I Quit Google Over Its Censored Chinese Search Engine. The Company Needs to Clarify Its Position on Human Rights.
by Jack Poulson, The Intercept:
JOHN HENNESSY, THE chair of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., was recently asked whether Google providing a search engine in China that censored results would provide a net benefit for Chinese users. “I don’t know the answer to that. I think it’s — I think it’s a legitimate question,” he responded. “Anybody who does business in China compromises some of their core values. Every single company, because the laws in China are quite a bit different than they are in our own country.”
Hennessy’s remarks were in relation to Project Dragonfly, a once-secret project within Google to build a version of its search engine that meets the demands of the ruling Chinese Communist Party — namely, that Google proactively censor “sensitive” speech and comply with China’s data provenance and surveillance laws.
by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:
While Simon is traveling today, other members of the Sovereign Man team penned today’s missive.]
We’ve discussed this on and off for several years now. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that allows the government to seize assets and cash from citizens without any due process or judicial oversight.
You don’t even have to be charged with a crime. You are assumed guilty unless you can somehow prove your innocence.
DELTA AIRLINES SAYS TERMINAL F IN THE ATLANTA AIRPORT IS NOW THE FIRST FULLY BIOMETRIC TERMINAL IN THE UNITED STATES, DETROIT IS NEXT
by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:
Delta says the Atlanta airport’s Terminal F has become the ‘first biometric terminal’ in the United States where passengers can use facial recognition technology “from curb to gate.”
Back in the 1970’s, when I was but a wee laddie, one of the commercials that got everybody talking was the “you got chocolate in my peanut butter” from the makers of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Basically, it was showing that chocolate and peanut butter was a perfect match, and you know what? They were right! So delicious. Why do I bring this awesome cultural reference before you today?
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)
by Amanda Prestigiacomo, Daily Wire:
On Thursday, self-described investigative journalist and activist Laura Loomer handcuffed herself to Twitter’s New York City headquarters to protest the company’s inconsistently applied “hate speech” policy and their recent ban of her account.
“I threw away the key, and I’m here for the millions of conservatives who have been censored by [Twitter CEO] Jack Dorsey and [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg,” Loomer said during the demonstration.
Loomer was wearing a yellow Star of David on her coat.
from Govt Slaves:
I can’t believe this has to be said (again), but cyberpunk was meant as a warning, not a business plan.
It turns out that you need very few identifiers to make a guess about who a person standing in front of a billboard is, especially when you can suck data out of their phones. Throw in data about how long you stand in front of a billboard and you’ve got metrics that advertisers can use to tune their campaigns.
A year ago, researchers at Exodus Privacy identified dozens of trackers on smartphone apps that had collected massive amounts of information to better target advertising. Yale Privacy Lab replicated many of Exodus Privacy’s findings. Among the app researchers identified as having Cuebiq’s code signature was iHeartRadio, which is owned by Clear Channel.
PATENTS FILED BY GOOGLE REVEAL PLANS OF SEARCH ENGINE GIANT TO MONITOR AND CAPTURE 100% OF WHAT HAPPENS IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR HOME
by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:
Patents recently issued to Google provide a window into their development activities. While it’s no guarantee of a future product, it is a sure indication of what’s of interest to them. What we’ve given up in privacy to Google, Facebook, and others thus far is minuscule compared to what is coming if these companies get their way.
Google is leading the way in the exciting, new ‘smart home’ available to inhabitants of the 21st century. Their to desire is to make your home ‘smart’, as opposed to the dumb homes we have all been living in. Just how ‘smart’ do they plan on going? So smart that only a true idiot would want to live in the type of home their draconian product lineup is offering.
NEW LAW COULD GIVE U.K. UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACCESS TO AMERICANS’ PERSONAL DATA, HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS WARN
by Trevor Aaronson and Sam Biddle, The Intercept:
NINE HUMAN RIGHTS and civil liberties organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Justice Department today objecting to a potential agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom that would give British law enforcement broad access to data held by U.S. technology companies.
The possible agreement stems from the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, or CLOUD Act, for which Justice Department officials have lobbied since 2016 and which President Donald Trump signed into law in March.
by Ryan Saavedra, Daily Wire:
Radio host Jesse Kelly said on Monday night that Twitter still has not given him any explanation on why they permanently banned his account and that they won’t even allow him to appeal their decision.
“Why did Twitter take you off its platform?” Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked.
“Nobody knows. Twitter kicked me off the platform because I was a mainstream voice on the Right that spoke the truth,” the two-time congressional candidate and war veteran told Carlson. “They’ve given me no explanation — as they told Congress they would give explanations. All they sent was an email that said, ‘You are permanently banned and you can’t appeal it for repeated rules violations.'”
by Alex Gorka, Strategic Culture:
Those who have been saying that the West has turned Russia into a scapegoat to be blamed for each and every thing that goes wrong have been proved right. We have witnessed concocted stories invented to denigrate Moscow that have gone viral as directed by the secret services. The UK, the country that is spearheading the anti-Russian information campaign, offers a good example that illustrates how this is being done.
by Tim Brown, Freedom OutPost:
Perris, CA — In the Land of the Free, if you do not pay the State before you attempt to sell a product or service to a willing customer, you can and will be extorted, kidnapped and caged, with extreme prejudice. A video published to Facebook backs up this notion, showing a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputy assault a woman who was selling flowers on the side of the road — because she apparently failed to pay the State for the privilege. Now, because the deputy’s actions were so egregious, the taxpayers are going to be held liable.