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Atlas of Surveillance is a Database of Police Tech in US Communities

What do you call something that is overwhelming but also kind of empowering? At least that’s where I’m at after an initial/quick browse through Atlas of Surveillance, via Gizmodo:

Law enforcement surveillance isn’t always secret. These technologies can be discovered in news articles and government meeting agendas, in company press releases and social media posts. It just hasn’t been aggregated before.

That’s the starting point for the Atlas of Surveillance, a collaborative effort between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism. Through a combination of crowdsourcing and data journalism, we are creating the largest-ever repository of information on which law enforcement agencies are using what surveillance technologies. The aim is to generate a resource for journalists, academics, and, most importantly, members of the public to check what’s been purchased locally and how technologies are spreading across the country.

Read more and check out the Collaborate page if you want to get involved


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