Sep 102020
 

Customs and Border Protection, the law enforcement agency which recently flew a Predator drone over anti-police brutality protests, has purchased “unlimited” alerts for the location of vehicles, and by extension people, across the country, according to internal CBP documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents, which include a coverage area map, show that the agency can track cars in major cities and populated areas of the country more generally. Many of the places it can track…

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Sep 102020
 

Enlarge / A helpful neon sign in Portland, Ore. (credit: Seth K. Hughes | Getty Images) City leaders in Portland, Oregon, yesterday adopted the most sweeping ban on facial recognition technology passed anywhere in the United States so far. The Portland City Council voted on two ordinances related to facial recognition: one prohibiting use by public entities, including the police, and the other limiting its use by private entities. Both measures passed unanimously, according to…

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Sep 102020
 

Two days after Surly’s beer hall workers went public with a union campaign, management announced it would be closing the location indefinitely. The Minneapolis company says the shutdown was in the works for weeks — a claim workers say is absurd. Surly Brewing Company, Minneapolis. (Surly Brewing Co. / Facebook) Minneapolis service workers are in the midst of an organizing wave. Tattersall Distilling, Spyhouse Coffee Roasters, Surly Brewing Company, Lawless Distilling Co., and Stilheart Distillery…

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Sep 102020
 

Philadelphia court officials will announce a temporary stay on lockouts related to eviction orders Tuesday, PlanPhilly has learned. The move comes as landlord-tenant proceedings begin to ramp up at city courts after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic and a statewide moratorium on evictions that ended on Aug. 31 despite calls to the Pennsylvania legislature to extend it from Gov. Tom Wolf. But while some restrictions remain in place, the Tuesday reopening of courtrooms means at least…

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Sep 102020
 

Introduction In 1998, Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a sweeping overhaul of U.S. copyright law notionally designed to update the system for the digital era. Though the DMCA contains many controversial sections, one of the most pernicious and problematic elements of the law is Section 1201, the “anti-circumvention” rule which prohibits bypassing, removing, or revealing defects in “technical protection measures” (TPMs) that control not just use but also access to copyrighted…

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Sep 102020
 

On September 9, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge J. Andrew Crompton issued an opinion in In Re Nomination Paper of Scroggin, 460 M.D. 2020. The opinion rejects the challenge against Howie Hawkins being on the ballot for President. However, it accepts the challenge to his vice-presidential running mate, Angela Walker. The basis for the objection had been that the stand-in presidential and vice-presidential candidates had not submitted proper declarations of candidacy. But it turns out the…

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Sep 102020
 

On Wednesday, Portland lawmakers will vote on what could be the strongest facial recognition ban in the United States. In November 2019, city officials revealed they were crafting legislation that would ban the use of facial recognition technology by both the public and private sector, prohibiting its use by state agencies but also its use by retailers, employers, and other private businesses—the first proposed ban on private use in the U.S.  After a City Hall…

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