Friday links (6/27/14)

The Massachusetts law which created protest-free "buffer zones" around abortion clinics has been ruled unconstitutional by a unanimous Supreme Court. The mayor and police chief in Brockton want to install hundreds of surveillance cameras throughout the city and have a plan to force private businesses to install them.

5 people shot at a birthday part in Lowell.

MuckRock user makes a public records request for emails between the Boston Police Department and NSA.

Boston-based firm plans to develop technology to fight internet censorship.

Deval Patrick has signed a bill that will raise the state's minimum wage.

Senators working on legislation to stop government agencies from abusing an exemption to the Freedom of Information Act.

Monday links (6/2/14)

A man from Quincy is the latest person to be arrested as part of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. The government says Khairullozhon Matanov, a friend of the Tsarnaevs, lied to investigators and deleted files from his computer. So far, he has not been accused of any direct involvement in the bombing. When the Boston police spy on free speech, democracy suffers.

Brockton is trying to force private businesses to install surveillance cameras.

Two representatives from Massachusetts voted against restricting the federal government from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries (it passed anyway).

The NSA is collecting millions of photographs from the internet to develop facial recognition technology.