February 22, 2019

Censorship

February 19, 2019

YouTube Unleashed a Conspiracy Theory Boom. Can It Be Contained?

Kevin Roose | The New York Times | Source URL Last month, the YouTube star Shane Dawson uploaded his new project: a 104-minute documentary, “Conspiracy Theories With Shane Dawson.” In the video, set to a spooky instrumental soundtrack, Mr. Dawson unspooled a series of far-fetched hypotheses. Among them: that iPhones
January 27, 2019

YouTube to crack down on conspiracy videos: Video site to stop recommending ‘blatantly false’ videos to users

Mark Prigg | The Daily Mail | Source URL YouTube claims it will stop recommending conspiracy videos.  Following complaints over the number of unwelcome videos appearing in recommendations, the Google-owned site says it plans to try and banish them. It says  ‘borderline’ videos that come close to violating community guidelines or
January 24, 2019

No need to install: Microsoft has controversial fake news filter NewsGuard built into mobile browser

RT Natural News Source URL Corporate and neocon-backed startup NewsGuard is one step closer to its vision of bringing its “unreliable” news rater to every screen after Microsoft makes it an integral part of its Edge mobile browser. Rather than having to download an app as before, Edge users on
January 4, 2019

Lawsuit Claims SPLC Abetted Theft, Spread Lies to Destroy Lawyer for ‘Thought Crime’

PJ Media | Source URL In December 2018, a Baltimore lawyer filed a devastating lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and two of its employees. The SPLC targeted Glen Keith Allen over his former ties to the National Alliance (NA), a white nationalist group. In doing so, the
January 1, 2019

Mother Of Detained Journalist Julian Assange And WikiLeaks Call On Journalists And Supporters To Protest In Times Square On New Year’s Eve

Aaron Kesel | Activist Post | Source URL Recently, WikiLeaks highlighted that its founder and former editor Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained 8+ years without charge by the UK Govt (6+ years within the Ecuador Embassy in London where he was granted asylum from U.S. threats) and 2 years house
December 28, 2018

Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech

Max Fisher | MSNBC | Source URL MENLO PARK, Calif. — In a glass conference room at its California headquarters, Facebook is taking on the bonfires of hate and misinformation it has helped fuel across the world, one post at a time. The social network has drawn criticism for undermining

Organized Stalking

5G

Weaponized Directed Energy

Brain-Computer Interfaces

Legal Issues

February 12, 2019

Trump signs ‘American AI Initiative’ executive order to prioritize federal funding for artificial intelligence research

Xeni Jardin | Boing Boing | Source URL There aren’t many details in Trump’s “American A.I. Initiative,” but the point appears to be: send a message of technological dominance to China. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday intended to boost America’s global position in artificial intelligence. While nothing
February 11, 2019

Trump to create American AI Initiative with executive order

cNet | Source URL President Donald Trump is directing federal agencies to focus on artificial intelligence (AI), multiple outlets have reported. The Trump administration is going to create the American AI Initiative with an executive order on Monday, according to the New York Times and Reuters. The order won’t include specific funding
February 8, 2019

Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting some personal data without consent

Rob Beschizza | BoingBoing | Source URL Regulators in Germany ruled that Facebook must cut the data it gathers about people who aren’t using its app or website or get their consent. Facebook says it intends to appeal the ruling. The watchdog has carried out a probe into the social
January 28, 2019

Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy

EFF | Source URL Today the Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously that when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. Users don’t need to prove an injury like identity fraud or physical harm—just losing control of one’s biometric privacy is
January 26, 2019

New Mexico Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

Mike Maharrey | Tenth Amendment Center | Source URL | PDF – SB199 SANTA FE, N.M. (Jan. 24, 2019) – Today, the New Mexico Senate unanimously passed a bill that would limit the warrantless use of stingray devices to track people’s location and sweep up electronic communications, and more broadly protect
January 14, 2019

Gunman who killed officer left a note accusing police of hitting him with ‘sonic waves’

