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About Matthew Harwood

Matthew Harwood is a freelance writer, whose work has been published by the American Conservative, Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian, Guernica, Reason, Salon, Truthout, and the Washington Monthly. He also regularly reviews books for the Future of Freedom Foundation. He works as a media strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, D.C. Naturally, his opinions are his own. Follow him on Twitter at @mharwood31.

Articles by Matthew Harwood

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Welcome to Cop Land

People are waking up to the darkness in American policing, and the police don’t like it one bit.

From cops to counterinsurgents: the militarization of America's police

Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory.

Invasion of the data snatchers

How Big Data and the Internet of Things means the surveillance of everything. There’s simply no way to forecast how these immense powers - disproportionately accumulating in the hands of corporations seeking financial advantage and governments craving ever more control - will be used.

The NSA isn’t the only US government agency making privacy obsolete

Increasingly, the relationship between Americans and their government has come to resemble a one-way mirror dividing an interrogation room. So here’s a beginner’s guide to some of what’s happening on the other side of that mirror.

A global security initiative

Muslims using computers in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan are not the only ones to fall under the gaze of US surveillance. Since 9/11, American Muslims have been disproportionately targeted compared to right-wing Christian groups on the erroneous belief that their religion makes them more susceptible to violent radicalisation. 

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