by Carey Wedler, Activist Post:
Google made headlines last month when it was announced it was partnering with the Pentagon to develop artificial intelligence for use in drones flown over war zones.
The move divided the company, and this week, internal documentation of that conflict became available to the public in a petition signed by thousands of employees to the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, urging him to withdraw from the Pentagon partnership.
The letter, published this week by The New York Times, opens:
We believe that Google should not be in the business of war. Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.
by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:
Yes, you read that headline entirely correctly. Not content to control every other aspect of your life, the proverbial “They” also want to control your diet, what you eat, and monitor whether or not your sticking to your diet by monitoring your poop. Consider it Mr. Globaloney’s version of a colonoscopy, only it will be a daily affair(found and shared by Mr. H.B.):
And in case you think I made up the headline and my opening summary of the latest “bright idea” to come from the technocracy, consider this:
from Govt Slaves:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has acknowledged a 2017 discovery of several “rogue devices” placed throughout Washington D.C. often used by spies and criminals to track and eavesdrop on private cellular devices, AP reports.
The DHS admission came in a March 26 response to a November request from Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (D), however the agency did not say how many devices were detected or where they found them.
The agency’s response, obtained by The Associated Press from Wyden’s office, suggests little has been done about such equipment, known popularly as Stingrays after a brand common among U.S. police departments. The Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the nation’s airwaves, formed a task force on the subject four years ago, but it never produced a report and no longer meets regularly. –AP
by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
Orlando, FL — Body camera video from a police interaction earlier this year has a community in uproar and the Orlando police department conducting damage control as it epitomizes everything wrong with police today. Two innocent teenagers were stalked, harassed, physically accosted, and arrested despite breaking no law, all because two cops were on a power trip.
On January 4, Nyejewel Burney and his friend left their apartment to walk to work when two Orlando police officers began to stalk them. They had done nothing wrong, yet the officers followed them in the cruiser in an obvious move to intimidate them.
After having enough of the officers harassment, Burney raised his middle finger to express his discontent to the officer.
by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
As TFTP reported last week, it was revealed that both the Obama campaign and the Trump campaign used third-party integrations to collect private information on millions of unsuspecting Facebook users. The resultant scandal has sent Facebook’s stock tumbling as well as created a firestorm for Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow data miners. Remaining conveniently out of the scrutiny, however, is Google, whose data mining of private information, according to a recent report, dwarfs that of Facebook.
Web developer Dylan Curran, based in Waterford, Ireland, is making headlines this week after he recently downloaded both his Facebook data file and his Google data file.
As TFTP has reported, the information Facebook keeps on its users is utterly mind-blowing, consisting of everything from text messages to liked posts, the social media giant is building profiles on billions. However, according to Curran, this is nothing compared to what Google has.
by Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Project:
A family is claiming that after shooting and killing a man during a traffic stop over illegal window tint, officers visited the funeral home and demanded access to his dead body so that they could unlock his phone with his fingerprint.
Largo, Florida – A heartbroken family is speaking out and accusing police of visiting a funeral home and using a dead man’s finger to unlock his phone after officers shot and killed him during a traffic stop for illegal window tint.
Linus Phillip, 30, was approached by two Largo Police officers at a gas station, who alleged that the windows on his black Nissan sedan were too dark. Officers Matthew Steiner and Prentice Ables claimed that when they were talking to Philip, they smelled marijuana coming from inside his vehicle and attempted to detain him.
by Jake Anderson, Activist Post:
We can now add a new Microsoft policy of punishing account users who use “offensive language” while logged into one of their products or services to the growing list of draconian measures employed by tech companies to police online content.
In a release summarizing the new policy, which will go into effect May 1, Microsoft stated:
In the Code of Conduct section, we’ve clarified that use of offensive language and fraudulent activity is prohibited.