Ten Ways the Democratic Northern Hemisphere Nations Became the Orwellian West – The Burning Platform Author: Uncola

  • June 9, 2018
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Doug Uncola From TheBurningPlatform.com In his book, “1984”, George Orwell envisioned a future crushed by the iron grip of a collectivist oligarchy. The narrative told of the INGSOC Party which maintained power through a system of surveillance and brutality designed to monitor and control every aspect of society.  From the time of the book’s release […]

Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering

  • May 31, 2018
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Vlad Savov From TheVerge This internal video from 2016 shows a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by The Verge offers a stunningly ambitious and unsettling look at how some […]

Fine-Tuning the Surveillance State

  • May 31, 2018
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Jeremiah Johnson From ShtfPlan We have been watching the shift of society and all of its components to collectivist thought and action in preparation for the step into a full-blown totalitarian state. Already the Constitution and our rights enumerated within it have been relegated to impotency and practically abrogated. The key to this has not […]

As New Privacy Rules Hit Europe, Google and Facebook Hit With $8.8 Billion in Lawsuits

  • May 28, 2018
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Jake Johnson, Jessica Corbett From Common Dreams “They totally know that it’s going to be a violation, they don’t even try to hide it,” argued the Austrian privacy activist who filed the complaints Austrian attorney and privacy activist Max Schrems has filed complaints against Google, Facebook, and two Facebook affiliates for forcing users to consent […]

Six reasons why social media is a Bummer

  • May 28, 2018
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Jaron Lanier TheGuardian It might not seem like it at first, but I’m an optimist. I don’t think we have to throw the whole digital world away. But there is one particular hi-tech thing that is toxic even in small quantities. The issue isn’t only that internet users are crammed into environments that can bring […]

Recipe for authoritarianism’: Amazon under fire for selling face-recognition software to police

  • May 24, 2018
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Julia Carrie Wong From The Guardian  ACLU releases documentation on Amazon Rekognition software, fueling fears of surveillance via police body cameras In the aftermath of the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing of Michael Brown, police departments and policy makers around the country hit upon a supposed panacea to racist policing and police brutality: […]

Kafka’s Nightmare Emerges: China’s “Social Credit Score”

  • May 10, 2018
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Charles Hugh Smith From oftwominds.com China is creating Kafka’s nightmare world as the perfection of centralized control of its citizenry. China is rapidly building out a Total Surveillance State on a scale that far surpasses any government surveillance program in the West. The scope of this surveillance is so broad and pervasive that it borders […]

Is Social Media Destroying Humanity on Purpose?

  • May 8, 2018
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Daisy Luther From TheOrganicPrepper You may not be on social media yourself, but chances are your friends and family are. Some of us are on there for work purposes and some so we can keep in touch with loved ones who live far away. There are valid reasons we have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and […]

No death and an enhanced life: Is the future transhuman? | Technology

  • May 6, 2018
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Robin McKie From The Guardian The aims of the transhumanist movement are summed up by Mark O’Connell in his book To Be a Machine, which last week won the Wellcome Book prize. “It is their belief that we can and should eradicate ageing as a cause of death; that we can and should use technology […]

Artificial intelligence, or can machines think?

  • May 6, 2018
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Alasdair Macleod From Goldmoney.com Artificial intelligence (AI) is seen as both a boon and a threat. It uses our personal data to influence our lives without us realising it. It is used by social media to draw our attention to things we are interested in buying, and by our tablets and computers to predict what […]

Early Facebook Investor And Zuckerberg Mentor: “I Feel My Baby Has Turned Out To Be Something Horrible”

  • April 30, 2018
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From ZeroHedge Even if Facebook’s stellar Q1 earnings report hadn’t helped erase some of the losses that Facebook shares incurred in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sanderberg would still believe that the company’s troubles are largely behind them and that the company had essentially repaired the damage […]

Google vs the right to be forgotten: Chips with Everything podcast

  • April 25, 2018
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Danielle Stephens From TheGuardian In April 2018, Google lost a landmark case against a businessman who used his ‘right to be forgotten’ to have links to a previous conviction taken down from the search engine. Jordan Erica Webber discusses the importance of this case and looks ahead at the coming era of General Data Protection […]

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you?

