WE NEED MORE MORE MORE OF THIS
Here and Now NPR
Here and Now NPR
THEY ADDICT PEOPLE TO THEIR PRODUCTS/ SCREENS, APPS, ATTENTION
THEY SPY, STEAL, AND COLLECT OUR DATA
THEY OWN OUR DATA.
–> WE ARE THEIR PRODUCTS<–
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS
AND EVERY OTHER KIND
NEEDS TO BE ALL ABOUT SPEARHEADING ANTI TRUST LAW
PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THEIR MONOPOLIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Boston Tea Party was about the Tea Act of 1773, which granted a tea monopoly in the colonies to the well-connected East India Company. Merchants based in the Americas would be shut out of the market. The Tea Act of 1773 granted a tea monopoly in the colonies to the well-connected East India Company.
Many colonists stormed three ships in Boston Harbor on the night of Dec. 16, 1773, and tossed chests of East India tea which was really coming from China.
Global Britain was built as a narco-empire Stephen R. Platt describes how the sale of vast quantities of opium to the Chinese became a vital source of revenue for Britain in the 19th century
The opium trade is remembered as a British outrage: English merchants, protected by English bayonets, turning China into a nation of addicts. But Americans got rich from this traffic—among them, a young man named Warren Delano. He didn’t talk about it afterward, of course. And neither did his grandson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Top Democrats believe that anti-monopolism can be a political winner for their party. It’s a way to address voters’ anxiety over high drug prices, digital privacy and more. “The control of business over certain segments of the economy,” says Senator Amy Klobuchur of Minnesota, a potential presidential candidate, “I think it will be a much bigger thing going into 2020.”
Klobuchar has offered a good bill that would raise the legal standards for merger approval. But preventing future mergers won’t be enough. Eventually, the government will probably need to break up existing giants, as it did to the old AT&T and Standard Oil. One obvious candidate is Facebook, which has gobbled up Instagram, WhatsApp and other businesses.
And corporate bigness doesn’t need to be a partisan issue. Senator Mike Lee of Utah is among the Republicans who have expressed concern about it. Conservatives, after all, are supposed to care about the ideals that monopolies undermine — like market competition, economic dynamism and individual freedom. Ultimately, monopolies aren’t only an economic problem. They are also a political one.
“We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few,” Louis Brandeis, the Supreme Court justice and anti-monopoly crusader, said a century ago, “but we can’t have both.”
Just because it’s trending, doesn’t mean it’s true ~ Maarten Schenk’s blog
BBC Interviews Christopher Blair And Maarten Schenk in “The Faker and The Fact Checker”
“Changing” the US constitution is particularly fun – he’s already written more than 30 fake amendments. (There are only 27 genuine ones.)
Christopher Blair grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, a city on the northern outskirts of Boston. His stepfather was a committed Democrat who once ran for the Massachusetts state senate. Once his fake news started to get clicks, he was able to use Google’s advertising platform to convert page views into money. In 2014, he quit his day job. They had one aim – to provoke an emotional response that would get people to share them.
The words flow from the thoughts in his head. Unconnected to reality, he needs no research, and no notes.
His fingers rhythmically tap the keys. Letters form into words, words into sentences and sentences into a blog of about 200 words.
It doesn’t take long to write.
Blair sits back in his chair and watches the likes and shares roll in.
Yesterday Eli Saslow at the Washington Post wrote a fantastic article about Christopher Blair, a man from Maine who has been trolling conservatives and Trump supporters online for years and occasionally even made a living out of it.
runs a series of websites including the now-defunct thelastlineofdefense.org. That particular site posted a “fake news” story that was what fake news used to be called—a real big old fucking lie. It used a picture of an actual Muslim cleric, saying he was refusing to help hurricane survivors, and it got that cleric death threats.
Senior execs from Trump’s election consultants Cambridge Analytica [hired by Jared Kushner, Brad Parscale & Manafort; Bannon was a VP for CA] are caught on film saying they use bribes & Ukrainian sex workers to entrap politicians.
19 Mar 2018
Data, Democracy and Dirty Tricks
Watch all of Channel 4 News’ investigations into both Cambridge Analytica – the British data firm linked to Trump’s win – and the Brexit campaign.
Cambridge Analytica: Warrant sought to inspect company
20 March 2018
The documents obtained by The New York Times provide a deeper look at Definers’ tactics to discredit Facebook’s critics. It reported on Wednesday that Definers also distributed research documents to reporters that cast liberal donor George Soros as an unacknowledged force behind activists protesting against Facebook, and helped publish articles criticising Facebook’s rivals on what was designed to look like a typical conservative news site.
A key part of Definers’ strategy was NTK Network, a website that appeared to be a run-of-the-mill news aggregator with a right-wing slant. In fact, many of NTK Network’s stories were written by employees at Definers and America Rising, a sister firm, to criticise rivals of their clients, according to one former employee not allowed to speak about it publicly. The three outfits share some staff and offices in Arlington, Virginia.
