November 30: Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State

When:
November 30, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where:
Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
USA

Cost:
Free

Contact:

 

Join the Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the surveillance state,  against Urban Shield, and to advocate for privacy and surveillance regulation ordinances to be passed around the Bay Area, including the Alameda and San Francisco County Boards of Supervisors, the BART Board of Directors, and by the Oakland and Berkeley City Councils.

We are also engaged in the fight against Predictive Policing and other “pre-crime” and “thought-crime” abominations, drones, improper use of police body cameras, ALPRs, requirements for “backdoors” to your cellphone and against other invasions of privacy by our benighted City, County, State and Federal Governments.

op-logo.2.1OPWG originally came together to fight against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OPWG was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network; its members helped draft the Privacy Policy that puts further restrictions on the now Port-restricted DAC, and made Oakland’s new Privacy Advisory Commission to the City Council happen.  We were also the lead in having Alameda County pass the most comprehensive privacy and usage policy in the country for deployment of “Stingray” technology (cell phone interceptors).

We have presented our work at the recent RightsCon in San Francisco and at Left Forum and HOPE in New York City.

If you would like to attend our meeting and would like a quick introduction to what we’re doing before we dive right into the thick of our agenda, send email to contact@oaklandprivacy.org and one of us will show up twenty minutes early to give you some background on our work.

Stop by and learn how you can help guard our right not to be spied on by the government.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy Working Group email listserv, send an email to:

oaklandprivacyworkinggroup-subscribe AT lists.riseup.net

or send a request to contact@oaklandprivacy.org

Check out our website.

For more information on the DAC check out

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting – Wednesday, April 22

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Impact Hub, upstairs
2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub, and other invasions of privacy by our benighted City Government

Stop by and learn how you can help guard Oakland’s right not to be spied on by the government & if you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy Working Group email listserv, send an email to:

oaklandprivacyworkinggroup-subscribe AT lists.riseup.net

For more information on the DAC check out

June 25: Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Organize against the Oakland Domain Awareness Center

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 25
6:30pm

Monthly on 4th Wednesday

WHERE:
Sudo Room
2141 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(entrance is on 22nd Street, then go upstairs)
Getting There

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide mass surveillance center.

 

March 13: Oakland DAC Privacy Policy Framework Meeting

City of Oakland “Seeks Public Input” on DAC Privacy Policy Framework

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Thursday, March 13
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave.
Oakland, CA 94602
Directions

As of 3/5/14, this event is not listed on the Oakland city website calendar or the Dimond library website calendar.

How do you envision policy about surveillance in Oakland?

Would you like Oakland to be a Surveillance-Free City?

Think about what you want for Oakland, and bring your ideas to the meeting. Create your own framework.

View the City’s privacy policy framework.

This is the second public comment meeting on the City-Port Domain Awareness Center (DAC) Privacy and Data Retention Policy Framework.

The input received during this meeting will allegedly be incorporated into the draft policy that will be forwarded to the City Council for review.

For questions about the meeting or the draft framework please contact Joe DeVries at (510) 238-3083 or at jdevries@oaklandnet.com
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Special Meeting of the Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting, February 25

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Prepare for the Oakland DAC privacy policy framework meeting.

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 25
7:00pm

WHERE:

Sudo Room
2141 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(entrance is on 22nd Street, then go upstairs)
Getting There

If you are an active participant please attend this meeting. We will be discussing and solidifying our overall approach and plan for addressing City Council as one voice.

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting – Wednesday, 12/18

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Organize against the Oakland Domain Awareness Center

WHEN:
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
6:00pm – 8:00pm

WHERE:
Sudo Room
2141 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(entrance is on 22nd Street, then go upstairs)
Getting There

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide mass surveillance center.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy Working Group email listserv, send an email to: oaklandprivacyworkinggroup-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

A Letter from the Occupy Oakland Privacy Working Group

The following is a letter from the Occupy Oakland Privacy Working Group opposing the expansion of the Domain Awareness Center from the Port of Oakland to the City of Oakland.

