January 20, 2020

Censorship

January 13, 2020

Supreme Court of India Declares Internet Ban Unconstitutional

Anumeha Verma | Global Voice | Source URL On 10th of January, 2019, the Supreme Court of India, requested the Indian central government to review the suspension of internet services in Jammu and Kashmir. The ruling stated that the five-month long communication blockade imposed on the region by the Indian
December 31, 2019

U.N. Approves China-Backed Internet Convention, Alarming Rights Advocates

AFP | Source URL The United Nations on Friday approved a Russian-led bid that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime, alarming rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom. The General Assembly approved the resolution sponsored by Russia and backed by China, which
December 31, 2019

UN Moves Towards Handing Dictatorships Power to Control the Internet

Paul Joseph Watson | Summit.news | Source URL Legitimizing web blackouts and free speech censorship. The United Nations wants to hand power to dictatorial regimes like China to control the Internet, prompting fears of a massive new free speech purge. The General Assembly has approved a resolution sponsored by China
November 17, 2019

How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results

Kirsten Grind, Sam Schechner, Robert McMillan and John West | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL Every minute, an estimated 3.8 million queries are typed into Google, prompting its algorithms to spit out results for hotel rates or breast-cancer treatments or the latest news about President Trump. They are
November 16, 2019

Google ‘DOES blacklist sites, has targeted conservative news sites and changes its algorithms to favor big businesses,’ claims new report – despite the tech giant’s denials

Sophie Curtis | The Daily Mail | Source URL Google is secretly blacklisting certain sites to prevent them appearing in search results – despite publicly denying doing so – according to an investigation. The Wall Street Journal report claims that the search giant has been blacklisting certain spam sites since
November 5, 2019

The Internet Is Less Free Than It Was a Decade Ago, Report Says

Kiley Roache | Bloomberg | Source URL The internet is less free than it was a decade ago, and it’s getting worse as some governments expand efforts to use social media to manipulate elections and monitor citizens, according to Freedom House, a Washington-based pro-democracy group. While governments have monitored speech

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Legal Issues

December 31, 2019

Amazon and Ring Hit With Lawsuit After Camera Hacks Confirm Worst Fears of Privacy Advocates

“These devices are not safe,” said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future. Jake Johnson | Common Dreams | Source URL Home security company Ring and its parent corporation Amazon were hit with a lawsuit in federal court Thursday alleging that their cameras have been hacked on numerous
November 20, 2019

Group Trying To Stop Facial Recognition From Coming To Denver

CBS 4 Denver | Source URL If one group has their way, the City of Denver won’t be able to use facial recognition technology now, or ever. The group is called “5280 Not 1984,” a play on George Orwell’s fictional novel “1984” in which civilians are constantly monitored. “I think
November 10, 2019

Putin calls for worldwide ‘moral rules’ to control AI-powered killer robots

Russian President says we shouldn’t be developing technology “for the sake of technology” UK Daily Star | Source URL Inventor Elon Musk , scientist Stephen Hawking , and even 60s rocker Roger Daltrey have sounded warnings about the dangers of artificial intelligence. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin has added his
November 5, 2019

Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law’s Radar

Vanessa Swales | The New York Times | Source URL An otherwise peaceful suburban neighborhood in Washington Township, Pa., began experiencing a series of explosions this past spring and summer. Homemade bombs were blowing up in front yards. Nails were raining down from the sky. Windows were left riddled with
November 2, 2019

Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Pro Athletes As Criminals

John Vibes | Truth Theory | Source URL Police and government agencies are becoming increasingly reliant on facial recognition software to hunt for suspects, despite the fact that this technology is notorious for falsely identifying innocent people as criminals. In one of the most recent cases, Amazon’s facial recognition technology
November 1, 2019

FISA Court Ruled that FBI Improperly Used NSA Surveillance Data to Snoop on Americans

Nicole Lindsey | CPO Magazine | Source URL According to a new declassified ruling from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), FBI personnel systematically abused National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance data in both 2017 and 2018. The 138-page ruling, which dates back to October 2018, was only unsealed

Financials

January 18, 2020

Cash, Plastic or Hand? Amazon Envisions Paying With a Wave

Tech giant plans terminals to let consumers link credit card information to their hands AnnaMaria Andriotis | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.70% wants to make your hand your credit card. The tech giant is creating checkout terminals that could be placed in bricks-and-mortar stores and allow shoppers to
January 14, 2020

Walmart welcomes the robot takeover by using machines to fulfill grocery orders and adding shelf-scanning devices to more than 650 stores in a bid to take on Amazon

The Daily Mail | Source URL The Arkansas-based firm is using robots to fulfill grocery orders in one of its Supercenters and is set to add shelf-scanning machines to 650 additional stores by the end of the summer. The shift is aimed at reducing costs, improving store performance and gaining
October 31, 2019

Raytheon announces delivery of first laser counter-UAS system to U.S. Air Force

Defence Blog | Source URL U.S. defense contractor Raytheon Co announced that it successfully delivered the first high-energy laser counter-unmanned aerial system to the U.S. Air Force earlier this month. In recent years, the Defense Department has assessed directed energy weapons—more commonly known as “lasers”—as an affordable alternative to traditional
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

Mental Health

December 28, 2019

Breaking Point: Average Person Can’t Last Four Hours With Their Family Over The Holidays

Study Finds | Source URL NEW YORK — The holidays are supposed to be a time to come together with family and celebrate, but a new survey finds that most Americans can barely get through an evening with their family before needing a break. A total of 2,000 Americans who usually travel to
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,
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