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Know Your Rights: The power of public records when dealing with law enforcement

In our culture of expanding surveillance, we are constantly encouraged to report suspicious activity to authorities. What can be done when the people you want to hold accountable are the police themselves? This project means to subvert that attention from our fellow citizens towards law enforcement.

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A look back to last week's Public Interest Potluck

A look back to last week’s Public Interest Potluck

Last Thursday, MuckRock, along with Boston Hassle, held our first ever Public Internet Potluck There were lots of opportunities for those who came to get involved in local community activism, as well as organizational swag and plenty of reading material.

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Join MuckRock and Boston Hassle on February 8th to celebrate civic engagement

Join MuckRock and Boston Hassle on February 8th to celebrate civic engagement

We know you have a lot of feelings about the future of our country and how we’re getting there. Come share them with us and learn about community efforts happening in Massachusetts.

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Cambridge Police release full list of professors arrested at Harvard’s DACA protest yesterday

Cambridge Police release full list of professors arrested at Harvard’s DACA protest yesterday

In a protest against the removal of protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), over two dozen professors and affiliates of Harvard - as well as Babson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UMass Boston, and Boston College - were arrested in Harvard Square yesterday after creating a human chain across Massachusetts Avenue that blocked traffic through the busy Cambridge junction.

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Surveillance awareness begins at home

Surveillance awareness begins at home

Whether it be through software like Geofeedia or SnapTrends, which help police scan and correlate information from multiple outlets using geolocation information, or via their own personal profile pages, we want to know what baggage an online presence brings in this new era.

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Cambridge leads its neighbors in arbitrary public records fees

Cambridge leads its neighbors in arbitrary public records fees

In the last couple years, the People’s Republic has adopted a surprisingly undemocratic approach to public records, charging for search and processing fees that other municipalities were willing to waive - even when the task took as little as six minutes.

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Wage Theft - Cambridge, MA

Brian Sparks sent this request to the Cambridge City Clerk of Cambridge, MA