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Apr 25 16:28

“Pseudo Satellite” Aircraft Being Tested to Blast WiFi At Us From the Sky Even Though WiFi Isn’t Harmless

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post has reported about research that has already proven that WiFi isn’t harmless and neither is 5G technology. In fact, no “safe” level of wireless radiation exposure has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women...

Now aircraft is being tested that will make it cheaper for telecom companies to blast WiFi at us from the sky...

Apr 25 14:40

If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

The Amazon Alexa technology really is one of the perfect products for our era. It’s easy, it’s convenient, and it’s a privacy nightmare that serves as a constant reminder of the fact that we live in a techno-dystopia of our own making. If you still have an Alexa or any other voice assistant in your home, you were warned. If you haven’t tossed your Echo into the sea by now, that’s on you. Because Silicon Valley clearly has no interest in honoring your privacy.

Apr 25 13:20

Splinternet Protest: Stop ACTA 2 Activists Start Online Petition To Save Internet To Be Delivered To European Commission

By Aaron Kesel

Stop ACTA 2 activists comprised of Anonymous, Pirates, and Internet freedom advocates have started a new Change.org petition to be delivered to the European Commission on May 26th after European elections, with new politicians set to take over leadership...

Apr 25 12:06

Skip the Surveillance By Opting Out of Face Recognition At Airports

By Jason Kelley

Government agencies and airlines have ignored years of warnings from privacy groups and senators that using face recognition technology on travelers would massively violate their privacy. Now, the passengers are in revolt as well, and they’re demanding answers...

Apr 25 09:42

NSA reportedly tells White House phone-surveillance program no longer worthwhile

The National Security Agency (NSA) has reportedly told the White House that it no longer sees its phone-surveillance program as worth the effort it requires.

It follows a report last month claiming that the NSA had in fact abandoned the program last year …

The WSJ reports that the NSA is making the recommendation ahead of a December deadline to either abandon the program or renew the legislation which makes it legal.

The National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a surveillance program that collects information about U.S. phone calls and text messages, saying the logistical and legal burdens of keeping it outweigh its intelligence benefits, according to people familiar with the matter […]

The latest view is rooted in a growing belief among senior intelligence officials that the spying program provides limited value to national security and has become a logistical headache.

Apr 25 09:00

NEC’s Global Facial Biometrics Program Will “Solve Health Problems”

By MassPrivateI

Last week, NEC Corporation and Nagasaki University announced that they are creating a global facial recognition program based on the U.N.’s slogan of eradicating poverty called “Leave No One Behind.” ...

I have covered the rise of facial biometrics for years, but I have never ever come across such a bold slogan that plainly states that they want to identify everyone, including children...

Apr 25 08:32

Amazon employees listening to your Alexa recordings can also easily find customers' home addresses, report claims

Hot on the heels of Amazon admitting it can listen to private Alexa audio, a new report has revealed that employees can also access users' home addresses.

An Amazon team charged with auditing Alexa users' commands can see users' latitude and longitude coordinates, allowing them to easily discover their addresses, Bloomberg reported, citing sources close to the situation.

It's the same team uncovered by Bloomberg earlier this month, which is located all over the world and sifts through thousands of recordings, transcribing and analyzing them in the process.

Apr 25 07:21

Windows 10: Microsoft ditches its 'ancient, obsolete' expiring password policy

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been predicting the death of passwords for nearly 20 years. They're still with us today, but now the company has decided it's time get rid of one of the sillier rules that helped make passwords a problem in the first place: forced periodic password changes.

The company plans to drop expiring password policies in its security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 1903, or the May 2019 Update, and for Windows Server 1903.

"Periodic password expiration is an ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value, and we don't believe it's worthwhile for our baseline to enforce any specific value," explains Aaron Margosis, a Microsoft principal consultant.

Organizations will now be able to pick their own password expiration date or choose not to have one at all.

Apr 25 07:20

Confidence in the internet is wobbling: Here's how to fix it, says cyber chief

There's been a dip in confidence around how the internet works and it's up to the cybersecurity industry and others to help fix problems and ensure that we don't make the same mistakes that were being made when online connectivity was a new phenomenon as fresh internet-connected technologies emerge.

