For 20 years, biometric surveillance served as a substitute for a civil society and the rule of law. Now, those tools are in the hands of the Taliban.
Albert Fox Cahn (@FoxCahn) is the founder and executive director of The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.) at the Urban Justice Center, a New York-based civil rights and privacy group and a fellow at the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law & Policy at N.Y.U. School of Law.
He’s a 77-year-old who’s hardly been in a courtroom for decades, but it’s satisfying to see the legal system take his sins seriously—and with more punishment potentially to come.
It isn’t secure and it isn’t serious. It’s just more coercive theater that’s sure to fuel distrust among the already vaccine-hesitant.
Not all of the crimes committed today can be pinned on the president. But the trespassing itself, breaking into the Capitol, is exactly what he called for.
We’ve all been inundated with noxious disinformation, and it’s easy to get desensitized to lies about our election. But it’s different when those lies are delivered in court.
By definition, contact tracers have to ask people sometimes intimate and difficult questions. What if that information can somehow be used against them?