Stop Military Surveillance Drones from Coming Home

Stop Military Surveillance Drones from Coming Home

A federal statute authorizes the Pentagon to transfer surveillance technology, among other military equipment, to state and local police. This threatens privacy, free speech, and racial justice.

So Congress should do the right thing and enact Representative Ayanna Pressley’s amendment, Moratorium on Transfer of Controlled Property to Enforcement Agencies, to H.R.

Lessons From History: Afghanistan and the Dangerous Afterlives of Identifying Data

Lessons From History: Afghanistan and the Dangerous Afterlives of Identifying Data

As the United States pulled its troops out of Afghanistan after a 20-year occupation, byproducts of the prolonged deployment took on new meaning and represented a new chapter of danger for the Afghan people.

Geofence Warrants Threaten Civil Liberties and Free Speech Rights in Kenosha and Nationwide

Geofence Warrants Threaten Civil Liberties and Free Speech Rights in Kenosha and Nationwide

In the days following the police shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23, 2020, hundreds of protestors marched in the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Federal law enforcement, it turns out, collected location data on many of those protesters.

Chicago Inspector General: Police Use ShotSpotter to Justify Illegal Stop-and-Frisks

Chicago Inspector General: Police Use ShotSpotter to Justify Illegal Stop-and-Frisks

ˀThe Chicago Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released a highly critical report on the Chicago Police Department’s use of ShotSpotter, a surveillance technology that relies on a combination of artificial intelligence and human “acoustic experts” to purportedly identify and locate gunshots based on a network of high-powered microphones located on some of the city’s streets.

Don’t Let Police Arm Autonomous or Remote-Controlled Robots and Drones

Don’t Let Police Arm Autonomous or Remote-Controlled Robots and Drones

It’s no longer science fiction or unreasonable paranoia. Now, it needs to be said: No, police must not be arming land-based robots or aerial drones. Thats true whether these mobile devices are remote controlled by a person or autonomously controlled by artificial intelligence, and whether the weapons are maximally lethal (like bullets) or less lethal (like tear gas).