Tenth Amendment Center: New York Bill Would Limit Surveillance Databases, Hinder Federal Spy Programs. “A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would prohibit the state from creating any database containing aggregate surveillance data including ALPR, audio, video and facial recognition records. Passage would not only protect privacy in New York; it would also put major roadblocks in front of federal surveillance programs.”
The Daily Bulldog: Franklin County: The Postcard View to be presented on Sept. 24. “The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company was founded in 1909 in Belfast by Rudolph Herman Cassens. His goal was to photograph small towns and rural areas from Maine to California, producing ‘real photo’ postcards that would be valued for promoting tourism. Cassens did not fulfill his dream of photographing the entire country, but his company did produce over 50,000 glass plate negatives of New England and Upstate New York between 1909 and 1947. The collection is full of historic businesses, family homes and local landmarks…. The collection is being digitized and more than 100,0000 thousand images can now be viewed on the museum’s website in their online database.”
6sqft: New tool maps every active construction project in NYC in real time. “New York City’s construction craze just got easier to track, thanks to a new tool that maps every major, active project across the five boroughs. The city’s Department of Buildings released this week an interactive map and dashboard that provides real-time information on every active construction site in the city. According to the data, there are currently 7,437 active permits filed and nearly 198,000,00 total square feet of construction, as of Wednesday.”
Documented NY: Early Arrival: New Database Casts Light on NYC ICE arrests. “Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights created the database, which spans from 2013 until today, using data they gathered through two state initiatives: the Regional Immigration Assistance Centers and the Immigrant Family Unity Project.”
WAMC: NYCLU Launches Database Of Police Policies . “The New York Civil Liberties Union has launched an online database of policies from a number of police departments across the state. The idea is to bring internal policies and data to the public, along with accountability and transparency.”
Radio Survivor: The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map Is Now Online. “Brooklyn, NY has one of the densest populations of unlicensed pirate radio stations in the U.S. As he explained on episode #133 of our radio show, journalist David Goren has been tracking and recording these stations for two decades. Now you can sample his archive of pirate airchecks with the interactive Brooklyn Pirate Radio Map, which just went online.”
New York Daily News: You can Google it: New York lawmakers give presumption of accuracy to Google Maps. “State lawmakers have given Google Maps and other web mapping services the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their accuracy. A bill approved in the final hours of the state Legislature’s annual session would give Google Maps and other global imaging websites the presumption of accuracy when they are used as evidence in New York courts.” This makes me REALLY uncomfortable.