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Oscar-Winning Director Kathryn Bigelow Says “Change Is Essential” in Response to ACLU Concerns About Hollywood’s Gender Discrimination


There's been a lot of attention on Hollywood's pay gap lately, but that's not the only problem the TV and film industry have when it comes to gender discrimination. The ACLU recently weighed in on the "civil rights violation" of their hiring practices, and now Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win the Academy Award for best director, has something to say.

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You Can Watch Edward Snowden’s SXSW Interview Live Today [Updated With Replay]

Où sont les Niegedens d'antan?

Edward Snowden is coming to SXSW today... kind of. The infamous whistle-blower of the NSA will be calling in for an interactive interview (Snowden will field audience questions) with the Texas Tribune, and they'll be streaming it live for everyone to see. Predictably, some people aren't too happy about Snowden's appearance.

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The ACLU and Insane Clown Posse Fight For Your Rights, Still Don’t Know How Magnets Work

Are YOU a firm believer in miracles?

Are you a Juggalo who's been "given the bone" or discriminated against by law enforcement? We thought so. Thankfully, the American Civil Liberties Union is coming to your side.

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Facebook Blocked the ACLU Because of Boobs

Facebook sure does hate boobs.

Facebook has an ongoing war on boobs. The latest skirmish came when Facebook banned the ACLU because it posted a photo of a statue it was defending. That statue had a woman's bare breasts, so Facebook pulled it and blocked the ACLU.

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Facebook Temporarily Blocked the ACLU For Posting About Censoring Boobs. Because Boobs.

Today in Boobs

A group wants a statue to be taken down because of boobs. The ACLU writes a response, including a picture of said work of art. They post the response to Facebook, and Facebook takes it down. Because, again, boobs. Oh no! Boobs! Run for the hills!

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D.C. Police Chief Unveils Common Sense Public Recording Policy

Giving credence that there absolutely are rational people in charge -- in some areas -- is District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Effective July 19th, Lanier issued a general order that defines and prohibits unlawful interference with the public's recording or photography of police activities. It remains to be seen what kind of effect this will have on ground level operations when conflicts inevitably arise, but it's definitely a shift in the right direction.

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Want To Secretly Record A Run-In With The Cops? The ACLU Has an App for That

As smartphones have become more and more prominent, the practice of recording police officers -- especially when they're dealing with you -- has become more and more common, and more and more of an issue. Several federal courts have ruled that filming police is perfectly legal, but the ACLU of New Jersey is taking things a step further; they want to help you do it. That's why they've released the "Police Tape" app, tailor made for covertly recording officers of the law.

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Facebook Says You Shouldn’t Give Your Password To Employers Who Ask For It

There's been an increasing and disturbing trend lately; employers and college admissions officers -- unable to glean as much information as they used to from social networks now that more and more individuals are utilizing their privacy settings -- have been asking applicants for their Facebook credentials, log on in front of them or give a supervisor "friends only" access. They want to be able to check out your account and look around from the the inside. Naturally there are some questions as to whether or not this is appropriate, and Facebook has decided to weigh in on the matter. Employers shouldn't be asking for this kind of access, the social media giant says, and applicants shouldn't be giving it to them. And it's not just for the applicant's benefit.

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Michigan Police May Be Using Cellphone Hacking Device During Routine Traffic Stops

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is currently engaged in a war of words and requests for information on a device used by the Michigan state police that can extract information from cellphones. The device, which has reportedly been in use since at least 2008, is apparently being used by the police during minor traffic violations. The device, called the Cellebrite UFED, has been tested by the Department of Justice which reported the device was capable of pulling all photos and video from an iPhone in under a minute and a half. Cellbrite says their devices also can extract, "existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags." It can also extract your highly incriminating ringtones. These devices can also circumvent password protection, and are reported to work on over 3,000 cellphone models.

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