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Nearly 20 million people in America use cryptocurrencies, and if you aren’t one of those people yet, you will be soon enough.

Cryptocurrency ATMs are popping up in corner stores and gas stations all over the nation. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are investing in cryptocurrency trading platforms and rolling out crypto-rewards credit cards. The Chair of the US Federal Reserve is talking openly about his designs for a state-backed digital dollar. …

Wired just reported that Uber Eats drivers in the UK are being fired because of the company’s faulty facial identification software. Uber requires drivers to submit selfies to confirm their identity, but when the technology fails, and isn’t able to match photos of the drivers with their accounts, drivers get booted off the system and are unable to work, and thus unable to pay their bills. This isn’t the first time this has happened — in 2019 a Black Uber driver in the US sued the company for its discriminatory facial recognition.

This case clearly shows how private use of…

Expanding the reach of the white supremacist police state and taking away our rights undermines our democracy.

Image by Joshua Koblin: A black lives matter protester holding a sign that says “History will repeat Itself unless we stop it!”

How the US acts in response to crisis sets precedents that we live with well beyond the moment. Fear during a crisis often compels rapid, ill-advised action. Many of the worst tools used by those who seek to undermine our democracy were born in the aftermath of 9/11, with the hasty consent of Congress.

Crisis is a test of us as a country — and historically we have failed. We are now on the cusp of a slower-moving, but no less dire crisis…

Verizon’s Skyward subsidiary had sought to test drones with military applications on the Willamette River in North Portland, a proposal that met vigorous disapproval from locals.

Protesters assembling on the Willamette as a part of efforts that halted Verizon’s plan to test drones over the river.

Last week, the Port of Portland announced it would cancel a pending lease with Verizon for seven acres of riverfront property in one of Portland, Oregon’s most diverse neighborhoods. Verizon and their Portland-based subsidiary Skyward had sought to lease this area to test drones on Verizon’s 5G network along the Willamette river.

“We appreciate the Port responding in support of community members and organizations who organized quickly to oppose this facility,” said Cassie Cohen…

Residents are planning a rally 11/1 to oppose a drone testing facility in one of Portland’s most diverse neighborhoods, citing environmental justice, racial justice, social justice, and quality of life concerns.

Concerned community members assemble as Art McConville, NiiMiiPuu (Nez Perce/Cayuse), who serves on the executive steering committee of the Portland Harbor Community Coalition, says a prayer in front of Skyward’s headquarters.

Verizon’s subsidiary Skyward is seeking a land use permit and a lease to build a drone testing facility on the Willamette river. Residents of North Portland, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Oregon’s largest city, say they were informed of the planned facility only in the past several weeks.

A coalition of neighborhood associations, nonprofits, and local activists are demanding that the City of Portland deny the permits…

Social media influencers just might determine the outcome of the 2020 elections

Jeff Goldblum has used the power of social media to get out the vote in 2020 while other celebrities have stayed silent

On September 28th, Kylie Jenner posted a bikini pic to her Instagram account with a simple message: “But are you registered to vote? click the link in my bio.. let’s make a plan to vote together.” The link in Jenner’s bio directed her followers to’s voter registration tool, which instantly saw a massive increase in traffic and an 80% boost in voter registration on the popular website. …

Students and leading national organizations are calling for a ban on a controversial technology that the Dean of Students said was used to identify peaceful student protesters.

Image of UMiami Student Protest via @UMESAMiami

On the heels of the University of Miami’s conflicting answers as to whether they used facial recognition on students protesting for better COVID-19 protection for contract employees, 20+ civil liberties and human rights organizations have signed an open letter to the administration and the Board of Trustees. The letter supports student demands for a ban on facial recognition, and meetings to address surveillance on campus as well as COVID-19 safety concerns.

Many of…

Students and faculty protested conditions at the University of Miami during a September 4 “die-in.” Photo by Ally Gaddy/The Miami Hurricane

Students at University of Miami are outraged after learning that university police used recognition technology to target and intimidate students protesting the administration’s insufficient COVID-19 safety precautions. Last month, the Dean of Students called a group of students into his office to reprimand them for protesting in an “unapproved” manner by laying in a courtyard alongside faculty and staff to demand greater protections during the COVID-19 pandemic. When a student asked how the list of those called to the Dean’s office had been assembled, the Dean told them that they had been identified using facial recognition technology.

Yesterday, Fight for…

Students at CUNY will be required to submit to invasive home, biometric, and personal device surveillance under the institution’s pending deals with remote proctoring providers. Student governments at multiple campuses are organizing to halt the agreement.

Students at the City University of New York (CUNY), a public institution that serves many low income and BIPOC students, are organizing to stop what they say is an “atrocious” privacy violation. The students have collected over 27,000 signatures via a …

Sex workers and supporters braved the hazardous air to project their message on Oakland City Hall last night, specifically calling out Senator Kamala Harris for voting to advance the EARN IT Act to the Senate floor. The bill threatens Internet freedom and the safety of sex workers while failing the issues it claims to address.

Sex workers brave the air at Oakland City Hall. Photo by Cammy Leone.

Last night, Oakland City Hall lit up with messages protesting the EARN IT Act while sex workers donned respirators and took to the square. Insiders have told Fight for the Future that the bill’s sponsors may try to rush the bill through the Senate this…

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