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Opening the Chicago Surveillance Fund

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is using its Narcotics asset forfeiture funds to purchase controversial surveillance equipment. Help Lucy Parsons Labs and MuckRock conduct an independent audit of this fund to find out how this forfeiture money is being spent. We need to find out what new surveillance technologies are being used in Chicago - one of the most heavily surveilled cities in the United States.

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This Week’s FOIA Round-Up: Amazon investors suspect of company’s facial recognition technology and top-U.S. ransomware protection firms revealed to have paid hackers directly, charged clients extra

This Week’s FOIA Round-Up: Amazon investors suspect of company’s facial recognition technology and top-U.S. ransomware protection firms revealed to have paid hackers directly, charged clients extra

Amazon investors introduce two votes limiting company’s facial recognition technology, contracts reveal that the “trade secret” of ransomware firms is to pay off hackers directly by charging clients extra, and Chicago’s City Council legislative committees fuel a system of patronage and cronyism.

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Predictive policing in DOJ-cited jurisdictions is bad policy, AI Now says

Predictive policing in DOJ-cited jurisdictions is bad policy, AI Now says

The AI Now Institute is calling for checks on the datasets used by predictive policing systems because of concerns that the technology can perpetuate, rather than address, “dirty” policing practices.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: Records reveal a history of abuse among Chicago Police Department trainers and confirm neglect led to Indiana inmate's death

This week’s FOIA round-up: Records reveal a history of abuse among Chicago Police Department trainers and confirm neglect led to Indiana inmate’s death

For this week’s FOIA round-up, documents reveal most of the officers in “implicit bias” training are accused of same abuses the program is attempting to prevent, a request confirms claims that neglect lead to the death of an Indiana inmate, and a record from Elizabeth Warren’s past resurfaces through the Texas Public Information Act.

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The Smart City still has a lot of learning to do

The Smart City still has a lot of learning to do

Much of urban America is in the market for ways to handle the pressures that come with growing and changing populations. Enter “smart cities:” The movement to make municipal planning more efficient and effective for residents, which has a lot of champions but no one-size-fits-all program.

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Pittsburgh circuit judge rules city’s #AmazonHQ2 proposal as public record, demands its release

Pittsburgh circuit judge rules city’s #AmazonHQ2 proposal as public record, demands its release

Less than two months before the deadline Amazon gave itself to announce its second headquarters location, a Pittsburgh judge decided the city’s #AmazonHQ2 proposal documents are not “trade secrets” protected from FOIA requests - a common exemption claimed by cities nationwide that have denied to release bid documents.

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