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Great piece by @pluralistic on why there is not much practical difference between "state surveillance" and "commercial surveillance."

Wish they had covered more of the anti-drone perspective. Of course the technology could be useful. The question is whether its a good idea to give the government access to an incredibly powerful new tool.

FTC is hosting a public forum regarding commercial surveillance and data security practices that harm consumers and competition. Register before slots fill up, its first come first serve:

RT4 Boston is hosting an event at 11:30 with Prof. Susan Landau to discuss privacy implications of contact tracing:

As happy as I am to see people moving to mastodon, I don't think the change is going to stick until mastodon implements some "moving from twitter" adversarial interop features like making it easy to turn toots into tweets and setting up features that let you follow somone who is on twitter but not on mastodon (without requiring regular users to make something like the @eff bot)

Good morning friends, this server is once again suffering under a heavy load of traffic and I am once again working on making it work better. Please be patient :tiredcat:

Thanks to our friends @2600 for donating 10% of April ticket sales for @Hopeconf to EFF! We're excited to be at the conference this year. Interested in going? Grab tickets today!

Monday: Join EFA member @RT4MN for a much needed surveillance self-defense workshop. Local Minnesota activists highly encouraged to attend!

At 7pm tonight we will be hosting another Surveillance Self Defense Workshop!
No registration, app downloading, or private info-sharing required to join. All you need is a web browser and a tinfoil hat.

RT4MN is hosting another Surveillance Self Defense workshop next Monday at 7pm! Learn more at

Live streaming DPS budget presentation to today at 10:30:

Lets see if they go into detail on how much they are wanting to spend on their fusion centers and other "proactive intelligence" ops.

This should be a wake up call for the MN Legislature. We need a New Church Comittee in Minnesota to do a deep dive into OSN, the BCA's fusion center, and all other so called "intelligence operations"

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"Public records requests show that the operation persisted long after Chauvin’s trial concluded. What’s more, they show that police used the extensive investigative powers they’d been afforded under the operation to monitor individuals who weren’t suspected of any crime."

The history and the plain language of the Fourth Amendment should make it clear that no-knock warrants are gross abuses of state power.

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"The history of the Fourth Amendment is rooted in the Founders’ experiences with the arbitrary and oppressive tactics the British Crown used to enforce its anti-smuggling laws..."
"Armed with muskets and these “writs of assistance”, agents of the Crown would break down doors and interrogate residents, day or night, in an overzealous attempt to crack down on smuggling of tea and sugar. "

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⚠️ We are planning to release important security fixes for #Mastodon on February 3rd, between 13:00 and 15:00 UTC.

To make sure that most servers can upgrade swiftly, we will release the fixes both as v3.3.2 and v3.4.6 (they will, of course, be also available on the main branch).

To make sure the upgrades on those older versions require the least intervention, with just a process restart, we have just released preparatory releases v3.3.1 and v3.4.5.

Please upgrade!

The Minnesota ACLU is holding its 2022 Volunteer Kick Session tonight at 7pm! Great place to start if you want to get engaged with the MN ACLU

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