Mar 192020
 

Government CIO promises they don’t record location, just change of location Hong Kong has made it mandatory for all new arrivals to wear an “electronic wristband” that links to a smartphone to provide location-tracking services, so that authorities can be sure they’re observing COVID-19 quarantine requirements. And the city-state insists its privacy commissioner has signed off on the idea because it “does not pose privacy concerns.”…

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Mar 192020
 

We can have beautiful cities without turning our cities into surveillance cities. Cities across the U.S. are forcing operators of shared bikes and scooters to use dangerous and privacy invasive APIs developed by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. These APIs—collectively called the “mobility data specification,” or MDS—require that operators share granular location data on every trip taken. The location data that cities are demanding is incredibly sensitive and relates to the movements of real…

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Mar 192020
 

Smartphones haven’t really needed a full computer keyboard, until now. We are turning the Linux desktop ecosystem into a convergent one. In order to access desktop applications, our keyboard has to feel good on the small screen, as well as expose common desktop keystrokes. Terminal use While you can comfortably use the GUI in PureOS, the terminal is fully empowered. Giving you all your favorite GNU commands, anything missing is likely an install command away.…

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Mar 192020
 

Alaskan voters will get the chance to adopt statewide ranked choice voting (RCV) after the state’s Division of Elections certified a three-pronged ballot measure submitted by Alaskans for Better Elections, a bipartisan advocacy group. The ballot measure, officially certified on March 9, was filed with 41,068 signatures (36,006 deemed valid)—far more than the 28,501 valid signatures required by state law. The measure would replace partisan primaries with open top-four primaries for statewide and congressional offices and establish…

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Mar 192020
 

On Tuesday, despite urgent pleas from public health experts for postponement of the balloting, voters reported being forced into unsanitary environments and jumping through arduous hoops to vote. The culprit was the party that believes in science and voting rights. Poll worker Jeremy Block, center, directs 88-year-old Mort Winsberg to a voting booth in Leon County, Florida, precinct 5105, during the Florida primary on March 17, 2020 in Tallahassee. Mark Wallheiser / Getty Joe Biden’s…

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Mar 192020
 

NEW HAVEN, CT—Speaking out against proposals to provide federal assistance to Americans hardest hit by the pandemic-fueled economic downturn, local conservative Mark Garrett expressed worry Wednesday that relief checks would discourage citizens from learning to provide for themselves by killing him and taking his…Read more…

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Mar 192020
 

In order to push forward with in-person elections on Tuesday, local election officials across Illinois relocated hundreds of polling locations due to concerns about exposing particularly vulnerable populations to the novel coronavirus. Guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ahead of the election were particularly stark.  “If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people,” the latest guidelines read. “If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition…

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Mar 192020
 

On March 15, 2020, Section 215—a provision of FISA with a rich history of government overreach and abuse—expired. That provision, along with two other provisions of FISA, lapsed after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a broader set of FISA reforms. Late last week, before the law expired, the House of Representatives passed the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act, which would have extended Section 215 for three more years, along with some modest reforms.  After…

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