#GeorgeFloydProtests roundup. “Big Tech’s Role in Policing the Protests…

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been updated with a splash screen message in support of the Black Lives Matter organization. “Our community is hurting. The systemic inequalities our community experiences are once again center stage,” developer Infin.
This week, we discuss how tools developed in Silicon Valley are being used to erode the privacy and safety of citizens protesting police brutality.

Social media has leveled the playing field of mass communication and, in some ways, helps make the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd possible. Mobile technology has shone a light on the treatment of people of color by police, allowed crimes to be documented, allowed protesters to organize and shown the heavy-handed response from law enforcement to the world. Continued coverage of the protests is public-interest journalism at its most raw and many of those directly affected are broadcasting events in real time.

New York Times staffers are banding together in protest after the paper ran an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) arguing that the United States government should call in the U.S. military to quash the people who are protesting the alleged murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer. (They are not the only newsroom staffers protesting this week.)

Research shows that calm and negotiation, not excessive force, reduces damage. So why are officers still turning to tear gas?

Police officers in Buffalo, New York used excessive force to disperse a protest against police brutality on Thursday, shoving a 75-year-old protester who posed no threat to them so hard that he fell to the ground and sustained a bloody head wound.

A police officer shouts at Associated Press videojournalist on June 2, 2020, in New York.

Photo: Wong Maye-E/AP

We are witnessing a truly unprecedented attack on press freedom in the United States, with journalists are being systematically targeted while covering the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Small George Floyd Protest At Istanbul’s US Consulate

A small group of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Thursday to denounce police violence and to stand in solidarity with protesters in the United

The Role of Fantasy in Times of Radical Unrest

Protest is not solely about fighting for a new world—it is about the ability to envision the right one. This time, it will take a sustained belief in black futures.

No, this is not Egypt, not Turkey, not Iran, not China …
This is the #UnitedStatesofAmerica, 2020!
Deeply disturbing photo via @MarthaRaddatz
June 2, Lincoln Memorial.

Revolt of the generals: Trump faces heat from US military leaders

Current and former Pentagon officials break with embattled US president over crackdown on Floyd protesters.

The Story Behind 50 Cops in Riot Gear Arresting 14 Peaceful Protesters in Alabama

An interview with one of the 14 protesters.

What is the ‘Boogaloo’ movement?

A new far-right movement may be stoking tensions in US protests. Who are its adherents, and what do they want?

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