Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Dystopian system to watch over an imprisoned people

All across the West Bank there is a network of secret cameras hooked up to cutting-edge facial recognition software. It tracks every Palestinian face it can find, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Israeli Defense Forces’ surprise partner in this Orwellian surveillance system? Microsoft.

This June, Microsoft made a massive multi-million dollar investment in AnyVision, an Israeli facial recognition company led by former Mossad and Israeli defense staff – even though Microsoft had just committed to follow six ethical “principles to guide Microsoft’s facial recognition work.”

A description of one of these principles:

“We will not deploy our facial recognition technology in those surveillance scenarios where we believe there are inadequate safeguards to protect democratic freedoms and human rights.”

Under Israel’s apartheid system, there can never be adequate “safeguards” to protect the freedoms and human rights of Palestinians.

And there is NOTHING ETHICAL about creating a dystopian system to watch over an imprisoned people.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Green candidate supports BDS

Hawkins Supports BDS Movement Against Israel, Calls for New Relationship

Aug 06, 2019 09:37 pm
Hawkins Supports BDS Movement Against Israel, Calls for New Relationship
On Tuesday, July 3, the US House of Representatives voted by an overwhelming 398 to 17 margin to pass a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.
I have been a long-time supporter of BDS. In 2014, I wrote that I support the efforts to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction against Israel in response to its attack on Gaza.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Legal Win for Campus Palestine Activists


Michael Arria on August 7, 2019

In 2016, Fordham University tried to block a Palestinian advocacy group from being formed. After a two year legal battle, students at the school have won a landmark victory which legal advocates are calling “the first major legal victory for free speech for advocates of Palestine on college campuses,” and a Students for Justice in Palestine club can now be established on their campus.


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