Sidney Fussell

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The ‘Broadband Gap’ Is Now a Housing Problem

Many people eligible for Covid-era rent assistance have trouble navigating a “tangled web” of agencies because they don't have reliable internet access.A national moratorium on evictions expired in late August, after the...

Borrowed a School Laptop? Mind Your Open Tabs

Students—many from lower-income households—were likely to use school-issued devices for remote learning. But the devices often contained monitoring software.When tens of millions of students suddenly had to learn remotely, schools lent laptops...

Advocates Struggle to Control Police Use of Surveillance Tech

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.In 2018, Oakland enacted an innovative law giving...

Chicago Claims DoorDash and Grubhub Misled Customers on Fees

The city capped commissions on restaurant deliveries amid the pandemic, but it says the apps added new fees and marketed deceptive promotions.The pandemic has been a boon to food-delivery apps, as many...

Explosion in Geofence Warrants Threatens Privacy Nationwide

New figures from Google show a tenfold increase in the requests from law enforcement, which target anyone who happened to be in a given location at a specified time.Police around the country...

The Push for Ad Agencies to Ditch Big Oil Clients

An activist coalition is pressuring firms to stop promoting fossil fuel companies—some of which have advertised oil and gas as “climate friendly.”Here is a completely true statement: Between 2015 and 2019, oil...

The NYPD Had a Secret Fund for Surveillance Tools

Documents reveal that police bought facial-recognition software, vans equipped with x-ray machines, and “stingray” cell site simulators—with no public oversight.New York City police bought a range of surveillance tools—including facial-recognition software, predictive...

Struggling to Recruit, Police Turn to Targeted Ads

The pandemic and the George Floyd protests have made recruiters’ jobs tougher. Now they’re tapping the behavioral profiling power of social media.Your favorite social media platform likely knows more about you than...

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