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Around the world, social movements are turning drones, wearables, and other surveillance tech against the state

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick is associate professor at University of San Diego & University of Nottingham, whose work focuses on social change as it relates to society, politics, and technology.

It was nine o’clock in the evening and I was on the curb with a Hungarian police officer, who was asking for…

‘Criminality cannot be predicted. Full stop.’

More than 500 experts on artificial intelligence, technology, and sociology have signed a letter addressed to a major academic publisher asking to halt the publication of any research that uses machine learning to predict whether someone might commit a crime.

The letter was written in response to a May 5…

‘It’s obvious to me that I’ve lost the trust of the city council,’ police Chief Dave Bertini said during a virtual town hall

One of the key architects of the “Facebook Unit,” a controversial team within the Menlo Park Police Department in California, abruptly stepped down on Friday, citing a loss of community trust. …

Today’s events aren’t simply another turn of the news cycle

In 1892, former slave, Civil War veteran, and Baltimore citizen John H. Murphy Sr. had a vision for a new kind of news source: one that would serve the city’s African American population. …

Court hearings are going virtual in response to COVID-19. Studies show they can lead to harsher outcomes for defendants.

By Lauren Kirchner

On the morning of May 18, Judge Keith Dean of the Collin County District Court in Texas thanked the potential jurors in front of him for coming and performing their civic duty, as always. Then he and Judge Emily Miskel gave some new, unusual instructions: Tell your…

Reasonable Doubt

Automation is creeping into the courtroom, and it’s going to change the way we think about the law

In 1970, Lyudmila Terentyevna Aleksandrova lost her right hand. It happened at work, where she was employed by the Russian state. With her hand gone, she fought for a disability allowance that never materialized, batted about by district and regional courts. Eventually, after decades of frustration, she brought the case…

Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple are facing increasing government scrutiny over competitive practices. They’ll fight back, but there is precedent to take action.

In 1998, the U.S. Justice Department and attorneys general from 21 states brought an antitrust monopolization lawsuit against Microsoft. At that time, Microsoft controlled how most consumers and businesses worked on their desktop computers. …


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