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Ali Winston is a freelance reporter. He has reported on law enforcement, surveillance, immigration, education and civil liberties issues for City Limits in New York, Colorlines in Oakland, KALX, The Nation, New York magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Newark Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of California-Berkeley.
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The move to bring in outside management for some of the authority's Section 8 properties is not the first, but comes at a sensitive time for the agency.
The city's evacuation zone maps used 2003 data. Some federal maps may have predicted a wider area of flooding. But scientists also made Sandy storm-surge predictions that were dwarfed when the tropical system rolled in.
Oakland is a place where urban America is confronting two questions: Does the federal government know how to help fight local crime? Can it afford to?
In documents describing the multimillion-dollar Ring of Steel surveillance network, the redactions are as revealing.
An unfinished system to track city employees' hours already costs 10 times what was budgeted. What now?
The police department plans to install hundreds of additional video surveillance cameras around Manhattan, and the entire city.
Curious about the 'Ring of Steel' in lower Manhattan? The NYPD has made its privacy guidelines public.
For noncitizens, marrying an American is still one of the easier ways to get legal residency. But it's gotten a lot harder.
A 1998 New York Civil Liberties Union survey identified 2,397 surveillance cameras at street level in Manhattan. In 2005, another NYCLU survey of Lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Chinatown and central Harlem found 4,468 cameras in those four districts alone.
A 2005 survey found that keystroke monitoring was used by 36 percent of companies queried. Fifty-five percent of companies perused employee e-mail messages and 76 percent tracked websites visited by employees.