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Boston's top cop pens public letter asking students not to overreact to racial discrimination

Last night, colleges and universities in the Boston area sent an email to their students at the request of Boston Police commissioner William Evans. The BPD top cop's letter asks students who intend to protest in the wake of the Darren Wilson grand jury announcement to do so peacefully. Evans also warns about "outside agitators."

Privacy and human rights groups release tool to identify government spyware

Please note that by playing this clip YouTube and Google will place a long term cookie on your computer.

Above: Promotional video from a company that sells spyware to governments.

State commission finds mandatory minimums for drug offenses should be scrapped

From the State House News service:

From locals to state to federal agencies, government preparing to crack down on dissent in Ferguson

The NSA is having a hard time tracking ISIS, but is still very good at spying on the rest of us

The Daily Beast reports that the US military (read: NSA) is having a hard time tracking ISIS members because ISIS is doing a good job maintaining operational security. These fighters are working hard to evade NSA spying, using encryption and commercially available software that lets them email each other on local networks, avoiding the NSA-tapped global internet.

Boston Police Department has "hundreds" of emails with the NSA

Muckrock user Evan Anderson sent a public records request to the Boston Police Department asking for records of communication between BPD and the NSA. Here's what the BPD (finally) wrote back:

Transparency around stingray use in Tacoma leads to accountability

This is what happens when public agencies are (forced to be) transparent with the public about their surveillance practices: Accountability!

Ars Technica:

Your kids and online privacy: To post or not to post?

DOJ pilot program in Boston conflates innocuous teen behaviors with potential 'violent extremism'

FBI director James Comey

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