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Charles Janow 2017-02-09
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Amazon s Dash buttons are typically used to order household staples and groceries at the push of a button — installed around the house they offer frictionless consumerism at its finest.

But since the company launched a programmable IoT version last year, Dash buttons have the potential to do much more.

One enterprising programmer has reimagined it as an easy way to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Nathan Pryor says that the idea came from a friend who wished there was an ACLU Dash button one could push to donate any time I read about the latest offense from Trump.

He diligently ordered the customizable IoT Dash button and got to work on the coding.

There is no donation API for the ACLU so Pryor had to write his own script, which would invisibly load up the donation page and fill out all his details including a pre-set $5 donation amount.

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Richard Skaggs 2017-02-27
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For HuffPost’s LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened.

On March 11, the ACLU is launching a new website, PeoplePower.org, to “organize the mass resistance to President Trump,” the group announced Friday.

The platform will provide ways for people to take action against the Trump administration’s policies ― including resisting deportation raids, opposing Trump’s executive order on refugees and travel and sustaining funding to Planned Parenthood.

People Power will promote specific actions ― anything from attending a local march, to holding signs of support in front of a local mosque.

ACLU staff will post notices for some of the events, while the platform will also enable regular people who want to get the word out about local initiatives to put up information.

The platform will also connect ACLU experts with people interested in getting training in grassroots organizing.

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Richard Baty 2019-03-19
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Facebook has faced backlash from civil rights groups like the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that its platform allows advertisers to discriminate against groups through targeting.

Facebook is rolling out new rules limiting the targeting parameters that housing, employment and credit advertisers can apply to campaigns.

Facebook is taking steps to clean up its platform for housing, employment and credit advertisers and civil rights groups who have asked for targeting controls.

The social network says that it has reached a settlement with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others after the groups pushed Facebook to tighten up its ad practices.

The NFHA and ACLU filed a "statement of interest" against Facebook last year for "unlawful" ad practices last year.

Facebook said that it worked with civic rights law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax to review its ads tools.

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Howard Marsh 2018-07-27
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When Amazon's controversial facial recognition system mistakenly matched 28 members of Congress with criminal mugshots, it caused quite a stir.

Particularly among some of those congressmen, who demanded immediate answers.

Now, Amazon has published an official blog post disputing the results of that test -- one which includes a rather interesting message at the very end.

A message that suggests that Amazon, like Microsoft, may believe that the US government should weigh in on facial recognition -- that it's not Amazon's job to police.

But also a message that may require me to explain a few things.

On Thursday, Amazon had already told CNET that it didn't believe the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) test of its Rekognition facial recognition service was completely fair -- in no small part because the ACLU used the tool at its default 80-percent confidence-level setting, as opposed to the 95-percent-plus setting Amazon recommends to law enforcement agencies.

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Jennie Miller 2021-02-02

She succeeds a professor at Brooklyn Law School, Susan Herman, who had served as president since 2008.

Archer will act as chair of its board of directors, as the ACLU’s 8th president since 1920.

The fight against racial injustice is expected to be a top priority.Point to be noted that the ACLU’s day-to-day operations are managed by its executive director, a post currently held by Anthony Romero.

The ACLU filed 413 lawsuits and other legal actions against his administration during former President Donald Trump’s years in office.

Those lawsuits were aimed to challenge policies related to immigrant rights, voting rights, LGBT rights, racial justice, and other issues.

The ACLU national office and its state affiliates received about $175 million in donations in the three months after Trump’s election to help to finance a major expansion of staff.

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Jackie Brown 2019-05-21
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published an open letter addressing Amazon investors ahead of the company's shareholders' meeting on Wednesday.

The letter urges shareholders to vote on two proposals: the first blocking the sale of Amazon's facial recognition software to government agencies, and the second calling for an independent review of the civil rights impacts of the technology.

The ACLU has been vocal in its criticism of Amazon's facial recognition, along with AI experts who say the technology is more inaccurate when analyzing the faces of women and people of color.

Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called on Amazon shareholders to oppose the company's sale of its facial recognition software to government agencies in an open letter published Monday.

"Amazon has shown it will not voluntarily act to prevent the deployment of this dangerous technology, posing a material risk to the company's business reputation and the public's trust.

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Carlton Barr 2017-03-15
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Facebook has updated its policies to explicitly prohibit developers from utilising public user data in surveillance tools.

The move follows heavy pressure in the US from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), which last year reported that data from public Facebook user feeds had been incorporated into a police social media surveillance tool used to monitor protests in Oakland, California.

"Today we are adding language to our Facebook and Instagram platform policies to more clearly explain that developers cannot 'use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance,'" Facebook's deputy chief privacy officer, Rob Sherman, writes on the site's 'Facebook and Privacy' page (H/T CNET).