  • April 21, 2018
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Dylan Curran From TheGuardian Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape. “Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I am much mocked for that, but I hope people lock […]

Facebook Moves 1.5 Billion Users’ Data Out Of Europe To Circumvent New Privacy Law

  • April 21, 2018
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From ZeroHedge This doesn’t bode well for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and what remains of his tattered credibility. After Zuck suggested (but stopping short of promising) during testimony before Congress last week that he would treat all Facebook users’ data as if it fell under the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, Reuters and […]

Nearly One-Third Of Americans Believe Facebook Has A “Negative Impact On Society”

  • April 16, 2018
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Tyler Durden From ZeroHedge Chamath Palihapitiya, former Facebook vice president for user growth, isn’t the only one who believes his former employer is ripping apart the fabric of society. Palihapitiya triggered an unexpectedly intense backlash after revealing that he feels “tremendous guilt” for his role in building the social media giant, warning that, if you […]

India’s Big Brother: Fingerprint and Eye Scans Required for Food and Medicine

  • April 12, 2018
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Mike Mish Shedlock From TheMaven – Mish Talk India collects biometric data on 1.3 billion residents for use in a nationwide identity system called Aadhaar. Seeking to build an identification system of unprecedented scope, India is scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents and connecting the data to everything from welfare […]

Google’s File on You Is 10 Times Bigger Than Facebook’s — Here’s How to View It

  • April 12, 2018
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Jake Anderson From TheAntimedia With all the attention paid to Facebook in recent weeks over ‘data breaches’ and privacy violations (even though what happened with Cambridge Analytica is part of their standard business model), it’s easy to forget that there are four other Big Tech corporations collecting just as much — if not more — […]

YouTube illegally collects data on children, say child protection groups

  • April 9, 2018
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Samuel Gibbs From TheGuardian Complaint filed with US watchdog urges sanctions for Google allegedly failing to comply with child protection laws around data collection and ads. A coalition of 23 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google is violating child protection laws by […]

Google Should Not Help the U.S. Military Build Unaccountable AI Systems

  • April 9, 2018
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Peter Eckersley and Cindy Cohn From ElectronicFrontierFoundation Thousands of Google staff have been speaking out against the company’s work for “Project Maven,” according to a New York Times report this week. The program is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) initiative to deploy machine learning for military purposes. There was a small amount of public […]

Facebook logged SMS texts and phone calls without explicitly notifying users

  • March 31, 2018
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Alex Hern From TheGuardian Users complain of phone and text data collected by the company despite never having agreed to practice. Facebook began logging the text messages and phone calls of its users before it explicitly notified them of its practice, contradicting the company’s earlier claims that “uploading this information has always been opt-in only”. […]

Concerned About What Facebook Knows About You? Check Out What Google Knows

  • March 31, 2018
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From ZeroHedge Many users have been dropping Facebook, ceasing to use social media, or looking into the data that’s been collected about them.  But if you think that what Facebook knows about you is scary, check out what Google knows about you. Dylan Curran, an information technology consultant, took a look at just what Google […]

It’s Time To Protect Yourself (And Your Friends) From Facebook

  • March 20, 2018
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From ZeroHedge Excerpted from Mashable’s Damon Beres… Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created by a cigarette corporation to sell a fatal product. People knew this and used that product anyway, at great detriment to themselves and those around them who quietly inhaled toxic secondhand smoke, day into […]

Edward Snowden: Facebook Is A Surveillance Company Rebranded As “Social Media”

  • March 19, 2018
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From ZeroHedge NSA whistleblower and former CIA employee Edward Snowden slammed Facebook in a Saturday tweet following the suspension of Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) and its political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, over what Facebook says was imporoper use of collected data.  In a nutshell, in 2015 Cambridge Analytica bought data from a University of […]

Why The Police Are Quietly Turning To Google To Find Criminals

  • March 19, 2018
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From ZeroHedge Following this weekend’s revelation that Cambridge Analytica, a polling and analytics firm partly funded by billionaire Trump donor Robert Mercer, Democrats have renewed their cries for increased oversight of tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to monitor whether they are being responsible stewards of the reams of personal data that Americans and […]

UNDERCOVER VIDEO: HUNDREDS of Twitter Employees Paid to View “Everything You Post,” & Private “Sex Messages”

  • March 16, 2018
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Staff Report From ProjectVeritas Project Veritas has released undercover footage of Twitter Engineers and employees admitting that Twitter employees view”everything you post” on their servers, including private “sex messages,” and “d*ck pics.” The engineers also admit that Twitter analyzes this information to create a “virtual profile” of you which they sell to advertisers. James O’Keefe […]