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Matthew Harwood (@mharwood31is a media strategist at the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. Previously, Matt was an associate editor at Security Management magazine where he covered homeland security. His work has been published by The American Conservative, Columbia Journalism Review, the Guardian, Reason, Salon, Truthout, and The Washington Monthly. Follow him on Twitter @mharwood31

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.
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…

On the Agenda: Week of October 15-18

On the Agenda: Week of October 15-18

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:01am

Today marks day 15 of the partial government shutdown. And if that wasn't enough, things could get worse unless Congress acts quickly over the next 48 hours to raise the debt ceiling. Otherwise, the United States could begin to default on its debt.…

Burying the Needle

Burying the Needle

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 2:54pm

Back in 2007, Reps. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) and James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress's watchdog over the federal government. As the two top members of the Subcommittee on Investigations and…

Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:37am

The NSA Isn't the Only Government Agency Exploiting Technology to Make Privacy Obsolete

On the Agenda: Week of September 23-27

On the Agenda: Week of September 23-27

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:18am

Get your fill this week of On the Agenda because next week it could look a little sparse.

The talk this week will be whether Republicans and Democrats can somehow avert a government shutdown after the House passed a continuing resolution on…

A Call for FBI Reform

A Call for FBI Reform

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 12:00pm

Early this summer, the Guardian published a monster story. According to a document it obtained from a government whistleblower...

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