He continues: "Our goal is to make our policy explicit.

Over the past several months we have taken enforcement action against developers who created and marketed tools meant for surveillance, in violation of our existing policies; we want to be sure everyone understands the underlying policy and how to comply."

Facebook developers have access to public feeds in order to monitor trends, but last year one developer created an activist monitoring tool that was then flogged to US law enforcement.

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Brandon Gaither 2017-04-13

I'm starting to think that we need an explicit constitutional amendment to clarify protections on our digital information, since obviously people just don't get it.

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Elizabeth Tinnin 2021-07-01
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'This technology is too dangerous to be regulated, it shouldn’t be used at all'

Feature  The State of Maine has enacted what the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) describes as the strongest state facial-recognition law in the US amid growing concern over the unconstrained use of facial-recognition systems by the public and private sector.…

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James Lamb 2018-11-29
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American Civil Liberties Union wants to know what govt asked for, and why court refused

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion to find out what went on in a court case in which the US Department of Justice allegedly tried to make Facebook give it unencrypted access to Messenger calls.

Claims about the secret filings first emerged in August, when the government wanted the backdoor to help their investigation into the MS-13 gang, one of President Donald Trump's favourite examples of crime gangs.

The ACLU believes the DoJ tried to have Facebook held in contempt of court for refusing (because it would have undermined security for all users) – but nobody knows for sure, because the proceedings are secret.

In a filing to the US District Court (eastern California district) the ACLU, along with the Electronic Frontiers Foundation and Stanford Law School's Riana Pfefferkorn (acting in her personal capacity), hopes to get that secrecy removed.

The ACLU said it wants "legal arguments and analysis" from the government and the court, not whatever technical evidence was given.

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Damion Gutierrez 2016-10-19
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A coalition of civil liberties groups are calling for a

Department of Justice investigation into police facial

recognition databases, after a damning report released

Tuesday found that roughly half of American adults appear in the

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union, along with 51

other advocacy groups, wrote a letter decrying the technology —

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Bill Davis 2017-12-20
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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden joined the American Civil Liberties Union in an ask me anything, or AMA, discussion on Reddit to rally opponents to an amendment to the newest effort at updating 1978's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The act lets the NSA snoop on foreign targets without a search warrant, but the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Technology Institute say it goes too far by making it easier to sweep up information on US citizens as well.

"Instead of preventing the government from warrantlessly searching [FISA-related] databases for information about American citizens and residents, the bill could be interpreted as codifying this illegal practice."

It appeared the bill's opponents got their way at least for a time on Wednesday, as a result of different Republican Party priorities, according to The Washington Post.

Data is more abundant than ever, but it's also more personal than ever and easier to search and process.

The trick is to give intelligence agencies the power to spot terrorist plots without large-scale prying into everyone's Facebook posts, emails, text messages, photos and videos.

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Garland Marsella 2021-07-13
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Manar Waheed joined Facebook as associate general counsel, civil rights, and she will be the company's civil rights law lead. Waheed had been a senior legislative and advocacy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she focused on the intersection of issues impacting Arab, Black, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities, including hate...
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Ralph Miller 2017-01-31
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The American Civil Liberties Union is joining Y Combinator, the

premier startup school in Silicon Valley.

Y Combinator is known for shaping companies from ideas to launch,

including well-known tech stars like Dropbox and Airbnb.

recently it's started working with non-profits to help them tap

into its network of tech entrepreneurs, investors, and engineers.

collect
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William Mulcahy 2016-10-05
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Yahoo secretly built software for US spies that monitored every

user's emails for certain keywords, according to a bombshell report from Reuters published

The news has provoked a deluge of criticism for the ailing tech

the American Civil Liberties Union even labelling it "unconstitutional."

Other tech companies, including Google, Facebook, and Apple, have been quick to say

that they have never received similar requests — and that

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Ralph Philbrick 2018-03-14
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FOIA suit seeks info about snooping on domestic flights

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing to force the TSA to produce documents detailing searches of electronic devices.

The rights group said its FOIA complaint [PDF] seeks documents that detail how agents have searched electronic devices owned by passengers on domestic flights.

While the government has long been known to search the electronic devices of passengers on international flights and at border crossings, domestic searches are a more recent development and remain a murky area that the ACLU wants to get a better picture of.

The suit asks the transportation bod to cough up documents that detail things like the protocol and procedures for domestic searches and the tools agents use to carry out scans of electronic devices.

