Google and Facebook accused of breaking GDPR laws

  • January 23, 2019
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Chris Foxx From BBC Complaints have been filed against Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp within hours of the new GDPR data protection law taking effect. The companies are accused of forcing users to consent to targeted advertising to use the services. Privacy group noyb.eu led by activist Max Schrems said people were not being given […]

‘The goal is to automate us’: welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism

  • January 22, 2019
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John Naughton From The Guardian Shoshana Zuboff’s new book is a chilling exposé of the business model that underpins the digital world. Observer tech columnist John Naughton explains the importance of Zuboff’s work and asks the author 10 key questions ‘Technology is the puppet, but surveillance capitalism is the puppet master.’ Photograph: Getty Images   […]

Watch this four-minute film about the future of work in a world run by algorithms

  • January 19, 2019
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James Vincent From TheVerge  How will you do your job when you’re outpaced by a computer? Or when the company you’re working for is taken over by algorithms? These are some of the questions explored in a stimulating new short film by designer and architect Keiichi Matsuda. Merger is a 360-degree film set in […]

Facebook’s ’10 Year Challenge’ Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?

  • January 18, 2019
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Kate O’ Neill From Wired If you use social media, you’ve probably noticed a trend across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter of people posting their then-and-now profile pictures, mostly from 10 years ago and this year. Instead of joining in, I posted the following semi-sarcastic tweet: Me 10 years ago: probably would have played along with […]

Big Tech faces new pressure over facial recognition contracts

  • January 16, 2019
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Makena Kelly From TheVerge On Tuesday, a group of 90 advocacy groups penned a letter to Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, requesting that the companies pledge not to sell facial recognition technology to the government. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the Electronic Frontier […]

Cost to walk away from Facebook for a year? More than $1,000

  • January 11, 2019
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From Michigan State University How valuable is Facebook to its users and how can its value be measured when access is free?  A Michigan State University researcher teamed with three economists to answer those questions by assessing Facebook’s value to its users in contrast to its market value or its contribution to gross domestic product.  […]

Excessive social media use is comparable to drug addiction

  • January 11, 2019
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From Michigan State University Bad decision-making is a trait oftentimes associated with drug addicts and pathological gamblers, but what about people who excessively use social media? New research from Michigan State University shows a connection between social media use and impaired risky decision-making, which is commonly deficient in substance addiction. “Around one-third of humans on […]

Amazon’s Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Your Front Door

  • January 6, 2019
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Jacob Snow From Common Dreams It is doing so without regard for how the technology will be exploited by law enforcement, ICE, and other government agencies prone to violence and racial discrimination. These systems threaten to further entangle people with law enforcement, ripping families apart and increasing the likelihood of racially biased police violence. (Photo: […]

Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks

  • January 2, 2019
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Adam D. I. Kramer, Jamie E. Guillory, and Jeffrey T. Hancock From pnas.org   PNAS June 17, 2014 111 (24) 8788-8790; published ahead of print June 2, 2014 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1320040111 Edited by Susan T. Fiske, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, and approved March 25, 2014 (received for review October 23, 2013) This article has corrections. Please see: […]

Amazon’s Creepy Facial Recognition Doorbell Will Surveil the ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD From People’s Front Doors

  • December 29, 2018
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Meadow ClarkFrom The Organic Prepper At first glance of Amazon’s new patent application, one would be tempted to think it no more than a built-in “smart” security system. But no, this facial recognition surveillance doorbell does a lot more than record would-be thieves. Ding! Dong!Prepare to be downright disturbed. According to a new report, the […]

The World Google Controls and Surveillance Capitalism

  • December 18, 2018
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Julian Vigo From CounterPunch I have been following the scandal of the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act (also known as the Snoopers’ Charter) and Holland’s Sleepwet and their relationship to the encroaching government powers over private data, privacy, data collection, surveillance, and free speech for several years now.  And very much related to these bills created […]

Google workers push to stop censored Chinese search project

  • December 1, 2018
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From Aljazeera Tech giant taken to task for not challenging Chinese government’s policy that politically sensitive results be blocked. A surveillance camera seen in front of the Google China headquarters in Beijing, China [Andy Wong/AP] More than 200 employees comprising engineers, designers and managers at Alphabet Inc’s Google published an open letter demanding the company […]

