Smart Cities, Surreptitious Surveillance, Candid Cameras

In 2016, I and a cou­ple of friends were among the many peo­ple who were upset at how then-may­or of Sacra­men­to, Kevin John­son, had respond­ed to the actions of Sean Thomp­son, a local advo­cate for house­less vet­er­ans’ issues. Thomp­son threw […]

Camera Registration

The San Fran­cis­co Dis­trict Attorney’s web­site has embed­ded in it a Google form that asks civil­ians in San Fran­cis­co Coun­ty to pro­vide infor­ma­tion about their CCTV cam­era sys­tems. The form asks for first and last name, address, email, phone num­ber, the […]

Department of Homeland Security Theater: Super Bowl Edition

On Feb­ru­ary 4, dur­ing Super­bowl LII at U.S. Bank Sta­di­um in Min­neapo­lis, MN, the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty showed up ready for war. These would-be sol­diers arrived wear­ing green for­est fatigues in down­town Min­neapo­lis in win­ter. One func­tion­al dif­fer­ence between […]