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The CDC’s program to track vaccine effectiveness over time leaves out 60 million Americans

The CDC’s program to track vaccine effectiveness over time leaves out 60 million Americans

advertisementadvertisementBy Albert Fox Cahn and William Owen advertisementadvertisementadvertisementThe digital divide can be deadly. That has been the stark lesson of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has revealed how decades of underinvestment in digital infrastructure have left millions of Americans cut off from help during COVID-19. This has prevented many from finding vaccine appointments, it has thwarted efforts to release contact-tracing apps, and now it’s undermining the safety of the vaccine.advertisementadvertisementThe COVID-19 vaccines have been widely heralded as incredibly safe...

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New York City’s Surveillance Battle Offers National Lessons

New York City’s Surveillance Battle Offers National Lessons

New York’s went into effect, the City of New York Police Department was suddenly forced to detail the tools it had long kept from public view. But instead of giving New Yorkers transparency, . Almost none of the policies list specific vendors, surveillance tool models, or information-sharing practices. The department’s facial recognition policy says it can share data “pursuant to on-going criminal investigations, civil litigation, and disciplinary proceedings,” a standard so broad it’s largely meaningless.This marks the greatest test yet of Community Control of Police Surveillance (CCOPS),...

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The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

Capitol, stormed the halls, pilfered our documents, and shattered the norms of our democracy. The lasting damage from Wednesday’s attack will not come from the mob itself, but from how we respond. Right now, a growing chorus is demanding we use , , and every manner of invasive surveillance to punish the mob. In the days since the attack, the airwaves have been full of former law enforcement officials claiming that surveillance is the answer, such retired FBI special agents and . Even many who are normally critical of policing have jumped on the surveillance bandwagon in the desire to find...

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Amazon’s Surveillance Drones Violate FCC Rules. It's Time To Enforce Them

Amazon’s Surveillance Drones Violate FCC Rules. It's Time To Enforce Them

Home surveillance devices like Amazon Ring are already illegal, but the Republican-led FCC has done nothing to enforce its own rules.By signing up to the VICE newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from VICE that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content.

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The long, ugly history of how police have tracked protesters

The long, ugly history of how police have tracked protesters

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementBy Albert Fox Cahn and Zachary SilverThe death and destruction of recent days has been chilling, as police departments across America turned on the public they swore to protect and serve. While much of our attention has rightfully been focused on the violence used against our fellow Americans, most of whom are simply exercising their constitutional right to dissent, many have overlooked how technology is fundamentally reshaping how demonstrations are monitored. Police have used everything from to to track protesters, relying on tools developed for overseas...

June 2, 2020
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