US Customs and Border Patrol wants to ask for your "online presence" at the border


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Sure, I think I can set up a MySpace account just for this purpose.


Lawrence Lessig showed that some of the most powerful forms of corporatist regulatory overreach are embedded in the code itself — not the bad laws.

More community stakeholders be engaged expand the coding front aligned with EFF.

Is DHS surveilling Facebook users? CLINIC could be engaged to work with coders to implement a Diaspora alternative.

Is the internet centralizing? Teachers unions could be asked to sponsor coders continuing Aaron Swartz’s work to liberate academic content.

Do nonprofits have trouble affording licensing and support fees for darabase software they are legally required to purchase?

Coders who work on social justice issues could be funded as a separate nonprofit to build and support a project that increases nonprofit database literacy and capacity.

I don’t think EFF or Tor or anyone is talking about doing this community-based part of the work. But community-based nonprofits doing direct services are constantly aware of their clients’ code-driven problems. It’s a real gap.

We need a settlement house movement that rallies and aligns coders to engage with regulatory and other corporate overreach at the coding level … closer to the metal.


My Twitter account name is MajrWeeedDealr and my Instagram is FuckDaFuzz. So personally I’d have no problem providing this info.


Already made another facebook account: Justin Forcomplying.
Already following Mark Zuckerberg, which now that I think about it, will probably get me on a watch list.


Yeah but terrorists aren’t smart enough to set up a fake account. Ergo, this plan is flawless.


America already has such invasive border procedures that I always pay hundreds extra to avoid changing planes in the USA.


I’ve never understood the thinking behind stuff like this. Do they really expect people who are involved in nefarious deeds to supply accurate information?

It’s the same poorly thought out logic that’s behind Trump’s desire to ban Muslims from entering the country.If you’re a Muslim and you’re coming to cause the sort of mayhem Trump expects you to and the border agent asks you if you’re Muslim what’s your answer going to be? Are you bound by some terrorist code to answer honestly in this situation?


Oh I wasn’t imagining anyone would ask if you’re a Muslim. They’ll know just my looking at you, your name, and where you’re from.


I do not know how many time I have said this to someone here, but it is Customs and Border PROTECTION, not Patrol. US Border Patrol does not now, nor has ever worked at ports of entry or in airports or such. FFS, Cory, you use words to make money, USE THE RIGHT ONES. Titles are important, Ms Doctorow


so if i provide online presence should i list them all ? some ?
do i need to prove them ?

I have a WoW character and also Everquest Character
should i preload them on a laptop to log in and let him check if its true or not ?

If i provide my Instagram account , should i take picture of him and post it ?
What if i provide my Sanpchat ? can i snap him and post a filter on him ?


You are correct, sir. (Not sure what that whole ‘Ms Doctorow’ thing was about, though.)


[Customs & Border Protection Officers] work AT the ports of entry (POE’s), landports, seaports, and airports. They inspect, examine, and either admit or deny immigrants and visitors, vehicles, and merchandise attempting to enter the US. “These enforcement activities are to prevent the entry of terrorists and instruments of terror, harmful pests and diseases, illegal drugs and contraband, and illegal aliens and importations/exportations contrary to law and trade agreements, etc., from entering/exiting the United States.”

[Border Patrol Agents] work BETWEEN the POE’s. They work alone or in small groups to detect and apprehend aliens and narcotic smugglers entering the US between the POE’s. They do this mainly by patroling the border areas and traffic checkpoints. “This involves the detection, prevention, and apprehension of undocumented aliens and smugglers of aliens at or near the land border by maintaining surveillance from a covert position, following up leads, responding to electronic sensor alarms, infrared scopes during night operations, low light level television systems, aircraft sightings, and interpreting and following tracks, marks and other physical evidence. Some of the other major activities are farm and ranch checks, traffic check, traffic observation, city patrol, transportation check, administrative, intelligence, and anti-smuggling activities.”

Import Specialists, well this is pretty self explanitory…“You will enforce the statutory and regulatory requirements of Customs and Border Protection and other federal agencies by determining the admissibility of merchandise and making other import-related decisions and judgments. You also will perform tariff classification and appraisement work to assess customs duties on commercial imports, screen incoming entry document packages for the full range of entries pertaining to an established line of merchandise, and appraise imported articles or products.” They work at the ports of entry and deal primarily with merchandise and cargo.

Seems like the Verge writer conflated the two and Cory unwittingly propagated this error.


Even better with a Grindr account.


Even people who aren’t involved in “nefarious deeds” are probably going to be intimidated by this. I know when it comes to applying for positions, I’m faced with two options. Either a) remind potential employers that snooping around on my social media may expose them to information that they’re prohibited from acting on under Title VII or b) help them do the right thing by making astroturf social media accounts.


Yeah, that’s kind of my point. The only people that will be negatively affected by these sorts of policies are honest people.


To point out that TITLES ARE IMPORTANT!


One more thing, that is great quotes defining the activities. Thanks.
Though Border Patrol has not done Farm and Ranch checks for like 30
years. They were sure fun when they were done though! Whee!


The only quibble I have with the quoted descriptions (which I’m assuming the poster obtained from a .gov site), is use of the phrase ‘illegal alien’. There’s no such thing in U.S. law. A person cannot be ‘illegal’. A person can, however, be suspected of illegal entry.

If one wishes to use a modifier for brevity’s sake, the legally accurate (and neutral) phrase would be ‘undocumented alien’ (which they did use in the description for border patrol agents).


My online presence consists of an account at My password is EO3. I encourage any interested officials to inspect to their satisfaction.


How do they know you are REALLY SexGod69, Blazer420, or just impersonating them?