Disenfranchisement Laws, Race and the U.S. Presidential Election

[published in CounterPunch, 21 June, 2016] 5.8 million Americans cannot vote because of felony conviction. One out of every thirteen African Americans has lost their voting rights due to felony disenfranchisement laws. Compare this with one in every forty-five non-black voters and it is clear that something…

The Government and Your i-Phone: The Latest Threat to Privacy

[published in CounterPunch, 27 May, 2016] Since last year, the US government and Apple have been in a ateeadlock over the government’s demand that Apple unlock an iPhone. And now the landscape surrounding these cases has vastly shifted in recent months. In a 2015 case, the SEC filed…

Cyber Trolls and the Ineluctability of Online Abuse

[published in Medium, 24 March, 2016] On 7 February, 2016 NYMag.com published Jesse Singal’s phenomenally researched and written piece, “How the Fight Over Transgender Kids Got a Leading Sex Researcher Fired,” which details the mishandling of an investigation and the defamation of the target of this…