August 11, 2020

Censorship

February 21, 2020

Twitter is testing new ways to fight misinformation — including a community-based points system

Ben Collins | NBC News | Source URL Twitter is experimenting with adding brightly colored labels directly beneath lies and misinformation posted by politicians and other public figures, according to a leaked demo of new features sent to NBC News. Twitter confirmed that the leaked demo, which was accessible on
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

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Brain-Computer Interfaces

Legal Issues

March 3, 2020

Lindsey Graham has started interviewing witnesses in FISA abuse investigation

Tim Pearce | The Washington Examiner | Source URL Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has started deposing witnesses in his committee’s investigation into abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act during the 2016 election. The South Carolina Republican told reporters on Tuesday that he had begun conducting closed-door depositions but
February 28, 2020

Federal appeals court rules tech platforms can censor content

Emily Birnbaum | The Hill | Source URL A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that internet giants like Google and Facebook can censor content on their platforms, rebuking arguments from conservatives who claim the tech companies violate users’ First Amendment rights by removing certain messages or videos.  With its unanimous opinion, the 9th U.S.
February 28, 2020

UN report shines light on psychological torture

Mia Swart | Al-Jazeera | Source URL A new United Nations report has set out a comprehensive definition of psychological torture for the first time. An advance, unedited version of the report – titled Torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment – which was released late on Monday, gives a comprehensive legal framework of
February 26, 2020

US ‘plotted to kill Julian Assange and make it look like an accident’: Spies discussed kidnapping or poisoning WikiLeaks founder in Ecuadorean embassy, extradition trial hears

Martin Robinson | The Daily Mail | Source URL US spies hatched a plot to kidnap or even poison Julian Assange using shady Spanish private detectives after he leaked 250,000 top secret documents online, his extradition hearing was told yesterday. The WikiLeaks founder’s human rights barrister Edward Fitzgerald, who has previously represented
February 26, 2020

Congress eyes killing controversial surveillance program

Jordain Carney | The Hill | Source URL Momentum is growing in Congress to reject the Trump administration’s request to reauthorize a controversial surveillance program. Lawmakers have until March 15 to reauthorize expiring provisions under the USA Freedom Act, including a controversial phone records program known as Section 215.
February 24, 2020

UN warns of rise of ‘cybertorture’ to bypass physical ban

Rapporteur warns against trivialising psychological torture as states exploit internet to target individuals Owen Bowcott | The Guardian | Source URL Psychological torture is being exploited by states to circumvent the more widely understood ban on physically inflicting pain and may open the way to a future of “cybertorture”, the

Financials

May 12, 2020

Universal basic income and the end of the republic

The Hill | Source URL The U.S. economy is sinking, and some on the far left have a preposterous plan to prevent Americans from drowning in more unpaid bills and debt: Stay home and don’t worry about anything. The government will send you a check for $2,000 every month.  If
February 16, 2020

What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?

Glyn Moody | Privacy News Online | Source URL The speech by US Attorney General William P. Barr hardly seems earth-shattering. But buried within its business-like announcement of the indictment of four Chinese military hackers, there is the following statement, which has huge implications for privacy: For years, we have
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.

Mental Health

February 28, 2020

UN report shines light on psychological torture

Mia Swart | Al-Jazeera | Source URL A new United Nations report has set out a comprehensive definition of psychological torture for the first time. An advance, unedited version of the report – titled Torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment – which was released late on Monday, gives a comprehensive legal framework of
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
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