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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Pew survey – Online Harassment 2017

“This study measures the prevalence and patterns of online harassment by examining six broad categories of abusive behavior (see “Defining online harassment” in the accompanying box). These categories are identical to those used in Pew Research Center’s 2014 examination of online harassment. They are designed to capture a broad range of experiences – not just… Continue Reading

EFF – Major Teleco Providers Fail to Protect User Privacy From Government Overreach

EFF News Release: “Amazon Fails To Follow, Much Less Lead in Privacy Best Practices, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft Fail to Promise They Will Stand Up to FBI Gag Orders…While many technology companies continue to step up their privacy game by adopting best practices to protect sensitive customer information when the government demands user data, telecommunications… Continue Reading

Best Countries to Be an Immigrant, U.S. News

“…To determine the Best Countries to Be an Immigrant, U.S. News assessed international perceptions of a country, as well as immigration policy and economic data….More than 21,000 people from all regions of the world participated in the Best Countries survey, in which they assessed how closely they associated 80 countries with specific characteristics. Four of… Continue Reading

Twitter vs FBI on National Security Requests for Information on Users

FindLaw – “Twitter sued the FBI and the Department of Justice to establish the company’s right to say how many national security requests it receives from the government. It is part of the company’s transparency report to tell users how often governments request their information. The government recently lost its motion for summary judgment, while… Continue Reading

Google Map users can now directly share accessibility information about a place or add details about many places

Google Blog: “…Many of us take for granted simple things like walking through a doorway, taking the stairs to the next floor, or always having a comfortable seat at a restaurant table. But for tens of millions of people worldwide, those very things aren’t possible unless a place has a wheelchair accessible entrance, elevator or… Continue Reading

In Voter Privacy Case EPIC Files for Temporary Restraining Order

Follow up to previous resources included in this posting – Trump’s fraud commission demanded all states deliver personal voter info – Not! – via EPIC: “The federal District Court in Washington, DC has scheduled a hearing on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm, to consider EPIC’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order. EPIC is… Continue Reading

UK’s Independent Factchecking Site

“Full Fact is the UK’s independent factchecking charity. We provide free tools, information and advice so that anyone can check the claims we hear from politicians and the media…In its short history, Full Fact has significantly improved the accuracy of public debate. We publish factchecks and secure corrections, but we also champion a culture in… Continue Reading

Trump’s fraud commission demanded all states deliver personal voter info – Not!

Follow up to previous postings – States reject demand to provide all voter personal info to Trump election fraud commission – via Axios: “Since the earliest days of his administration, President Trump has insisted that there was massive voter fraud in the 2016 election. Last week, his commission on election integrity contacted all 50 states… Continue Reading

National Archives Database – Founders Online

Correspondence and Other Writings of Six Major Shapers of the United States: “George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Over 178,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative Founding Fathers Papers projects.” Continue Reading

When Women Didn’t Count The Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics

Robert Lopresti: “Erroneous government-generated “data” is more problematic than it would appear. This book demonstrates how women’s history has consistently been hidden and distorted by 200 years of official government statistics. Much of women’s history has been hidden and filtered through unrealistic expectations and assumptions. Because U.S. government data about women’s lives and occupations has… Continue Reading

States reject demand to provide all voter personal info to Trump election fraud commission

Follow up to previous postings – July 19, 2017 via AP – Amid Skepticism And Scrutiny, Election Integrity Commission Holds First Meeting  – The panel has faced credibility problems right from the start and the concerns have only grown after it asked all 50 states to send detailed voter registration records. Follow up to previous… Continue Reading

Trump’s Election Integrity Commission seeks personal info on all US voters back to 2006

Washington Post – “The chair of President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission has penned a letter to all 50 states requesting their full voter-role data, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history back to 2006 of potentially every voter in the state. In the letter, a copy… Continue Reading