WIRED: A Peek Inside the FBI’s Unprecedented January 6 Geofence Dragnet

WIRED: A Peek Inside the FBI’s Unprecedented January 6 Geofence Dragnet. “THE FBI’S BIGGEST-EVER investigation included the biggest-ever haul of phones from controversial geofence warrants, court records show. A filing in the case of one of the January 6 suspects, David Rhine, shows that Google initially identified 5,723 devices as being in or near the US Capitol during the riot. Only around 900 people have so far been charged with offenses relating to the siege.”

Europol: International operation shuts down websites offering counterfeit goods and pirated content

Europol: International operation shuts down websites offering counterfeit goods and pirated content. “As of this year’s Cyber Monday, law enforcement agencies across several continents have taken down 12 526 websites, disconnected 32 servers used to distribute and host illegal content for 2 294 television channels and shut down 15 online shops selling counterfeit products on social media sites. In the physical realm, investigators seized 127 365 counterfeit products such as clothes, watches, shoes, accessories, perfumes, electronics and phone cases worth more than EUR 3.8 million.”

Electronic Frontier Foundation: EFF’s Atlas of Surveillance Database Now Documents 10,000+ Police Tech Programs

Electronic Frontier Foundation: EFF’s Atlas of Surveillance Database Now Documents 10,000+ Police Tech Programs. “With this project, we are creating a searchable and mappable repository of which law enforcement agencies in the U.S. use surveillance technologies such as body-worn cameras, drones, automated license plate readers, and face recognition…. The Atlas of Surveillance has now hit 10,000 data points. It contains at least partial data on approximately 5,500 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, as well as most territories and districts.”

Free virtual event: How student journalists can investigate police ticketing at high schools (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Tribune: Free virtual event: How student journalists can investigate police ticketing at high schools. “In ‘The Price Kids Pay,’ reporters from the Tribune and ProPublica found that local police wrote more than 12,000 tickets to students in dozens of school districts across the state in recent years…. Now, at a free event hosted by ProPublica in partnership with the Tribune and the Journalism Education Association, student journalists can learn how to report on ticketing on their own school campuses. The virtual event takes place at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1.”

USA Today: Over 80 schools changed their names in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. See our database

USA Today: Over 80 schools changed their names in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. See our database. “Using public school directory files from the National Center for Education Statistics, USA TODAY built a comprehensive database and interactive map of school name changes nationwide since 2020. Reporters analyzed thousands of rows of data and reviewed local news publications to put together a picture of what happened in each case. The database includes schools that changed names through the end of 2021. But the list of schools shedding old names keeps growing.”

Gizmodo: DOJ and SEC Investigating FTX Collapse as Entire Crypto Market Plunges

Gizmodo: DOJ and SEC Investigating FTX Collapse as Entire Crypto Market Plunges. “The Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating FTX, a crypto platform that halted withdrawals on Tuesday, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. And while the SEC’s investigation has reportedly been going ‘for months,’ the agency’s scrutiny has only expanded this week following the liquidity crisis at FTX, which has caused the entire cryptocurrency market to tank.”

Olive Press: Police officer becomes first person in Spain with criminal conviction for spreading ‘fake news’ on social media

Olive Press: Police officer becomes first person in Spain with criminal conviction for spreading ‘fake news’ on social media. “A Guardia Civil officer has become the first person criminally convicted in Spain of spreading ‘fake news’. He used a social media account to falsely allege that a group of Moroccan child migrants attacked a Barcelona area woman.”

UChicago News: Police agencies significantly overrepresent Black suspects in Facebook posts, study finds

UChicago News: Police agencies significantly overrepresent Black suspects in Facebook posts, study finds. “Facebook users are exposed to posts that overrepresent Black suspects by 25 percentage points relative to local arrest rates, according to the study, published Nov. 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The reporting trend occurs across crime types and geographic regions, but is especially prevalent in much of the Midwest and some of the South and mid-Atlantic. It also increases with the proportion of both Republican voters and non-Black residents, the researchers said.”

Mainichi: Japan police give out pointers on how to foil Google Street View criminals

Mainichi: Japan police give out pointers on how to foil Google Street View criminals . “Google Maps’ Street View is tremendously convenient, but sometimes for the wrong people, like stalkers, or thieves who use the service to case their targets before stealing cars or burgling homes. The problem has left experts calling for measures to cut back on the information available on Street View that can be used by criminals.”

Rest of World: Social media gossip is fueling mass arrests in El Salvador

Rest of World: Social media gossip is fueling mass arrests in El Salvador. ” The rise of social media-driven arrests in El Salvador came about as a result of [President Nayib] Bukele’s push to get citizens involved in his crackdown by reporting suspected crime. In May, the Salvadoran police (PNC) opened an official, dedicated phone line to receive tips from citizens who suspected others of being so-called terrorists, as the government refers to gang members. Law enforcement soon began to get reports through public and private messages on its social media.”