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Activists with Fight for the Future took to Capitol Hill in the U.S. on Thursday to demonstrate to lawmakers, lobbyists, and journalists exactly why stronger restrictions are needed on facial recognition software. (Photo: Fight for the Future) News
'This Should Probably Be Illegal': Rights Advocates Target Lawmakers and Lobbyists With Facial Recognition Technology in US Capitol
"It's terrifyingly easy for anyone—a government agent, a corporation, or just a creepy stalker—to conduct biometric monitoring and violate basic rights at a massive scale. We did this to make a point."
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In 2006, for instance, the Royal Society of the United Kingdom documented ExxonMobil’s funding of 39 organizations that promoted “inaccurate and misleading” views of climate science. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud/cc/flickr) Views
The Greatest Scam in History: How the Energy Companies Took Us All
Science failed to have the necessary impact in significant part because of disinformation promoted by the major fossil-fuel companies, which have succeeded in diverting attention from climate change and successfully blocking meaningful action.
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"Public TV touts itself as an independent voice – prove it. Take the big step. If you're serious, as you have said, about offering coverage on as many platforms as possible, then make one of those platforms the regular PBS broadcast stations that our nation knows and even loves." Views
Our Point Remains: PBS Should Broadcast Impeachment Hearings in Primetime
And not just on digital platforms but on your regular local station.
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In nation after nation throughout modern history, every time government has been taken over by oligarchs and corporations, democracy has died—usually to be replaced by a strongman form of oligarchy or outright fascism. (Photo:  Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
A Democracy-Killing Duo: How the Supreme Court and the Morbidly Rich Are Ruining Democracy in America
This is not democracy; it’s oligarchy or, at the very least, a corporate state.
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A crowd gathers in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after several decisions were handed down on June 27, 2019, including a decision that blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
How Politics Threatens the 2020 Census
If Hispanics, blacks, the poor and other hard-to-count groups go undercounted, seats in Congress and federal funding will be in jeopardy.
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Citizens United protest Views
Legalized Political Corruption Is So Much Bigger Than Trump: A Journey in 7 Charts
It's time for a democracy movement that directly attacks systemic corruption by depending not on specific leaders but on a grassroots movement that both produces leaders and holds them accountable.
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The September 2014 edition of Wired, which featured Snowden embracing the American flag. (Photo: Wired magazine cover detail/with overlay) Views
Understanding the Two Types of Whistleblowers
Legal whistleblowers work within the system seeking to make the government work better. Civil disobedience whistleblowers go outside the system (and the law) seeking to change or disrupt government policy.
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It’s no exaggeration to say the Supreme Court’s ruling will have a drastic material impact on the millions of transgender people living in the United States. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Don’t Leave Equality to the Supreme Court
In 29 states, trans people can legally be denied jobs and housing because of who we are. Congress should act.
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To Stop Threat of 'For-Profit Surveillance,' Rights Groups Demand End to Partnerships That Give Cops Access to Amazon Ring Data
"Our elected officials are supposed to protect us, both from abusive policing practices and corporate overreach. These partnerships are a clear case of both."
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IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig at the Capitol on May 15, 2019, in Washington. Rettig says increasing audit rates of the wealthy depends on whether the IRS budget grows. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) Views
IRS: Sorry, But It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor
Congress asked the IRS to report on why it audits the poor more than the affluent. Its response is that it doesn’t have enough money and people to audit the wealthy properly. So it’s not going to.
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