Rights advocates alarmed by US spy agency’s purchase of warrantless phone location data

January 22, 2021 by Ethics In Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Digital rights advocates reacted with alarm to a report published Friday detailing how Defense Intelligence Agency analysts in recent years bought databases of U.S. smartphone location data without first obtaining warrants. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Read more…

Progressives applaud Biden pick of Rosenworcel to lead FCC out of carnage left by Ajit Pai

January 21, 2021 by Ethics In Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Digital rights and other progressive groups on Thursday hailed President Joe Biden’s choice of Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the Federal Communications Commission into a new era of consumer advocacy following four years of former Read more…

Press freedom and human rights advocates lament Trump’s denial of pardons for Assange and Snowden

January 20, 2021 by Ethics In Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Former President Donald Trump was roundly condemned by advocates of free speech and government transparency on Wednesday for failing to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden before leaving office, even as he Read more…

Google workers form union to ‘promote solidarity, democracy, and social and economic justice’

January 4, 2021 by Ethics In Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Decrying numerous policies and practices they say violate Google’s “don’t be evil” founding principle, more than 200 of the Silicon Valley tech giant’s workers on Monday announced they are forming a union, a move that was applauded Read more…

Director of National Intelligence admits government used Section 215 to track browsing history

December 3, 2020 by Ethics In Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams The Trump administration recently used one of the most controversial surveillance provisions in U.S. history to record an unidentified person or group’s visit to an unspecified website, the New York Times revealed Thursday.  The Times reports Director of National Intelligence John Read more…

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