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How Facebook’s Tentacles Reach Further Than You Think

May 26th, 2017

Via: BBC: Facebook’s collection of data makes it one of the most influential organisations in the world. Share Lab wanted to look “under the bonnet” at the tech giant’s algorithms and connections to better understand the social structure and power relations within the company. … “If Facebook were a country, it would be bigger than […]

Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Sentenced to Three Years in Prison in Jail Corruption Scandal

May 12th, 2017

Via: Los Angeles Times: Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, once a towering, respected figure in policing, was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to obstruct an FBI investigation of abuses in county jails, marking an end to a corruption scandal that has roiled the Sheriff’s […]

Europe: How Billions Vanish Into the Security Industry Black Hole

May 9th, 2017

Via: The Correspondent: The European Union spends billions on research into advanced technologies meant to make society safer. But our investigation – with 22 journalists in 11 countries – shows that the generous subsidies are mostly good for one thing: filling the coffers of the security industry.

Courts Are Using AI to Sentence Criminals

April 18th, 2017

Via: Wired: Algorithms pervade our lives today, from music recommendations to credit scores to now, bail and sentencing decisions. But there is little oversight and transparency regarding how they work. Nowhere is this lack of oversight more stark than in the criminal justice system. Without proper safeguards, these tools risk eroding the rule of law […]

DHS Lays Groundwork for Deportation Force

April 12th, 2017

Via: U.S. News and World Report: The Trump administration is seeking ways to increase capacity within immigration enforcement agencies to create a deportation force President Donald Trump repeatedly advocated on the campaign trail. According to a document obtained by The Washington Post, the Department of Homeland Security has begun the process of ramping up its […]

Cyborgs at Work: Employees Getting Implanted with Microchips

April 3rd, 2017

Like many of you out there, I first heard about this technology in the 1990s. Decades later, a passive microchip implant seems like a practically innocuous fairy tale compared to the privacy hell that has metastasized all around us. In terms of technologies of political control, think of a chip implant as something like a […]

Connecticut Considering Use of Drones Outfitted with Deadly Weapons for Police

March 31st, 2017

Via: AP: Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether the state should become the first in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons, a proposal immediately met with concern by civil rights and liberties advocates. The bill would ban the use of weaponized drones, but exempt police. Details on how law enforcement […]

The Privacyless, Freedomless Smart City of 2030 the Elite Are Engineering

March 27th, 2017

Via: Truthstream Media: Research Credit: rb

Hundreds Arrested in Russia

March 26th, 2017

Via: Time: Russia’s opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength Sunday with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country. Hundreds were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic. It was […]

China is Fighting Toilet Paper Thieves with Facial Recognition Software

March 21st, 2017

Via: The Verge: Biometric authentication is moving from phones to laptops and onward to… public bathrooms. Chinese authorities in Beijing are now combating a toilet paper stealing epidemic by locking the supplies away behind a dispenser powered by facial recognition software, according to a report from The New York Times. The unorthodox method ensures that […]

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