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January, 2016

  • 13 January

    Prominent Human Rights Activist Samar Badawi Arrested By The Saudi Government

    Samar Badawi receiving the State Department’s International Women of Courage Award in 2012, between Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. Credit Gary Cameron/Reuters

    As part of an ongoing strategy to quell political dissent, the Saudi Arabian government has been arresting anybody critical of the Islamic monarchy, and they have now set their sights on a leading figure in the advancement of women’s rights. Via NY Times: The activist, Samar Badawi, until recently had led …

  • 11 January

    Controversial police surveillance program “Beware” being tested in Fresno

    Fresno Chief of Police Jerry Dyer inside the Fresno Police Department's crime center. (Nick Otto/For The Washington Post)

    Databased information collected by the NSA is being used to determine your “threat level” to police if you live in Fresno, California.  Your arrest history, purchase history, deep web searches, and social media posts may be synthesized by a new piece of software called Beware. While police argue the information …