Social Media, Universal Basic Income, & Cashless Society: How China’s Social Credit System Is Coming To America

  • March 20, 2019
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From ZeroHedge Authored by Brandon Turbeville via The Organic Prepper blog, Some well-informed Americans may be aware of China’s horrifying “Social Credit System” that was recently unveiled as a method of eradicating any dissent in the totalitarian state. Essentially freezing out anyone who does not conform to the state’s version of the ideal citizen, the […]

Google to prompt Android users to choose preferred browsers to allay EU concerns

  • March 20, 2019
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From South China Morning Post Google will now try to ensure that Android users are aware of browsers and search engines other than its own services Alphabet’s Google will prompt Android users to choose their preferred browsers and search apps, a senior Google executive said on Tuesday, as the company seeks to allay EU antitrust […]

Will you support it?

  • March 20, 2019
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Roisin Kiberd From TheGuardian Social media addiction is not natural or normal – but is it really a disease? Facebook et al have 3 billion users. We should be focusing on living with it, rather then abandoning, restricting or censoring it. Is social media addictive? The issue is complex, and probably generational. It’s obvious that […]

Facebook Under Criminal Investigation Over Data Deals

  • March 14, 2019
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From globalintelhub’s blog Via ZeroHedge Some of Facebook’s largest data deals are under federal criminal investigation following a nightmare year of scandals, reports the New York Times, which reveals that a New York grand jury has subpoenaed records from at least two leading manufacturers of smartphones and other devices which gained access to personal data of hundreds of millions of users.  […]

Federal prosecutors are investigating Facebook’s data deals with phonemakers

  • March 14, 2019
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Makena Kelly From TheVerge Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation into Facebook’s data deals it made with large tech companies, The New York Times reported today. According to the Times, a grand jury in New York has been conducting the investigation and subpoenaed records from “at least two” large companies that make smartphones. The […]

A Chinese subway is experimenting with facial recognition to pay for fares

  • March 14, 2019
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Shannon Liao From TheVerge Scanning your face on a screen to get into the subway might not be that far off in the future. In China’s tech capital, Shenzhen, a local subway operator is testing facial recognition subway access, powered by a 5G network, as spotted by the South China Morning Post. The trial is […]

Digital colonialism is threatening the Global South

  • March 14, 2019
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Michael Kwet From Aljazeera Silicon Valley corporations are taking over the digital economy in the Global South, and nobody is paying attention. In South Africa, Google and Facebook dominate the online advertising industry, and are considered an existential threat to local media. Uber has captured so much of the traditional taxi industry that drivers have […]

An exposed database tracked whether 1.8 million Chinese women were “breed ready”

  • March 12, 2019
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From TheVerge Shannon Liao “We don’t know who is behind this database…that’s the part that worries us the most” Over the weekend, security researcher Victor Gevers stumbled upon a Chinese database of 1.8 million women that listed their names, physical addresses, phone numbers and one potentially more troubling status: whether they were “breed ready.” Anyone […]

30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb?

  • March 12, 2019
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From WebFoundation On the World Wide Web’s 30th birthday, our founder and web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee reflects on how the web has changed our world and what we must do to build a better web that serves all of humanity. Please share using #Web30 #ForTheWeb. Today, 30 years on from my original proposal for an […]

Is there a way to use Facebook without giving up my privacy?

  • March 8, 2019
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From TheGuardian Eira wants to join because she is missing out on things, but doesn’t want to build a profile “Is it possible to be a passive user of Facebook? I want to read announcements relating to friends and colleagues, and maybe post comments, without building a profile with photos, a timeline and so on. […]

Facebook’s pivot to privacy has huge implications — if it’s real

  • March 8, 2019
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From TheVerge Mark Zuckerberg is fond of grand pronouncements By 2015, Mark Zuckerberg had grown uncomfortable with his messaging history. His old instant messages had gotten him into trouble in the past — people are still tweeting juvenile IMs from his college days — and the 2014 Sony hack had made him more concerned about […]

Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

  • March 4, 2019
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From TheGuardian Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investment Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal […]

