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Palantir Knows Everything About You
Peter Thiel’s data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new customers.
Palantir  PeterThiel  profile  privacy  surveillance  review  critique  Bloomberg  2018 
5 hours ago by inspiral
Chinese Journalist Banned From Flying, Buying Property Due To 'Social Credit Score' - Slashdot
China is rolling out a high-tech plan to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on how they behave. But there are consequences if a score gets too low, and for some that's cause for concern. When Liu Hu recently tried to book a flight, he was told he was banned from flying because he was on the list of untrustworthy people. Liu is a journalist who was ordered by a court to apologize for a series of tweets he wrote and was then told his apology was insincere. "I can't buy property. My child can't go to a private school," he said. "You feel you're being controlled by the list all the time." And the list is now getting longer as every Chinese citizen is being assigned a social credit score -- a fluctuating rating based on a range of behaviors. It's believed that community service and buying Chinese-made products can raise your score. Fraud, tax evasion and smoking in non-smoking areas can drop it.
slashdot  bigbrother  privacy  Trump  china  surveillance 
6 hours ago by gardencat
It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech
Here’s how this golden age of speech actually works: In the 21st century, the capacity to spread ideas and reach an audience is no longer limited by access to expensive, centralized broadcasting infrastructure. It’s limited instead by one’s ability to garner and distribute attention.

And right now, the flow of the world’s attention is structured, to a vast and overwhelming degree, by just a few digital platforms: Facebook, Google (which owns YouTube), and, to a lesser extent, Twitter.
2018  democracy  free-expression  capitalism  surveillance  politics 
yesterday by bignose
From USENET to Facebook: The second time as farce
Mark Zuckerberg just can’t stop apologizing for Facebook’s messes. As Zeynep Tufekci points out, 2018 isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has said “we blew it, we’ll do better.” Apology has been a roughly biennial occurrence since Facebook’s earliest days.

So, the question we face is simple: how do we bring this sad history to an endpoint that isn’t farce? The third time around, should there be one, it isn’t even farce; it’s just stupidity. We don’t have to accept future apologies, whether they come from Zuck or some other network magnate, as inevitable.
2018  opinion  analysis  data-freedom  surveillance  capitalism 
yesterday by bignose
For those of us who had been using the Web to walk around the walled gardens of the app world, blocking creates new problems beyond a sudden reduction in ad revenue.

For the first time in a decade, we have to worry about development challenges much larger than “why are my visitors still using IE?” We are suddenly back in a world where a substantial number of visitors use the Web in its most basic form.

The future of web development depends on how many of those visitors decide to minimize their web experience.
2015  article  advertising  capitalism  surveillance  user-experience 
yesterday by bignose
402: Payment Required – David Humphrey
We’ve been trained, especially in this post-iPhone era, that it’s good and natural to pay a small amount for things we like. Today, users of the web are also users of mobile, which has, for good or ill, normalized the concept of an app store, in-app payments, and other forms of micropayments for software, services, and content. This shift directly affects the web, and should influence how we evolve the web.
2015  article  capitalism  surveillance  advertising  commerce 
yesterday by bignose
China’s Ever-Expanding Surveillance State
With its emerging, intrusive social credit system, its use of Xinjiang Province as a surveillance testbed, and its increased control over social media platforms, China "is taking systematic steps to expand its surveillance of people and communication channels within the country" while simultaneously extending that reach beyond the country's borders, Sarah Cook writes for The Diplomat:

"As other observers have noted, the western region of Xinjiang is ground zero for the Chinese government’s expanding surveillance program. A dense network of video cameras, checkpoints, and human informants keep close tabs on most residents, especially those of Uyghur or Kazakh ethnicity...While surveillance remains especially vigorous in Xinjiang, it is also expanding throughout China. This is particularly true regarding the use of facial recognition technologies, social media app monitoring, and the emerging contours of a social credit system...With regard to social media apps, it has long been clear that police have unfettered access to user communications and personal details on popular services like QQ or WeChat once an investigation is opened. A newly proposed police implementation plan for last year’s Cybersecurity Law may expand that access even outside the criminal context...some of these tactics and technologies are being deployed remotely against members of the Chinese, Tibetan, and Uyghur diasporas, extending the repressive reach of the Chinese Communist Party far beyond China’s borders."
otf  china  asia  gfw  surveillance 
yesterday by dmcdev
RT : NEW report reveals a dangerous lack of oversight of secret global networks, based on our research wit…
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2 days ago by BeckyFaith

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