Category: Business / National Affairs

July 7, 2020

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

The Police Data Accessibility Project aims to request, download, clean, and standardize public records that right now are overly difficult to find.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
July 1, 2020

What Disbanding the Police Really Meant in Camden, New Jersey

Since the city overhauled its force in 2012, reported crimes fell, but electronic surveillance increased. Some community activists are unhappy.

by Sidney Fussell in Business
July 1, 2020

One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack – July 2020

This month’s focus is on Maria Ressa, the editor of the news website Rappler, who was convicted of cyber libel in the Philippines last month.

by Wired Staff in Business
June 23, 2020

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry’s Favorite Visa

The administration said the move will give US workers access to an additional 525,000 jobs. But sectors with lots of H-1B visas tend to have low unemployment.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
June 19, 2020

How Surveillance Has Always Reinforced Racism

Sociologist and author Simone Browne connects the dots between modern marketing and the branding of slaves.

by Sidney Fussell in Business
June 18, 2020

How to Make Government Trustworthy Again

Why have some Asian countries controlled their outbreaks so well? It’s because authorities have earned their citizens’ confidence.

by Gideon Lewis-Kraus in Business
June 5, 2020

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

Employees who decline to work amid the pandemic could lose both their paychecks and their unemployment benefits.

by Sidney Fussell in Business
June 5, 2020

Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread

Administrators hope tracking beacons will identify where students congregate and who should be isolated if someone contracts the coronavirus.

by Will Knight in Business
June 4, 2020

Curfews Can Quell Violence—but Also Spark More Protests

Researchers say the stay-home orders can encourage police abuse and pit residents against law enforcement.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
June 2, 2020

Protests Renew Scrutiny of Tech’s Ties to Law Enforcement

Amazon executives tweeted support for protesters. But the company sells a surveillance tool to police that studies say misidentifies darker skinned people.

by Sidney Fussell in Business