Catfish for Lunch

Catfish for Lunch

Rights Working Group is pleased to launch the Catfish for Lunch blog, which it is currently sponsoring and co-hosting. The blog, written by researcher and consultant Kung Li, is a continuation of the final workshop at the Securing Our Rights in the Information-Sharing Era: A Convening on National Security, Surveillance and Immigration Enforcement conference in December 2011.

Measuring Freedom

Mittens and the President spent debates one and two trying to out chest thump each other about China.  There’s more to come in the final debate, where fifteen minutes have been set aside for “the rise of China and tomorrow’s world.” On one level, the men are debating economic policy. On another level, they’re positing China as a threat, to show they are the one better able to protect the country from the new yellow peril.

The Color of Data

No time for a proper post this week, but wanted to share a few thoughts about race and technology.  This question, especially: what is the color of data?
In one sense, data has no color. Or maybe it’s the luminescent green of binary code 1’s and 0’s.
In another sense, data is white. As in the white folks who are working the jobs in data, big or otherwise.  So maybe Asian too.

Monday News Roundup: stop & frisk gets slammed, fusion centers get slammed, DHS wants cute drones

On the East Coast, in New York, the NYTimes editorial page editorializes in Stop and Frisk, Part 3 that it’s a good thing Davis vs. City of New York, one of three related stop-and-frisk cases, has been given the green light to move forward in federal court.

Teaching Top Dogs New Tricks

In the criminal justice system, the judge is not the head of the heap. Don’t be fooled by the black robe – the honorable so and so sitting on up high flexing his gavel is not the most powerful person in the system.  The king of the hill is not the police chief or the cop on the beat or anyone in between. It’s not the prison warden. Not the sheriff. The top of the list is not even the legislature, maker of the laws.
The top dog? The prosecutor.

Monday News Roundup: License Plates, the deep level creeps, and John Yoo on DACA

With only 36 days until Election Day, we can start with voting. In a good look into the confusion caused by laws banning people with certain criminal convictions from voting, The Nation asks Has Florida Created a Trap at the Polls for Ex-Felons?

Muslim Rage, American Anxiety

Muslim Rage
You’ve seen the Newsweek cover, and laughed at the mocking twitter and gawker responses. But admit it. You’ve not actually read the article.
In lieu of reporting – the kind done by actual journalists – Newsweek opted for a personal essay to explicate the photo on last week’s Muslim Rage cover. Ayaan Hirsi Ali took the job. It was a rush job, and it showed.

News Roundup: privacy is dead; the international drug war is on; pictures of your cat can save the day

If you didn’t have time to read the Office of Inspector General’s 500+ page report on Fast and Furious, here’s the summary: Attorney General Eric Holder told the truth, and did not personally know about the screw-ups until they were reported by the media. At fault were officials at ATF headquarters and the Phoenix field division.

What do we call this new era of policing?

A month before 9/11, William Bratton took to the New York Times to bemoan the Cloudy Future for Policing. The LAPD (and before that, the NYPD) Chief of Police was, at that moment, the champion of community policing, combining CompStat’s ability to track crime statistics with broken windows theory to justify large numbers of arrests for “quality of life” and petty drug offenses.

Monday News Roundup: checkpoints today at OWS, Hedges, and the border-industrial complex

Today is the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street today and PrivacySOS reports the NYPD will Set Up Checkpoints Around OWS Anniversary Events.