Forget Beanbags, Shotguns Could Soon Be Firing Shock Wave Slugs

The next time riot police open fire during your Constitutionally-protected demonstration, it might not be with tear gas canisters. It could be with shotgun-launched stun and pepper rounds. Enjoy your concussion and face full of capsaicin, citizen, and be glad they’re not murder bullets.

Pirate Bay Responds To Police Raid: 'Will We Reboot? We Don't Know Yet'

After almost a week offline, The Pirate Bay is still down following a raid by Swedish police. One of the crew behind The Pirate Bay has broken radio silence following the raid, saying that they still don’t know if or when The Pirate Bay is going to come back.

Researchers Will Be Allowed To Study US Police Body Camera Footage

Earlier this week, US President Obama proposed $US263 million to improve law enforcement, including $US75 million for a Body Worn Cameras Partnership. Now, it’s been announced that university researchers will be provided access to body camera footage to study police confrontations.

Obama's Plan For Better Policing: The Good, The Bad, The Body Cameras

You may be shocked to hear that EFF doesn’t think technology is a solution to every problem. That includes problems with the police and with public safety. And, as we’ve pointed out when it comes to drones and other types of local surveillance, we think adoption of new technology requires communities to understand and discuss the pros and cons.

Search And Rescue Drones Are Being Trialled By NSW Police

I doubt anyone is in love with the idea of living in a surveillance state, but drones are becoming extremely affordable and are capable of filling a variety of useful roles, beyond spying on your bathroom habits. For example, police forces in the US and even Queensland are trying to slot the little flying contraptions into their regular activities and it looks like NSW wants in on the action too.

How Police In The US Bought A Drone In Secret Despite Public Disapproval

You may remember that last year in Oakland, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors held a packed public hearing where members of the community, joined by EFF and ACLU of Northern California, testified for over three hours about worries around Sheriff Greg Ahern’s plan to obtain a drone. The consensus at the hearing was clear — at the hearing, only one attendee spoke in favour of the acquisition.

Obama Calls For $US75m In Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

Today, US President Barack Obama proposed $US263 million in funding to law enforcement to help avoid another disaster like the ongoing mess in Ferguson, Missouri.

Australian Police To Set Up 'Body Farm' To Study Decomposing Corpses

Farming is the backbone of Australia. The produce of our local primary industry is second to none, but a different kind of farm is about to be set up in New South Wales. It’s in the business of farming rotting corpses for scientific study.

Networked Guns Are A Smarter Attempt To Keep Cops In Check

It seems insane that it’s taken this long to get here, but at long last, people are finally using the myriad tech at our disposal to hold cops accountable for their actions. Most recently, its a simple, relatively tiny chip being put to one massively important job — telling headquarters every time a police officer fires a weapon. And its for our protection just as much as their own.

Ford Helps The LAPD Track Cop Cars In Real-Time

Pull up a chair, good citizen, because I’ve got a story about law enforcement and surveillance that you’re actually going to like. The Los Angeles Police Department is now using a new telematics system in 50 of its Ford Police Interceptors. In other words, the watchmen are being watched — in real-time.