Microsoft Overhauls HR Policies, Will Conduct Civil Rights Audit

Microsoft is revamping its HR policies, introducing sweeping changes on a number of fronts as the company works to set itself apart from its fellow tech companies.

LAPD Collects Everyone’s Social Media Data and Social Security Numbers

The LAPD has instructed officers to collect social media data and social security numbers on everyone they stop.

Microsoft Joins IBM & Amazon, Won’t Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police

Microsoft has become the third major tech company to announce it will not sell facial recognition technology to police.

Amazon Follows IBM, Bans Police Use of Rekognition

Amazon has announced a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software, Rekognition.

IBM Ends Its Facial Recognition Business

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna has written Congress to inform them the company no longer offers general purpose facial recognition and analysis software.

Facebook Reveals New Census Interference Policy Ahead of 2020 Census

Facebook received its share of criticism over the 2016 election thanks to Russian operatives using the social media platform to sow disinformation and disagreement. As a result, ahead of the 2020 census—the first people can complete online—Facebook is taking measures…

Jill Soloway: ‘We Have a Trans Civil Rights Problem’

Jill Soloway won her first Emmy on Sunday, for Outstanding Directing on a Comedy Series for the hit Amazon original show Transparent. And she used her acceptance speech to call for action on transgender rights. “We don’t have a trans…

Netflix Announces Original Nina Simone Documentary

Netflix has really been making a name for itself when it comes to acquiring and releasing high-quality documentary features. In fact, thanks to the service, people have never had such easy access to such a plethora of this kind of…

Michael Brown Verdict: Darren Wilson Turning in Badge?

The Michael Brown verdict has everyone on edge, but probably no one more than Darren Wilson. Now the Washington Times reports that the officer at the heart of the stand-off is in talks to turn in his badge. Sources said…

Al Sharpton Reveals Secret To His Dramatic Weight Loss: No Dinner

Reverend and civil rights activist Al Sharpton recently weighed in at 129.6 pounds, which is less than half of his previous weight of 305 pounds and only one pound away from being classified as underweight. Sharpton revealed that the secret…

Al Sharpton Friend Accused of Assault After Party

Al Sharpton’s friend–an as-yet unnamed woman–was allegedly raped in the hours following a celebration for Sharpton’s 60th birthday. Another of Sharpton’s friends–Attorney Sanford Rubenstein–is presently under investigation by the New York Police Department with regard to the rape. The New…

Piaget Crenshaw Releases Video Evidence in Michael Brown Case

There is perhaps no bigger news story in the United States at the current moment than the case of Michael Brown – a Ferguson, Mo teen who was gunned-down by a police officer in broad daylight a little more than…

Cop: Obama Doesn’t Obey Constitution, Neither Do We

Special Police Officer Richard Recine had been employed at the Franklin, New Jersey police force for 36 years, but it was what he said when he was caught on camera that shot his career in the foot; he resigned on…

Kanye West Compares Paparazzi Woes to Civil Rights

Back last year, Kanye West was being hounded by paparazzi. They followed him into LAX, got in his face, and pushed him too far. Finally Kanye shoved one of them. If there’s one thing paparazzi love more than getting paid…

Gay Pride Parade 2014 Kicks Off In New York City And Across The U.S.

The annual Pride Parade kicked off in New York City on Sunday where lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and supporters marched around the city to celebrate same-sex marriage triumphs. Fifth Avenue became a sea of colors as thousands of people marched…

Alabama Gay Sex Ban Overturned, Ruled Unconstitutional

An appeals court in Alabama has ruled that the Alabama law criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct is unconstitutional, as it “applies to private, legitimately consensual anal and oral sex between unmarried persons.” Civil rights organizations cheered the state appeals court for…

Tennessee Policeman Fired After Choking Student

A Knoxville, Tennessee police officer was dismissed by the Knox County Sheriff after photos surfaced of the patrolman strangling a University of Tennessee student during an arrest near the site of a large party. The officer, 47-year-old Frank Phillips, choked…

Jordan Miles, Beaten by Cops, Wins at Trial

It’s been over 4 years since Jordan Miles was beaten so badly he couldn’t see straight. Miles finally has gotten a civil jury to award him damages from his assaulters: 3 police officers. Back in January, 2010, Jordan Miles, a…

Stingray: Local Cops Track Cell Phones Like NSA

According to the Associated Press, police are able to track your cell phone with a device called Stingray. The mechanism is a suitcase-sized tool manufactured by the Harris Corporation that mimics a cell phone tower. There is not much known…

Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Over Teacher’s Beard

The U.S. Department of Justice this week announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia over a religious discrimination claim. According to the Justice Department, the school district violated Title VII of the Civil Rights…