THE OMNIPRESENT SURVEILLANCE STATE: ORWELL’S 1984 IS NO LONGER FICTION

by John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Waking Times “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984 Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state. It’s been 70 years since Orwell—dying, beset by fever and bloody coughing fits, and driven to warn against the rise of a society in which rampant abuse of power and mass manipulation are the norm—depicted the ominous rise of ubiquitous technology, fascism and totalitarianism in 1984. Who could have predicted that … Continue reading THE OMNIPRESENT SURVEILLANCE STATE: ORWELL’S 1984 IS NO LONGER FICTION

iPhones Harvest And Transmit Massive Amounts Of Data While You Sleep

  Fowler tracked his iPhone’s activity recently, finding that dozens of companies were receiving information at all hours. by Tyler Durden iPhones are surprisingly active in the middle of the night, according to a report by Washington Post Technology writer, Geoffrey Fowler. On a recent Monday night, a dozen marketing companies, research firms and other personal data guzzlers got reports from my iPhone. At 11:43 p.m., a company called Amplitude learned my phone number, email and exact location. At 3:58 a.m., another called Appboy got a digital fingerprint of my phone. At 6:25 a.m., a tracker called Demdex received a way to identify my phone and … Continue reading iPhones Harvest And Transmit Massive Amounts Of Data While You Sleep

POLL: America on the verge of civil war, and neither side is backing down

by: Vicki Batts (Natural News) Will the United States soon enter a second civil war? Polling data from Georgetown University shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe a civil war is coming down the pike — and most people aren’t actually willing to make the changes necessary to stop it. Across the board, Americans are doubling down on their political values and are refusing to compromise on the issues tearing the country apart. Government officials say that there is a substantial chance that America will enter a civil war within the next 10 or 15 years, meanwhile other experts say the war … Continue reading POLL: America on the verge of civil war, and neither side is backing down

GOOGLE TRACKS YOUR LOCATION AND SHARES IT WITH POLICE, EVEN WHEN YOUR PHONE IS OFF

by Derrick Broze, TMU Waking Times Over the last two decades, cell phone use has become an everyday part of life for the vast majority of people around the planet. Nearly without question, consumers have chosen to carry these increasingly smart devices with them everywhere they go. Despite surveillance revelations from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, the average smart phone user continues to carry the devices with little to no security or protection from privacy invasions. Americans make up one of the largest smartphone markets in the world today, yet they rarely question how intelligence agencies or private corporations might be using … Continue reading GOOGLE TRACKS YOUR LOCATION AND SHARES IT WITH POLICE, EVEN WHEN YOUR PHONE IS OFF

Moral technology

A screen shows a demonstration of SenseTime Group Ltd’s SenseVideo pedestrian and vehicle recognition system in Beijing, China, on Friday 15 June 2018. Photo by Bloomberg/Getty Images Self-driving cars don’t drink and medical AIs are never overtired. Given our obvious flaws, what can humans still do best? Paula Boddington is a senior research fellow at Cardiff University. She is the author of Towards a Code of Ethics for Artificial Intelligence (2017). She lives in Oxford. Edited by Nigel Warburton A five-year-old boy is helping his grandmother cook by cutting out biscuits from the dough she’s made, and he’s doing it rather badly. He … Continue reading Moral technology

Psychology and the Allure of Conspiracy Theories

They can shape public sentiment on everything from climate change to public health. Understanding why people believe them is vital, researchers say. BY Elizabeth Preston DID YOU HEAR about how the recent California wildfires were set intentionally? From an airplane? With a laser? To clear a path for a railroad? While your cousin may have obtained his information from some guys at the gym, this idea can also be found on social media, along with other theories about the California fires. YouTube videos claim that the October 2017 wildfires that swept through Northern California were the result of a government attack or … Continue reading Psychology and the Allure of Conspiracy Theories

TWITTER KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE

Posted by Soren Dreier Author: LH Does the entire world really need to see where you’re tweeting from? I usually don’t think about how much location data I’m sharing on Twitter, because I don’t think anybody cares about my 1) tweets and 2) where I tweet. However, a new report from Wired has made me rethink my approach. As it turns out, it’s not that difficult to pinpoint exactly where you live via your tweets. As Wired’s story goes, a researchers from the University of Illionis and Greece’s Foundation for Research and Technology created a tool called “LPAuditor,” or “Location Privacy … Continue reading TWITTER KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE