In Providence, Policymakers Delay Visionary Local Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Reforms

Recent events in Providence, RI demonstrate both how a sustained grassroots campaign can create opportunities for civil rights and civil liberties, and also how quickly those opportunities can be derailed by institutional actors. While the latest City Council decision delayed reform efforts and frustrated community members, policymakers will return in a few weeks to the […]

Oakland City Council Committee Advances Measure to Require Transparency and Public Process for Surveillance Tech

On May 9, the Public Safety Committee of the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to approve a proposed “Surveillance and Community Safety Ordinance.” The measure, passed on to the Council by the city’s Privacy Advisory Commission, is modeled on a law enacted in spring 2016 by Santa Clara County and could set a new standard for […]

Judge Orders Government to Provide Evidence About Internet Surveillance

We’re finally going to get some honesty on how the NSA spies on innocent Americans’ communications. A federal judge late last week in Jewel v. NSA, EFF’s landmark case against mass surveillance, ordered [PDF] the government to provide to it all relevant evidence necessary to prove or deny that plaintiffs were subject to NSA surveillance via […]