Suraj K Sazawal

September 10, 2018
People protesting

Protest works. That’s why they don’t want you to do it

Americans turn to protest because it works. Whether fighting for civil rights, women’s suffrage, or to improve workplace conditions, America’s robust tradition of free speech and dissent offers a powerful retort to the forces trying to preserve the status quo.
June 18, 2018

Federal and State Bills Feed Dangerous Myth of a “War on Police”

Both major parties are supporting legislation that breathes life into the misguided belief that police are under attack, and that protesters or criticism of aggressive policing put police officers’ lives in danger. 
May 29, 2018

Rekognize the New Threat

Rekognition promises to “perform real-time recognition of persons of interest from camera livestreams against your private database of face metadata.”  In plain English, that means it can identify people in real time.
May 16, 2018
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There Are Just Too Many Unknown Unknowns When it Comes to Local Police Surveillance. But Activists In Oakland are Changing That

Orwell's dystopic vision of a society where cameras and computers spy on every person's movements may be upon us, but even his prescient imagination did not envision the rise of non-disclosure agreements.
May 8, 2018

Your Right to Protest is Under Attack

Russia is part of a dangerous global trend of countries rolling back basic freedoms for opposition voices... but so is the United States.
March 31, 2018
Phone Encryption

Extraordinary: FBI Tried to Trick Apple Into Breaking Its Own Encryption

Officials from the Department of Justice and the FBI, with the blessing of the White House, have been holding meetings with security experts to develop backdoors that would give law enforcement uninterrupted access to encrypted data.
September 26, 2017

DC Court of Appeals Decides That Police Stingrays Require a Warrant

Is the Fourth Amendment, drafted in the 18th century, able to deal effectively with digital age technologies?  That is the question being asked in a number of a number of legal cases, in a number of different contexts, and with surprising results. 
September 8, 2017
police in combat fatigues in downtown Pittsburgh with LRAD mounted on trudk

Sound and Fury

Providing law enforcement with military-grade equipment produces a dangerous, warrior mentality that could encourage more aggressive policing. Military equipment is designed to be used against an enemy, so if local police are given access to weapons being used by soldiers fighting ISIS in Afghanistan, it’s not that far a of logical jump to see an environment where unarmed public demonstrators are perceived as a threat.
August 18, 2017
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Too Close to Home

The benefits of protest are not always obvious. Demonstrations are not persuasive in and of themselves, but they encourage discussion and introspection.  In the market place of ideas, they open the door for change and help define and protect civic space.
June 10, 2017
protester with sign Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

UN Experts Decry Surge in Anti-Protest Bills in US States

“These state bills, with their criminalization of assemblies, enhanced penalties and general stigmatization of protesters, are designed to discourage the exercise of…fundamental rights.”
May 14, 2017

Montgomery County Hosts Digital Security Workshop

Whether you’re supporting victims of domestic violence, engaging in activism, or just buying something online, everyone has a reason to want to protect their security and privacy on the internet.
April 22, 2017
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Confidential Informants: Risking Their Lives for a few Years

Confidential informants are the unseen foot soldiers in the government’s war on drugs. By some estimates, up to eighty per cent of all drug cases in the country involve them.
February 24, 2017
airport security check with passenger walking through metal detector

Border Security, or Border Security Theater?

Travelers to the U.S., and even returning citizens are facing more intrusive questions, including demands to handover passwords. But fishing expeditions at the border do nothing to enhance national security.
October 25, 2016
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When Exactly Does Something On the Web Cross the Line From Being a Non-Offensive Word Or Picture Into a Hate-Crime? And Who Gets To Decide?

The connections between online speech and future offline crime is hard to draw with certainty and consistency and shouldn’t be the focus of police departments.
August 10, 2016

TSA PreCheck: The Risk of the Reward

PreCheck lanes operate in more than 180 airports across the country. They permit members who provide DHS with detailed personal data, a photograph, and fingerprints to pass through the airport security with their shoes on and laptops stored in their carry-on bags. “With a 5 year, $85 membership, you can speed through security,” beams the TSA website.