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High-Tech School Surveillance Is Harming Students of Color

Priyam Madhukar Brennan Center for Justice
surveillance camera When schools introduce these technologies, they open the to door to labeling students’ normal thoughts, words, and movements as dangerous — and potentially involving law enforcement.

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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."

Media Bits and Bytes - July 24, 2018

Portside
Trump Boots Reporter; Tronc Stomps; Sinclair Slime; Facebook's Wrist Slap; Con Game; Too Late for Lopate?; Watching the Watchers

FBI Tracks & Arrests ‘Black Identity Extremist’ and Hardly Anyone Is Talking About It

David Love Atlanta Black Star
Six months after the FBI issued a report inventing from whole cloth the term Black Identity Extremists — claiming this group poses a terrorist threat to police — the first apparent case of the prosecution of a BIE has emerged. The BIE designation has created concern in the Black community that the FBI is launching a new COINTELPRO program targeting Black activists who have committed no crimes, with more arrests and prosecutions of those involved in racial justice movements to follow.
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