Horrific Conditions, and a Cover-Up, at Federal Prison in Atlanta

The conditions at the prison, while extreme, reflect wider problems in the Bureau of Prisons’ sprawling network of 122 facilities housing about 158,000 inmates.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #georgia, #ossoff-jon, #prisons-and-prisoners, #senate, #whistle-blowers

Boeing 737 Max Flies Again, but Crash Victims’ Kin Say Risks Remain

Families are working with industry insiders to press for new safety precautions and a review of production practices for the aircraft.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #federal-aviation-administration, #jacobsen-joe-aerospace-engineer, #national-transportation-safety-board, #pierson-ed, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #whistle-blowers

As Midterms Loom, Meta C.E.O. Shifts Focus Away From Elections

Mark Zuckerberg, who once said securing elections was “the most important thing,” has shifted Meta’s focus to the metaverse. That may have real-world implications.

#computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #twitter, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Scott Pruitt ‘Endangered Public Safety’ by Forcing His Drivers to Speed

An internal report validated whistle-blower allegations that Scott Pruitt repeatedly forced his security detail to drive at dangerous speeds on routine trips because he was running late.

#chmielewski-kevin, #environmental-protection-agency, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #pruitt-scott, #united-states-office-of-special-counsel, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers

Will Trump’s Nod Be Enough for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton?

Attorney General Ken Paxton is likely to end up in a runoff after the Republican primary on March 1. But it remains uncertain who among his big-name challengers will join him there.

#attorneys-general, #austin-tex, #bush-george-prescott, #elections-attorneys-general, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #gohmert-louis-b-jr, #paxton-ken, #republican-party, #texans-for-lawsuit-reform, #texas, #whistle-blowers

Vast Leak Exposes How Credit Suisse Served Strongmen and Spies

Leaked data on more than 18,000 accounts shows that the Swiss bank missed or ignored red flags.

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Founder of CrowdTangle Hopes to Bring Transparency to Social Media

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.

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The 2021 Good Tech Awards

This year, technology companies stepped up on housing and criminal justice — with a dash of whistle-blowers mixed in.

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Frances Haugen Thinks Mark Zuckerberg Needs to Acknowledge His Power

The Facebook whistle-blower says the company hides behind flat offices and metrics to shirk its responsibility.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Ifeoma Ozoma Blew the Whistle on Pinterest. Now She Protects Whistle-Blowers.

Ifeoma Ozoma, who accused Pinterest of discrimination, has become a key figure in helping tech employees disclose, and fight, mistreatment at work.

#apple-inc, #black-people, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #ifeoma-ozoma, #law-and-legislation, #nondisclosure-agreements, #pinterest, #shareholder-rights-and-activism, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

U.S. Rests Its Case in the Elizabeth Holmes Trial

Defense lawyers are expected to argue that the founder of Theranos, the blood-testing start-up, failed but did not commit fraud.

#balwani-ramesh, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #start-ups, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc, #whistle-blowers

Is the Problem Facebook? Or the Internet?

Tech reporter Casey Newton takes us inside the Facebook Papers consortium, the company’s failure to be held to account and why the problem is bigger than any one company.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #swisher-kara, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Meta Makes Changes to Marketing Strategy Amid Scandals

After the social media giant auditioned agencies to manage its ad budget, underscoring its Madison Avenue ties, Spark Foundry won the business.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #computers-and-the-internet, #dentsu, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #online-advertising, #publicis-groupe, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #wiedenkennedy

Facebook Changes Corporate Name to Meta

The social network, under fire for spreading misinformation and other issues, said the change was part of its bet on a next digital frontier called the “metaverse.”

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #mobile-applications, #names-organizational, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Face It, Facebook Won’t Change Unless Advertisers Demand It

Revelations aside, there’s only one thing that will get the company to change its ways.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #online-advertising, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

Will the SEC Add to Facebook’s Woes?

One of the most pressing questions is whether the Securities and Exchange Commission will significantly add to the company’s woes.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #dodd-frank-wall-street-reform-and-consumer-protection-act-2010, #facebook-papers, #haugen-frances, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Debates What to Do With Its Like and Share Buttons

Likes and shares made the social media site what it is. Now, company documents show, it’s struggling to deal with their effects.

#anxiety-and-stress, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #friendship, #hate-speech, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Frances Haugen, Facebook Whistle-Blower, to Testify in U.K.

