Big Tech Has Made Billions Off the 20-Year War on TerrorEdward Ongweso Jr.
A team of researchers have published a new report detailing how Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Twitter have profited from the global campaign of violence. Read the full story here. On Thursday, researchers from advocacy and research groups Little Sis,
In Chicago, Controversy Mounts Over the Use of Gunshot Detection SensorsJim Daley
The city quietly renewed its multi-million dollar contract with ShotSpotter. But a growing body of evidence suggests the technology is ineffective and activists say it leads to deadly over-policing. Read the full story here. On a humid afternoon in late
Activists to U.S. Treasury: Use Federal Aid for Pandemic Relief, Not DebtShruti Singh
Grassroots groups are imploring federal officials to make sure local governments get relief to those most in need, rather than banks. Read the full story here. Dozens of community organizations from across the U.S. want Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to issue rules
Cities Want to Use Federal Rescue Funds to Pay Off Bank DebtDavid Dayen
Should Chicago End Its Contract with ShotSpotter?
Listen to the podcast episode here. ShotSpotter is a technology that’s meant to detect the sound of gunfire and deploy police to that location. But reports from Northwestern University’s MacArthur Justice Center and Vice found errors in the technology’s reporting.
Chicago Should Cancel ShotSpotter Contract After Report Shows Police Influence On Technology, Activists SayMauricio Peña and Justin Laurence
ShotSpotter is touted by police for its real-time gunshot detection technology, but recent reports have cast doubt on its reliability. Read the full story here. Gathered near the alley where police fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo months ago, activists from
48 Advocacy Groups Call on the FTC to Ban Amazon SurveillanceEdward Ongweso Jr.
The open letter uses Amazon as a case study to argue that corporate surveillance technologies cause immense harm and fall under the FTC’s authority to ban. Read the full story here. On Thursday, a coalition of 48 civil rights and
Biden’s Last-Ditch Effort to Stop Evictions Frustrates AlliesNancy Cook and Mackenzie Hawkins
White House caught off-guard by resurgence of pandemicOcasio-Cortez criticizes ‘reckless’ White House for waitingRead the full story here. The day before a moratorium on evictions is set to expire, President Joe Biden faces criticism from some of his allies
Activists demand Chicago end ShotSpotter contractChris Mills Rodrigo
Read the full article here. Local activists staged a protest demanding that Chicago end its police contracts with the gunshot detection company ShotSpotter. “What do we want? Death to the contract! When do we want it? Now!” dozens of protesters
Activists call for city to end contract with ShotSpotterAndy Grimm
A study reported nearly 9 out of 10 alerts from the gunshot detection system were false alarms. Read the full story here. Activists on Thursday gathered at the Little Village alley where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot by a Chicago