How Social Media Is Becoming an Arm of the State

  • November 26, 2018
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José Niño From Mises Institute Say the wrong things and you might get kicked off of your favorite social media platform. Tech titans Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have wiped out talk-show host Alex Jones’s social media presence on the Internet. But the social media crusades weren’t over. Facebook recently took down popular pages like Liberty […]

Social Media Linked To Loneliness And Depression, New Study Finds

  • November 19, 2018
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From Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com Via ZeroHedge Social media use has once again been linked to loneliness and depression. Research has been hinting at the connection for several years, but scientists from the University of Pennsylvania say that this new study is the most comprehensive and rigorous to date. Social media is not all bad, as […]

Facial image matching system risks ‘chilling effect’ on freedoms, rights groups say

  • November 10, 2018
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Christopher Knaus The Guardian Civil rights groups have warned a vast, powerful system allowing the near real-time matching of citizens’ facial images risks a “profound chilling effect” on protest and dissent. The technology – known in shorthand as “the capability” – collects and pools facial imagery from various state and federal government sources, including driver’s […]

Sir Tim Berners-Lee launches ‘Magna Carta for the web’ to save internet from abuse

  • November 10, 2018
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Laurence Dodds The Telegraph Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a “Magna Carta for the web”, warning that tech giants must change their ways to save the online world from the dangerous forces they have unleashed. Sir Tim, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, called for a “revolution” in how the internet is regulated […]

Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap” – retabled

  • November 6, 2018
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Ricardo de Querol From El Pais The Polish-born sociologist is skeptical about the possibilities for political change Zygmunt Bauman has just celebrated his 90th birthday and taken two flights from his home in the northern British city of Leeds to get to an event in Burgos, northern Spain. He admits to being tired as we […]

Controversial AI ‘Lie Detectors’ Coming To EU Airports, Border Crossings

  • November 6, 2018
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Tyler Durden From ZeroHedge Several European airports will deploy an AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints in a trial run of the new technology, reports CNN. When a passenger approaches customs, they will be asked a series of questions by a “virtual border guard avatar,” which will use an Artificial Intelligence to monitor their faces to […]

Facebook says human rights report shows should do more in Myanmar

  • November 6, 2018
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From Aljazeera Facebook said a human rights report it commissioned on its presence in Myanmar showed it had not done enough to prevent the social network from being used to incite violence. “The report concludes that, prior to this year, we weren’t doing enough to help prevent our platform from being used to foment division […]

What’s Behind The Erosion Of Civil Society?

  • November 4, 2018
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Charles Hugh Smith From TwoMinds blog Via ZeroHedge   Rebuilding social capital and social connectedness is not something that can be done by governments or corporations. As the mid-term elections are widely viewed as a referendum of sorts, let’s set aside politics and ask, what’s behind the erosion of our civil society? That civil society in […]

“An Information Apocalypse” Looms – Deepfakes And Political Manipulation

  • November 3, 2018
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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 […]

DARPA Seeks FAA Approval For Military Drones Over American Cities By 2030 – At The Latest

  • November 1, 2018
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Nicholas West From ActivistPost Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life. So, too, are military grade drones along the “border,” which in reality constitutes a 100-mile-wide swath that encircles the continental United States and 2/3 of its […]

Why Is Social Media So Toxic?

  • November 1, 2018
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Charles Hugh Smith From Of Two Minds Blog The desire to improve our social standing is natural. What’s unnatural is the toxicity of doing so through social media. It seems self-evident that the divisiveness that characterizes this juncture of American history is manifesting profound social and economic disorders that have little to do with politics. […]

‘City of surveillance’: privacy expert quits Toronto’s smart-city project

  • October 24, 2018
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Gabrielle Canon From TheGuardian Wired neighborhood planned by Google sister company has raised questions over data protection When it was announced last year that a district in Toronto would be handed over to a company hoping to build a model for new tech-driven smart city, critics were quick to voice concerns. Despite Justin Trudeau’s exclamation […]