Beginning a European tour, the former Facebook manager will be questioned by policymakers planning tougher tech regulations.

#computers-and-the-internet, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

How Frances Haugen Became a Power Player in the Facebook Leaks

In a time of mega-leaks, journalists’ sources have become power players. Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager who shared company documents, led a meticulous media rollout.

#associated-press, #atlantic-the-magazine, #burton-bill, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cnn, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #international-consortium-of-investigative-journalists, #lessig-lawrence, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #omidyar-pierre-m, #panama-papers, #whistle-blowers

In India, Facebook Struggles to Combat Misinformation and Hate Speech

Internal documents show a struggle with misinformation, hate speech and celebrations of violence in the country, the company’s biggest market.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #engineering-and-engineers, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-speech, #haugen-frances, #india, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

What Jon Gruden’s Emails Tell Us About Cancel Culture

It’s time to stop litigating whether these punishments are fair and to start thinking about why some behaviors seemed OK in the first place.

#discrimination, #e-mail, #football, #gruden-jon, #nassar-lawrence-g-1963, #national-football-league, #race-and-ethnicity, #sex-crimes, #whistle-blowers, #women-and-girls

Adam Schiff on Facebook, Fox News and the Trump Cult

The congressman gives an update on the Jan. 6 committee and talks about the future of Trump and the country.

#audio-neutral-informative, #democratic-party, #impeachment, #presidential-election-of-2024, #schiff-adam-b, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers

Can Hollywood Adapt to Streaming?

More of us are watching movies at home. Will Hollywood ever adapt?

#internal-sub-only, #movies, #nondisclosure-agreements, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sexual-harassment, #theaters-buildings, #venture-capital, #whistle-blowers

Facebook Whistleblower Fallout Prompts a Push to Calm Employees

Employees are divided over Frances Haugen, a former product manager who testified that the company was putting profit before safety.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Trouble Comes for Big Tech

Will the industry finally have its feet held to the fire?

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #haugen-frances, #internal-sub-only, #kanter-jonathan-s, #ressa-maria, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #whistle-blowers

Lawmakers See Path to Rein in Tech, but It Isn’t Smooth

If what faces Big Tech is anything like what happened to Big Tobacco, the road ahead is likely to be a yearslong battle over proposed rules and regulations.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #smoking-and-tobacco, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

What Is Facebook Worth to Us?

All public policy is about tradeoffs. Tech regulation is no exception.

#computer-network-outages, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #internal-sub-only, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #whatsapp-inc, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Pandora Papers and the Power of Shame

Technology and public opinion are shifting the balance against elites’ use of offshore financial services.

#corruption-institutional, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #panama-papers, #paradise-papers, #tax-evasion, #tax-shelters, #united-states, #whistle-blowers

The Facebook Whistle-Blower Testifies

Congressional testimony by a former employee could be a turning point for the social media giant.

#audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #senate, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

Brazen Is the Order of the Day at Facebook

But how long can we wait for action against the social media company?

#computer-network-outages, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #initial-public-offerings, #internal-sub-only, #netflix-inc, #rent-the-runway, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company

Frances Haugen, who left the social network in May and leaked internal documents, gave senators rare insight into its inner workings.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Just What Is Happening With Facebook?

“Stop using Facebook!” one reader urges. Another admits to a possible addiction but finds it useful. Readers offer varied opinions about the company.

#computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

Whistle-Blower to Accuse Facebook of Contributing to Jan. 6 Riot, Memo Says

In an internal memo, Facebook defended itself and said that social media was not a primary cause of polarization.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #instagram-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Struggles to Quell Uproar Over Instagram’s Effect on Teens

The social network has been all hands on deck as it grapples with revelations that it knew the harmful effects its Instagram photo-sharing app was having on teenagers.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #mobile-applications, #mosseri-adam, #research, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wall-street-journal, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Will Lawmakers Finally Act Against Big Tech?

Facebook may have crossed the line.

#alphabet-inc, #apple-inc, #child-pornography, #facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #virtual-currency, #whistle-blowers

A Skeptical Stock Analyst Wins Big by Seeking Out Frauds

The activist short-seller behind Hindenburg Research has become known for research that sends companies’ stock sinking. He says he’s not in it just to move share prices.