"TSA is searching the electronic devices of domestic passengers, but without offering any reason for the search," said ACLU staff attorney Vashuda Talla.

collect
0
Charles Janow 2017-02-09
img

Amazon s Dash buttons are typically used to order household staples and groceries at the push of a button — installed around the house they offer frictionless consumerism at its finest.

But since the company launched a programmable IoT version last year, Dash buttons have the potential to do much more.

One enterprising programmer has reimagined it as an easy way to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Nathan Pryor says that the idea came from a friend who wished there was an ACLU Dash button one could push to donate any time I read about the latest offense from Trump.

He diligently ordered the customizable IoT Dash button and got to work on the coding.

There is no donation API for the ACLU so Pryor had to write his own script, which would invisibly load up the donation page and fill out all his details including a pre-set $5 donation amount.

Richard Baty 2019-03-19
img

Facebook has faced backlash from civil rights groups like the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that its platform allows advertisers to discriminate against groups through targeting.

Facebook is rolling out new rules limiting the targeting parameters that housing, employment and credit advertisers can apply to campaigns.

Facebook is taking steps to clean up its platform for housing, employment and credit advertisers and civil rights groups who have asked for targeting controls.

The social network says that it has reached a settlement with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others after the groups pushed Facebook to tighten up its ad practices.

The NFHA and ACLU filed a "statement of interest" against Facebook last year for "unlawful" ad practices last year.

Facebook said that it worked with civic rights law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax to review its ads tools.

Jennie Miller 2021-02-02

She succeeds a professor at Brooklyn Law School, Susan Herman, who had served as president since 2008.

Archer will act as chair of its board of directors, as the ACLU’s 8th president since 1920.

The fight against racial injustice is expected to be a top priority.Point to be noted that the ACLU’s day-to-day operations are managed by its executive director, a post currently held by Anthony Romero.

The ACLU filed 413 lawsuits and other legal actions against his administration during former President Donald Trump’s years in office.

Those lawsuits were aimed to challenge policies related to immigrant rights, voting rights, LGBT rights, racial justice, and other issues.

The ACLU national office and its state affiliates received about $175 million in donations in the three months after Trump’s election to help to finance a major expansion of staff.

Carlton Barr 2017-03-15
img

Facebook has updated its policies to explicitly prohibit developers from utilising public user data in surveillance tools.

The move follows heavy pressure in the US from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), which last year reported that data from public Facebook user feeds had been incorporated into a police social media surveillance tool used to monitor protests in Oakland, California.

"Today we are adding language to our Facebook and Instagram platform policies to more clearly explain that developers cannot 'use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance,'" Facebook's deputy chief privacy officer, Rob Sherman, writes on the site's 'Facebook and Privacy' page (H/T CNET).

He continues: "Our goal is to make our policy explicit.

Over the past several months we have taken enforcement action against developers who created and marketed tools meant for surveillance, in violation of our existing policies; we want to be sure everyone understands the underlying policy and how to comply."

Facebook developers have access to public feeds in order to monitor trends, but last year one developer created an activist monitoring tool that was then flogged to US law enforcement.

Elizabeth Tinnin 2021-07-01
img

'This technology is too dangerous to be regulated, it shouldn’t be used at all'

Feature  The State of Maine has enacted what the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) describes as the strongest state facial-recognition law in the US amid growing concern over the unconstrained use of facial-recognition systems by the public and private sector.…

Damion Gutierrez 2016-10-19
img

A coalition of civil liberties groups are calling for a

Department of Justice investigation into police facial

recognition databases, after a damning report released

Tuesday found that roughly half of American adults appear in the

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union, along with 51

other advocacy groups, wrote a letter decrying the technology —

Garland Marsella 2021-07-13
img
Manar Waheed joined Facebook as associate general counsel, civil rights, and she will be the company's civil rights law lead. Waheed had been a senior legislative and advocacy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she focused on the intersection of issues impacting Arab, Black, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities, including hate...
William Mulcahy 2016-10-05
img

Yahoo secretly built software for US spies that monitored every

user's emails for certain keywords, according to a bombshell report from Reuters published

The news has provoked a deluge of criticism for the ailing tech

the American Civil Liberties Union even labelling it "unconstitutional."

Other tech companies, including Google, Facebook, and Apple, have been quick to say

that they have never received similar requests — and that

Richard Skaggs 2017-02-27
img

For HuffPost’s LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened.

On March 11, the ACLU is launching a new website, PeoplePower.org, to “organize the mass resistance to President Trump,” the group announced Friday.

The platform will provide ways for people to take action against the Trump administration’s policies ― including resisting deportation raids, opposing Trump’s executive order on refugees and travel and sustaining funding to Planned Parenthood.

People Power will promote specific actions ― anything from attending a local march, to holding signs of support in front of a local mosque.