Amazon pitched its facial recognition system to ICE

  • October 24, 2018
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Russell Brandom FromTheVerge Amazon employees met with officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this summer as part of a sustained attempt to sell the company’s controversial facial recognition technology, as revealed by internal emails obtained by the Project on Government Oversights and first published in The Daily Beast. The emails show that ICE officials […]

Big Tech Snuffing-Out Free Speech & Google’s Poisonous ‘Dragonfly’

  • October 22, 2018
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From ZeroHedge Authored by  Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute The internet, especially social media, has become one of the primary places for people to exchange viewpoints and ideas.Social media is where a considerable part of the current national conversation takes place. Arguably, big tech companies, such as Google, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, therefore carry […]

Amazon Atlas

  • October 22, 2018
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From WikiLeaks Today, 11 October 2018, WikiLeaks publishes a “Highly Confidential” internal document from the cloud computing provider Amazon. The document from late 2015 lists the addresses and some operational details of over one hundred data centers spread across fifteen cities in nine countries. To accompany this document, WikiLeaks also created a map showing where […]

Invisible Manipulation: 10 ways our data is being used against us

  • October 16, 2018
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From Privacy International Tuesday, January 16, 2018 The era where we were in control of the data on our own computers has been replaced with devices containing sensors we cannot control, storing data we cannot access, in operating systems we cannot monitor, in environments where our rights are rendered meaningless. Soon the default will shift […]

Surveillance Capitalism: Monetizing the Smartphone User

  • October 16, 2018
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Rex M. Lee From theepochtimes.com This article is part of a series on corporate surveillance highlighting civil liberty, privacy, cyber security, safety, and tech-product user exploitation threats associated with connected products that are supported by the Android (Google) OS, Apple iOS, and Microsoft Windows OS. Today, people, businesses, government officials, and law makers are unaware of […]

Google to shut down Google+ after failing to disclose user data breach

  • October 11, 2018
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Olivia Solon from TheGuardian Company didn’t disclose leak for months to avoid a public relations headache and potential regulatory enforcement This March, as Facebook was coming under global scrutiny over the harvesting of personal data for Cambridge Analytica, Google discovered a skeleton in its own closet: a bug in the API for Google+ had been […]

Google Lied About “Dragonfly” China Censorship Project According To Leaked Transcript

  • October 11, 2018
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From ZeroHedge According to a leaked transcript, Google lied to the media regarding their secretive Chinese search engine, according to The Intercept. The project, code-named Dragonfly, would blacklist phrases like “human rights,” “student protest,” and “Nobel Prize,” and has resulted in at least seven Google employees quitting for ethical reasons. Other employees have circulated a letter […]

Five ways your privacy is compromised without you realising

  • October 8, 2018
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From Privacy International Friday, September 28, 2018 Photo credit: Pixabay This piece was originally published in iNews It seems that you can’t go anywhere online at the moment without being reassured that ‘we respect your privacy’ and being directed to a 2,000-word privacy policy. You probably just click ‘got it, thanks’ because who has the […]

Prince Harry Weighs in on the Fortnite Controversy: ‘What’s Wrong with Parents?’

  • October 6, 2018
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Erin Hill From People.com Prince Harry is sharing his concerns about the popular online video game, Fortnite, which has come under fire by critics for being dangerously addictive. During a visit to Sussex alongside Meghan Markle, Harry met with a group of 8-year-old students who asked him if he played the video game. “He asked […]

Facebook faces $1.6bn fine and formal investigation over massive data breach

  • October 5, 2018
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Olivia Solon From TheGuardian Irish data regulator could penalize the social network after hack of nearly 50m accounts The Irish Data Protection Commission has opened a formal investigation into a data breach that affected nearly 50m Facebook accounts, which could result in a fine of up to $1.63bn. The breach, which was discovered by Facebook […]

You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads

  • October 1, 2018
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Gennie Gebhart From EFF  Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information. Contrary to user expectations and Facebook representatives’ own previous statements, the company has been using contact information that users explicitly provided for security purposes—or that […]