Defund the Police”, there is now a handy reference of police misconduct toward citizens exercising their First Amendment rights that may serve as a useful point of reference.
Drop everything and watch Killer Mike’s speech in Atlanta tonight. I don’t agree with him on all of his politics, but that doesn’t matter tonight. He’s 100% right about how to handle protesting and how to change the system… and it isn’t burning your city to the ground. https://t.co/VzDNMTM0wH
Nice overview of the origins and evolution of cybercrime from 2000 to present.
—The Evolution of Cybercrime and Cyberdefense
“Amid the liberal rehabilitation of these former intelligence officials, few Democrats consider the hypocrisy of leaving Winner to rot while a flood of leaks — from intelligence sources, along with many others — has been vital in holding the Trump administration to account. The hypocrisy of Democratic Sen. Mark Warner is a case in point: As vice chair of the intelligence committee, Warner has called for transparency on all evidence of Russian hacking — but also supports the prosecution of Winner.
These Democrats and anti-Trump centrists should know better than anyone, thanks to the Hillary Clinton email server scandal, how warped and broken our classification system is — that the “national security risks” proffered by the intelligence community rarely, if ever, hold water. It should be obvious that no one should be prosecuted for trying to alert the public about potential vulnerabilities in our electoral process.
—Trevor Timm. “Whatever You Think of the Trump-Russia Investigation, Whistleblower Reality Winner Deserves Your Support.” The Intercept. June 2, 2018.
“When whole communities like East L.A. are algorithmically scraped for pre-crime suspects, data is destiny, says Saba. ‘These are systemic processes. When people are constantly harassed in a gang context, it pushes them to join.’…
…’These cases are perfect examples of how databases filled with unverified information that is often false can destroy people’s lives,’ says his attorney, Vanessa del Valle of Northwestern University’s MacArthur Justice Center.”
—Peter Waldman, Lizette Chapman, and Jordan Robertson. “Palantir Knows Everything About You.” Bloomberg. April 19, 2018.
Nothing says small government conservatism like a surveillance state powered by dirty unverified data, black box algorithms, and an artificial intelligence that works for someone that believes death is optional and who takes ten years to destroy an organization for reporting on his sexual orientation. Hard to articulate how safe this makes me feel knowing this is going on in the background with next to no transparency or oversight.
Find that depressing? Try a Pre-Crime Comic.
Knife Skills is a ~40 minute short on the opening of Edwin’s, an upscale French restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio that employs ex-convicts.
“Here’s how it works: When you download the app, a small part of your computer’s unused processing power is redirected toward mining a popular cryptocurrency called Monero, which is secure, private, and untraceable. At the end of every month, we exchange the Monero for US dollars and donate the earnings to the Bronx Freedom Fund and through them, a new nation-wide initiative, The Bail Project.
100% of the currency your computer generates is used by the Bronx Freedom Fund to post bail for low-income people detained in New York effective immediately. Beginning in January 2018, funds will be routed to The Bail Project, which will over the next five years post bail for people detained in more than three dozen cities nation-wide.
Bail funds accumulate: Bail funds are “revolving,” which means they’re returned to their source when people appear for all their court dates–which, for clients of The Bronx Freedom Fund, happens 96% of the time.
Most Bail Bloc users can expect to generate around $3 to $5 per month. It might not seem like much, but because of the revolving funding model, it adds up quickly…”