LIVE: @NaomiAKlein joins Rep. @IlhanMN for “Digital Dragnet: How the Surveillance State is Spying on You.”

@ConMijente’s digital town hall bringing together organizers to discuss tech surveillance.…
“We can't trust ICE to protect the civil liberties of American citizens, much less asylum seekers and migrants, but we want to give them state of the art technology to track the border?” asks Rep. @IlhanMN. #DigitalDragnet
“We can’t accept turning the entire border to a surveillance state … we should be addressing the root causes of migration,” says Rep. @IlhanMN of talks of a so-called virtual border wall.…
How can we ensure oversight of federal government data warehouses? asks @naomiaklein.
For one, we need to limit what data government is collecting, says Rep. @Ilhan. #DigitalDragnet…
“Our genetic information is immutable and we need to protect that information like our lives depend on it," says Rep. @IlhanMN of data brokers who sell information to law enforcement. #DigitalDragnet…

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