For now, for many of us, the Internet is not only our town square, but also our school, art gallery, museum, and library. Copyright shouldn't stand in the way of that. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/sharing-our-common-culture-uncommon-times
i got invited to a videoconferenced easter service for the tiny country church just down the road from my parents' house. it was a moving thing to see people carrying on communal life by whatever means necessary in the midst of all this, and something powerful about sitting at my computer while the snow falls in colorado hearing words i used to sing with my grandma on sundays 500 miles and and ~25 years from here.
"Americans aren’t willingly surrendering their online identities during this pandemic — many are being compelled to do so by their schools, family or work."
Connectivity shouldn't come at the expense of privacy.
Even if the government shows a form of high-tech surveillance is effective, and even if it would not intolerably burden our freedoms, EFF still seeks guardrails to limit whether and how the government may conduct this surveillance. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/how-eff-evaluates-government-demands-new-surveillance-powers
“Surveillance architectures created in haste could prove difficult to dismantle with anything like the same speed,” writes Ben Power in the @Washingtonpost. Along with orgs like @STOPSpyingNY, we worry that they'll never go away. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/03/27/coronavirus-is-expanding-surveillance-state-how-will-this-play-out
Government use of face surveillance technology chills free speech, threatens residents’ privacy, and amplifies historical bias in our criminal system. Tell your city officials it’s time to ban it: https://act.eff.org/action/about-face
US man teaching dog how to drive arrested after high-speed chase.
You can't make this stuff up.
States have broad #quarantine powers, but...
* Exec orders are limited to instructing how existing law be interpreted and resources allocated, etc.
* Yet, governors are granting themselves "emergency powers" without a #vote from their legislatures.
* One cannot grant oneself power by mere stroke of the pen.
* You have the right to challenge an exec branch action — even a quarantine. The state must prove you're infected before a neutral judge.
Are there any #legal push-backs?
There are myriad reasons why individuals may wish to use a name other than the one they were born with. The right to anonymity remains as important as ever during this time. https://eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/right-anonymity-vital-free-expression-now-and-always
Unapologetic Jewish Libertarian who loves technology and history. Boost/Follow ≠ endorsement.
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