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AirBnB: Surveillance, Social Credit and the CIA

Watch what you say online. Always say pro-social things. Say normal things. Act like you came here from the 1950s. Do not support sex workers or be a sex worker. Remember that we are watching you. Obey, or you will sleep in the cold. All of those commands and the punishment sound like lines to be said by a b-movie villain. They are not. They are the corporate policy of America's #1 not landlord landlord, AirBnB.

 

Gaslighting the Consumer: How big tech shares your data across platforms

A few months ago a Facebook advertisement piqued my interest about how the company was leveraging my user data to target ads in my feed. What began as a passing curiosity about how the company targets advertising, turned into a deep dive at big tech's hidden and unregulated practices. The research led me to construct an experiment that exposed not only a deep level of corporate surveillance into our everyday lives, but also a cross-platform and cross-company effort to integrate our personal data, and use it to manipulate user behavior.

 

Amazon Ring Links Racist Neighborhood Vigilantes with Local Police and the CIA

“Amazon Ring” is owned by and branded as Amazon but the company had a life of it's own before it's acquisition and re-branding. It has been a local law enforcement favorite. It's partnership with Amazon puts all it's data in the Amazon cloud which was funded with the same money that Jeff Bezos went on to buy the Washington Post with. It provides users with a “Ring Neighbors” app that allows them to gossip about the brown people they see near their white picket fences. What happens with the data flow? The short answer is anything the police and intelligence services want to happen.

 

Acceleration Down the Slippery Slope to Oceania: NSA Spying on the Public Will Now Be Permanent and Racial

Children born 18 years ago this week have lived their whole lives with their country at war. They are old enough to enlist without parental consent and according to CDC birth records there are enough of them, 362,000, to completely replace the active duty component of the Marine Corps, 181,000 twice That number does not account for the United State's leadership of the developed world in infant mortality, which would place the number at 344,000, or not quite enough to double the size of the Marine Corps but still larger than the Air Force.

 

How Donald Trump's So-Called Gun Control Plan is Really a Domestic Spying Agenda

Do you ever talk to yourself when alone? Mutter “good God” when you read a stunning twist of plot in a book or shout “holy shit!” when you open a bill? Do you swear aloud after an argument on the phone? Have you ever threatened a telemarketer after hanging up? Do you struggle with your private thoughts and discuss them with your loved ones at night as is considered healthy? Do you have friends that you discuss your private thoughts and ideas in your home? Does your subconscious cause you to talk in your sleep? Everyone does one or more of these things.

 

Security Flaws Found in Yet Another Internet Aware Sex Toy

Avid long term readers may remember our last examination of an internet aware sex toy and how it could be used by the NSA to really really invade your privacy. Indeed one avid reader remembered so vividly that they tipped us of to this latest entry of a sex toy into the internet of things, or as we are calling this growing technology sector, the internet of bad bad dirty things. This one is an internet aware, blue tooth enabled buttplug.

 

Balloon Based Border Surveillance Tested in the Midwest

When I say word balloon, it evokes birthdays and celebrations or clowns and clever animal like sculptures. For people that are grouped into the marketing bracket called “generation x” it summons memories of a song about love and loss and nuclear war. If one is a student of the history of aviation, one will recall how it was the only way to fly for almost 200 years. If one is a complete whack job that believes in little green men from outer space, one believes that balloons are a hoax to cover up the Roswell incident. In reality, balloons are high technology devices for military use.

 

Telecommunications Giants Sold GPS Real-Time Data to Bounty Hunters and Vice Magazine Acts Surprised.

On Wednesday February 6th the Vice media machine, through their Motherboard tech news website, released a bombshell report after months of leaks, interviews and documents. The basics were that over 200 different bounty hunters were accessing supposedly 911-only real-time location data on phones of people they were hunting for about $1000 a pop.

 

Two Sets of Rules for wiretapping journalists, one secret for the Justice Department and one very secret for the FBI

A Washington Post Journalist, a dismemberment murder, multiple audio and visual devices in a consulate, a wiretap into the journalist's watch, now lead to a mainstream press narrative that ends with “Who actually cares?” The authoritarian regime of Turkey, equiped with the best placed devices could not or more likely did not intervene to save the life of Jamal Khashoggi. The recordings have been seen by people from multiple intelligence agencies in multiple countries.

 

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