"These new generations of technologies still offer unparalleled opportunities to make all our lives so much better – our healthcare, our economy, our societies, but we have to think about managing the risks and the harm," said Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the cybersecurity arm of the UK's GCHQ intelligence agency.

Speaking at the NCSC's CYBERUK 19 conference in Glasgow, Martin warned that we're at a critical point with the internet, with trust in it starting to decline.

Apr 25 07:20

Academics hide humans from surveillance cameras with 2D prints

Academics from a Belgian university have devised a method that uses a simple 2D image that can be printed on shirts or bags to make wearers invisible to camera surveillance systems that rely on machine learning to recognize humans in live video feeds.

The 2D image (called a "patch" in the research paper) must be placed around the middle of a person's "detection box" and must face the surveillance camera at all times.

This does not hide a person's real face from the video feed (unless the person also wears a mask), but it prevents any human detection algorithm from spotting a human body when entering the frame and triggering a subsequent facial recognition check.

Apr 24 22:06

Windows 10 May 2019 Update thwarted by obscure tech known as 'external storage'

Fans of the underused and little-known technology mostly referred to as "external storage" have found themselves blocked from installing the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

The problem, which has had users scratching their heads as to why devices such as their shiny new Microsoft Surface fondleslabs were choking on the update, can occur if USB storage or an SD card is plugged in.

Microsoft has delicately referred to the issue as "inappropriate drive assignment" in its support article on the matter, using the example of an external device mounted as G: in the existing configuration being reassigned as H:.

Yes, it is 2019 and an awful lot of software still depends on drive letters.

Apr 24 18:10

How Google is Helping the US Government Violate Your Privacy With Warrantless Searches

By Derrick Broze

A new court filing argues that Google is helping the U.S. government circumvent Fourth Amendment protections in order to conduct warrantless searches.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has formally accused Google of scanning billions of personal files of users at the request of the U.S. government. EPIC recently filed a “friend of the court” brief alleging that Google is helping the U.S. government conduct warrantless searches by scanning user files in search of potentially illegal content or evidence of crimes...

Apr 24 17:51

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data

By Jennifer Lynch

There’s heartening news for our location privacy out of Massachusetts this week. The Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s highest court, ruled that police access to real-time cell phone location data—whether it comes from a phone company or from technology like a cell site simulator—intrudes on a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy. Absent exigent circumstances, the court held, the police must get a warrant...

Apr 24 14:48

FBI Fails Privacy And Accuracy Tests On Its Facial Recognition Tools According To GAO Report, While A.I. Police State Advances

By Aaron Kesel

The FBI has failed to assuage concerns of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on its use of facial recognition technology according to a new report.

Numerous issues were raised three years ago after the congressional watchdog urged the FBI to improve its practices in order to meet privacy and accuracy standards expected...

Apr 24 11:43

Man Falsely Arrested at Direction of Apple’s Artificial Intelligence: $1 Billion Lawsuit

By Nicholas West

As I’ve been covering for the last several months, we are beginning to see more examples of artificial intelligence being relied upon within the U.S. criminal justice system. If recent accusations are true, this trend in surveillance and pre-crime algorithmic analysis is even more dangerous than the intrusion upon our privacy — it can lead to false arrests.

As reported by the BBC, a case of mistaken identity may have resulted from what would be a comedy of errors, if not for such serious consequences for the accused. It perfectly highlights the pitfalls of relying upon such complex systems when dealing with human beings and their range of interactions...

Apr 24 07:49

US President Donald Trump meets Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and complains about lost followers: Source

US President Donald Trump met with Twitter Inc`s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey on Tuesday and spent a significant time questioning him about why he has lost some Twitter followers, a person briefed on the matter said.
The meeting, which was organised by the White House last week, came hours after Trump again attacked the social media company over his claims it is biased against conservatives.

Apr 23 17:29

Teen sues Apple for $1 billion

An 18-year-old from New York is suing Apple for US$1 billion (NZ$1.5 billion), claiming that a facial recognition system at its stores falsely connected him to a series of thefts.

Ousmane Bah, who was arrested at his home in November, alleges that the warrant he was served included a photo of someone else. The lawsuit also claims that a detective with the New York Police Department concluded that the thief caught by a store surveillance camera "looked nothing like" Bah.