ACLU staff will post notices for some of the events, while the platform will also enable regular people who want to get the word out about local initiatives to put up information.

The platform will also connect ACLU experts with people interested in getting training in grassroots organizing.

Howard Marsh 2018-07-27
img

When Amazon's controversial facial recognition system mistakenly matched 28 members of Congress with criminal mugshots, it caused quite a stir.

Particularly among some of those congressmen, who demanded immediate answers.

Now, Amazon has published an official blog post disputing the results of that test -- one which includes a rather interesting message at the very end.

A message that suggests that Amazon, like Microsoft, may believe that the US government should weigh in on facial recognition -- that it's not Amazon's job to police.

But also a message that may require me to explain a few things.

On Thursday, Amazon had already told CNET that it didn't believe the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) test of its Rekognition facial recognition service was completely fair -- in no small part because the ACLU used the tool at its default 80-percent confidence-level setting, as opposed to the 95-percent-plus setting Amazon recommends to law enforcement agencies.

Jackie Brown 2019-05-21
img

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published an open letter addressing Amazon investors ahead of the company's shareholders' meeting on Wednesday.

The letter urges shareholders to vote on two proposals: the first blocking the sale of Amazon's facial recognition software to government agencies, and the second calling for an independent review of the civil rights impacts of the technology.

The ACLU has been vocal in its criticism of Amazon's facial recognition, along with AI experts who say the technology is more inaccurate when analyzing the faces of women and people of color.

Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called on Amazon shareholders to oppose the company's sale of its facial recognition software to government agencies in an open letter published Monday.

"Amazon has shown it will not voluntarily act to prevent the deployment of this dangerous technology, posing a material risk to the company's business reputation and the public's trust.

Brandon Gaither 2017-04-13

I'm starting to think that we need an explicit constitutional amendment to clarify protections on our digital information, since obviously people just don't get it.

James Lamb 2018-11-29
img

American Civil Liberties Union wants to know what govt asked for, and why court refused

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion to find out what went on in a court case in which the US Department of Justice allegedly tried to make Facebook give it unencrypted access to Messenger calls.

Claims about the secret filings first emerged in August, when the government wanted the backdoor to help their investigation into the MS-13 gang, one of President Donald Trump's favourite examples of crime gangs.

The ACLU believes the DoJ tried to have Facebook held in contempt of court for refusing (because it would have undermined security for all users) – but nobody knows for sure, because the proceedings are secret.

In a filing to the US District Court (eastern California district) the ACLU, along with the Electronic Frontiers Foundation and Stanford Law School's Riana Pfefferkorn (acting in her personal capacity), hopes to get that secrecy removed.

The ACLU said it wants "legal arguments and analysis" from the government and the court, not whatever technical evidence was given.

Bill Davis 2017-12-20
img

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden joined the American Civil Liberties Union in an ask me anything, or AMA, discussion on Reddit to rally opponents to an amendment to the newest effort at updating 1978's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The act lets the NSA snoop on foreign targets without a search warrant, but the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Technology Institute say it goes too far by making it easier to sweep up information on US citizens as well.

"Instead of preventing the government from warrantlessly searching [FISA-related] databases for information about American citizens and residents, the bill could be interpreted as codifying this illegal practice."

It appeared the bill's opponents got their way at least for a time on Wednesday, as a result of different Republican Party priorities, according to The Washington Post.

Data is more abundant than ever, but it's also more personal than ever and easier to search and process.

The trick is to give intelligence agencies the power to spot terrorist plots without large-scale prying into everyone's Facebook posts, emails, text messages, photos and videos.

Ralph Miller 2017-01-31
img

The American Civil Liberties Union is joining Y Combinator, the

premier startup school in Silicon Valley.

Y Combinator is known for shaping companies from ideas to launch,

including well-known tech stars like Dropbox and Airbnb.

recently it's started working with non-profits to help them tap

into its network of tech entrepreneurs, investors, and engineers.

Ralph Philbrick 2018-03-14
img

FOIA suit seeks info about snooping on domestic flights

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing to force the TSA to produce documents detailing searches of electronic devices.

The rights group said its FOIA complaint [PDF] seeks documents that detail how agents have searched electronic devices owned by passengers on domestic flights.

While the government has long been known to search the electronic devices of passengers on international flights and at border crossings, domestic searches are a more recent development and remain a murky area that the ACLU wants to get a better picture of.

The suit asks the transportation bod to cough up documents that detail things like the protocol and procedures for domestic searches and the tools agents use to carry out scans of electronic devices.

"TSA is searching the electronic devices of domestic passengers, but without offering any reason for the search," said ACLU staff attorney Vashuda Talla.