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28Nov/22

Gangs, drill music, and police databases

The Met has overhauled its ‘Gangs Violence Matrix’ database following a legal challenge by human rights organisation, Liberty. The tool is used by the police force to identify and monitor people suspected of being involved in gang-related crime.
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17Nov/22

The ads are watching you

By Samuel Woodhams | Digital rights researcher and journalist

Targeted online advertisements are impossible to ignore. Ads based on our browsing history, geolocation, and personal information appear constantly on our social media feeds, news articles, and streaming platforms. As the authors of a new report on the advertising surveillance industry put it: “Targeted advertising is unavoidable for anyone who owns a smartphone or goes online.”
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15Nov/22

Facial recognition: An ethical policing tool?

By Samuel Woodhams | Digital rights researcher and journalist

Facial recognition technology made headlines again last month as researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK said that the UK police’s use of the technology was unethical and potentially unlawful. The report from the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy urged police to stop using live facial recognition (LFR) in public spaces and said trials by the Metropolitan Police and South Wales Police failed to meet the “minimum legal and ethical standards.” Continue reading
13Nov/22

Justina Mutale Foundation Launches US$10M Stem Scholarship for Zambia

Press Release, 13 Nov 2022 /Justina Mutale/ —

HE Justina Mutale Foundation have launched a US$10 million (ten million US dollars) Africa Presidential STEM Fellows USA Programme for Zambia.
Under the name, Justina Mutale Foundation Presidential STEM Fellows USA Programme, the programme will offer students in Zambia, who hold a first degree in a STEM-based subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), an opportunity to study at Master’s degree level in the USA.
The Programme forms part of the African Presidential STEM Fellows Programme, which is run as Fellowships Programme for African Presidents; Vice Presidents; Royalty; Foundations and billionaires. Continue reading

07Nov/22

How can black people feel safe and have confidence in policing?

Clare Torrible, University of Bristol

The inquest into the death of Chris Kaba opened on October 4 2022. Kaba, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed in Streatham Hill, south London on September 5 2022 by a Metropolitan police officer.

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04Nov/22

Video doorbells: security or surveillance?

By Samuel Woodhams | Digital rights researcher and journalist

Video doorbells are everywhere now, sold as a modern security solution that can help protect your home and belongings. They let you greet guests remotely, deter would-be parcel thieves, and could even reduce the cost of your home insurance.
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25Oct/22

Upland Brings Fashion and Fine Art to the Metaverse with Iconic Jacky Tsai MetaSkull Collection

London-based contemporary artist Jacky Tsai and his fashion-forward MetaSkull Collection become the designer’s first foray into the metaverse debuting in Upland, the largest open metaverse mapped to the real world. Fans of the Shanghai-born designer around the world and the Upland community will have the unique opportunity to collect and trade three different rarities of the iconic MetaSkull in the form of digital collectibles, Upland’s coveted Block Explorers, and structural decor used to decorate metaverse neighborhoods in time for Halloween. Continue reading

24Oct/22

Women turn to sex work to survive UK cost-of-living crisis

  • Surging household costs take heavier toll on women
  • Sex workers see earnings shrink as clients stay away
  • Newcomers at risk from lack of information, support

LONDON – Online sex worker Martha blames Britain’s cost-of-living crisis for her dwindling earnings – partly due to increased competition as soaring household bills push more women to sell sex. Continue reading

15Oct/22

Kwasi Kwarteng: only a desperate prime minister sacks a chancellor

Despina Alexiadou, University of Strathclyde

Having seen her government’s popularity plummet just weeks after taking office, British prime minister Liz Truss has sacked her chancellor of the exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng in a bid to save herself. Kwarteng, widely seen as Truss’s right-hand man, was rushed back to London from New York for the occasion, where he had been meeting with IMF officials on Thursday evening.

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06Oct/22

Various Claimants vs. Associated Newspapers Limited

London, 6 October 2022 /Press release/ — Today a group of people have launched a legal action against Associated Newspapers, publishers of The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online.

The group behind this legal offensive are: Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE; Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex; Sir Elton John and David Furnish; Elizabeth Hurley; and Sadie Frost.
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