Apr 23 11:21

DESIGNER NANOBOTS CHANGING HUMANITY

What is smaller than a breadbox and can carry 8,000 times its weight? If you guessed an ant, think smaller.

Nanobots are so small they function on the same level as viruses and bacteria. A nano is a millionth of a millimeter, or 40,000 times smaller than the thickness of human hair. One million nanobots can fit on the head of a pin. These tiny robots are programmable. They take orders and do odd jobs, like cleaning out blocked arteries, or swimming in oceans to eat chemical pollution. Science calls them the greatest thing since sliced bread. However, this technology has existed as the T4 bacteriophage since the at least 2004. Will you soon be able to choose designer nanobots with hair color and skin color, similar to apps on your cell phone?

Apr 23 09:30

Why do you even use Facebook? It’s a question that over 42 percent of Americans are now asking

If you’re a Facebook junkie, you may be constantly monitoring your feed the moment you wake up, during your commute, and even at school or work. However, a study suggests that a lot of Americans are doing just fine without Facebook.

The study was conducted by experts from the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American fact tank in Washington, D.C.

Data from the study revealed that 42 percent of American adults haven’t checked their feeds for several weeks. The researchers also found that about 26 percent of Americans deleted the app from their smartphones.

Apr 23 08:38

US POLICE REFUSE TO STOP CREATING FAKE PROFILES ON FACEBOOK

Local, state, and federal law enforcement are refusing to comply with Facebook’s policy against law enforcement creating fake social media accounts.

A new report by The Guardian details how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has violated Facebook policy by creating fake social media accounts connected to a fake university created to identify illegal immigrants. ICE agents created profiles of individuals alleged to have attended the fictional University of Farmington as part of their attempt to ensnare students in an immigration scam. More than 600 students, most of whom were Indian citizens, were indicted in the federal government’s operation.

The Guardian reports:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me for asking, but isn't this a form of cyber-entrapment, which is prohibited by both Federal and State laws?!?

Apr 23 08:28

REVERSE WARRANT FOR CELL SITE LOCATION INFO RESULTS IN WRONG MAN BEING JAILED

Reverse warrants are the new regular warrants. Ever since law enforcement discovered most Americans carry tracking devices with them 24/7, they've been approaching cellphone providers with warrants targeting geographic areas rather than people.
When a crime has been committed but cops don't have any suspects, they ask Google and others to canvass the area for them. Officers hand providers a geofence and ask for everyone who wandered into the selected area during a certain timeframe. Once cops have everyone, they start looking for someone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the Chain of Evidence so generally and thoroughly mangled in this country, it is no wonder that programs like The Innocence Project exist, to validate if a person in jail for a crime they did not commit.

Apr 23 08:27

BRAVE — The Future Of Content Creation, Curation And PRIVATE Internet Browsing: Review

By Aaron Kesel

The Brave browser is developed by former Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich. Brave’s privacy-first approach to accessing the Internet has driven the browser to popularity among privacy-conscious Web users. Brave is a also a step into the future by propelling mass adoption of cryptocurrency. Brave also vows to protect user data from information sharks online (data resellers or miners) trying to harvest user data for nefarious purposes; this process has been streamlined and anonymously filtered to provide the user with relevant ads, keeping both companies and users happy...

Apr 23 07:52

U.S. GOVERNMENT SPENT OVER $500M ON FAKE AL-QAEDA PROPAGANDA VIDEOS THAT TRACKED LOCATION OF VIEWERS

My guess is that even I would be shocked if we knew the extent of America’s ongoing PSYOP with regard to media.

Via: Independent:

A former contractor for a UK-based public relations firm says that the Pentagon paid more than half a billion dollars for the production and dissemination of fake Al-Qaeda videos that portrayed the insurgent group in a negative light.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported that the PR firm, Bell Pottinger, worked alongside top US military officials at Camp Victory in Baghdad at the height of the Iraq War. The agency was tasked with crafting TV segments in the style of unbiased Arabic news reports, videos of Al-Qaeda bombings that appeared to be filmed by insurgents, and anti-insurgent commercials – and those who watched the videos could be tracked by US forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; did these carefully crafted "reports" actually result in any real "bad guys" getting caught, or just "sold" for a ransom, when people with whom they normally did business, got angry with them, for whatever reason, and thought turning them over to Iraqi or American military would net them a nice reward?!?

