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AI Weekly: U.S. lawmakers decry the chilling effect of federal surveillance at protests

There’s a thread that runs through police violence against Black people and connects to overpolicing, onerous and problematic tactics like facial recognition, AI-powered predictive policing, and federal agencies’ surveillance of protestors. Numerous reports allege that federal agencies have conducted surveillance on protestors. We are, therefore, concerned that the federal government is infringing on this right,” reads the letter’s introduction. The PCLOB’s aegis expanded beyond terrorism with Section 803 of the 9/11 Commission Act, which requires that federal agencies submit reports about privacy and civil liberties reviews and complaints. They also demanded access to all documents these agencies have that pertain to the protests and surveillance.

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