Panoptykon files complaints against Google and IAB Europe

  • February 26, 2019
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From Panoptykon Foundation On the International Data Protection Day, 28 January 2019, Panoptykon Foundation filed complaints against Google and IAB Europe under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the Polish Data Protection Authority (DPA). The complaints are related to the functioning of online behavioural advertising (OBA) ecosystem. The complaints focus on the role of […]

The Swedish Are Micro-chipping Themselves By The Thousands

  • February 26, 2019
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It is questionable! Is This the Life We Really Want? Being slaves to technologies and big companies! If we continue to live on this way we become animal breeding Thanking the author for the publication Mac Slavo From SHTFplan.com Thousands of people in Sweden are microchipping themselves in an effort to speed up their day. […]

“An Information Apocalypse” Looms – Deepfakes And Political Manipulation

  • February 26, 2019
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Tyler Durden From ZeroHedge Authored by Leonid Savin via Oriental Review, Not a day seems to go by without the American media writing about Russia’s Internet meddling in the US elections. Major international and specialist publications headquartered in the US are routinely regurgitating the myth about “Russian trolls” and “GRU hackers” without a single shred […]

KARMA POLICE: UK mass surveillance challenge will go to Europe’s highest human rights court

  • February 26, 2019
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From OpenRightsGroup The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear Open Rights Group, Big Brother Watch, English PEN, computer science expert Dr Constanze Kurz and several other human rights organisations’ case against mass surveillance by the UK government. 6 February 2019 In September 2018 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) […]

Is China taking social monitoring too far?

  • February 26, 2019
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From Al Jazeera News Millions of Chinese people have been banned from travelling on planes and trains as the government in China expands its social credit programme that ranks people’s trustworthiness. Last year, more than 17 million people with low scores were barred from buying plane tickets, and another five million were not allowed on […]

NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy

  • February 21, 2019
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Issie LapowskyIssie Lapowsky From Wired The phony Facebook pages looked just like the real thing. They were designed to mimic pages that service members use to connect. One appeared to be geared toward a large-scale, military exercise in Europe and was populated by a handful of accounts that appeared to be real service members. In […]

British MPs say Facebook ‘knowingly’ violated data privacy laws

  • February 18, 2019
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From Aljazeera British MPs have accused Facebook of “intentionally and knowingly” violating data privacy laws and called for a code of ethics to regulate social media platforms to limit the spread of fake news. Following an 18-month investigation, a British parliamentary committee on Monday released a report saying Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to show “leadership or personal responsibility” […]

Chinese Data Leak Reveals Millions Of People Actively Tracked By Surveillance Network

  • February 18, 2019
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From ZeroHedge A data leak discovered by a Dutch internet expert has revealed over 2.5 million people who are under active surveillance by a Chinese government contractor, reports Reuters.  FILE PHOTO – Security cameras are installed at the entrance to the Id Kah Mosque during a government organised trip in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, […]

Facebook may face multibillion-dollar US fine over privacy lapses – report

  • February 15, 2019
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From TheGuardian Company said to be negotiating settlement with FTC after revelations it inappropriately shared 87m users’ information The US government and Facebook are negotiating a settlement over the company’s privacy lapses that could require the online social network to pay a multibillion-dollar fine, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. The newspaper said that the […]

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

  • February 13, 2019
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From Youtube (Google) Amazon Books ; Good Reads Algorithms of Oppression from Wikipedia Author Safiya Umoja Noble Abstract In Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem; Noble argues […]

Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia

  • February 11, 2019
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Sam Nichols From Vice.com Here’s how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery. A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in pockets, discussing our recent trips in Japan and how we’d like to go back. The very next day, we both received pop-up ads […]

Campaign: Victims Not Suspects

  • February 7, 2019
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From BigBrotherWatch Protecting victims of sexual violence from intrusive data gathering When victims of sexual violence report a crime, the police often take their mobile phone and extract all of the data it contains – averaging 30,000 pages of information – and can store it for up to 100 years. Police also routinely request personal […]