Facebook ads urge its staff to leak secrets. “Freedom from Facebook says it targeted ads at the technology company’s staff, promoting a ‘safe space’ website where they can anonymously submit ‘whistleblower tips’.”
BuzzFeed News: Here’s How A Secret Meeting Of Twitter Execs And Indian Activists Caused A Caste Scandal. “At a roundtable discussion in New Delhi last week, Twitter’s top executives seemed unaware of caste-based abuse taking place on its platform in India, according to eight people who were present at the meeting. The discussion, which was attended by CEO Jack Dorsey and Twitter’s head of legal and public policy, Vijaya Gadde, has drawn the company into an ongoing controversy over how it addresses issues of caste on its platform.”
Krebs on Security: USPS Site Exposed Data on 60 Million Users. “U.S. Postal Service just fixed a security weakness that allowed anyone who has an account at usps.com to view account details for some 60 million other users, and in some cases to modify account details on their behalf.” And *how* long was that security hole open again?
The Register: Talk in Trump’s tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording. “Boffins from the Netherlands and France claim that the word choices and sentence construction in President Donald Trump’s tweets can be used more often than not for lie detection.”
Consumer groups across seven European countries have filed GDPR complaints against Google’s location tracking (via Reuters). The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), of which each of the groups are a member, claims that Google’s “deceptive practices” around location tracking don’t give users a real choice about whether to enable it, and that Google doesn’t properly inform them about what this tracking entails. If upheld, the complaints could mean a hefty fine for the search giant.
The complaints, which each group has issued to their national data protection authorities in keeping with GDPR rules, come in the wake of the discovery that Google is able to track user’s location even when the “Location History” option is turned off. A second setting, “Web and App Activity,” which is enabled by default, must be turned off to fully prevent GPS tracking.
Complaints against Google were filed in the Czech Republic, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden.
They are based on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which took effect in May.
Google is accused of tracking users’ movements via its Location History and Web & App Activity applications, which are built into all Google accounts.
We are Google employees and we join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel project Dragonfly, Google’s effort to create a censored search engine for the Chinese market that enables state surveillance.
We are among thousands of employees who have raised our voices for months. International human rights organizations and investigative reporters have also sounded the alarm, emphasizing serious human rights concerns and repeatedly calling on Google to cancel the project. So far, our leadership’s response has been unsatisfactory.
Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be. The Chinese government certainly isn’t alone in its readiness to stifle freedom of expression, and to use surveillance to repress dissent. Dragonfly in China would establish a dangerous precedent at a volatile political moment, one that would make it harder for Google to deny other countries similar concessions.
Our company’s decision comes as the Chinese government is openly expanding its surveillance powers and tools of population control. Many of these rely on advanced technologies, and combine online activity, personal records, and mass monitoring to track and profile citizens. Reports are already showing who bears the cost, including Uyghurs, women’s rights advocates, and students. Providing the Chinese government with ready access to user data, as required by Chinese law, would make Google complicit in oppression and human rights abuses.
Dragonfly would also enable censorship and government-directed disinformation, and destabilize the ground truth on which popular deliberation and dissent rely. Given the Chinese government’s reported suppression of dissident voices, such controls would likely be used to silence marginalized people, and favor information that promotes government interests.
Many of us accepted employment at Google with the company’s values in mind, including its previous position on Chinese censorship and surveillance, and an understanding that Google was a company willing to place its values above its profits. After a year of disappointments including Project Maven, Dragonfly, and Google’s support for abusers, we no longer believe this is the case. This is why we’re taking a stand.
We join with Amnesty International in demanding that Google cancel Dragonfly. We also demand that leadership commit to transparency, clear communication, and real accountability. Google is too powerful not to be held accountable. We deserve to know what we’re building and we deserve a say in these significant decisions.
David H. Alexander, Senior Software Engineer
Pierre Bourdon, Senior Software Engineer
Damien Desfontaines, Privacy Engineer
Amr Gaber, Software Engineer
Colin McMillen, Staff Software Engineer
Steven Monacelli, Program Manager
Matthew Siegler, Senior Software Engineer
Joëlle Skaf, Staff Software Engineer
Zora Tung, Software Engineer
Meredith Whittaker, Google Open Research Lead
Jean Zheng, Senior Staff Technology Manager
*We will be updating this post with additional signatures as they come in.
Your DNA data is yours. Fight for your asset.
DNA data. It is the very essence of you. It is your personal blueprint, that makes you distinctly unique and different from every other person on earth… how can that be anonymized? It can’t. Like your fingerprint is your unique identifier or your face (think how Apple iPhones can now use facial recognition) your DNA is the ultimate unique identifier that describes in detail at the DNA level all that is YOU. By sheer definition, that can’t be anonymized.
23andMe later clarifies that members must opt-out meaning that you have to log into your 23andMe account, go to Preferences. Once there, the Research section should give you the option to remove your consent. 23andMe forces you to take overt action to opt-out.
23andMe Privacy Statement and Disclosure of Information, and I quote: “Finally, 23andMe may, in its sole discretion, restrict access to the website for any reason.”