Melissa Hellmann, Center for Public Integrity

Melissa Hellmann

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Past:
  • Center for Public Integrity
  • The Seattle Times
  • jseattle
  • YES! Magazine
  • Resilience.org
  • AlterNet
  • Crosscut
  • Truthout
  • Toward Freedom

Past articles by Melissa:

Proposed iPhone protections could put LGBTQ youth at risk –

As tech companies ratchet up surveillance in the name of content moderation, the digital privacy of LGBTQ youth may be at risk. → Read More

Zoom bombings that target marginalized people spark demands for legal protections in Washington state

Countless Zoom bombing incidents have been reported in Washington state, with coordinated attacks targeting Black student unions, community organizations and public officials. But people targeted say there is almost no... → Read More

Seattle’s Juneteenth events celebrate Black freedom, life amid the country’s reckoning with racism

Seattle marchers, demonstrators, protesters and revelers filled streets and parks Friday to celebrate Juneteenth. → Read More

Special sunglasses, license-plate dresses: How to be anonymous in the age of surveillance

A fringe movement of privacy advocates are experimenting with clothes, makeup and accessories as a defense against some surveillance technologies. Some wearers desire to opt-out of “surveillance capitalism,” while others fear government invasion of privacy. → Read More

Magnolia residents’ AI-powered surveillance camera tracks people, cars at entrance to neighborhood, experts caution bias

The camera at the entrance to a Magnolia neighborhood tracks vehicles, bicycles, animals and people — then categorizes them with artificial intelligence. The system is part of a larger trend... → Read More

Inventions including AI-assisted cat door highlighted at GeekWire Summit

The final day of the eighth annual technology conference drew more than 800 people in policy, tech, business and media to downtown Seattle’s Hyatt Regency for panels, demos and fireside chats around technology’s impact on society. → Read More

Seattle company is using artificial intelligence to make pizza; check out the assembly line

The Seattle company Picnic wants to perfect its pizza production and later plans to expand into the production of salads, bowls, and Mexican food using its automated platform. → Read More

Amazon workers bring parents to work

On Friday afternoon, adult children sat sandwiched between their parents in green chairs that filled the spacious Amazon Meeting Center. The auditorium buzzed with excitement like it was college orientation,... → Read More

AI software beats top poker players in milestone of computing

Researchers at Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed an artificial intelligence bot called Pluribus that defeated five top players in the popular poker game Texas Hold'em for the first time. → Read More

Talk to us: What are your questions and concerns about artificial intelligence?

We want you to take part in the conversation about a topic that is transforming the world. → Read More

What happens when a church closes on Capitol Hill

On a recent Sunday, the large brick building that previously housed Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church was quiet and still. Two black couches with flaking upholstery sat in a small courtyard facing t… → Read More

Fed Up With How Women Are Portrayed in Media, These Girls Started Their Own Radio Station by Melissa Hellmann —

A Boston radio station trains teens, helps them find their voice, and gives them a chance to be heard. → Read More

The Women Ministers of Kentucky Preaching Abortion Rights by Melissa Hellmann —

As the state’s last abortion clinic is at risk of being shut down, some religious leaders step up against Gov. Matt Bevin’s anti-abortion policies. → Read More

The Volunteers Protecting Kentucky’s Last Abortion Clinic by Melissa Hellmann —

The walk from the parking lot, past protesters, to the embattled clinic’s front doors can be a difficult journey. Meet the escorts making sure women don’t have to face it alone. → Read More

5 Ways to Take Your Love of the Outdoors to the Next Level

This summer, get outside, roll up your sleeves, and take a stand for public lands by helping to preserve them.............. → Read More

Culture Shift: Oakland Leads the Way in Making School Lunches More Sustainable

Surprising results when Oakland overhauled its lunch menu by serving less meat and more fruits and vegetables. When her eldest son was in elementary school in the Oakland Unified School District, Ruth Woodruff became alarmed by the meals he was being served at school. A lot of it was frozen, processed foods, packed with preservatives. At home, she was feeding her children locally sourced,… → Read More

Seattle's Filipino community grapples with 'My Family's Slave'

On Wednesday evening, some 15 people filtered into the archives room of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) located in the basement of a girl’s middle school in Central Seattle. They pulled up chairs to a table in a … Continue reading → → Read More

Portland Public Schools First to Put Global Climate Justice in Classroom

Students learn about the front lines of global warming and how to be climate activists. → Read More

Portland Public Schools First to Put Global Climate Justice in Classroom by Melissa Hellmann —

Students learn about the front lines of global warming and how to be climate activists. → Read More

What Reproductive Rights Advocates Can Learn From Texas (Yes, Texas)

How folks in conservative states are responding to infringements on their civil rights. → Read More