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New Research : Prison time doesn’t actually deter repeat offenders

May 22nd, 2019 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

The American penal system assumes that being imprisoned is bad enough to deter people convicted of a crime from breaking the law again. But there’s new evidence that prison time doesn’t deter future crimes nearly as well as people tend to assume. That’s the result of a study published Monday in the journal Nature Human […]



Denver becomes first U.S. city to decriminalize “Magic Mushrooms”

May 13th, 2019 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

  This week, Denver, CO became the first city in the United States to decriminalize psilocybin, a compound with hallucinogenic properties that occurs in some mushrooms — a move that could signal new frontiers both in the country’s evolving relationship with mind-altering substances and in the medical community’s accelerating exploration of psychedelics. “Because psilocybin has […]



How Tech Empowers Dangerous Lone Wolves

May 12th, 2019 at 2:14 am » Comments Off

Technology is democratizing the power of who gets to live and who does not. Are we ready for the consequences? This is the second installment of “Privatizing the Apocalypse,” a four-part essay being published throughout October. Read Part 1: “The 50/50 Murder” here. In 2015, a depressive young German named Andreas Lubitz killed himself, five […]



The new weapon in the fight against crime

March 11th, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

  Solving a murder or tracking down the perpetrators of sexual abuse often requires dogged police work. What if a machine could help detectives spot the vital clues they need? The images on Eduardo Fidalgo’s computer show mundane scenes – a sofa scattered with pillows, a folded duvet on a bed, some children’s toys strewn […]



Police in Canada are tracking people’s ‘negative’ behavior in a ‘risk’ database

March 3rd, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

 The database includes detailed, but “de-identified,” information about people’s lives culled from conversations between police, social services, health workers, and more. Police, social services, and health workers in Canada are using shared databases to track the behaviour of vulnerable people—including minors and people experiencing homelessness—with little oversight and often without consent. Documents obtained by Motherboard […]



Drones are changing the way police respond to 911 calls

February 28th, 2019 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

Last week in a domestic dispute in Chula Vista, California, a woman driving a car repeatedly tried to hit a man on a motorcycle. The fight carried out across multiple city blocks until police arrived and arrested the man for alleged domestic violence and stealing the motorcycle and the woman for alleged assault with a […]



Incarceration vs. education: America spends more on its prison system than it does on public schools – and California is the worst

February 18th, 2019 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

  Most American states spend more on their prisons than they do on education – and California is the worst, investing $64,642 per prisoner compared to $11,495 per student – a $53,146 difference in spending priorities The reasons include an incarceration rate that has tripled over the past three decades, the higher cost of caring […]



US Secret Service is probing how crooks use smart credit cards for fraud

January 18th, 2019 at 1:10 pm » Comments Off

Credit card thieves have been using Fuze Cards, according to a Secret Service memo. Credit card thieves have been taking advantage of smart card technologies to avoid getting caught, according to Krebs on Security. The US Secret Service offices in New York and St. Louis have apparently been working on a criminal investigation involving fraud […]



Chinese facial recognition system confuses bus ad with a jaywalker

November 25th, 2018 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

It illustrates one of the many issues with China’s surveillance culture. There are many criticisms you can level at China’s growing reliance on facial recognition, including its absolute faith in technology: what happens if there’s a false positive? Unfortunately, we just saw an example of that in action. Police in the city of Ningbo have […]



Dubai Police start training on flying motorbikes

November 17th, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

(CNN) — The flying motorbike is back in Dubai — and you could see the police riding one in the not-too-distant future. A year after California-based startup Hoversurf showcased its hoverbike at tech expo GITEX in the white and green livery of the Dubai Police, the company has returned with a new model and evidence […]



Meet the internet researchers unmasking Russian assassins

October 22nd, 2018 at 6:39 am » Comments Off

Aric Toler is part of Bellingcat, an international Internet research organization that has meticulously investigated conflicts around the world. This week, the online group outed one of two Russian agents believed to have been involved in poisonings in the U.K. Aric Toler isn’t exactly sure what to call himself. “Digital researcher, digital investigator, digital something […]



Great green hope: The big picture on legal marijuana

October 15th, 2018 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

The biggest unclaimed territory in the consumer discretionary universe is cannabis. Even though cannabis remains illegal under federal law, Americans spent $6 billion in 2017 on legal recreational and medical marijuana. Why it matters: Americans may have spent a total of $50 billion on recreational cannabis last year, according to the best estimates. That leaves […]



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