Roughly Speaking podcast: A spy plane over Baltimore, and a hack at NSA (episode 141)


BPD's spy in the sky

The Baltimore Police Department should immediately suspend a trial aerial surveillance program it has been conducting in secret since January until the community receives an explanation of its parameters and privacy protections, and a public discussion can be held about its possible merits and...

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