The common response to violence has traditionally involved law enforcement. But researchers and activists are turning to new community-based programs and practices that remove law enforcement from the center of the anti-violence conversation entirely, a webinar hosted by the Council on Criminal Justice heard Thursday.
Reforms would require officers to focus on more serious and dangerous crimes and the people who commit them, and avoid the disproportionate targeting of people of color for traffic stops and searches that yield few positive results.
A plan by Mexican lawmakers to put millions of cell phone users’ data in a biometric registry is receiving pushback from telecom companies. The plan is proposed as a tool to fight kidnapping and extortion.
Social media firms have been scrambling to crack down on domestic terrorist threats ahead of the inauguration and beyond, but experts say their efforts are only temporary solutions. For one thing, the lack of industry-wide coordination around the issue means fringe movements can easily migrate to smaller platforms, and often darker corners of the web, say the experts.
The company has obtained an order from a federal judge allowing it control over the “Trickbot” botnet, a global network it describes as the largest in the world. The botnet aims to create uncertainty about the election results by infecting computers which tally up votes.
House Democrats in charge of funding the Justice Department want to provide $400 million for grants to carry out police reform initiatives, including $100 million for “pattern and practice investigations” of local police departments and $250 million for “independent investigation of law enforcement.”