Big Tech private partnerships with ICE
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1. INSIDER INVESTIGATION: Amazon, Google and Microsoft have repeatedly used a common tactic to bypass public scrutiny and work with U.S. immigration agencies, an Insider investigation has found. This work also illustrates the long reach of technology companies in the immigration system.
Here are the details of Insider’s investigation:
How intermediaries escape public scrutiny: Take Amazon and its AWS Cloud Technology: Insider has obtained documents showing that AWS is already used in several databases and immigration and customs enforcement programs that are not otherwise mentioned in procurement records. public. Third-party companies have sold AWS to ICE, but experts say Amazon would still be aware of what’s going on.
- Some contracts concern professional tools like Google Workspace: The AWS contracts in question are linked to large ICE databases. For example, AWS is used to support the ICE Investigation Case Management System (ICE’s primary law enforcement database) and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program portal. (which stores information about student visitors to the United States).
This company raises questions about some of the companies’ past commitments: Google, in particular, said after several protests from employees that it would not work on immigration enforcement contracts with ICE or CBP.
- Corn …: Google was involved in at least four contracts with CBP, all through third-party contractors, when Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian told employees that the company’s technology would not be used to make respect immigration at the southern border. (Google declined to comment on the case.)
Learn more about the Insider investigation, including how company employees react to what my colleague unearthed.
2. Biden says he cannot guarantee that there will be no default: President Joe Biden told reporters it was up to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell whether the United States had passed the debt ceiling in less than two weeks. McConnell insisted that since Democrats control Congress, they should be solely responsible for raising the debt ceiling. Republicans are expected to block a debt ceiling vote Wednesday for this reason. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer insists the issue must be resolved “by the end of this week.” More information on the economic tip a few days before the disaster.
3. Facebook’s whistleblower is about to testify before Congress: Former product manager Frances Haugen is expected to tell lawmakers that Facebook’s products “hurt children, stir up division” and “weaken our democracy.” Her appearance comes just days after she revealed on “60 Minutes” that she was the primary source behind internal documents used by the Wall Street Journal in a series on issues within Facebook. Here is how you can look at it.
4. These 37 millennials are the new clerks of the Supreme Court: Of the 37 Supreme Court clerks this year, nearly a third graduated from Yale Law School. Others come from the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Law School. At least seven clerks were part of the Federalist Society, reflecting the court’s conservative majority. And three employees are graduates of Hillsdale College, a small, conservative Michigan school. Learn about the clerks who should be America’s most powerful lawyers, judges, and politicians.
5. Francis Collins resigns as head of NIH: Collins, a 71-year-old physician, served at the National Institutes of Health for nearly three decades and led the agency for 12 years. His departure had been expected for some time, Politico reports. The White House has increasingly used Collins in its pandemic plan to talk about vaccines and its recall strategy. More on the news.
6. Facebook says it has identified the cause of its widespread outage: The social media giant attributed the massive global outage that took its internal communications services and tools offline for several hours to a “faulty configuration change” of its routers. Facebook said it had “no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.” Here’s a breakdown of what happened.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg lost over $ 6 billion as the company’s shares collapsed.
7. Biden Launches Efforts To Brag About His Spending Plan: Biden is traveling to Michigan today to talk about his $ 3.5 trillion social spending plan after weeks of Democratic internal struggles over the size and scope of the president’s proposal, the Associated Press reports. Biden has previously signaled that a final deal will most likely reduce trillions of dollars from the first digit. The White House is eager to change the subject and get back to the details of the transformation, such as how the bill would change America’s safety net.
8. The Attorney General undertakes that the Ministry of Justice responds to threats against those in charge of the school: Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI and US prosecutors’ offices to meet with officials across the country to address growing harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers . Growing threats and sometimes even violence at school board meetings are usually centered around COVID-19 policies. Find out more about what the federal government is doing.
9. The Fed may soon publish its long-awaited article on central bank digital currencies:
President Jerome Powell said such currencies could eliminate the need for so-called stablecoins, although an expert told Insider these would complement, rather than compete with, private cryptos. Bank of America has described the transformative potential of digital assets as “hard to overstate,” and the Fed’s move could happen in a matter of days. Here’s what to watch out for.
10. William Shatner intends to boldly go where none of his partners have gone before: After decades of playing Captain Kirk, Shatner plans to travel to space during Blue Origin’s second space tourism launch. The trip, scheduled for next week, is expected to make Shatner, 90, the oldest person to travel in space.
The trivial question of the day: Monday marked the anniversary of the start of construction on Mount Rushmore. While not accessible to the public, what is behind Lincoln’s head that somewhat fulfills one of Gutzon Borglum’s original plans? Email your response and a suggested question to me at [email protected]