Saturday, April 21, 2018

JUST LIKE 1984: NEW CALIFORNIA BILL SEEKS CONTROL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA & NEWS STORIES

by Richard Enos, Collective Evolution:

Recently, Senator Richard Pan of the California State Legislature introduced legislation entitled ‘False Information Strategic Plans,’ a bill that would task all social media sites that have a physical presence in California not only to have a plan to fully distinguish between the truth and falsity of all the content they publish and share, but also to “mitigate the spread of false information through news stories,” presumably through some remarkable discipline of self-censoring, or by “placing a warning on a news story containing false information.”

Where do we even start with this one?

For us to believe that Mr. Pan actually harbours expectations that the state could succeed in compelling social media sites to make the enormous effort to implement such a plan is ludicrous for so many obvious reasons.

The NSA Wants a Skeleton Key to Everyone’s Encrypted Data

by Gavin Hanson, Activist Post:

Like it or not, you are your data. In this day and age, your receipts, social media activity, public records, GPS data, and Internet search history are the proof of who you are. And while you may have thought you had secrets, the Federal Government would like the rest of them.

The seemingly innocuous pieces of information we trade away every day create a detailed mosaic of our lives used to target advertising and create personality profiles that are exploited by the FBI, political operatives like Cambridge Analytica, and Russian propagandists.

And those are just the legal shenanigans! Instances of malicious hacking that jeopardize social security numbers and other important data are on the rise as well.

But all hope is not lost! There is but one meaningful defense against such intrusions, one used by whistleblowers, banks, the government (often poorly), and college students: encryption.

The Facebook Privacy Revelations Aren’t That Shocking

by James Corbett, The International Forecaster:

So we’ll also have to point out Google’s own repeated violations and abuses of users’ privacy, and how, despite all the creepiness emanating from Facebook these days, Google still manages to find ways of being way creepier in its privacy invasions.

It’s shocking, shocking, I tell you! Apparently, and I’m just learning this from some breaking news headlines so bear with me, but apparently Facebook has not been on the up and up when it comes to protecting their users’ privacy. Incredible, I know. I mean, these are still early reports so we’ll have to wait and see, but…

Hearings Show Facebook as a Media Company Using Deceptive Technology to Gain Unfair Advertising Advantage

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:

Facebook wants Congress, shareholders and Wall Street analysts to think of it as a sexy, high-growth-potential technology company, not a media company, but after 10 hours of Congressional probing this week, Facebook has been revealed to be a media company that is simply using advanced technology and deceptive practices to gain an unfair advertising advantage over other media companies. (Another reason Facebook does not want to admit to being a media company is that it would then have to take responsibility for the fake news and propaganda it is spreading through Russian bots and trolls of every stripe.)

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg conceded this week in the Congressional hearings, Facebook’s business model revolves around the company’s ability to provide advertisers with granular data on its users so that advertisers can more effectively target them for a specific product or service. But Zuckerberg kept his trade secrets on that data collection process close to his vest.

WATCH: Sheriff of Deadliest Dept in US Says His Deputies Have Financial Incentive to “Kill” People

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

Bakersfield, CA — The sheriff of Kern County, Donny Youngblood is on the defensive this month after a local police union released a video in which he states it is “better financially” for law enforcement officers to kill suspects than to injure them.

According to KCDOA (Kern County Detention Officers Association), the union who released the video, the footage is from an endorsement interview with then Sheriff candidate Donny Youngblood.

In a Facebook post this week, the union threw the sheriff under the bus, noting:

GOOGLE’S FILE ON YOU COULD BE 10 TIMES BIGGER THAN FACEBOOK’S – HERE’S HOW YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT

by Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution:

The perception of Facebook is at an all time low, and they’re receiving a lot of bad press. Despite the fact that it’s probably well deserved, Facebook has still provided a great opportunity for free speech, the sharing of information we never really hear from the mainstream media, and an overall general voice and measurement regarding the planet’s perception of various events. It seemed to be a democracy of information, but unfortunately, the government has now implemented multiple measures to combat what’s become known as “fake news.” As a result, peoples choice has been taken away from them with regards to what they want to see. The government has stepped in and is playing the role of fact checker, and information verifier.

