Civil Rights

Surveillance State of Mind

America Pays for Free Body Cameras With Its Civil Rights

The company formerly known as TASER changed its name to Axon and is offering a free trial of its body cameras to every cop in America, but the plan raises alarming questions about the future of surveillance.
Harlan Yu

The RCMP Is Trying to Sneak Facial and Tattoo Recognition Into Canada

The technology poses serious privacy risks.
Jordan Pearson

RCMP: Warrantless Access to Data Would 'Certainly Assist’ New Cyber Crime Unit

The RCMP's new cyber crime strategy includes a push for new investigative tools.
Jordan Pearson

The Loud Fight Against Silicon Valley's Quiet Racism

How tech became a civil rights battleground.

Martin Luther King, Technology Critic

This year, protesters around the nation sought to #ReclaimMLK. In the process, they brought his ideas on technology, science, and the future to the fore.
Brian Merchant
Motherboard Blog

If Martin Luther King Were Around Today, He'd Be Spied On by the NSA

MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech triggered a sketchy FBI surveillance operation, regarded as one of the biggest abuses of power by US intelligence.
Meghan Neal
Motherboard Blog

How to Figure Out If Somebody's Spying on You

There are a lot of upsides to living in our always on, ever connected world.
Adam Estes
Motherboard Blog

What the Sheriff Joe Lawsuit is Really About

Remember infamous Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who's been battling with the Justice Department over allegation of ethnic discrimination in his jurisdiction? For example, on the streets, Latinos were 5 to 9 times more likely to be searched under...
Michael Arria
Motherboard Blog

"Because You Might Be a Terrorist," the Feds Need You To Strip

Last week I posted about David House, a man who got his "laptop, camera, and USB cable snatched by Homeland Security": for no...
Michael Arria
Motherboard Blog

The Copyright Nightmare of "I Have a Dream"

If you weren't alive to witness Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" "speech": on the Washington Mall 48 years ago this week, you might try to switch on the old YouTube and dial it up. But you won't...