#block-carson-c, #citron-research, #draftkings-inc, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #hedge-funds, #hindenburg-research, #left-andrew-e-1970, #lordstown-ohio, #lordstown-motors-corp, #manhattan-nyc, #muddy-waters-research, #nikola-motor-co, #ponzi-and-pyramid-schemes, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #short-selling, #special-purpose-acquisition-companies-spac, #stocks-and-bonds, #university-of-connecticut, #whistle-blowers

‘Rogue’ U.S. Agency Used Racial Profiling to Investigate Commerce Dept. Employees, Report Says

An obscure federal office operated for more than a decade as an “unaccountable police force” inside the Commerce Department, using extreme and unauthorized tactics.

#chinese-americans, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #commerce-department, #discrimination, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #senate, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers, #wicker-roger

Homeland Security Watchdog Delayed Inquiry, Complaint Says

The department’s inspector general delayed looking into a retaliation complaint by a former intelligence chief until after the 2020 election, according to officials and a whistle-blower.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #cuffari-joseph-v, #homeland-security-department, #homeland-security-office-of-inspector-general, #inspectors-general, #murphy-brian-j, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #volsky-brian, #whistle-blowers, #wolf-chad-f

How Private Equity Firms Avoid Taxes

The I.R.S. almost never audits private equity firms, even as whistle-blowers have filed claims alleging illegal tax avoidance.

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Natalie Edwards Exposed the Truth About ‘Dirty Money.’ Why Send Her to Prison?

If President Biden really wants to fight global financial corruption, he should pardon Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #buzzfeed-inc, #corruption-institutional, #edwards-natalie-mayflower-sours, #freedom-of-the-press, #leopold-jason-1969, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #whistle-blowers

How the Pentagon Papers Shaped the Power of the Free Press

The Pentagon Papers created a delicate balance of power between the press and the government. Lately, it’s being threatened.

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Do Whistle-Blowers Damage National Security?

Jonathan Stevenson’s “A Drop of Treason” examines the career of Philip Agee, whose 1975 book revealed key secrets of the Central Intelligence Agency.

#a-drop-of-treason-philip-agee-and-his-exposure-of-the-cia-book, #agee-philip, #books-and-literature, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #stevenson-jonathan, #whistle-blowers

Whistle-Blower Says Credit Suisse Helped Clients Skip Taxes After Promising to Stop

A former bank employee contends that the Swiss bank continued to help American clients avoid taxes long after its 2014 plea deal with the U.S. government

#boente-dana-j, #cole-james-m, #credit-suisse-group-ag, #dougan-brady-w, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #internal-revenue-service, #justice-department, #tax-evasion, #tax-shelters, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers, #wray-christopher-a

Senate Intelligence Committee to Examine Antigovernment Extremists

Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s new chairman, said he hoped to lead a bipartisan investigation of the groups, their overseas ties and amplification of their message by foreign powers.

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Trump Official’s Last-Day Deal With ICE Union Ties Biden’s Hands

A whistle-blower accused Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II of an abuse of power in making sweeping concessions to pro-Trump Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #organized-labor, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers

Laura Poitras: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Justice Department is setting a dangerous precedent that threatens reporters — and the truth.

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A State Scientist Questioned Florida’s Virus Data. Now Her Home’s Been Raided.

Rebekah Jones became an unlikely celebrity when she lost her job running the state’s coronavirus data dashboard. Police say a breach at the Department of Health was traced to her computer.

#computer-security, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida, #search-and-seizure, #whistle-blowers

Armed Mexicans Were Smuggled In to Guard Border Wall, Whistle-Blowers Say

In a complaint unsealed on Friday, whistle-blowers working on President Trump’s wall said that contractors were illegally bringing in Mexican guards to protect construction sites.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #building-construction, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #guards, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #mexico, #san-diego-calif, #smuggling, #sullivan-land-services, #trump-donald-j, #ultimate-concrete, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers

New York Waterway Ferry Company Accused of Dumping Sewage into Hudson

Two former workers claim New York Waterway fouled the river with unfiltered waste from boats’ toilets. The firm denies the allegations.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #boats-and-boating, #carpenito-craig, #clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #ferries, #fines-penalties, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hudson-river, #imperatore-arthur-e, #imperatore-arthur-jr, #manhattan-nyc, #new-jersey, #new-york-waterway, #pohan-armand, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #whistle-blowers

Immigrants Say They Were Pressured Into Unneeded Surgeries

Immigrants detained at an ICE-contracted center in Georgia said they had invasive gynecology procedures that they later learned might have been unnecessary.

#georgia, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-detention, #surgery-and-surgeons, #whistle-blowers