China is assigning people "social credit scores" based on security cameras, facial recognition tech, and internet usage. Photo by Gilles Sabrie.
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A court has ruled that Dreamers can stay in the US until legal challenges on DACA are resolved. But many other undocumented immigrants still fear deportation. For those who have fled violence, that fear is especially acute. Journalist Sarah Stillman writes for the New Yorker about cases where people have been killed or harmed after being forced to return to their home countries.
Orange County Congressman Darrell Issa is the latest California Republican to call it quits. He says he won’t seek re-election this year. It’s another indication of the difficulties the Republican party faces in the Trump era.
Search and rescue operations are still underway in Montecito, where mudslides knocked houses off their foundations and sent boulders crashing through walls. The disaster is blamed for at least 15 deaths. Resident Kathi King barely survived by clinging onto a tree branch.
Kathi King, Community Environmental Council, Montecito resident
Simon Denyer is China Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.
Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.
In China, facial recognition technology is pushing the country toward complete surveillance of its 1.4 billion residents. Cameras are now in banks, airports, hotels, and even public toilets. They track where you are, who you hang out with, what you’re doing. That data gets paired with your online activity. Then you get a so-called social credit score based on how trustworthy the government thinks you are.
China is assigning people "social credit scores" based on security cameras,
facial recognition tech, and internet usage. Photo by Gilles Sabrie.
A 10-day festival of modern performance art launches tomorrow. It’s called Live Art LA/LA, and it’s part of Pacific Standard Time. There will be shows at 25 different locations around LA, and more than 200 performers from 15 Latin American countries.
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