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Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans to Closely Track Search Users in China

September 21st, 2018

Via: The Intercept: Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned. The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search […]

China’s Chilling ‘Social Credit System’ Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It’s Already Switched On

September 20th, 2018

Via: Science Alert: It’s been in the pipeline for years: a sprawling, technological mass surveillance network the likes of which the world has never seen. And it’s already been switched on. China’s “Social Credit System” – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn’t just monitor the nation’s almost 1.4 billion citizens. […]

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Tap Google to Power In-Car Systems

September 18th, 2018

What’s next? New homes with Google hardware and software embedded in the walls? Via: Engadget: This week, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, the world’s largest maker of cars, signed a deal with Alphabet’s Google to be able to use Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Android OS in its vehicles. The new systems will debut […]

Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers

September 16th, 2018

Oh, so it’s similar to using Google outside of China. Via: The Intercept: Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people’s queries, The Intercept can reveal. The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was […]

‘Apple’s Best Product Is Now Privacy’

September 14th, 2018

Sadly, Apple is the least bad option for most computer users, no doubt about it. Please don’t believe that Apple is actually providing anything even remotely close to an objective definition of privacy, and security flaps can be as ridiculous and cringe inducing as on other platforms: Apple iTunes “Flaw” Allowed Government Spying for 3 […]

9/11: What 17 Years of Lies Have Done to Us

September 12th, 2018

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Are New York’s Free LinkNYC Internet Kiosks Tracking Your Movements?

September 10th, 2018

Via: The Intercept: LinkNYC kiosks have become a familiar eyesore to New Yorkers. Over 1,600 of these towering, nine-and-a-half-foot monoliths — their double-sided screens festooned with ads and fun facts — have been installed across the city since early 2016. Mayor Bill de Blasio has celebrated their ability to provide “the fastest and largest municipal […]

Decentralisation: The Next Big Step for the World Wide Web

September 9th, 2018

Via: Guardian: The decentralised web, or DWeb, could be a chance to take control of our data back from the big tech firms. So how does it work and when will it be here?

The U.S. Army Wants to Transmit Power to Drones with Lasers

September 8th, 2018

Via: Defense Systems: Even as drone technology advances, power constraints limit the amount of equipment unmanned systems can carry as well as the time they can stay in the air. Some drone systems, like the Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications drone from CyPhy Works, deliver power through a tether to keep a small drone aloft […]

IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage to Develop Technology That Lets Police Search by Skin Color

September 6th, 2018

Via: The Intercept: In the decade after the 9/11 attacks, the New York City Police Department moved to put millions of New Yorkers under constant watch. Warning of terrorism threats, the department created a plan to carpet Manhattan’s downtown streets with thousands of cameras and had, by 2008, centralized its video surveillance operations to a […]

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