Letter to PayPal and Venmo

Today, we joined 20+ other digital rights organizations in calling on @Venmo and @PayPal to publish regular transparency reports and adopt due process around account closures. We asked that PayPal and Venmo be clear about their intentions and reasons for censoring users. Read our press release: https://www.pdxprivacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/paypal-venmo-press-release-061521.pdf

Surveillance ordinance panel discussion

PDX Privacy and Portland’s Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays co-hosted an online panel discussion about surveillance ordinances on March 15th. Panelists were Renard Bridgewater, with Eye on Surveillance in New Orleans, Kade Crockford of the ACLU Massachusetts, Tracy Rosenberg from both Media Alliance and Oakland Privacy, and Nathan “nash” Sheard from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Since the…

Digital Justice and Surveillance

On Monday, February 22nd, Hector Dominguez, of Smart City PDX, gave a presentation to Portland’s Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays about the City of Portland’s efforts towards achieving digital justice in Portland and rethinking surveillance. At the meeting, he explained how Smart City PDX is working to both define digital justice and to include that definition in…

City of Portland passes facial recognition bans

On Wednesday, September 9th, the Portland City Council unanimously passed two facial recognition ban ordinances: one that addresses the use of the technology by City bureaus and a second that addresses use by private entities in places of public accommodation. With the adoption of the public ban, Portland joined fourteen other cities that had already…