Crime & Punishment


The Simplest Explanation of America’s Prison Problem. Ever.

The Simplest Explanation of America’s Prison Problem. Ever.

Here's your tax dollars at work. And failing.
Cam Lincoln in Crime & Punishment



How Location Data Can Put You in Danger

How Location Data Can Put You in Danger

As location-based social networking apps grow more popular, the danger of broadcasting locations grows as well, especially for younger users.
Kate Knibbs in Crime & Punishment



Can Cops Hack Your Phone? In London They Can

Can Cops Hack Your Phone? In London They Can

London police can now download information from suspects’ cell phones, a controversial development that human rights advocates say violates citizens’ privacy.
Kendra Srivastava in Politics



Why Online Voting Isn’t So Safe

Why Online Voting Isn’t So Safe

A California student tried to win a college government election by hacking into classmates’ accounts, which may lead to federal charges and increased privacy for not only colleges, but national and state elections as well.
Sandy Fitzgerald in Crime & Punishment



How Police Foil Food Trucks With Facebook

How Police Foil Food Trucks With Facebook

Police are using Facebook and Twitter to bust street food vendors in Chicago, demonstrating law enforcement’s increasing savvy with social media to track suspects — even delicious ones.
Kate Knibbs in Twitter



Turkish Pianist Faces Prison for Tweets

Turkish Pianist Faces Prison for Tweets

A Turkish pianist is facing prison time for anti-Muslim tweets, raising questions over the state of religious and Internet freedoms in less than secular countries.
Kendra Srivastava in Twitter



Help, I’m In the Trunk #Carjacked

Help, I’m In the Trunk #Carjacked

Twitter users united to save a carjacking victim, illustrating the social network’s potential for good.
Kate Knibbs in Twitter



What Your Facebook Profile Tells the Police

What Your Facebook Profile Tells the Police

When law enforcement seeks information about a suspect, a subpoena to Facebook may give investigators a wealth of evidence, proving online history is permanent, and unprotected.
Melissa Daniels in Facebook



Selling Your Kidney for an IPad? Not in China…

Selling Your Kidney for an IPad? Not in China…

Five people in China were arrested in connection to a teen who sold his kidney for an iPhone and iPad.
Kate Knibbs in Crime & Punishment



Trolling in Arizona? You’re Breaking the Law

Trolling in Arizona? You’re Breaking the Law

Arizona’s legislature passed a bill to criminalize using “offensive” language on the Internet, drawing criticism from rights groups who say it violates freedom of speech.
Kendra Srivastava in Politics