March 25, 2019

Censorship

March 5, 2019

Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search

The Intercept Futurism Ryan Gallagher | The Intercept | Source URL Google employees have carried out their own investigation into the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine for China and say they are concerned that development of the project remains ongoing, The Intercept can reveal. Late last year,
March 4, 2019

As the web turns 30, is it an ‘out-of-control monster’?

AFP | Source URL Thirty years ago this month, a young British software engineer working at a lab near Geneva invented a system for scientists to share information that would ultimately change humanity. But three decades after he invented the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee has warned that his creation
March 4, 2019

German Data Privacy Commissioner Says Article 13 Inevitably Leads to Filters, Which Inevitably Lead to Internet “Oligopoly”

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing via EFF | Source URL German Data Privacy Commissioner Ulrich Kelber is also a computer scientist, which makes him uniquely qualified to comment on the potential consequences of the proposed new EU Copyright Directive. The Directive will be voted on at the end of this
March 4, 2019

An Apparent Dichotomy Exists Between Corporate & Government Free Speech Censorship

Catherine J. Frompovich | Activist Post | Source URL Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for
March 1, 2019

Facebook is ‘actively suppressing posts from conservative media sources’, whistle-blower claims

Joe Pinkstone | The Daily Mail | Source URL An ex-Facebook employee claims the social media platform is censoring content from some conservative publishers and commentators. The California-based social media giant has been accused of using software manipulation or ‘special features’ to ‘deboost’ traffic to certain sites and individuals, especially
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

Organized Stalking

5G

Weaponized Directed Energy

China Develops Non-Lethal Microwave Radar Weapon:

Global Times Bloomberg Source URL China is developing a non-lethal weapon system based on microwave radar technology, which the chief engineer of the project said improves the country's counter-terrorist and land and maritime border defense capabilities. Chief engineer of the project, surnamed Su, who is also a senior engineer from
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China may deploy anti-satellite laser weapons next year able to destroy U.S. military satellites

Feb 19, 2019

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

Feb 19, 2019

Stealth Assassins: Could the Air Force Arm F-35s with Laser Weapons?

Feb 11, 2019

The Air Force Wants to Arm Fighter Jets With Laser Weapons

Feb 11, 2019

Filin: Russian Navy Unveils New Weapon That Makes Enemy Hallucinate, Vomit

Feb 4, 2019

Brain-Computer Interfaces

Legal Issues

March 5, 2019

DOJ Moving Ahead With Its Attempt To Prosecute Julian Assange; Subpoenas Chelsea Manning

Tim Cushing | TechDirt | Source URL The DOJ is still moving ahead with its plan to attack free speech protections. More than eight years in the making, the attempted prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing leaked documents forges ahead slowly, threatening every journalist in its path. Wikileaks isn’t the
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

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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