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Matthew
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Matthew Harwood (@mharwood31) is senior writer/editor of the ACLU. Previously, Matt was an associate editor at Security Management magazine where he covered homeland security. His work has been published by Al Jazeera America, The American Conservative, Columbia Journalism Review, the Guardian, Mother Jones, The Nation, Reason, Salon, TomDispatch, Truthout, War is Boring, and The Washington Monthly. Follow him on Twitter @mharwood31

Uncle Sam's Databases of Suspicion

Uncle Sam's Databases of Suspicion

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project & Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 12:00pm

This piece originally ran at TomDispatch.com.

It began with an unexpected rapping on the front door.

When Wiley Gill opened up, no one was there. Suddenly, two police officers appeared, their guns drawn, yelling, "Chico Police Department."

"I…

When Smart Gets Scary: Invasion of the Data Snatchers

When Smart Gets Scary: Invasion of the Data Snatchers

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:54pm

Smartphones and smart refrigerators and smartwatches, oh my.

I know, I know, it doesn't sound scary, but more and more, the things we own are being hooked up to the Internet and quietly collecting data on us, which is then packaged and sold…

To Terrify and Occupy

To Terrify and Occupy

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 9:59am

This piece originally ran on TomDispatch and was completed before Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Police, rather than keeping the peace, have reacted to largely peaceful protests demanding…

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Mary Frances Berry: 60 Years After Brown, "The students didn't fail us; we failed the students."

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 1:30pm

Within a minute or two of speaking with Mary Frances Berry, you first hear the crackle of enthusiasm and then you notice the matter-of-fact way she can describe something awful, like police intimidation in the South, and chuckle, seemingly at the absurdity…

Invasion of the Data Snatchers: Big Data and the Internet of Things Means the Surveillance of Everything

Invasion of the Data Snatchers: Big Data and the Internet of Things Means the Surveillance of Everything

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project & Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:18am

This piece originally ran at TomDispatch.com.

Estimates vary, but by 2020 there could be over 30 billion devices connected to the Internet. Once dumb, they will have smartened up thanks to sensors and other technologies embedded in…

On the Agenda: February 10-14

On the Agenda: February 10-14

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 9:41am

Old-man winter spared the nation's capital the crippling blow it dealt to the Northeast last week, which turned out to be a very good thing for NSA critics. That meant that the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on surveillance reform went on as planned,…

On the Agenda: December 3-6

On the Agenda: December 3-6

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:02am

The Thanksgiving holiday is over, so it's time for Congress to get back to business and tie up some loose ends--like a new budget deal, a farm bill, and a defense spending bill for next year--before the first session of the 113th Congress comes to…

A Vote for Privacy is a Vote for Security

A Vote for Privacy is a Vote for Security

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:23am

It couldn't be more black or white than this: "Spy on me, I'd rather be safe."

That was the proposition before two teams of debaters at the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate held Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. Defending the proposition…

On the Agenda: November 4-8

On the Agenda: November 4-8

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU & Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:45am

Last week was a very bad week for the National Security Agency. The disclosures kept coming. The anger of U.S. allies continued to grow. And two powerful members of Congress from the House and Senate Judiciary Committees introduced a bill – the USA…

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