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Tag: civilliberties

9/11 and Afghanistan Post-Mortems: Lessons in Safe Logic

Edward Curtin

In the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of the mass murders of September 11, 2001, the corporate mainstream and alternative media have been replete with articles analyzing the consequences of 9/11 that resulted in the US invasion of Afghanistan and its alleged withdrawal after two decades of war.

These critiques have ranged from mild to harsh, and have covered issues from the loss of civil liberties due to The Patriot Act and government spying through all the wars “on terror” in so many countries with their disastrous consequences and killing fields.

Many of these articles have emphasized how, as a result of the Bush administration’s response to 9/11, the US has lost its footing and brought on the demise of the American empire and its standing in the world.

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Drawing a Line: When Tech To Keep People Safe Seems Dangerous

Princeton computer scientists Jonathan Mayer and Anunay Kulshrestha thread that needle::

Earlier this month, Apple unveiled a system that would scan iPhone and iPad photos for child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The announcement sparked a civil liberties firestorm, and Apple’s own employees have been expressing alarm. The company insists reservations about the system are rooted in “misunderstandings.” We disagree.

We wrote the only peer-reviewed publication on how to build a system like Apple’s — and we concluded the technology was dangerous. We’re not concerned because we misunderstand how Apple’s system works. The problem is, we understand exactly how it works.

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