CNN | Source URL The gunman who killed an officer in Northern California left behind a letter accusing the Davis police department of hitting him with “ultra sonic waves.” A man on a bicycle shot Davis police Officer Natalie Corona, 22, Thursday night as she responded to a triple-car crash

Financials

February 1, 2019

With Cash Handouts, India Takes Step Toward Universal Basic Income

Eric Bellman | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL Government promises payouts to help hundreds of millions of small farmers NEW DELHI—India unveiled huge handouts for farmers, setting the stage for an election-year spending spree, a possible prelude to implementing a universal basic income in an effort to deal
January 4, 2019

Bokhari: The Terrifying Rise of Financial Blacklisting

Allum Bokhari | Breitbart | Source URL It is the most totalitarian form of blacklisting: not just to be prevented from speaking on a university campus, or to be kicked off social media, but to be shut out of the entire financial system. That is the terrifying new threat to
December 4, 2018

Microsoft and MasterCard working on universal online identification standard

Andrew O’Hara | Apple Insider | Source URL Microsoft and MasterCard announced that they are teaming up to create a digital identity solution to help protect consumers across the shopping, investment and travel industries. Near everyone has the issue of managing their digital identities, including multiple passwords, two-factor authentication, and
December 4, 2018

Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores

Heather Haddon & Laura Stevens | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 4.86% is testing its cashierless checkout technology for bigger stores, according to people familiar with the matter. If successful, the strategy would further challenge brick-and-mortar retailers racing to make their businesses more convenient. The
November 22, 2018

Amazon Rolling Out ‘Amazon Pay’ Digital Wallet In Physical Stores

Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge | Source URL As FAANG stocks lead the market lower during what has become a relentless Q4 selloff, Amazon is hoping to reassure anxious investors that the company’s relentless expansion and revenue growth will continue. To wit, the company is taking another big step toward establishing
November 3, 2018

Walmart joins the cashless game – but can small merchants afford this?

Gene Marks | The Guardian | Source URL This new form of automated self-service shopping will sweep the industry, but the impact for small business is enormous Last month, and on the heels of its latest cashier-less grocery store opening in Chicago, Bloomberg reported that the online giant Amazon.com is

Mental Health

February 14, 2019

How sleep deprivation ruins your mental health

Zoey Sky | Natural News | Source URL When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re tired and cranky the next day. However, sleep deprivation also affects your emotional and mental health in four different ways. It makes you more emotionally reactive. If you’re sleep deprived, you may lose your temper
January 9, 2019

‘They Can Do Whatever They Want To You,’ Says Woman Who Claims She’s Been ‘Brain-Mapped’ By Electronic Stalkers’

Dr. Phil Show | Source URL Debbie says she believes she is being “electronically harassed” by people who shock her with electricity, have “brain-mapped” her and project visions of aliens through her optic nerve.  “They can do whatever they want to you,” she claims.  “I know how crazy it sounds
January 6, 2019

Health advocates say schizophrenia should be reclassified as a brain disease

Brianna Ehley | Politico | Source URL Mental health advocates are lobbying Congress to help them get schizophrenia classified as a brain disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimers, instead of as a mental illness, a move that could reduce stigma and lead to more dollars for a cure. Federal health officials,
December 19, 2018

Human rights body calls on US school to ban electric shocks on children

Ed Pilkington | The Guardian | Source URL Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a notice to the Judge Rotenberg Center to immediately stop the shocks An international body entrusted with upholding human rights across the Americas has called for an immediate ban on the controversial use of electric shocks
October 9, 2018

The rise of cyberchondria and cyberhoarding: Internet use is fuelling new conditions where people compulsively self-diagnose health issues and stockpile data

Faith Ridler | The Daily Mail | Source URL The internet could be fuelling a range of new mental health disorders such as cyberchondria, online hoarding, and shopping addictions, experts have warned. A group dubbed The European Problematic Use of the Internet Research Network have now called for internet companies
May 11, 2018

What Is the Psychological Toll of Stalking?

Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. | Psychology Today | Source URL “What are you going to do? Are you going to live in the dark, locked in here? Afraid to look out, answer the door, leave? Yes, he’s out there, and he’s clearly not going to leave you alone until one of
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