Author Archives: Suraj

The Trump Effect

How does the national political discourse affect us locally? In regard to hate crimes in Montgomery County, the evidence is disturbingly clear: nearly one-third of last year’s incidents occurred after the presidential election (see chart).  That’s a 167 percent increase … Continue reading

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Letter to Congress: Do Your Job and Curb Domestic Spying

It’s time for Congress to act! Over two dozen civil rights and civil liberties groups sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee asking for common sense reforms to curb improper spying on law-abiding Americans and to “enhance protections of … Continue reading

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The Proliferation of License Plate Readers

A little noticed surveillance technology, designed to track the movements of every passing driver, is quickly proliferating on Maryland’s streets. License plate readers (LPRs), mounted on police cars or at fixed locations like on road signs and bridges, use small … Continue reading

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Digital Security Workshop recap: Protecting Yourself Online

As if you needed another reason to protect your personal information, President Trump in April signed a law allowing internet companies to sell your browsing history to whoever they want. The new law scraps a Federal Communications Commission rule that … Continue reading

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