And please remember: as reported at HRW, we still have 41 prisoners of war at Guantanamo, and some of them still without a trial date:

Guantanamo Bay Inmates and the Trump Administration

Apr 22 18:27

“It Should Be Illegal”: Use of Facial Recognition at Airports Draws Anger

By Eoin Higgins

A boarding technology for travelers using JetBlue is causing controversy due to a social media thread on the airline’s use of facial recognition.

Last week, traveler MacKenzie Fegan described her experience with the biometric technology in a social media post that got the attention of JetBlue’s official Twitter account...

Apr 22 15:33

Boeing’s 737 Max Debacle: The Result of a Dangerously Pro-Automation Design Philosophy?

The aftermath of two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets shortly after takeoff has led to the global grounding of the airplane. Boeing has been forced to cut production, and even so, undelivered planes are piling up. Big buyers like Southwest American Airlines have been forced to cancel flights during their peak time of year as a result of taking their 737s off line. American lengthened its 737 grounding to June 5 and Southwest, to August 5.

Even though Boeing is scrambling to fix the software meant to counter the 737 Max’s increased propensity to stall as a result of the placement of larger, more fuel=efficient engines in a way that reduced the stability of the plane in flight, it’s not clear that this will be adequate in terms of flight safety or the public perception of the plane>>>

Apr 22 10:10

JUDGE TELLS RESEARCH CENTER TO GIVE BACK FACIAL RECOGNITION DOCUMENTS THE NYPD FORGOT TO REDACT

Contained in the steady drip of documents handed over to the Center was something the NYPD Wasn't supposed to release in unredacted form. It took almost a month for the department to realize it had screwed up. Rather than let uncensored bygones be bygones, the NYPD took it up with the judge presiding over the case. The NYPD's legal rep wasn't too thrilled with the department's inadvertent transparency.

City attorney Jeffrey Dantowitz conceded that the disclosure was a fiasco.

“That a few documents were inadvertently produced without the intended redactions, while careless, was neither an intelligent nor voluntary disclosure," he wrote in court papers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

Apr 21 11:46

Netizen Report: If Protecting Your Privacy is “Part of a Conspiracy,” Then We’re All in Big Trouble

By Netizen Report Team

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world. This report covers news and events from April 04 – April 19, 2019.

On April 11, two arrests were made in cases that could set game-changing legal precedents threatening online privacy and free speech protections...

Apr 20 08:39

The Mueller Report Can’t Be Copyrighted, Is Flagged by Copyright Bots Anyway

By EFF

Did you know that anything created by federal government employees, under American law, can’t be copyrighted? They go right into the public domain. That means it’s impossible for there to be any copyright infringement on, say, a report by the Special Counsel on the investigation into the President and his presidential campaign. But the copyright-enforcement bots on Scribd have been busy taking down copies of the Mueller report all the same...

Apr 19 19:08

Google’s Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You’ve Been

By Jennifer Lynch

Do you know where you were five years ago? Did you have an Android phone at the time? It turns out Google might know—and it might be telling law enforcement...

Apr 19 11:01

Five Simple Ways to Increase Your Privacy When Using Cryptocurrency

By Kai Sedgwick

Cryptocurrency without privacy is pointless. If your coins aren’t fungible, you lose much of the benefits of using cryptocurrency in the first place. Privacy isn’t just won and lost onchain, though. In fact, much of the privacy gains to be made when it comes to sending, spending and trading crypto occur offchain, as you go about your business on the Web...

Apr 19 10:32

Another Day, Another Facebook Scandal — Company Data Mined Email User Contacts From New Users

By Aaron Kesel

Facebook has another scandal; this time it has been revealed that the company’s password verification feature for new users collected contact data from users’ email accounts without their consent.

Business Insider revealed that Facebook had “harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.” A security researcher e-sushi questioned why Facebook was asking for email passwords when new users signed up with the platform. Business Insider then discovered that if you did enter your email password, a message popped up saying it was “importing” your contacts, without asking for permission first...

Apr 18 14:06

DEATH OF FREE SPEECH: CRITICIZING ISRAEL WILL LAND YOU IN PRISON

Soon, this blog will be illegal.

