October 19, 2019

Censorship

October 12, 2019

China’s Global Reach: Surveillance and Censorship Beyond the Great Firewall

Danny O’Brien | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Source URL Those outside the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are accustomed to thinking of the Internet censorship practices of the Chinese state as primarily domestic, enacted through the so-called “Great Firewall”—a system of surveillance and blocking technology that prevents Chinese citizens from
October 2, 2019

School Districts Use “Gaggle” To Monitor Students Free Speech And Social Media Posts

Mass Private I | Source URL Today, I give you a frightening story about free speech censorship and watchlists just in time for the countdown to Halloween. A recent article in The Tennessean reveals how the Williamson County School District (WCS) is monitoring students free speech and social media posts. The
October 2, 2019

Leaking classified information is ‘thievery, not protected speech,’ Justice Department says

Rachel Weiner | The Washington Post | Source URL ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A contractor accused of leaking classified information engaged in “thievery, not protected speech,” and has no First Amendment grounds to challenge his Espionage Act prosecutions, the Justice Department said in an Alexandria federal court filing. Former intelligence analyst
October 2, 2019

Beijing Launches New Rule: Residents Must Pass Facial Recognition Test to Surf Internet

Nicole Hao | The Epoch Times | Source URL The Chinese regime announced a new rule which requires residents to pass a facial recognition test in order to apply for an internet connection via smartphone or computer. The rule will be implemented from Dec. 1, 2019. In addition, no cell
September 26, 2019

This is How the Elite Will Shut Down Your Free Speech

Kurt Nimmo | Another Day in the Empire| Source URL It might be time to get off Gab, Voat, and other “white supremacist” social media sites. These are not bona fide racist websites—unlike, say, the Daily Stormer—although they do have an appreciable percentage of what the state now calls “white
August 19, 2019

China is paying Twitter to publish propaganda against Hong Kong protesters

Ravie Lakshmanan | The Next Web | Source URL Twitter has caught itself in a propaganda war after it was found running ads from China’s state-backed media outlet Xinhua News attacking Hong Kong protesters. The promoted tweets (aka ads) — which were captured on social bookmarking site Pinboard — delve into how

Organized Stalking

5G

Weaponized Directed Energy

Brain-Computer Interfaces

Legal Issues

October 9, 2019

Secret Court: FBI Warrantless Searches Were Illegal

Spencer Ackerman | The Daily Beast | Source URL A year ago, the U.S.’ surveillance court ruled that the FBI violated Americans’ privacy by broadly sifting through dragnets of intercepted communications. Some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s warrantless searches through the National Security Agency’s enormous troves of communications data
October 2, 2019

Leaking classified information is ‘thievery, not protected speech,’ Justice Department says

Rachel Weiner | The Washington Post | Source URL ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A contractor accused of leaking classified information engaged in “thievery, not protected speech,” and has no First Amendment grounds to challenge his Espionage Act prosecutions, the Justice Department said in an Alexandria federal court filing. Former intelligence analyst
September 26, 2019

Betrayed: District Attorney’s Are Running “Advanced Public Surveillance Networks”

Mass Private I | Source URL The public trust has been betrayed. District Attorney’s (DA) are using CCTV cameras and license plate readers to create public surveillance networks. According to U.S. Legal, the definition of a DA is “to investigate alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement.” Not a single one
September 5, 2019

U.S. Federal Judge Rules Terrorist Watchlist Is Unconstitutional

Newsweek | Source URL U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ruled Wednesday that the federal government’s watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” is unconstitutional. The list, which contains over 1 million people, was challenged by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and 23 American citizens who said they were wrongly placed
August 19, 2019

The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection

Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Source URL There’s no mistaking the elaborate tattoos that cover Tyrone Lamont Allen’s forehead and right cheek. But when Portland police suspected Allen was involved in four bank and credit union heists, and none of the tellers reported seeing tattoos on the face of
August 19, 2019

Deepfake evidence so realistic ‘innocent people will go to jail’ warns expert

David Rivers | The Daily Star | Source URL Deepfake material including fabricated evidence will become so realistic it will land innocent people in jail, an expert has warned. Shamir Allibhai, CEO of video verification company Amber, believes content including CCTV and voice recordings will be subject to gross manipulation.

Financials

August 12, 2019

Cashierless Stores Make Inroads in U.S.

John Murawski | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL U.S. retailers large and small are pressing ahead with testing the use of artificial intelligence to track what products shoppers pick up and automatically bill their accounts when they walk out the door, eliminating the need for a checkout line.
July 19, 2019

Eisenhower’s Worst Nightmare

William Harding | Tom’s Dispatch | Source URL Note for TomDispatch Readers: If you’re already a TD subscriber, then yesterday you got my biannual email asking you for $$$ (my least favorite part of the TomDispatch year and undoubtedly yours, too). But since this site doesn’t take advertising dollars and
July 7, 2019

UN investigator calls for spy tech sales ban on Riyadh

Middle East Memo | Source URL The UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial killings today called for a moratorium on selling surveillance technology to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as reported by Anadolu Agency. The call from UN investigator Agnes Callamard comes after last month’s release of her
June 10, 2019

Military-Industrial Blockbuster: United Technologies To Buy Raytheon, Creating One Of World’s Largest Defense Firms

Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge | Source URL United Technologies has agreed to buy Raytheon in an all stock deal, forming one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies with more than $74 billion in revenue and $13.5 billion in EBITDA, through one of the industry’s biggest deals ever. With
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

Mental Health

September 11, 2019

Facebook says it is ‘tightening’ its policy on content relating to self-harm and suicide in an effort to protect users’ mental health

Daily Mail | Source URL Facebook said it will tighten its grip on content relating to suicide and self-harm in an effort to make the platform and its sister-site, Instagram, safer. In a blog post, Facebook announced several policy changes that will affect how content relating to self-harm and suicide
August 1, 2019

Imaging Shows Brain Matter Alterations in U.S. Government Personnel Who Served in Cuba

Global Health Newswire | Source URL Brain imaging of 40 U.S. government personnel who experienced a host of neurological symptoms after possible exposure of an unknown source while serving in Cuba revealed significant differences in brain tissue and connectivity when compared to healthy individuals, according to a new report from
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
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