Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Daniel Moattar, writing for The Nation, and Sarah Lazare, a journalist at AlterNet, report how chemical weapons, including several types of tear gas, are being used against prisoners in the United States, despite the fact that the international Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997 bans their use in warfare. Despite the arms control treaty that now […]
Insurance companies are developing new ways to deny health coverage to customers who have preexisting medical conditions. Insurance companies are partnering with Qualcomm Life to develop a special program, which allows insurance companies to monitor customers’ activity via wearable fitness devices, such as a Fitbit. However, as Andrew Boyd reported for The Conversation in February […]
Against a backdrop of national concern over the militarization of police, Brian Dolinar reports for Truthout that a judge has approved a 2015 lawsuit against 232 Illinois Department of Corrections officers to proceed to the discovery phase. As Dolinar writes, “less is known beyond prison walls about guards who regularly brutalize those incarcerated,” but the […]
Julia Angwin, Terry Parris, Jr., and Surya Mattu report that, since 2012, Facebook has been buying sensitive data about users’ offline lives from data brokers and using this information in combination with the data it collects about users. In turn this allows Facebook to sell the information to advertisers who seek to target specific types […]
In February 2017, Al Jazeera reported that Israeli lawmakers had proposed a ban to effectively outlaw BDS activists and foreign supporters of the Pro-Palestinian human rights movement. According to Al Jazeera journalist Nigel Wilson, the Israeli government advanced this agenda, “based on a 2011 law that allowed for civil suits against people, including Israelis, who […]