Dear Councilmember,

I am contacting you regarding the “Domain Awareness Center” item of the July 30th agenda. As you experienced, about a dozen of us were at the July 16 City Council meeting to express extreme distress at this item moving so quickly through our City government process. I am writing you now to let you know there is a very substantial community in Oakland that does not want this surveillance system expanded from the Port into the community of the City of Oakland under any circumstance. We find the incremental implementation of street level surveillance unconstitutional, unnecessarily invasive and Orwellian, and in the end creating an environment of pre-emptive vigilante justice, and capricious uses, that will be destructive to community and most likely cause police actions that harm, injure or kill Oaklanders more than are already occurring. This could lead to lawsuits that may further devastate City revenues.

I don’t think it is possible to overestimate the concern we have that this system, while seemingly serving the needs of an understaffed police force, will be abused and misused by police, government and private contractors. It is just simply too much power in the hands of unaccountable entities. While our initial concerns grow out of standard “1984” style authoritarian fears of a state out of control, there have been a number of facts, articles and studies recently that substantiate these fears. And we are certain that once these issues are fully vetted that the city council will come to the conclusion that this system should be kept in the Port of Oakland as designed.

We understand the reasoning to have this system deployed at the Port of Oakland but a “mission creep” into our schools/neighborhood/parks and public venues is beyond problematic as it curtails people’s right to not be followed/watched like a criminal. Will this capability be used to pre-emptively, and illegally, arrest and halt political protest as has been done in NYC? In the “land of the free” one should be able to feel like they are not being watched and have data collected and, who knows, examined and stored or manipulated into some manufactured evidence in some fictitious “Minority Report” scenario.

Surveillance systems, such as Domain Awareness, have been implemented in London, New York, Baltimore, the Port of Long Beach and elsewhere. We are currently culling all the information we can about these systems, their effects on their municipalities, citizens and economy. We believe after studying this information it will become apparent that these systems do not, in fact, effectively prevent crime or environmental hazards. In fact they are a revenue stream for the surveillance industrial complex, creating more problems than they solve. They potentially victimize innocent citizens, require significant resources to staff and maintain and they promote speculative justice and a shoot-from- the-hip mentality with anyone who uses them. These misuses can be made by police, government or private contractors and any staff cleared to use these systems. Government is encouraged to use these automated processes to draw in ticketing revenues for defunded coffers when they should be taxing the 1% who are getting a free ride on the backs of the 99%. These are some of the many downsides we would like to explore with the Council before making any decision. This issue must be held aside until we are able to present this important information to the Council and the citizens of Oakland.

You should be receiving emails and correspondence from other Oaklanders in regard to these issues. Some of the issues our group has discussed are listed below and should become familiar to you before and during the July 30th hearing.

1) Privacy and Fourth Amendment Issues.

2) Potential criminalization of constitutionally protected political dissent.

3) Potentially heightened conditions of racial discrimination.

4) A lack of program guidelines that assure the constitutional rights of citizens are protected.

5) Public awareness and knowledge of what a Domain Awareness Center will actually implement in the City.

6) Is this DAC merely a kernel of a progressively expansive surveillance system?

7) Is the military contractor SAIC inordinately influencing the growth of this system for the sake of future profits when the City really does not need this system?

8) Does mass surveillance actually work to fight crime?

9) Will this surveillance system be misused by government or contract employees to harm innocent citizens as has been disclosed by Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and other whistleblowers of our national security agencies?

10) Would society need mass surveillance systems if they were truly egalitarian and all citizens had access to the same quality of food, shelter, schools, health care and income equality?

I would also like to point out that articles about this potential Oakland DAC have been written up recently by Truthout, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Oakland Local, the San Francisco Chronicle, NBC Bay Area, and by journalist Darwin Bond Graham.

Thank you for your time and consideration of these issues. See you on Tuesday.

Sincerely,
Occupy Oakland Privacy Working Group