No, I’m not selling drugs or peddling child pornography. I write about America’s wars and the primary objective of those illegal and immoral wars—to make Israel the hegemon of the Middle East along with Saudi Arabia. All US foreign policy in that region centers on those two nations.

The following may soon be classified as hate speech and antisemitism (as increasingly criticism of the Jewish state and its Zionist political ideology are considered crimes).

Trump took the baton from Obama after he told us he wasn’t into “nation-building” and was a populist “America First” noninterventionist. The American people were lied to again, but then this is now normal behavior.

Such criticism of Israel will soon be illegal. Democrats and Republicans are working together to make criticism of Israel a criminal offense. .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Criminalization of free speech, is the beginning of the end of any Republic, and folks, we are right here, and right now.

In order to do this, Congress would have to neutralize the First Amendment to the Constitution, by having this ratified by a two-thirds of the House and Senate, then send it to the states for ratification, which will mean that 3/4 of the states must approve.

How are Constitutional Amendments created?The article goes on to state:

The Constitution

What is an amendment?

An amendment to the Constitution is an improvement, a correction or a revision to the original content approved in 1788. To date, 27 Amendments have been approved, six have been disapproved and thousands have been discussed.

How is the Constitution amended?

Article V of the Constitution prescribes how an amendment can become a part of the Constitution. While there are two ways, only one has ever been used. All 27 Amendments have been ratified after two-thirds of the House and Senate approve of the proposal and send it to the states for a vote. Then, three-fourths of the states must affirm the proposed Amendment."

Should such legislation against the First Amendment be passed, followed along swiftly by anti-Israel hate speech legislation, we will know, unequivocally, that the US has absolutely surrendered its geopolitical sovereignty to Israel, and that Israel will now have complete control over US foreign policy in the Middle East(as though it doesn't exert that control, to the absolute detriment of We the People, already.)

IF such legislation is passed, I hope that the counter-argument be heard all the way up to the Supreme Court, and that it will be struck down.

Apr 18 13:27

THE ECUADOREAN AUTHORITIES HAVE NO REASON TO DETAIN FREE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER OLA BINI

Hours after the ejection of Julian Assange from the London Ecuadorean embassy last week, police officers in Ecuador detained the Swedish citizen and open source developer Ola Bini. They seized him as he prepared to travel from his home in Quito to Japan, claiming that he was attempting to flee the country in the wake of Assange’s arrest. Bini had, in fact, booked the vacation long ago, and had publicly mentioned it on his Twitter account before Assange was arrested.

Ola’s detention was full of irregularities, as documented by his lawyers. His warrant was for a “Russian hacker” (Bini is neither); he was not read his rights, allowed to contact his lawyer nor offered a translator.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When innocent people are rounded up like cattle, to serve the political needs of the government who had this man arrested, any "democracy" which is doing this, is in a desperate state of deep, and sudden, decline.

Apr 18 11:20

Pro-ISIS channel issues guide to buying weapons on dark web, using them against Westerners

A pro-ISIS Telegram channel has posted a step-by-step guide on how to procure weapons anonymously on the dark web and use them in revenge attacks against the West.

The message, which was written in English and directed at militant Muslims, starts off with a Q&A display on how radicals who want to avenge the death of an Islamic State (ISIS) member can do so by buying untraceable weapons.

The post also provides a tutorial that "details steps and measures to anonymously access the Deep Web through the TOR browser, anonymous email service and Bitcoins," according to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

The dark web is a part of the Internet that is hidden and lies beyond the reach of conventional search engines. Users are mostly anonymous and, untraceable, and they pay for services or goods with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Tor was designed as an encrypted browser that uses special coding to keep browsing histories secret.

Apr 18 10:01

As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There’s Little Oversight and Lots of Danger

By James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Artificial intelligence systems can – if properly used – help make government more effective and responsive, improving the lives of citizens. Improperly used, however, the dystopian visions of George Orwell’s 1984 become more realistic.

On their own and urged by a new presidential executive order, governments across the U.S., including state and federal agencies, are exploring ways to use AI technologies.

As an AI researcher for more than 40 years, who has been a consultant or participant in many government projects, I believe it’s worth noting that sometimes they’ve done it well – and other times not quite so well. The potential harms and benefits are significant...

