California Activists Sue Marin County Sheriff for Illegally Sharing Drivers’ License Plate Data With ICE, CBP and Other Out-of-State Agencies

Immigrants’ Privacy, Security Threatened by Sheriff’s Practice, Which Violates California Law San Francisco—Community activists in Northern California today sued Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle for illegally sharing millions of local drivers’ license plates and location data, captured by a network of cameras his office uses, with hundreds of federal and…

Most businesses have already been hit by extreme weather, but still aren’t preparing for future climate disruption

Most businesses have already been hit by extreme weather, but still aren’t preparing for future climate disruption Watching news reports of severe flooding in Europe, of devastating wildfires in the US, of melting ice caps at the poles, very few people now would deny that our climate is changing. The…

EU: Pegasus project prize win highlights importance of media freedom

Spokespeople available  Responding to the news that the European Parliament’s Daphne Caruana Prize for Journalism has been awarded to the Forbidden Stories Consortium, of which Amnesty International was the technical partner, for the Pegasus Project which exposed the systematic targeting of human rights activists, journalists and lawyers with surveillance software, Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s…

Revealed: The tax avoider’s secret weapon

The Pandora Papers show how the tax industry uses ‘special purpose vehicles’ to avoid stamp duty – despite repeated legislation to prevent this Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/revealed-the-tax-avoiders-secret-weapon/

The plastic recycling system is broken – here’s how we can fix it

The plastic recycling system is broken – here’s how we can fix it Global plastic supply chains have been altered by COVID-19. Filmbetrachter/Pixabay The investor Warren Buffett once remarked that “only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked”. For the plastics recycling industry, the pandemic…

Can TikTok help young LGBT people in Togo find community?

Social media has offered people around the world new spaces to express themselves and find allies. But anti-LGBT laws still instil fear French Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/tiktok-lgbt-togo-community/

Did democracy in Tunisia fail or did it never succeed?

The appointment of the Arab world’s first woman prime minister in Tunisia cannot hide the country’s dismal economic reality and the reasons many are cheering President Kais Saied’s power grab Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/north-africa-west-asia/did-democracy-in-tunisia-fail-or-did-it-never-succeed/

Come Back with a Warrant: Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

We do not lose our constitutional rights at the border. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), however, believes you do. In fiscal year 2019 alone (before the pandemic curbed international travel), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducted nearly 41,000 electronic device searches without seeking a warrant supported…

Energy price rises: tips on how to save money on your bills and be greener from an expert

Energy price rises: tips on how to save money on your bills and be greener from an expert Turning down the heating just 1C in a room can produce significant savings, our energy expert says. Syda Productions/Shutterstock The price of gas and electricity has been increasing sharply on the back…

Algeria: Dissolution of leading rights group RAJ a blow for freedoms

Responding to today’s ruling by the Administrative Tribunal in Algiers accepting the government’s arbitrary request to dissolve the well-known Algerian civil society organization, the Youth Action Rally (Rassemblement Actions Jeunesse -RAJ), which played a prominent role in the Hirak protest movement, Amna Guellali, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty…

Empower and protect: rethinking bans on child labor

“Child labour isn’t going anywhere, so children’s safety in work must become the priority.” Writing in Open Democracy, Edward Van Daalen and Mohammed Al-Rozzi argue that we should rethink bans on child labor. 2021 is the UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour — a goal that won’t…

Why the kleptocracy debate lacks bite – and how to change it

The Pandora Papers have exposed the UK’s role in hiding ill-gotten wealth. But we need to challenge the entire system that enables it Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/odr/why-the-kleptocracy-debate-lacks-bite-and-how-to-change-it/

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