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Biden Envoy Should Combat Actual Antisemitism, Not Israeli Criticism

On May 18, a group waving the Palestinian flag assaulted diners seated outside a Los Angeles restaurant after reportedly asking if they were Jewish. In New York City two days later, assailants pummeled a young man wearing a skullcap on the street, a…
Police stand guard in front of the Young Israel of Riverdale synagogue where glass windows were smashed in New York on April 25, 2021.
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Anti-Sikh Violence a Continuing Concern

The April 15 shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis that left eight dead, four of whom were members of the Sikh community, should be investigated as a possible hate crime motivated by religious bias. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on…
Members of the Sikh Coalition gather at the Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis 
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Coalition Calls for Stronger Oversight of City’s AI-based Decision-Making

Algorithmic decision-making is becoming the new norm in New York. City agencies use computerized algorithms to make important decisions about New Yorkers’ daily lives, from school assignments to public benefits evaluations and more. But…
A line of police cars are parked along a street in Times Square, in New York, December 29, 2016.
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Proposal Would Criminalize Criticism of Government

Nigerian campaigners are speaking out against a bill that would regulate engagement on social media with the campaign #SayNoToSocialMediaBill. The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019 was presented in the Senate…
Two men check their phones in Kaduna, Nigeria
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Courts Should Protect the Public, Not Duck and Cover

Today marks 11 years since the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a federal lawsuit against mass surveillance in the United States on behalf of Carolyn Jewel and other AT&T customers. When it eventually concludes, this case will…
A notice of electronic surveillance is posted near a 95-by-50-foot American flag unfurled on the side of an apartment complex in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., June 14, 2017.
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Tackling School Violence Should Still Respect Privacy, Free Expression

School is out for the summer in the United States, but concerns about shootings and other violence on campus loom large. In response, some US school districts are turning to programs that monitor students’ social media activities for…
A student checks her phone at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Chicago
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Broad Claims of National Security Threaten Rights

Nigerian authorities appear to be on a renewed drive to muzzle free speech. Earlier this month, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) suspended the broadcast licenses of two subsidiaries of Daar Communications, the…
Two men check their phones in Kaduna, Nigeria
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In a stunning and unprecedented assault on press freedom, the Trump administration has issued an expanded indictment of Julian Assange for publishing classified information. Much of the information was of great public interest and…
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Free Speech, Profiling, and Why the US Needs Stronger Data Protection Laws

Anyone in the US who has ever used the internet has probably had this moment: fingers hovering over the keyboard, wondering about the consequences of “liking” or searching for something. Who’s going to know we did this? What kinds of…
A 3D-printed Facebook Like symbol is displayed in front of a U.S. flag in this illustration taken, March 18, 2018.
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Characterization of Security Threats May Feed Bias Against Minorities

Next year, the US Congress will grapple with whether to extend the USA Freedom Act, which currently imposes limits on the government’s powers to sweep up US telephone call records under Section 215 of USA Patriot Act. If history is any…
A notice of electronic surveillance is posted near a 95-by-50-foot American flag unfurled on the side of an apartment complex in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., June 14, 2017.
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European Court Ruling Highlights Need for Checks on Data-Swapping Powers

Buried in the confirmation hearings record of former US Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo is an alarming observation about US surveillance that has never received the level of attention it deserves. A ruling…
A man and woman use their mobile phones as commuters walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London, July 3, 2012.
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Court Should End Abusive Global Monitoring

The myths, knowledge gaps, and abuses of power that let the United States government get away with massive warrantless surveillance were on display yesterday in federal court – and showed why courts should find this monitoring violates…
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Unchecked Surveillance Could Abuse Data You Never Chose to Share

In today’s five-to-four majority opinion in Carpenter v. United States, the US Supreme Court found that police need to get a warrant from a judge before demanding location data generated by  your cell phone. In this case, Chief Justice…
A woman uses her cell phones in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 30, 2018.
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Faces Possible Indictment under Outdated Espionage Act

It has been six years since Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, fled to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to seek asylum from possible extradition to the United States to face indictment under the US Espionage Act.  At the…
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017.
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Are Black Americans Considered Threats When They Respond to Racial Injustice?

President Donald Trump cancelled the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles’ invitation to visit the White House yesterday, when it became apparent that only a small number of players were actually willing to attend. The president then…
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) raises his fist during the national anthem with support from team mate Chris Long (56) prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
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Congress Should Enact Binding Safeguards for Privacy, Other Rights

Public concern in the United States about what happens to personal digital data has rightly exploded following reports about data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica’s alleged access to information about Facebook users. While Cambridge…
A 3D-printed Facebook Like symbol is displayed in front of a U.S. flag in this illustration taken, March 18, 2018.
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New Bill Also Slights Immigrants’ Rights

US-based companies such as Facebook and Google have long complained that they face “untenable” pressures from foreign governments seeking data for their own law enforcement purposes. It’s true that the standard process foreign…
The Google app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017.
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Top Aide Rob Porter Accused of Physically, Emotionally Abusing Former Wives

The latest scandal out of the White House this week – revolving around the administration’s decision to hire a top aide credibly accused of domestic violence – seems especially worrying in light of the administration’s larger record on women’s…
White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter (L) arrives aboard Air Force One with fellow senior staff and U.S. President Donald Trump for a summer vacation at his Bedminster estate, at Morristown Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S. August 4, 2017.
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US Government Is Pushing for Law But May Be Hiding Its Impact

Today, the US House of Representatives advanced a bill renewing and even expanding a highly controversial law that grants vast powers to the National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The law, Section 702…
A man is seen near cyber code and the U.S. National Security Agency logo in this photo illustration taken in Sarajevo March 11, 2015.
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You Should Decide Whether to Give It – Not Have the US Government Take It Away

On a hot day last August, I turned off a street in Brooklyn that’s crowded with trendy shops and ducked into Shag, a boutique adult store that offers a friendly space for all customers regardless of gender or sexual orientation. I was…
A surveillance camera is pictured in front of the U.S. flag, September 20, 2016.