Archive for the 'Police State' Category

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Why Some African Americans Are Moving to Africa

January 19th, 2018

Via: Al Jazeera: You might not have electricity, but you won’t get killed by the police either. … “I think more will come when they begin to see it as a viable alternative. But it’s not easy and it’s not cheap. I can’t say what’s happening in America today is any worse than what’s been […]

SOUTH KOREA PREPARING TO BAN ALL CRYPTOCURRENCY TRADING IN THE COUNTRY

January 10th, 2018

Disclosure: I hold cryptocurrencies. — Via: CNBC: South Korea’s justice minister said on Thursday that a bill is being prepared to ban all cryptocurrency trading in the country. That news is a major development for the cryptocurrency space, as South Korea is one of the biggest markets for major coins like bitcoin and ethereum. According […]

China: Mass Disappearances

December 17th, 2017

Via: USA Today: Nobody knows what happened to the Uighur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police. Not his village neighbors in China’s far west, who haven’t seen him in months. Not his former classmates, who fear Chinese authorities beat him to death. Not his mother, who lives […]

One-Third of All Americans Killed by Strangers Are Killed by Police

December 9th, 2017

Via: Granta: Americans are afraid of many threats to their lives – serial killers, crazed gunmen, gang bangers, and above all terrorists – but these threats are surprisingly unlikely. Approximately three-quarters of all homicide victims in America are killed by someone they know. And the real threat from strangers is quite different from what most […]

Lincoln Partners with CLEAR for Biometric Security Service

December 8th, 2017

Via: The News Wheel: Lincoln announced a new collaboration with CLEAR, provider of a means to bypass long lines for airport security by way of biometric information. The partnership will see Lincoln customers on the receiving end of complimentary CLEAR membership, which will enable them to skip the line at more than 30 airports and […]

Police Officer Who Executed Unarmed Father of Two Found Not Guilty of Murder

December 8th, 2017

Via: Daily Mail: A former Arizona police officer was found not guilty of murder Thursday of in the 2016 fatal shooting of an unarmed man outside his hotel room, as video of the shocking moment is finally released by officials. Philip Mitchell Brailsford, 27, was found not guilty in the 2016 death of 26-year-old father-of-two […]

Big Data Meets Big Brother as China Moves to Rate Its Citizens

November 8th, 2017

Behold, the biggest Magic 8 Ball ever. Via: Wired: On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called “Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System”. In the way of Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy and rather dry affair, but it contained a radical idea. What […]

Tech Firms Seek Washington’s Prized Asset: Top-Secret Clearances

October 23rd, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: In doing so, companies such as Facebook Inc. are competing with defense contractors, financial firms and the U.S. government itself. Security clearances are a rare and valued commodity, whether at a bank trying to prevent hackers from stealing credit-card data and emptying accounts or at a manufacturer building parts for a stealth fighter […]

‘Why ProtonMail Is More Secure Than Gmail’

October 23rd, 2017

Disclosure: I have no relationship with ProtonMail, besides being a user of the service. — While I wouldn’t assume that ProtonMail is as secure as they claim it to be, what is very clear is that far less of your personal information is going to leak from ProtonMail than it would from Gmail, which essentially […]

China Is Creating a Database of Its Citizens’ Voices to Boost its Surveillance Capability

October 23rd, 2017

In other news, Google Home Capable of Voice Printing Multiple Users. Via: Time: The Chinese government has collected tens of thousands of “voice pattern” samples from targeted citizens and is inputting them into a national voice biometric database, according to a Human Rights Watch report published Monday. The idea is that an automated system, thought […]

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