On March 27, 2018, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution ending Urban Shield, as currently constituted, after the September 2018 expo and drills. A new Ad-Hoc task force was assembled to recommend how the County should use its Urban Areas Security Iniative (UASI) emergency preparedness grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security going forward. You can find out more about the new task force here.
It will be meeting on November 5, 14 30 and December 14, once each in the districts of Supervisors Carson, Chan, Miley and Valle. (An October 19 meeting was held in Supervisor Haggerty’s district in Fremont). All meetings are open to the public.
Oakland Privacy prepared some recommendations for how to reboot the County’s emergency preparedness training drills that formerly were called Urban Shield. You can read our recommendations below.
OP member Tracy Rosenberg attended the 2018 Urban Shield exposition and some SWAT and CERT training drills and wrote up a report back here.
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Listen to a City Council meeting and you’ll never know what you’ll hear. Like on Tuesday September 25th, when we found out Berkeley was signing a franchise agreement for IKE Smart City kiosks.
After listening to the presentation, we had some questions.And we got some answers. And we followed up.
Pinhole cameras gone. Security cameras gone. People counters will now anonymize data.
That said, it was not enjoyable hearing the kiosk rep say that people counting data should be used by the city to see how many people are at protests. Wrong answer.
Oakland Privacy member Tracy Rosenberg wrote about that moment in the context of protests against the Trump regime.
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