It Begins: California Senator Introduces Bill to Kill Free Speech, Requires State-Sanctioned Fact Checkers to Approve Online Content

by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

Richard Pan is a far left California state senator.

Pan recently introduced legislation to crack down on free speech on the internet.

Pan’s legislation would force online publishers to utilize state-sanctioned fact checkers to approve content before it is posted online.

Astonishing California bill would shut down free speech, require fact-checkers

by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:

California used to be trumpeted as the cutting edge of American culture.

It still is, except the culture is now all about censoring free speech.

California Senator Richard Pan, who was behind the infamous 2015 law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren (SB277), has stepped up to the plate and introduced another bill.

This one would clamp down on criticism of ANY Official Story.

The bill is titled “SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.”

It targets social media based in California. But as you read the bill, you see it appears to define social media as any Internet blog, website, or communication.

DHS Wants To Create Profiles Of Journalists And “Media Influencers” Who Mention Its Name

by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the globe and compile an extensive database on journalists, editors, foreign correspondents, and bloggers to identify top “media influencers” who mention its name, Forbes reported.

It seems that the Trump era DHS has forgotten the First Amendment not to step on the press and press-related freedoms, which it will by intimidating journalists, keeping dossiers on us all, and even compiling a list of bloggers who merely utter the entity’s name.

All of this is part of the department’s so-called “media monitoring” that was posted on the federal job finding site FedBizOpps.gov (Federal Business Opportunities.) The job ad shows that the DHS is looking for “Media Monitoring Services.”

Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica? Court Documents: Facebook Turned Over Bulk Data On Possibly Millions Of Americans To US Government Without A Warrant

by Tim Brown, Freedom OutPost:

Not only did Facebook violate their own policies and break the trust of their users in providing bulk, raw data to the federal government without a warrant, but the feds took that data, sifted through it, shared it, and stored it. A class action lawsuit is in the works!

If you thought Cambridge Analytica was something, wait till you see what Facebook did concerning millions of Americans’ information with regards to the Oregon protest which was a consequence of the attacks by the federal government on the Hammond ranching family and the Bundy Ranch standoff.

COMING: DIET CONTROL AND SCATOLOGICAL MONITORING

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.):

The end of food freedom? Future food services may control what you eat by stocking food prescribed by doctors via smart appliances

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:

HOMELAND SECURITY TO COMPILE DATABASE OF JOURNALISTS AND ‘MEDIA INFLUENCERS’

from InfoWars:

The Department of Homeland Security wants to track the comings and going of journalists, bloggers and other “media influencers” through a database.

The DHS’s “Media Monitoring” plan, which was first reported by FedBizOpps.gov, would give the contracting company “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”

Amazon patent admits it will listen in real-time for “trigger words” that could get you arrested and imprisoned

by Lance D Johnson, Natural News:

An Amazon patent, filed in June 12, 2017, reveals a massive conspiracy to spy on you using a “voice sniffer algorithm.” If approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, this artificial intelligence can be embedded inside Amazon devices, including the Amazon Alexa.

The “voice sniffer algorithm” would take advantage of the microphones already built into Amazon devices. The technology would permit Alexa and other Amazon devices to listen to your conversations in real-time to identify “trigger words” that can give the tech giant insight into your personal life. The AI spy tech will learn about your personality, interests, purchasing habits, or glean any useful detail about your private life.

China’s “Social Credit System” Sounds Pretty Dystopian, But Are We Far Behind?

by Jon Miltimore, Activist Post:

The ACLU declared China’s system “nightmarish,” and it’s not difficult to see why.

In its third season, the British science fiction TV series Black Mirror featured an episode called “Nosedive.”

The episode, which was co-written by The Office actress Rashida Jones and starred Bryce Howard, depicted a society of smiling people who walked around with holographic bubbles that contained their “rating.” These ratings were based on how people were scored by others. A positive interaction with someone was likely to earn a good score. Upload a picture people don’t like, and one could find his rating downgraded.

As far as television goes, “Nosedive” was an insightful bit of art, cleverly panning the fishbowl nature of social media and the timeless human obsession with status. It struck a chord with both viewers and critics, earning an 8.3 rating on IMDB as well as Emmy, BAFTA, and SAG award nominations.