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Two years after a federal law banning shackling women during childbirth was passed, prisoners in America are still giving birth in chains

In 2010, the UN adopted a rule regarding incarcerated pregnant women: "instruments of restraint shall never be used … during labour, during birth and immediately after birth." In 2018, the Federal First Step Act banned shackling pregnant women, women giving birth, and women caring for newborns; but the law does not extend to local and ...

Chicago PD’s predictive policing tool has been shut down after 8 years of catastrophically bad results

In 2012, Chicago PD collaborated with the RAND Corporation and the Illinois Institute of Technology to automatically generate "risk scores" for people they arrested, which were supposed to predict the likelihood that the person would be a "party to violence" in the future (this program was called "TRAP" -- Targeted Repeat-Offender Apprehension Program" -- seemingly ...

White nationalists who got a $2.5m payout from UNC abuse the DMCA to censor lawyer’s trove of documents about it

T. Greg Doucette is the North Carolina litigator who sleuthed out the incredible, bizarre details of the decision of the University of North Carolina's Republican-appointed governors to hand a group of white nationalists $2.5m to build a Confederacy museum.

Doucette visited the Orange County Courthouse and scanned 123 pages' worth of documents related to ...

White woman interrupted a Broadway talkback to call the playwright “racist against white people.”

Jeremy O. Harris's ***** Play is meant to be provocative—certainly moreso than most other Broadway productions that transfer from Off Broadway theatres. The play itself is about a group of interracial couples who go to a kind of psychosexual couples' therapy that involves ****, reflecting Antebellum master-***** dynamics. During previews, the show even hosted ...

Amazon secretly planned to use ****** recognition and Ring doorbells to create neighborhood “watch lists”

Ring is Amazon's surveillance doorbell division, and a big part of their sales strategy involves terrifying people about the possibility of crime, partnering with police to assist in terrorizing Ring owners, and to provide police with warrantless, permanent, shareable access to surveillance doorbell footage (something the company has repeatedly lied about). Hundred ...

Elizabeth Warren’s plan to denazify America

Elizabeth Warren has released a characteristically detailed campaign plan to counter white nationalist violence in the USA, whose multi-pronged approach includes directing the DoJ to be more vigorous in pursuing white nationalist groups (and to lay off the Cointelpro-style surveillance of groups that advocate for protections for racialized people); centralized data collection on white ...

Lauryn Hill dropped her first new song in five years. Take a listen.

11.17.2019 · Posted in Technology Articles

It's not every day you hear a new song from the iconic Ms. Lauryn Hill. Actually, it's such a rarity that her most recent drop on Friday, Nov. 15, was the first solo song she released in half a decade. Despite her impressive discography and influ... ...

Cop violently arrests and terrorizes a 15 year old Black quadruple amputee

A sheriff's deputy in Pima, AZ was video-recorded wrestling with and screaming at a 15 year old Black teenager with no arms or legs; the cop, who was not named, was called to a group home where the teen lived, because the teen had been upset and yelling and shouting, and had knocked over a ...

White supremacists record video at the new, bulletproof Emmett Till memorial sign

In 1955, a white woman named Carolyn Bryant Donham falsely accused a black child named Emmett Till of making ****** advances towards her; a group of Mississippi men then kidnapped, tortured and lynched Till, an act that they never faced criminal consequences for.

Till became a civil rights icon, thanks in part to a

Podcast of Affordances: a new science fiction story that climbs the terrible technology adoption curve

In my latest podcast (MP3), I read my short story "Affordances," which was commissioned for Slate/ASU's Future Tense Fiction. it's a tale exploring my theory of "the ****** technology adoption curve," in which terrible technological ideas are first imposed on poor and powerless people, and then refined and normalized until they are ...