(Joseph Mercola) You may have heard about China’s social credit system — a dystopian monitoring scheme focused on the moral dimension of human life and behavior — which was conceived in 2014 and rolled out in in earnest in 2018.
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(Emma Fiala) As technology advances, more and more people are tossing their arms in the air and declaring they’ve got nothing to hide while giving up most of their rights to privacy for the sake of convenience. Meanwhile, those that value their privacy are finding it more and more difficult to operate in an increasingly […]
(SHTF Plan) The Pentagon has begun testing new and powerful mass surveillance balloons over six Midwest states. This is a major privacy threat, as these camera-outfitted mass-surveillance balloons can capture every moving vehicle across a wide area, from the stratosphere.
(Harrison Kirk) They call it Sentient, an apt name for an artificial intelligence program that’s been in production by U.S. intelligence agencies since 2010 and could soon find its way into our lives in ways we can only imagine.
(Hope Schreiber) There are plenty of people who have fears about facial recognition, even though it recently helped authorities identify the Capital Gazette shooting suspect.
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(Mac Slavo) As if we aren’t being tracked, recorded, and monitored enough, the Pentagon now has a laser that can identify a person by their heartbeat. Your heartbeat is going to be a lot harder to hide than your face…
(Shtf Plan) As if we aren’t being tracked, recorded, and monitored enough, the Pentagon now has a laser that can identify a person by their heartbeat. Your heartbeat is going to be a lot harder to hide than your face…
(Zero Hedge) Guess who wrote the following text: “When Alexa runs your home, Amazon tracks you in more ways than you might want. Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings? For most people, the answer is, ‘Are you crazy?’ Yet that’s essentially what Amazon has been doing to millions of us with its assistant Alexa in microphone-equipped Echo speakers. And it’s hardly alone: Bugging our homes is Silicon Valley’s next frontier.”
(Gennie Gebhart) For years, Xinjiang has been a testbed for the Chinese government’s novel digital and physical surveillance tactics, as well as human rights abuses. But there is still a lot that the international human rights community doesn’t know, especially when it comes to post-2016 Xinjiang.
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(B.N. Frank)It’s reasonable to expect stores to install security cameras to protect themselves from theft and property damage. But is it reasonable for them to install facial recognition cameras to determine shoppers’ moods to try to sell them more stuff? After all, stores are already able to collect data from shoppers who use store discount cards. Why is it now necessary for them to know how elated we are when we find toilet paper on sale? D’oh! It’s so they can try to sell us more stuff.
(Activist Post)Nearly everything we buy, how we buy, and where we’re buying from is secretly fed into AI-powered verification services that help companies guard against credit-card and other forms of fraud, according to the Wall Street Journal. More than 16,000 signals are analyzed by a service called Sift, which generates a “Sift score” ranging from 1 – 100. The score is used to flag devices, credit cards and accounts that a vendor may want to block based on a person or entity’s overall “trustworthiness” score, according to a company spokeswoman.
(Aaron Kesel) Airbnb is having more and more of its hosts hiding security cameras in rooms, and it doesn’t seem to be worried about the practice if innkeepers are disclosing the cameras and they aren’t in the bathrooms or bedrooms, according to a report by Fast Company.
(Adam Goldberg) Welcome to the end of the 2010’s decade. In retrospect, can you believe how quickly it passed? It was back in 2013 that Edward Snowden leaked all that info about surveillance. It was the very beginning of this decade when both social media and smartphones really started popping, or the very end of the last decade if you get down to it.
(Derrick Broze) The War on Terror
Immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush promised Americans he would exact revenge on those who dare attack the empire. Dubya’s program of “Shock and Awe” gave the American public an upfront look at what the U.S. military was prepared to do to the enemies of “freedom and democracy.”