Apr 17 19:12

Splinternet: EU Censorship Ramps Up With ACTA 2, While UK Passes Terror Law, Porn Law, and Introduces First Internet Regulation Agency

By Aaron Kesel

Across Europe, MEPs voted successfully to redesign the Internet with a censorship directive disguised as a copyright proposal, while the UK itself passed a horrifying terror bill that will make it illegal to watch any “terrorist propaganda” (not clearly defined) which carries sentencing of 15 years, an age restriction porn law and introduced the world’s first Internet regulation safety agency.

Apr 17 14:07

FACEBOOK WORKING ON CREEPY NEW VOICE ASSISTANT NOBODY WANTS OR NEEDS

Just what we needed, said exactly no one. Since early 2018, Facebook's artificial intelligence team has been developing an AI voice assistant to compete with the likes of Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, reports Salvador Rodriguez of CNBC/NBC News.

Apr 17 11:34

Nestlé And Carrefour Trial Blockchain For Greater Food Transparency

By Diana Ngo

Swiss food and drink multinational Nestlé and French hypermarket chain Carrefour are trialing blockchain to provide consumers with greater transparency in the food sector.

From April 15, 2019, the technology will be applied to the famous Mousline instant mashed potato brand, available on shelves in Carrefour stores around France, to enable consumers to access reliable and unfalsifiable information on the supply chain and production of the products...

Apr 17 10:30

We Should All Regulate Facebook and Google

By Max Gulker

Our economy depends on the continued forward march of technological progress. But with this growth come new problems and, inevitably, new regulation. We must ensure that this regulation does not stifle tomorrow’s innovations, whose details we cannot predict in advance...

Apr 17 09:28

The Ecuadorean Authorities Have No Reason to Detain Free Software Developer Ola Bini

By Danny O’Brien

Hours after the ejection of Julian Assange from the London Ecuadorean embassy last week, police officers in Ecuador detained the Swedish citizen and open source developer Ola Bini. They seized him as he prepared to travel from his home in Quito to Japan, claiming that he was attempting to flee the country in the wake of Assange’s arrest. Bini had, in fact, booked the vacation long ago, and had publicly mentioned it on his Twitter account before Assange was arrested.

Apr 17 09:19

Julian Assange’s Prosecution is about Much More Than Attempting to Hack a Password

By Cindy Cohn

The recent arrest of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange surprised many by hinging on one charge: a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) charge for a single, unsuccessful attempt to reverse engineer a password. This might not be the only charge Assange ultimately faces. The government can add more before the extradition decision and possibly even after that if it gets a waiver from the UK or otherwise. Yet some have claimed that as the indictment sits now, the single CFAA charge is a sign that the government is not aiming at journalists. We disagree...

Apr 16 12:19

FOIA Request Template For Presentation To A City Council, Zoning Board Or Local Authority Regarding 5G+ Technology Implementation

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Here is a template FOIA Request a consumer used in her area to file a comprehensive 5G FOIA request. Correspondingly, concerned consumers can present it to proper local authorities to let them know “you mean business” about NO 5G in my back yard!...

Apr 16 11:36

VIDEO: HOW THE PENTAGON AND CIA PUSH VENEZUELA REGIME-CHANGE PROPAGANDA IN VIDEO GAMES

THE US MILITARY AND CIA LAUNDER COUP PROPAGANDA THROUGH POPULAR FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER VIDEO GAMES LIKE CALL OF DUTY, SIMULATING ASSASSINATIONS OF VENEZUELA’S SOCIALIST LEADER AND SABOTAGE OF ITS ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.
BY MAX BLUMENTHAL AND BEN NORTON

We often think of video games as fiction, but the US government has weaponized them to advance its agenda around the globe.

SIMULATING VENEZUELA INVASION IN “CALL OF DUTY”
Venezuelan citizen journalists Orlenys Ortiz and Sancocho Power have drawn attention to the similarity between the plot of a 2013 first person shooter game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and alleged acts of US sabotage against the country this March.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is set in a dystopian future after the Middle East is nuked. A Venezuelan general comes into power, establishing a socialist style federation that spreads across Latin America like a disease, uniting all oil producing nations and expelling US citizens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somewhere, in this big, wide world of computer games, there need to be a few, which bring the concepts of cooperation, personal responsibility, free thought, and the taking care of others need to rule the day; otherwise, I am deeply concerned that our world will become just as dystopian as is this game.

