This week I am handing over the newsletter to Nabiha Syed, president of The Markup, who has spent a decade defending protesters and journalists exercising their First Amendment rights. This moment feels like one that calls for her expertise.
Black and brown communities in America know that overpolicing is a tragically familiar problem.
Now more people are reckoning with the full extent of overpolicing—and the surveillance that comes with it.
Your phone can be an easy surveillance target. Does that mean you should leave it at home if you attend a protest? Not necessarily. In this week’s Ask The Markup, investigative data journalist Maddy Varner has pulled together what you need to know about preparing your phone for a protest.
There are good reasons not to leave your phone at home. You might need to communicate with loved ones or a lawyer, or want a camera to document what is happening. Representing protesters and reporters has taught me that there is no perfect solution. You can (and should!) make your own choices about acceptable risk. So if you are wondering about turning off location tracking or sending messages while at a protest, or what to do about FaceID, Maddy’s guide is for you.
Please do take a look and share with friends who are heading out. (We’ve collected a few more resources for your digital safety here.)
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