Jay Stanley

Jay Stanley is Senior Policy Analyst with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, where he researches, writes and speaks about technology-related privacy and civil liberties issues and their future.  He is the Editor of the ACLU's "Free Future" blog and has authored and co-authored a variety of influential ACLU reports on privacy and technology topics.

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Friday, September 23, 2016 - 11:00am
Charlotte Shooting Shows Why Video Transparency Is Vital
The shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday is a case study in why it’s important for police departments to have good policies surrounding body cameras—in particular around the release of video to the public. We have called for most video recorded by...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 1:45pm
A Few Easy Steps Everyone Should Take to Protect Their Digital Privacy
Much of the privacy protection we need in today’s world can’t happen without technological and legislative solutions, and the ACLU will continue leading the fight for digital security and privacy through our litigation and advocacy efforts . But there are simple steps that everyone can take to...
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Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:00am
Policing the Dystopia (or Why Power Loves the Dark)
Can’t you see the writing on the touchscreen? A techno-utopia is upon us. We’ve gone from smartphones at the turn of the twenty-first century to smart fridges and smart cars. The revolutionary changes to our everyday life will no doubt keep barreling along. By 2018, so predicts Gartner , an...
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 2:00pm
Ebola: Travel Bans, Quarantines, and Political Courage
The political reaction to Ebola has been a study in contrasts. On the one hand, we see some leaders insecurely trying to prove their “Ebola-fighting bona fides” by racing to go beyond what public health experts recommend. Some are actually fanning the flames of public fear. On the other hand, we...
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 3:30pm
On the Creation of Giant Voiceprint Databases
The Associated Press ran a story (along with two sidebars ) this week on the use of voiceprints by big banks and other institutions. Those companies say they are using the technology to fight fraud, but in the process they are apparently compiling large databases of voiceprints without customers'...
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Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 2:30pm
New Technology Renews Old Fears of Manipulation and Control
In the first half of the 20th century, Americans gained a new awareness of the malleability and manipulability of the human mind, and the result was a wave of concern over “propaganda” and other techniques of influence. Today we may be seeing a new wave of similar fears as we begin to wonder...
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Friday, June 7, 2013 - 2:21pm
Why the Government Wants Your Metadata
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Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 1:01pm
Apple, Drone Strikes, and the Limits of Censorship
Wired reported last week that the Apple App Store has rejected an app that compiles news reports in order to map overseas U.S.
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