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DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine

DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine

Meadow Clark | The Organic Prepper | Source URL More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called Dragonfly. What is Project Dragonfly? Dragonfly is a search engine specially built for China. It would unleash more censorship on […]

How The CIA Used Brain Surgery To Make Six Remote Control Dogs

How The CIA Used Brain Surgery To Make Six Remote Control Dogs

Andrew Whalen | Newsweek | Source URL Newly released files from “behavior modification,” or mind control, projects conducted as part of the infamous Project MKUltra reveal the CIA experimented in more than controlling humans with psychotropic drugs, electrical shocks and radio waves—they also created field operational, remote-controlled dogs. The documents […]

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial-recognition technology

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial-recognition technology

Steven Musil | cNet | Source URL The tech giant warns the technology could be used to create a 1984-like dystopia. Microsoft is urging governments to enact legislation next year that requires facial-recognition technology to be independently tested to ensure accuracy, prevent unfair bias and protect individuals’ rights. “The facial […]

Biometric Scanning Has Rolled Out in Atlanta International Airport: “One Look And You’re In”

Meadow Clark | The Organic Prepper | Source URL Atlanta airport’s Terminal F has become the “first biometric terminal” in the United States. And Detroit is next… As of December 1, Delta Airlines rolled out biometric scanning for air travel at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Terminal F. International […]

Homeland Security creates exclusive “Platinum” spy on your neighbors cam-share club

Mass Private I | Source URL Looking for that special gift for your family this holiday season? Why not signup for Homeland Security’s “Platinum” spy on your neighbors cam-share club. According to an article in the Advocate, DHS and New Orleans law enforcement have just created a “platinum” spying program […]

Is NOTHING private any more? Shocking extent of how big firms harvest your data – from children’s voice recordings, passport info and even pregnant mothers’ due dates

Is NOTHING private any more? Shocking extent of how big firms harvest your data – from children’s voice recordings, passport info and even pregnant mothers’ due dates

Sian Boyle | The Daily Mail | Source URL The disturbing scale of the personal data harvested and traded by multinationals can be revealed today. Health details, children’s voice recordings and copies of passports can be at risk when customers tick an online consent box. Analysis by the Mail found […]

An Eye-Scanning Lie Detector Is Forging a Dystopian Future

Mark Harris | Wired | Source URL Sitting in front of a Converus EyeDetect station, it’s impossible not to think of Blade Runner. In the 1982 sci-fi classic, Harrison Ford’s rumpled detective identifies artificial humans using a steam-punk Voight-Kampff device that watches their eyes while they answer surreal questions. EyeDetect’s […]

Lawsuit: Boston PD’s ‘Gang Database’ Says People Who Wear Nikes And Have Been Beat Up By Gang Members Are ‘Gang Associates’

Lawsuit: Boston PD’s ‘Gang Database’ Says People Who Wear Nikes And Have Been Beat Up By Gang Members Are ‘Gang Associates’

Tim Cushing | Techdirt | Source URL The Chinese government uses a number of measures to keep tabs on citizens. One is what’s known as a “citizen score” — a compilation of all the good/bad habits the government can track that determines whether a person should be viewed as a […]

Microsoft and MasterCard working on universal online identification standard

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 […]

Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores

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 […]

Will YOUR TV soon start listening to everything you watch? Nielsen expands controversial pilot that allows it to show viewers personalized ads

Will YOUR TV soon start listening to everything you watch? Nielsen expands controversial pilot that allows it to show viewers personalized ads

Annie Palmer | The Daily Mail | Source URL Nielsen could be spying on what you watch to deliver personalized ads during live TV. The TV ratings and data company will study demographic information like consumers’ age and gender to determine which advertising spots would be most effective. After looking […]

Google Shut Out Privacy and Security Teams From Secret China Project

Google Shut Out Privacy and Security Teams From Secret China Project

Ryan Gallagher | The Intercept | Source URL The secrecy surrounding the work was unheard of at Google. It was not unusual for planned new products to be closely guarded ahead of launch. But this time was different. The objective, code-named Dragonfly, was to build a search engine for China […]

Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to ‘all the technology we create’

Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to ‘all the technology we create’

Samantha Masunaga | Los Angeles Times | Source URL As tech companies such as Google wrestle with employee objections to working with the U.S. military, Microsoft Corp.’s president is throwing his company’s support behind the Pentagon. Microsoft is “going to provide the U.S. military with access to the best technology […]

California State Senator Jerry Hill Informed about Organized Stalking/Torture and Dr. Tomo’s Bill Proposal

Ramola D | The Everyday Concerned Citizen | Source URL A small group of human rights activists familiar with the phenomenon of current-day extreme targeting and extreme surveillance with “non-lethal” and “crowd-control” dual-use anti-personnel RF/sonic neuroweapons and concomitant crimes associated with these recently made dramatic headway in informing elected officials […]