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The secret police: Cops built a shadowy surveillance machine in Minnesota after George Floyd’s murder

“An investigation by MIT Technology Review reveals a sprawling, technologically sophisticated system in Minnesota designed for closely monitoring protesters. Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota have been carrying out a secretive, long-running surveillance program targeting civil rights activists and journalists in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. Run under a consortium… Continue Reading

Facial recognition firm Clearview AI tells investors it’s seeking massive expansion beyond law enforcement

Washington Post via MSN: “The facial recognition company Clearview AI is telling investors it is on track to have 100 billion facial photos in its database within a year, enough to ensure “almost everyone in the world will be identifiable,” according to a financial presentation from December obtained by The Washington Post. Those images —… Continue Reading

Justice Department Announces First Director of National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team

[February 17, 2022] “The Justice Department announced the selection and appointment of Eun Young Choi to serve as the first Director of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET). Ms. Choi is a seasoned prosecutor with nearly a decade of experience within the department, and most recently served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General.… Continue Reading

Help for taxpayers and tax professionals: Special filing season alerts

IRS: “During this tax season, taxpayers face a number of issues due to critical tax law changes that took place in 2021 and ongoing challenges related to the pandemic. The IRS continues to share updated information for people filing tax returns this filing season as well as those who have previous year tax returns awaiting… Continue Reading

The Federal Circuit Helps a Patent Troll Block Public Access to Court Records

“For more than three years, EFF has been fighting for public access to court records in a patent case between Uniloc, one of the world’s most prolific patent trolls, and Apple, one of the world’s biggest tech companies. The district court has ruled three different times that the public has a strong presumption of access… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 12, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 12, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Modernizing Congress U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer Applies Technology to Democracy

LegisPro: “Hudson Hollister  – We recently interviewed Rep. Derek Kilmer, Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. This transcript has been edited for clarity.” Hudson Hollister – Representative Kilmer, Chairman of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, thank you so much for joining us. Hudson Hollister… Continue Reading

Browse Committee Prints: Congress.gov February 2022 New, Tip, and Top

In Custodia Legis: “Last month, Robert shared that Congress.gov now has committee hearing transcripts going back to the 103rd Congress (1993-1994). We previously added Committee Prints to the website. With today’s release, you can now browse the House prints, Senate prints and Joint committee prints. They are listed by the print number, title, committee, and… Continue Reading

Dating or Defrauding? Protect Yourself Against Romance Scams With Help From the Government

USA.gov: “According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), in 2020 alone, people who experienced romance scams lost over $600M. Romance scammers target people looking for love on dating apps and social media. But how can you tell the difference between dating or defrauding? From February 7 to March 11, join agencies from across… Continue Reading

Announcing the Launch of the New DHS.gov

DHS Blog: “DHS is proud to announce the launch of our brand new DHS.gov. After months in the works, I’m happy to share that the Department’s flagship website has been significantly modernized and improved to provide the public and our workforce with a more intuitive, secure, and user-friendly experience. Excellence in user experience – and… Continue Reading

UK Supreme Court has launched its first, free, online course for the public

Paul Sandles, Librarian and Departmental Records Officer: “The Supreme Court has launched its first, free, online course for the public. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/inside-the-supreme-court. We have worked in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London, to create the course.  Our aim is to give people a behind the scenes look at the work of the Supreme Court and… Continue Reading

Legislative and Judicial Developments Affecting Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)

CRS Legal Sidebar, Legislative and Judicial Developments Affecting Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) Updated February 1, 2022: “The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)system is the U.S. Court’s web-based service that gives registered users electronic access to documents filed in the U.S. Courts via the online Case Management/Electronic Case Files system, known… Continue Reading