Oakland Passes Surveillance Transparency on MayDay


Closing the circle begun many years ago, the City of Oakland ended the Domain Awareness Center saga, quietly and on consent, by passing the strongest community control of surveillance ordinance in the nation.

Beaten on the calender by Santa Clara County in June of 2016, and then Berkeley and Davis in April of 2018, Oakland rose up to defeat one of the largest Homeland Security projects ever foisted on an American city and sparked a national conversation about whether the people get any say in how they are watched.

The City is finally enacting what they agreed to in concept three years ago at three in the morning: community control of surveillance.

From the canary in the Homeland Security coalmine to national leaders in transparency, disclosure, oversight and accountability.

(with a little help from the people).

Happy Mayday!


Ars Technica

East Bay Times




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