Defender’s Big Brother NewsWatch brings you the latest news headlines related to abuses of government power, including attacks on democracy, civil liberties and the use of mass surveillance.
Defender experienced censorship on many social channels. Be sure to keep in touch with news that matters subscribe to our top news of the day. It’s free.
Universities Don’t Need Vaccines: Executive Orders of the Governor of Arizona
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey released one executive order on Tuesday banned public universities and community colleges from requesting to take students Covid-19 Vaccines or show proof of vaccination to attend class.
“The vaccine will work, and we encourage Arizonans to get it,” Ducey said in a statement. “But it’s an option and we have to keep it going.”
Even if the executive order means that Arizona universities will not require students to wear a mask or participate in the mandatory COVID-19 test, Ducey included an exemption for students who work in health care settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, group homes and medical facilities. Allowed those facilities that would require a health check and proof of vaccination.
Why Indiana University Parents Stage a Protest Against School Vaccine Mandate
Hundreds of people gathered on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University June 10 to protest the need for COVID19 vaccination at school. In May, the university Office has partnered that students, faculty and staff who are not vaccinated will not be allowed on campus in the fall.
For two hours on a rainy afternoon, demonstrators listened to speakers such as IU parent and vice chairman of the Libertarian Party of Indiana Lucy Brenton and Ashley Grogg, founder of Hoosiers for Medical Liberty. Indiana state representative John Jacobs also spoke to the crowd.
The protest was organized by a newly formed group called the IU Family for Choice, Not Mandates, with 1,300 members. Group leader Ann Dorris, said the main concern of members was the potential adverse health effects of the vaccine. “We’re not anti-vaxxers,” he said. “We oppose something that could, in the long run, have some terrible side effects. Too much is unknown. ”He also opposed the mandate itself:“ What I would say to those who want this mandate is, ‘We respect your choice, please respect ours. ‘”
Not The China Issue. The Big Tech Is.
We need to have a vigorous debate about what Americans can gain or lose if government officials succeed in forcing changes in technology services and companies as we know it.
One thing that has hampered the debate is the fear of tech companies and their allies. They tend to cheat anything that can change how Lots of Tech acting as how to help China win in the future. This is a tactic that is unrealistic and distracts from important questions about our future. These bugs are from me.
Investors are pushing Microsoft Into Surveillance Tech Policies
Microsoft investors have pushed the company to examine whether its actions are in line with stated commitments to human rights and racial injustice. Three shareholder proposals were filed this week, and all focused on privacy and surveillance technology. The Hill reviewed and shared insights from each of the three proposals.
The first proposal was filed by Harrington Investments, a company that focuses on societal issues. It called on Microsoft to “largely prohibit” the sale of facial recognition technology. It also asked Microsoft to disclose any exceptions to the rule.
Previously, Microsoft said it would not sell face recognition technology to police departments until there were federal laws put in place that regulate the technology.
Countries Emphasize Mandates and Incentives to Drive Vaccination Fees.
The coronavirus pandemic exposes lines of economic and social error around the world, but COVID-19 vaccines have made it even more divisive: While some poor countries are demanding doses to save their people, the some rich people have difficulty with shots and lack of takers.
For example, some U.S. states have tried incentives to get more people vaccinated. But in Moscow, as COVID hospitals flooded this week, the city government is moving an even harder line, ordering vaccinations for many workers in public -facing jobs.
Some other governments are also seeking to request vaccines. One province in Pakistan says it will stop the payment of salaries to civil servants without being inoculated, starting next month. And Britain, which has seen a surge triggered by the spread of the Delta’s unique virus, is considering whether to make shots mandatory for all healthcare workers.
Three Quarters Of Floridians Disagree With Gov. Ban. DeSantis’ Cruise ‘Vaccine Passport’
Last month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis enacted a law prohibiting businesses across the state from asking anyone to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccine. The bill was passed without a hitch for the cruise industry, which is an $ 8-billion economic juggernaut in Sunshine State. Cruise lines can be fined $ 5,000 each time they require proof of vaccination from a passenger.
DeSantis ’new law takes effect on July 1, at which time the U.S. cruise industry will also take effect after a year of sleep over the COVID-19 pandemic. Instruction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says cruises could begin sailing this summer from U.S. ports, but 98% of crew members and 95% of passengers each ship should be vaccinated vaccinated.