In a digital age and era of big data, technology is strengthening policing and incarceration and exacerbating harms to communities of color. Police technologies like body-worn cameras, facial recognition, Stingrays, and other devices are being deployed and used primarily in communities of color. Governments and advocates aiming to decrease the carceral state are turning to electronic monitors and predictive risk assessment software as alternatives to incarceration.

Although mass surveillance is of growing concern in the U.S., the unequal and historic surveillance of Black people, Muslims, migrants, and the social movements that represent them has yet to see significant action by policy makers or federal regulators. Laws and practices to curb mass surveillance should protect those whose rights are most vulnerable to violation.

High-Tech Surveillance Campaigns

Tell the FCC: Stingrays have got to go!

The Center for Media Justice, New America’s Open Technology Institute, and Color Of Change, filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against the Baltimore Police Department for their illegal use of Stingray cellphone tracking devices. Join us in telling the FCC that Stingrays must go!

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