On June 3, 2021, U.S. Marshals shot and killed a 32-year-old black man named Winston Boogie Smith Jr. in a parking lot in Minneapolis as the city has fallen into a full-scale security crisis. George Floyd was killed by a police officer last May. As protests reignited across the city, police couldn’t keep up.
Private security groups that enter the void, mainly to prevent property damage. But these groups often end up managing protests — a task that’s often left to the police, and most private security guards are untrained.
During the protests following Smith’s death, several private organizations provided security services in and around the parking lot where the killing occurred, according to documents obtained by MIT Technology Review. A company called Conflict Resolution Group (CRG) regularly provides Minneapolis police with information about activists that is sometimes untrue and heavily politicized. Read the full article.
—Tate Ryan-Mosley and Sam Richards
Cross-border digital suppression is on the rise
Around the world, activists have fled authoritarian states for their own safety. But in their new home, the intimidation continued, albeit in the digital realm, through phishing attacks, zero-click spyware hacks, social media page deletions, SIM card hacks and fake meeting invitations.
While physical threats against activists tend to grab the headlines, digital harassment at the click of a mouse button often happens behind the scenes and appears to be on the rise. Read the full article.
I combed the internet to find you the funniest/most important/scariest/most fascinating tech stories of the day.
1 Elon Musk desperately trying to quit buying Twitter
But the terms of the deal mean it won’t be easy for him to leave. (Wettable powder $)
+ Twitter was reportedly “willing to go to war” to get a deal. (foot $)
+ At this stage, Musk himself seems very opposed to closing it. (slate)
+ He will speak tomorrow at the Silicon Valley Elite Sun Valley Retreat. (Bloomberg $)
+ Twitter says it removes one million spam accounts every day. (Reuters)
2 License plate readers make unsupervised abortion travel difficult
Even if you take an Uber, rent a car or take the bus. (wired $)
+ Abortion data subpoenas can get very messy, very fast. (Bloomberg $)
+ Anti-abortion activists are gathering the data they need to sue after Roy. (MIT Technology Review)
5 How Chinese influencers are making millions from racist videos in Africa
Reflects the scale of demand for such disgusting content. (Rest of the world)
6 Complaints from Netflix technicians fell on deaf ears
The streaming giant used to be known for being receptive to employee feedback. no longer. (edge)
+ The showrunners are also clueless about the future of their shows. (Condor $)
7 One way to get a new job: Speak out on social media about getting fired
Make the perfect job and wait for the recruiter to come. (Wall Street Journal $)
8 NFT startups are hiring managers to foster a positive vibe
crisis? What crisis? ! (protector)
+ Crypto banks are running out of cash. (new york magazine $)
+ A former manager has accused cryptocurrency lender Celsius of running a Ponzi scheme. (Reuters)