Apr 16 11:17

SHOCKING LEAK REVEALS FACEBOOK LEVERAGED USER DATA TO REWARD FRIENDS, PUNISH ENEMIES

As traders focused on bank earnings and the outlook for global growth, NBC News wrested the market's attention back toward Facebook by publishing a report on what appears to be the largest leak of internal documents since the data privacy scandal that has dogged the company for more than a year erupted with the first reports about Cambridge Analytica's 'improper' leveraging of Facebook user data to influence elections.

Some 4,000 pages of documents shared with the network news organization by a journalist affiliated with the ICIJ, the same organization that helped bring us the Panama Papers leaks, revealed that Facebook had employed sensitive user data as a bargaining chip to attract major advertisers and close other deals between 2011 and 2015, when the company was struggling to cement its business model following its botched 2012 IPO.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this development

Apr 16 11:13

Police Use Drones To Spy On Suspicious People At “Potential Crime Scenes”

By MassPrivate I

For years, law enforcement has been claiming that drones will only be used for natural disasters, crime scene investigations, car accidents and rescue operations. That is the bill of goods being sold to the public, but it is all a lie...

Apr 16 10:14

New EU internet copyright laws will give US web giants a huge financial advantage and subject Europeans to mass surveillance, data privacy expert warns

Yesterday the EU has adopted copyright reforms championed by the media despite opposition from Google and campaigners saying it restricts internet freedom.

The reform, which got final approval from the European Council on Monday, was loudly backed by news publishers and artists who want protection over their content being shared.

But German Data Privacy Commissioner Ulrich Kelber, who is also a computer scientist, warned before the measure passed that its Article 13 will exacerbate the problem of market concentration in the tech sector, and expose Europeans to particular risk of online surveillance and manipulation.

Apr 16 09:59

How GPS tracking devices designed to protect children 'can be used by STALKERS to follow their every move'

A GPS tracking device has temporarily shut down its service after researchers found a flaw that would allow anyone to track a user's location.

TicTocTrack alerted customers it would suspend its service on Tuesday afternoon until it can confirm the 'validity' of the flaws and subsequently fix them.

In an email alerting the company, computer researchers Ken Munro and Troy Hunt said they discovered the software failed to 'correctly check that the person logged into the account is the person authorised to access that data,' The Age reported.

'As a result, anyone can access anyone else's data,' the email said.

Apr 16 09:02

VIDEO: HOW THE PENTAGON AND CIA PUSH VENEZUELA REGIME-CHANGE PROPAGANDA IN VIDEO GAMES

THE US MILITARY AND CIA LAUNDER COUP PROPAGANDA THROUGH POPULAR FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER VIDEO GAMES LIKE CALL OF DUTY, SIMULATING ASSASSINATIONS OF VENEZEULA’S SOCIALIST LEADER AND SABOTAGE OF ITS ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

Apr 16 08:35

UNSEALED AFFIDAVIT TRIES TO PUT WIKILEAKS IN CAHOOTS WITH THE TALIBAN, BIN LADEN

On Monday a federal judge in Virginia unsealed the original 2017 affidavit and criminal complaint on which Assange's extradition request to the US is based, offering new details including chat logs between Assange and former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning, which attempt to support a single count of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” which may or may not have succeeded.

The US alleges Assange actively sought for and encouraged Manning to crack a password to access classified information on a Defense Department network; the affidavit claims details related to this charge, for instance chat log discussions between the pair over how to crack a password, though the affidavit notes that "it remains unknown whether Manning and Assange were successful in cracking the password," related to the conspiracy charge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry folks, but the US Department of Justice (now known as just-US!!)has well and truly jumped the proverbial shark on this one.

And the attempt to describe "collusion" between Wikileaks, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda working together?!? Please, don't get me started!!
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I am hoping and praying that Assange has an absolute "dream team" working for him, to get these charges dropped.

Apr 16 08:00

In the wake of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, digital scans offer hope for restoration

The recently-deceased Prof. Andrew Tallon finished the painstaking work of laser scanning Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, creating rich raw data that could potentially help in reconstruction efforts.

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