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Bahraini activist sentenced to 6 months in jail for one tweet - 0 views

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    "Prominent Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to six months in jail on Tuesday after criticizing the country's security forces on Twitter. Rajab was arrested in October for tweeting that Bahrain's security organizations are "ideological incubators" for those who join terrorist groups."
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Zoom admits cutting off activists' accounts in obedience to China | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Zoom has admitted it suspended the accounts of human rights activists at the behest of the Chinese government and suggested it will block any further meetings that Beijing complains are illegal."
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Privacy activists spent a day on Capitol Hill scanning faces to prove that scanning faces should be banned / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Activists from Fight for the Future prowled the halls of Congress in "jumpsuits with phone strapped to their heads conducting live facial recognition surveillance" to "show why this tech should be banned.""
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Hiding in plain sight: activists don camouflage to beat Met surveillance | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Interest in so-called dazzle camouflage appears to have grown substantially since the Metropolitan police announced last week that officers will be using live facial recognition cameras on London's streets - a move described by privacy campaigners and political activists as "dangerous", "oppressive" and "a huge threat to human rights"."
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Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police - The New York Times - 0 views

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    ""This was, you know, kind of a 'shower thought' moment for me, and just kind of an intersection of what I know how to do and what my current interests are," he said. "Accountability is important. We need to know who is doing what, so we can deal with it." Mr. Howell is not alone in his pursuit. Law enforcement has used facial recognition to identify criminals, using photos from government databases or, through a company called Clearview AI, from the public internet. But now activists around the world are turning the process around and developing tools that can unmask law enforcement in cases of misconduct."
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Security alert: notes from the frontline of the war in cyberspace | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    The battle for control of cyberspace is turning nasty, with young hackers, pirates and activists facing long prison sentences. We report from the frontline
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Revealed: Tory 'dark' ads targeted voters' Facebook feeds in Welsh marginal seat | Politics | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The Observer has obtained a series of Conservative party attack ads sent to voters last week in the key marginal constituency of Delyn, north Wales. Activists captured the ads using dummy Facebook accounts after finding that their own ad - encouraging young people to register to vote - were being "drowned out" by the Tory ads"
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Revealed: Facebook enables ads to target users interested in 'vaccine controversies' | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Facebook enables advertisers to promote content to nearly 900,000 people interested in "vaccine controversies", the Guardian has found. Other groups of people that advertisers can pay to reach on Facebook include those interested in "Dr Tenpenny on Vaccines", which refers to anti-vaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny, and "informed consent", which is language that anti-vaccine propagandists have adopted to fight vaccination laws."
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How cities can serve as a model for social media platforms to build better community spaces / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "It's a useful and insightful perspective, particularly for a time when Facebook is cowering under the pressure of conservative conspiracy theorists, while Twitter took the approach and ended up empowering oil companies by throttling climate activists."
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How government-exclusive spyware is used to surveil civil society in Mexico - The Citizen Lab - 0 views

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    "In Mexico, government-exclusive spyware technology is being used to target journalists, human rights defenders, anti-corruption advocates, and international investigators. Luis Fernando Garcia, Director of R3D, explains how technology meant to track terrorists is being turned against activists"
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'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Others are more emphatic about the future. Wang Aizhong, an activist based in Guangzhou, said: "This epidemic undoubtedly provides more reason for the government to surveil the public. I don't think authorities will rule out keeping this up after the outbreak.""
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WhatsApp spyware attack: senior clergymen in Togo among activists targeted | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "WhatsApp announced last year that 1,400 of its users were attacked with the malware, which is made by Israel's NSO Group, over a two-week period last April."
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Facebook suspends environmental groups despite vow to fight misinformation | Climate change | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Facebook has suspended the accounts of several environmental organizations less than a week after launching an initiative it said would counter a tide of misinformation over climate science on the platform. Groups such as Greenpeace USA, Climate Hawks Vote and Rainforest Action Network were among those blocked from posting or sending messages on Facebook over the weekend. Activists say hundreds of other individual accounts linked to indigenous, climate and social justice groups were also suspended for an alleged "intellectual property rights violation"."
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UK Privacy Activist Claims Google Maps Is Illegal | Techdirt - 0 views

  • Yet, in London, as soon as you drive into the city, your license place is photographed and run through image processors to find out who you are. The moment you enter the city the government has you on camera until you leave. They monitor 24/7/365,
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      Great point from this commenter...
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    Shake and Bake - google streetview in the UK - so much great news...
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Public bodies are releasing confidential personal data by accident, activists say | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Freedom of information website WhatDoTheyKnow.com, which automates FOI requests and publishes responses, says it has recorded 154 accidental data leaks made by councils, government departments, police, the NHS and other public bodies since 2009. This amounts to confidential data being wrongly released on average once every fortnight."
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