Chicago Reader: Invisible Institute launches expanded police misconduct database

Chicago Reader: Invisible Institute launches expanded police misconduct database. “An expansive new version of the Citizens Police Data Project has been unveiled by south-side journalism production company the Invisible Institute. The database, created by independent journalist Jamie Kalven, was already the largest public repository of Chicago police misconduct records. Now it’s quadrupled in size to include more than 240,000 misconduct complaints made against more than 22,000 CPD officers going back to the late 1960s. The database has also been enhanced by the addition of Chicago Police Department use-of-force reports and officer commendation records.”

Southern Illinois University: Explore the region past and present through Morris Library’s new online map collection

Southern Illinois University: Explore the region past and present through Morris Library’s new online map collection. “Did you know there was once a proposal floated to create a Thebes Lake in Southern Illinois? The location of this lake that didn’t happen, as well as all kinds of other curious and vital information – from details about flood prone areas to coal mine locations in Southern Illinois – can now be found online, thanks to Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Morris Library.”

Los Angeles Times: Facebook must face high-stakes trial over privacy and facial recognition, judge rules

Los Angeles Times: Facebook must face high-stakes trial over privacy and facial recognition, judge rules. “A judge scolded Facebook Inc. for misconstruing his own rulings as he ordered the company to face a high-stakes trial accusing it of violating user privacy. The social media giant has misinterpreted prior court orders by continuing to assert the ‘faulty proposition’ that users can’t win their lawsuit under an Illinois biometric privacy law without proving an ‘actual injury,’ U.S. District Judge James Donato said in a ruling Monday. Likewise, the company’s argument that it’s immune from having to pay a minimum of $1,000, and as much as $5,000, for each violation of the law is ‘not a sound proposition,’ he said.”

University of Chicago: Decades of South Side Home Movies to be Released in Digital Archive

University of Chicago: Decades of South Side Home Movies to be Released in Digital Archive. “Over 200 home movies, spanning more than half a century of South Side visual history, will be available to view online beginning May 1, 2018. The new South Side Home Movie Project Digital Archive is a globally accessible online portal to home movies shot by residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods from 1929-1982. This contemporary platform provides access to the entire collection of digitized home movies archived by the South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP).”

Chicago Reader: Public outcry kills proposed FOIA law tweak that would’ve hidden police misconduct records

Chicago Reader: Public outcry kills proposed FOIA law tweak that would’ve hidden police misconduct records. “On Monday, April 23, within hours of Democratic state rep Anthony Deluca filing a bill to amend Illinois’s Freedom of Information law, a crescendo of opposition arose from civil rights lawyers and government transparency advocates. The amendment would’ve made misconduct complaints against police officers (and other records associated with pending criminal cases) off-limits in FOIA requests. Dozens of opponents filed witness slips, written statements, against this suggested change, and ultimately DeLuca backed down: he decided he would not be calling the bill for a debate.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Aims at Privacy Law After Facebook Lobbying Failed

Bloomberg Quint: Google Aims at Privacy Law After Facebook Lobbying Failed. “While Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg were publicly apologizing this month for failing to protect users’ information, Google’s lobbyists were drafting measures to de-fang an Illinois law recognized as the most rigorous consumer privacy statute in the country. Their ambition: to strip language from a decade-old policy that regulates the use of fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition technology, and insert a loophole for companies embracing the use of biometrics.”

WAND 17: Illinois State Museum launches “Story of Illinois” website

WAND 17: Illinois State Museum launches “Story of Illinois” website. “The Illinois State Museum is launching a website called ‘Story of Illinois’ for the state’s bicentennial celebration. The website features objects from the museum’s Illinois Legacy Collection as well as collections from other museums across the state that celebrate Illinois heritage.”