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Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States


The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

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Questions of Morality and Safety Are Steering the Future of Self-Driving Cars


The so-called “trolley problem” isn’t the only issue on the horizon as the driverless car rolls toward the nation’s public roads.

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Killer Robots Pose Potential Problems for Future Policing


Removing officers in the field could reduce the danger they face and the need to use force. Then again, adding a layer of distance between officers and citizens could increase the use of force.

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The Republican Convention, Donald Trump and the Police State


Cleveland police have ordered riot gear and the presumptive presidential nominee is promising greater militarization of the police. Don’t be surprised if things outside get violent. Will the Republican National Convention be a preview of a police state headed by a President Trump?

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The Convenience of Customized Advertising May Come at a High Price


Further erosions of privacy are likely as companies develop more and better methods for gathering information on internet users.

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FBI Wants to Exempt Its Biometric Data From Privacy Rules


The intelligence agency is facing blowback from advocacy organizations in response to its proposal for long-term storage and use of personal information—including that of people who haven’t committed crimes.

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President Obama Must Act on Marijuana Reform


Expanding legal access to cannabis would help veterans with PTSD and many other vulnerable populations. Because the next president may not do it, it’s a change that should be made now.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE

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Thor Benson is a traveling writer, currently located in Los Angeles. Aside from Truthdig, he has been a contributor to Slate, Vice, Fast Company and many others. You can follow him at @thor_benson.

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