Virginia Eubanks

@poptechworks

Ford Academic Fellow, New America Foundation

Los Angeles Police to Widen Biometric Net

Ali Winston writes that Los Angeles county law enforcement will soon begin collecting biometric data “in the field,” and storing that data for at least 75 years. Since the plan has begun without community input, it “raises troubling questions about due process, reasonable suspicion, and community participation in law enforcement decision-making.”

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Deportations Under “Secure Communities” Don’t Make Us Safer, New Study Finds

The program is supposed to deport “criminal immigrants” who threaten public safety, but a new study finds that it hasn't worked, suggesting a need to overhaul the program.

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A Woman’s “Right to Be Forgotten”

Do Americans, particularly women, have the “right to be forgotten?” A new European Union rule says that citizens may ask search engines to take down links to “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive” information about themselves. But the law puzzles or panics some in the US who value freedom of speech above all else.

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Civil Rights Groups Respond to Allegations of Religious Profiling by the NSA and FBI

A report published in The Intercept alleges that the National Security Agency and the FBI targeted Muslim-Americans for “secret surveillance programs.” In response, a coalition of civil and human rights groups called on President Obama to strengthen guidelines about federal law enforcement agencies’ use of race, noting that “the government’s domestic counterterrorism policies treat entire minority communities as suspect.”

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Commentary

Domestic Workers Harness Technology to Claim Their Rights

In 2010, New York passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which guaranteed eight-hour work days, overtime pay, and other benefits to domestic workers. But rights are only meaningful if workers can claim them. Enter Domestic Workers United and REV-, who are using a “tech and touch” strategy that blends human and digital elements to empower domestic workers.

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