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Why we drew 600-mile long picture of a bicycle across Europe

Couple rode thousands of miles to plot GPS image to raise awareness about climate crisis and encourage bike use Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope and Arianna Casiraghi, accompanied by their dog, Zola, have just finished 4,500-mile (7,250km) bike ride across Europe to draw a giant GPS-plotted bicycle across seven countries to raise awareness of how cycling can help tackle the climate emergency. It is believed to be the world’s largest GPS drawing. You can see photos of their trip on their Instagram account.We really, really love cycling. Like everyone, we’ve become more aware of climate change, and we wanted to add our voices…

Data Shows States With Strictest Abortion Bans Have Higher Rate of Child Poverty

A new analysis finds that states that have implemented abortion bans following far right Supreme Court justices’ overturn of Roe v. Wade also tend to have the worst levels of parental support in terms of poverty rates, rates of insured people and health outcomes. NPR reports that the 14 states with abortion bans are among the states with the highest rates of child poverty, people living in maternal health care deserts and women who are uninsured. Nine states that are in the process of passing bans, or that have passed bans that ended up being blocked by a judge or…

New Bill Would Bring Back Terrible Software and Genetic Patents

A recently introduced patent bill would authorize patents on abstract ideas just for including computer jargon, and would even legalize the patenting of human genes. The “Patent Eligibility Restoration Act,” sponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), explicitly overrides some of the most important Supreme Court decisions of the past 15 years, and would tear down some of the public’s only protections from the worst patent abuses.  Pro-patent maximalists are trying to label the Tillis bill as a “consensus,” but it’s nothing of the sort. We need EFF supporters to send a message to Congress that it isn’t acceptable to allow…

RNC May Try to Obstruct Liz Cheney Presidential Run, Pundits Predict

Following Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R) defeat on Tuesday to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman in the Wyoming statewide primary, Cheney has said that she is considering running for president — but pundits have warned that the Republican National Committee (RNC) may try to prevent such a run out of loyalty to former President Donald Trump. Cheney expressed interest in a presidential run on NBC’s “Today Show” the morning after her loss to Hageman. “It is something that I am thinking about, and I’ll make a decision in the coming months,” she said. A presidential run may be a fruitless endeavor for the…

Where’s EFF? Why EFF Is Sometimes Quiet About Important Cases and Issues

When legal issues light up the Internet, people turn to EFF for answers. Whether it’s attacks on coders’ rights, overreaching copyright claims online, or governments’ efforts to censor or spy on people, we are often among the first to hear about troubling events online, and we’re frequently the first place people turn to, both for help and for a broader understanding.  So why are there times when we’re quiet about something big that is happening around digital rights?  Why are there times when we only say general things and don’t take a firm position, drill down into specifics, or provide…

Israel/OPT: The stifling of Palestinian civil society organizations must end

The Israeli authorities must end their campaign of repression against Palestinian civil society and let organizations carry out their work free from harassment, Amnesty International said after Israeli forces today closed the offices of seven Palestinian civil society organizations in the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). Before dawn, Israeli armed forces raided the Ramallah offices of Addameer, al-Haq, Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Health Work Committees, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees, and confiscated files and equipment. They also issued military orders…

Tell Congress: Don’t Allow the Return of the Worst Patents

Patent trolls—companies that have no product or service of their own, but simply make patent infringement demands on others—are a big problem. They’ve cost our economy billions of dollars. For a small company, a patent troll demand letter can be ruinous. But we took a big step forward in the fight against patent trolls in 2014, when a landmark Supreme Court ruling, the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case, held that you can’t get a patent by adding “on a computer” to an abstract idea. This bill by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) would also override a Supreme Court ruling that…

Why we drew 600-mile long picture of a bicycle across Europe

Couple rode thousands of miles to plot GPS image to raise awareness about climate crisis and encourage bike use Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope and Arianna Casiraghi, accompanied by their dog, Zola, have just finished 4,500-mile (7,250km) bike ride across Europe to draw a giant GPS-plotted bicycle across seven countries to raise awareness of how cycling can help tackle the climate emergency. It is believed to be the world’s largest GPS drawing. You can see photos of their trip on their Instagram account.We really, really love cycling. Like everyone, we’ve become more aware of climate change, and we wanted to add our voices…

Israel storms Palestinian NGO offices after months-long failure to discredit them

Israel storms Palestinian NGO offices after months-long failure to discredit them Seven NGOs denounce raids as message of impunity against Palestinians and foreign governments, after army seizes equipment and welds office doors shut. The post Israel storms Palestinian NGO offices after months-long failure to discredit them appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read More: Israel storms Palestinian NGO offices after months-long failure to discredit them

Facial recognition: UK plans to monitor migrant offenders are unethical – and they won’t work

Facial recognition technology struggles to recognise darker skin tones Nazar Kantora/ Shutterstock One afternoon in our lab, my colleague and I were testing our new prototype for a facial recognition software on a laptop. The software used a video camera to scan our faces and guess our age and gender. It correctly guessed my age but when my colleague, who was from Africa, tried it out, the camera didn’t detect a face at all. We tried turning on lights in the room, adjusted her seating and background, but the system still struggled to detect her face. After many failed attempts,…

Saudi Arabia: Quash 34-year prison sentence for student Salma al-Shehab

The Saudi Arabian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Salma al-Shehab, a Leeds University PhD student who has been sentenced to 34 years in prison solely for her writing and peaceful Twitter activity, Amnesty International said today. Salma al-Shehab was initially sentenced to six years behind bars in mid-2022. Following an appeal at the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) on 9 August 2022, a judge raised her sentence to 34 years in prison after a grossly unfair trial, to be followed by a 34-year travel ban from the date of her release.  “It is outrageous that Salma al-Shehab, a PhD student…

Abortion Ban Stalls in West Virginia After Protesters Pack Hearings and Capitol

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. “Vote them out. Vote them out,” activists chanted outside of lawmakers’ offices in West Virginia’s capital in late July, as senators considered a bill that would outlaw abortion in West Virginia. One activist held a sign labeled “Don’t Tread on Me” below a rattlesnake wrapped around itself, forming a uterus. Another had a white, pink and blue striped sign, the colors of the transgender flag, stating, “Abortion is not just a women’s issue.” The West Virginia Republican Party failed to pass an abortion ban during a July special session called by Gov.…

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