April 14th, 2014

Police in Los Angeles tested wide-area surveillance technology on the streets of Compton.

It’s described as “Google Earth with a rewind button and the ability to play back the movement of cars and people.” 

Curious: Does surveillance technology like this make you feel safer? Creeped out?

Gif via Gizmodo

April 13th, 2014

Police in Los Angeles County recently piloted a new technology known as wide-area surveillance to monitor Compton’s streets from the air. Imagine Google Earth with a rewind button for law enforcement.

So why have local residents heard little about this experiment until now?

Our new special with KQED gives you a first-hand look at emerging surveillance technologies that are being used to fight crime – and the privacy concerns they raise.

Read the full story and watch the segment here.

April 10th, 2014

Privacy concerns surround new local surveillance tech

For many, rapid changes in law enforcement technology – and the huge amount of data now collected and stored by local police, private companies and governments – raise troubling questions. 

Reporter Ali Winston looks at emerging tools for local surveillance and the privacy concerns they raise on KQED.

(Photo: Officer Rob Halverson of the Chula Vista police verifies the identity of a woman just arrested for possession of narcotics with facial recognition software.)

April 10th, 2014

How we mapped the U.S.-Mexico border fence

CIR journalists spent more than three years trying to obtain accurate, detailed mapping data showing the location of the border fence system. 

The result: We now have what is – as far as we know – the most complete and detailed map of the border fence that is publicly available.

Our Senior News Applications Developer Michael Corey explains how we did it.

April 9th, 2014


Day 9 of ‪#‎30for30BNV‬
Today’s prompt: “Where does our silence live?” 

This is inspired by the animated short “The Box.” Every year, thousands of teens are placed in solitary confinement cells in juvenile halls, jails and prisons nationwide. This animation tells the story of Ismael “Izzy” Nazario and the time he spent in solitary confinement in New York City’s Rikers Island jail. This story is based on an investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and was created using real audio from an interview with Nazario. It features music from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def Official, and is part of a larger investigation on juveniles in solitary confinement.

Upload your photo/video response TODAY using #30for30BNV!

Reblogged from Off/Page
April 9th, 2014

U.S. prisons and jails held 10 times more mentally ill people in 2012 than state hospitals, according to a new report by the Treatment Advocacy Center.

Learn more via Mother Jones

April 8th, 2014
You can literally make people crazy by keeping them in solitary.

Dr. Bruce Perry, a child psychiatrist and senior fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, explains the mental and physical toll that solitary confinement takes on kids.

Learn more in the full Q&A with CIR reporter Trey Bundy here

April 5th, 2014


The New York Public Library released over 20,000 maps, all available to download and use in the public domain.

Go! Go get em!

Reblogged from 99% Invisible
April 5th, 2014


Afghanistan Votes

Amazing photos of today’s election in Afghanistan are making their way through Twitter. A great place to start is with @afghansvote, the feed of a crowdsourced, citizen journalism project that’s monitoring the elections and is based out of Kabul.

Images: A man whose finger was severed by the Taliban after a previous election has a different one marked after he votes, via @ToloNews; a group of voters salute “the enemies of #Afghanistan,” via @JavedAzizKhan; women wait to vote outside of Kabul, via @HabibKhanT; and a woman explains to the AFP why she votes, via @dawn_com.  

Reblogged from The FJP
April 5th, 2014

Afghan women share stories of surviving abuse

As Afghans vote in the country’s presidential elections today, watch this clip from our new short film, “To Kill a Sparrow,” for a look at what’s really at stake for women’s rights. 

Learn more about the film in our Q&A with filmmaker Zohreh Soleimani.

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