One Ring To Rule Them All: Surveillance and the Massachusetts Governor’s Race

by Alex Marthews on February 5, 2014

While most Massachusetts voters are digging out from a ferocious winter storm, state politics goes on. In particular, ten brave souls are running for this November’s election for Massachusetts governor – five Democrats, two Republicans and three Independents. It seems recently that candidates campaigning against the surveillance state have been getting some traction, probably because […]

Sauce for the Gander: Boston Police Officers Apparently Don’t Like Being “Followed All Over The Place”

by Alex Marthews on November 19, 2013

From the ACLU of Massachusetts: Boston Police Department bosses want to install GPS monitoring devices in every patrol car, to enable dispatch to more efficiently process 911 calls. But police officers and their union are outraged, saying that the ubiquitous tracking is too invasive of their personal privacy. Tracking the location of officers as they […]

Clark Primary Victory May Be Good For Digital Privacy

by Alex Marthews on October 23, 2013

In a seven-way primary with an all-star cast, Sen. Katherine Clark won the nomination for Democratic candidate for the U. S. House in my own district of MA-5, one of the most Democratic districts in the nation (D+22). She now faces Boston resident Frank Addivinola in the general, but it would essentially take a meteor […]

The MA-5 Democratic Candidates on Surveillance: Who Does Best? *UPDATED*

by Alex Marthews on October 7, 2013

Here in the heavily Democratic Fifth District of Massachusetts, we know that the winner of October 15th’s Democratic primary will reliably win the general and go to Congress. The seat was last open almost 40 years ago. Bearing that in mind, we at Digital Fourth thought it pretty important to assess the Democratic candidates’ positions […]

Test Your Power: Rally Against Mass Spying, Sat 10/26 in DC

by Alex Marthews on September 30, 2013

Mass surveillance getting you down? Feel like the federal government doesn’t trust you, and wants access to everything you do, say, or even think? Then come on out with us in the nation’s biggest ever rally against mass spying, on Oct. 26 in Washington, DC! We’re calling for Congress to: Enact reform this Congress to […]

Commonwealth v. Marcus Mitchell: When Can You Use What You Learn From A Wiretap?

by Alex Marthews on September 25, 2013

The second Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case coming down the pike is Commonwealth vs. Marcus Mitchell. This deals with our favorite law here at Digital Fourth, Massachusetts’ electronic wiretapping statute, which forms part of the forbiddingly named Mass. General Laws Chapter 272: CRIMES AGAINST CHASTITY, MORALITY, DECENCY AND GOOD ORDER. Electronic wiretapping was never intended […]

Clark and Coakley Push Wiretapping Law Update That Supreme Judicial Court Never Really Asked For

by Alex Marthews on July 25, 2013

Senator Katherine Clark, the Senate Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee who is also running for Congress in Ed Markey’s old district, is penning op-eds in defense of her positions on privacy legislation. She supports warrant protection for electronic communications, which is great news for the Fourth Amendment here in Massachusetts. However, she also supports the […]

Mass Judiciary Committee Holds Privacypalooza, Will Report Out Bills By March 2014

by Alex Marthews on July 10, 2013

Yesterday, starting at 1pm and stretching long into the night, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on pending legislation, including on many privacy and surveillance-related bills. Members of the public started lining up more than an hour beforehand, trying to get on the list to testify not just on the […]

July 4, 10am: Restore The Fourth MA!

by Alex Marthews on July 3, 2013

Over 150 people are already coming to the rally to Restore the Fourth tomorrow in Boston. Thousands more will be rallying across the country. But this is Massachusetts. We invented the Fourth Amendment, and people will be watching Boston more than any other city tomorrow. Come with us and let the government know that we […]

NSA To Lawmakers: We Own You And Your Secrets

by Alex Marthews on June 24, 2013

Are you a lawmaker? Maybe, a lawmaker with aspirations for higher office? Maybe you’d like to be President someday? Do you think the NSA spying programs are just peachy because Terrorism? Well, why don’t you just punch yourself in the face right now? Let’s you and I have a little talk about those aspirations you […]