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Tanvi Misra

Tanvi Misra is a staff writer for CityLab. She covers immigrant communities, housing, economic inequality, and culture. She also authors Navigator, a weekly newsletter for urban explorers. Her work also appears in The Atlantic, NPR, and BBC.
Emerging Tech

Can the Bay Area Rein In the Surveillance Tools It Created?

Oakland and San Francisco may become the first cities to ban use of facial recognition technology by government entities. But that’s only the beginning.

Emerging Tech

The Tenants Fighting Back Against Facial Recognition Technology

The landlord of a rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn wants to install a facial recognition security system, sparking a debate about privacy and surveillance.

CIO Briefing

Why the Amazon Pushback Is Also About Immigrants

After the HQ2 cancellation in Queens, Amazon’s connections to federal immigration enforcement are drawing scrutiny and criticism in other cities, too.

Ideas

The Problem With a ‘Smart’ Border Wall

To resolve Trump’s impasse, many lawmakers have proposed boosting surveillance technology to create a virtual border wall. Is that more humane and effective?

Emerging Tech

The Fears Behind Amazon’s ‘Eyes on the Street’

The tech company’s proposed facial-recognition doorbell could be a civil libertarian’s nightmare.

Emerging Tech

Who’s Tracking Your License Plate?

Automated license plate readers are collecting and sharing tons of data across state lines, according to records from nearly 200 police departments nationwide.

Data

When Transit Agencies Spy on Riders

For months, the Bay Area’s transit agency sent license plate information to federal immigration authorities, violating its own “sanctuary” policy.

Emerging Tech

In 9 U.S. Cities, Airport Security Is Now Scanning Your Face

“DHS should not be scanning the faces of Americans as they depart on international flights—but DHS is doing it anyway,” warns a new report that finds facial recognition practices may be violating the law.

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