Protests

FBI sent a team to ‘exploit’ Portland protesters’ phones

REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Federal agents tend to focus their phone cracking efforts on terrorists, but they appear to have shifted their attention to civil disobedience. NYR Daily has learned that the FBI sent its “Fly Team” counterterrorism unit to Portland in mid-July to conduct the “initial exploitation” of phones and other …

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Massive Protests Led to Suspension of SWIFT and Banking Activities in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan has suspended the SWIFT system and recommended that banking activities be halted until the severe political unrest in the country stabilizes. Massive protests broke out after parliamentary elections as the opposition stormed government buildings and forced the prime minister to resign. Suspension of SWIFT and Banking Services The National Bank of Kyrgyzstan announced on …

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Facebook users reported Wisconsin militia group before last night’s shooting

NurPhoto via Getty Images A Facebook event organized by a militia group that advocated for members to “take up arms” in response to protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin was reported to Facebook by multiple users who were told it didn’t violate the company’s policies.  The company removed the event page and the “Kenosha Guard” Facebook group …

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Cops in Miami, NYC arrest protesters from facial recognition matches

Enlarge / Demonstrators marching on a roadway during a protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on May 31, 2020, in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Law enforcement in several cities, including New York and Miami, have reportedly been using controversial facial recognition software to track down and arrest individuals …

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VPN Usage Surges as Belarus Remains Offline

Anti-censorship tools saw an uptick in popularity in Belarus, the Eastern European country whose citizens have been protesting for three days after contested presidential elections over the weekend. Residents have been protesting the results of the election Sunday night, which 26-year incumbent Alexander Lukashenko reportedly won in a landslide. Many people believe the results were …

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China’s Government Fuels Stablecoin Economy: Hong Kong Protesters, Singapore and Mainland Residents Flee Capital Controls

Chinese Government Crackdowns and Cheap Hydropower- Miners Migrate from North to South China China-based bitcoin miners have started to migrate southbound from North China, according to local reports. The operators are having difficulties and are transitioning mining facilities for cheap hydro-powered electricity. Testimonials also show that 64 mining operations in the prefecture in … read …

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The Pentagon’s hand-me-downs helped militarize police. Here’s how

Enlarge / A Miami Police officer watches protesters from an armored vehicle on May 31, 2020. Richard Arduengo | Getty Images The images of this past week are both inescapable and indelible: protesters flooding the streets of cities across the United States, met by police forces equipped with full body armor and tactical vehicles that …

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Minnesota Official Alarms Privacy Advocates With Contact Tracing Comments

At a press conference Sunday Minnesota Department of Public Safety commissioner John Harrington compared the methods police were using to identify protestors to those used to track COVID-19 cases.  We’ve “begun analyzing the data of who we have arrested, and begun, actually, doing what you would think as almost pretty similar to our COVID. It’s contact …

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With Riots Erupting in US Cities, Using Tools of Peaceful Protest Can be More Meaningful

During the last six days, America has been feeling the wrath of a myriad of protests and riots in nearly every major city across the nation. The U.S. is experiencing an uprising like never before, but some of the protests and demonstrations could be more peaceful. Acts like not voting for the political class, and …

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