Techdirt: Techdirt Sues ICE After It Insists It Has No Records Of The 1 Million Domains It Claims To Have Seized. “There’s a pretty long backstory here, so let’s go back about a decade. In the summer of 2010, we found it somewhat disturbing that ICE had ‘seized’ a bunch of websites and was announcing this from Disney’s headquarters. It raised all sorts of questions, starting with the big First Amendment questions. There are a whole bunch of cases making it clear that prior restraint is not allowed under the First Amendment. ”
The Guardian: Facebook urged to tackle spread of fake profiles used by US police. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on Facebook to address the proliferation of undercover law enforcement accounts on the social networking site following a Guardian report that revealed a secret network of accounts operated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice).”
Techdirt: Vigilant And Its Customers Are Lying About ICE’s Access To Plate Records. “Everyone’s hooking up ICE with automatic license plate reader (ALPR) data. And everyone’s misleading the public about it, starting with ALPR manufacturer, Vigilant. The EFF has been investigating California law enforcement’s data sharing claims with relation to its Vigilant ALPRs and finding their public statements are directly contradicted by internal communications obtained with public records requests.”
TechCrunch: ICE has a huge license plate database targeting immigrants, documents reveal. “Newly released documents reveal Immigration and Customs Enforcement is tracking and targeting immigrants through a massive license plate reader database supplied with data from local police departments — in some cases violating sanctuary laws.”
ACLU: ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody. “Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently asked the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), which instructs federal agencies on how to maintain records, to approve its timetable for retaining or destroying records related to its detention operations. This may seem like a run-of-the-mill government request for record-keeping efficiency. It isn’t. An entire paper trail for a system rife with human rights and constitutional abuses is at stake.”
Do you ever follow Twitter reenactments? This one looks pretty interesting. “In 1901 ice-harvesting on the Milwaukee River was a big business; families and businesses needed the ice during the warm months to chill their food. When two companies and their employees each believed they had the rights to a stretch of the Milwaukee River, the resulting conflict was wild enough to attract a crowd of thousands on the banks of the river. Listen to their experiences while these nine character[s] live-tweet as if the event is unfolding in real time.” It happens this Friday, December 9th.
In development: an online archive of historical glacier photos. “The $148,586 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries will support a team that will digitize about 9,000 images, dating back to the 1850s. They will also prepare descriptions of each image to facilitate searches.”