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Media Bits and Bytes - August 13, 2019

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Twitter; Whitewashing the Shootings; That Times Headline; Warren for Net Accessibility; Schmucker; Facebook and Surveillance; Cops Propagandize Online

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Ico Maly Diggit Magazine
This book argues, says reviewer Maly, that "the Googles and Facebooks of this world are shaping an antidemocratic world," using our data to produce "raw material in the production of predictive products that eliminate our freedom."

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Robocops and Robbers

Jill Leovy The American Scholar
This new book highlights the technology at the heart of what reviewer Jill Leovy calls "surveillance-driven policing," and the heightened dangers this new set of law enforcement tools pose to democracy.

Civil Rights Groups Denounce New NSA Surveillance Revelations

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Common Dreams
In wake of new revelations regarding NSA and FBI targeting of prominent Muslim-Americans for surveillance, civil liberties organizations denounced the monitoring as "arbitrary and abusive." They called upon President Obama to prove the government surveillance of these prominent Muslim-Americans, including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics and lawyers, was not motivated by "racial or religious bias."
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