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Aug 18 08:05

Chinese State Media Announces 2.56M “Discredited Entities” Prevented From Purchasing Plane Tickets Under Social Credit System

By Chris Menahan

This is the system our ruling oligarchs are trying to implement in America.

Big Tech has already implemented their own “social credit score” system where they punish people for their political views by deplatforming them, censoring their websites and closing their PayPal/bank accounts...

Aug 17 16:09

People Already Hurting From 5G in Geneva, Switzerland

By B.N. Frank

In 2017, Swiss doctor Bertrand Buchs launched a petition asking for a moratorium on installation and many doctors and scientists have already signed it.

Worldwide opposition to 5G is growing and includes individuals and organizations concerned about other issues associated with this technology in addition to biological and environmental risks. Regardless, 5G continues to be installed and operated in the U.S. and around the world even though it’s been reported that people and their pets have been getting sick from exposure. This is now also being reported in Geneva, Switzerland...

Aug 17 07:07

Cherish Your Privacy? New Anti-Surveillance Clothes Trick Cameras by Making You Look Like a Car

By B.N. Frank

The rise of “Surveillance Capitalism” by businesses and other entities has made it so that we’re all being subjected to data collection by multiple sources almost all of the time whether we’re conscious of it or not.

Some people willingly participate in data collection. Others don’t like it but believe there is no point doing anything to stop it. Then there are those who continue to try to reduce their involuntary participation. One way is by wearing clothes that trick privacy violating cameras...

Aug 16 18:43

Spying on You Is a Team Sport

By Chris Mishevski

Most people know that the NSA spies on Americans thanks to the revelations by Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers. But the NSA is just the tip of the surveillance iceberg. State, local and federal agencies have joined together the create a massive surveillance-state using a vast array of intrusive technology.

Federal intelligence agencies, including the NSA, CIA and DEA, collect data without a warrant, analyze it to build profiles on its targets and encourages state and local law enforcement to violate our fundamental right to privacy...

Aug 16 16:17

Why Were Hillary Clinton's Emails Blind-Copied To Gmail Address Named After Chinese Firm?

All but four of the 30,490 emails from Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized email server were forwarded to a private Google email address featuring the name of a Chinese company, according to documents released on Aug. 15.

Virtually every email which was sent to and received on the Clinton server was forwarded to “carterheavyindustries@gmail.com,” the documents show.

Aug 16 11:16

U.S. Military Designing A.I. Missiles to Seek and Destroy Targets from 40 Miles Away

By Nicholas West

Unlike my previous post that took a lighthearted look at the newest Robo-Dog on the market, which has a Doberman head filled with artificial intelligence, the U.S. Army’s newest plans for artificial intelligence aren’t even close to a laughing matter.

The U.S. military has long been obsessed with integrating artificial intelligence into weapons of war, and it appears that they are getting closer to the full-scale rollout of these systems...

Aug 16 10:36

Man’s Best Friend? A.I. Robo-Dog Gets a Doberman Head

By Nicholas West

While I don’t subscribe to the idea that there are inherently bad breeds of dogs, Hollywood has done its best to create the Doberman as an iconically terrifying animal. Which makes it even stranger that the A.I. Robo-Dog, which already crosses the creepy line for most people, would be topped off by a 3D-printed Doberman head equipped with a neural network that can learn on its own...

Aug 16 09:08

Indian Government Asks Twitter to Remove Accounts “Spreading Rumours” About Kashmir

By Rezwan

On August 5, India’s BJP-led government revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution that gave special autonomy status to the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir dividing it into two union territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Fearing unrest, protests, and opposition, the authorities put hundreds of political leaders and their aides under house arrest and suspended access to mobile, landline and internet networks...

Aug 16 08:17

Victory! California Supreme Court Blocks Sweeping Search Condition of Minors’ Electronic Devices and Social Media Accounts

By Jamie Williams

The California Supreme Court just rejected the government’s attempt to require a youth probationer, as a condition of release, to submit to random searches of his electronic devices and social media accounts. The trial court had imposed the condition because the judge believed teenagers “typically will brag” about drug use on the Internet—even though there was no evidence that the minor in this case, Ricardo P., had ever used any electronic devices in connection with any drugs or illegal activity, let alone ever previously bragged about drug use online.

EFF and the ACLU filed an amicus brief in the case back in 2016, warning that the search condition imposed here was highly invasive, unconstitutional, and in violation of the California Supreme Court’s own standard...

Aug 16 08:03

Silicon Valley Wants To Read Your Mind – Here’s Why You Should Be Worried

By Garfield Benjamin, Solent University

Not content with monitoring almost everything you do online, Facebook now wants to read your mind as well. The social media giant recently announced a breakthrough in its plan to create a device that reads people’s brainwaves to allow them to type just by thinking. And Elon Musk wants to go even further. One of the Tesla boss’s other companies, Neuralink, is developing a brain implant to connect people’s minds directly to a computer.

Musk admits that he takes inspiration from science fiction, and that he wants to make sure humans can “keep up” with artificial intelligence. He seems to have missed the part of sci-fi that acts as a warning for the implications of technology.

These mind-reading systems could affect our privacy, security, identity, equality and personal safety. Do we really want all that left to companies with philosophies such as that of Facebook’s former mantra, “move fast and break things”?...

Aug 15 17:46

Facebook Paid Contractors Like Amazon And Apple To Listen To Your Conversations — Code Named PRISM

By Aaron Kesel

In another Facebook scandal of the year, the company has been accused of paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services...

Aug 15 14:17

Office 365 alternative: Consider LibreOffice for your next PC office suite

If you want a standalone office suite for your computer, LibreOffice may soon not just be your best choice, it will be close to your only PC-based choice.

Aug 15 13:59

Ohio City Replacing ShotSpotter Surveillance with More Intrusive WiFi Tech

By B.N. Frank

Never mind that WiFi exposure reduces impulse control, which can increase potential for violence.

Most are familiar with the saying – “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Because of increased gun violence, many American law enforcement agencies have been asking that communities invest in expensive WiFi operating technology to be installed for deterring crime...

Aug 15 11:25

Scott Adams: Epstein, Stock Markets and Trump, Deep Fakes, Simulation Proof, Hong Kong

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1162001287661195265?s=20

Always bet on human incompetence over a complex explanation
Kamala Harris…politicizing an active ongoing police event
If you can’t solve a problem any other way…”Trump it”
Shake the box till the variables produce a potential solution
Deep Fakes amazing video of Bill Hader’s face imperceptibly morphing
China will NEVER approve a fair trade deal…for cultural reasons
So how is a fair deal possible?
Thomas Friedman says he’d prefer TPP over trade war
Hong Kong situation and the likely outcome
Stock market prediction filter for 2020 election results
Will elite Democrats intentionally crash the stock market?
Is “political selling” happening to intentionally drive it down?
“Inverted Yield Curve” and recession fears…why?
Bill Clinton portrait at Epstein’s…wearing a blue dress and red shoes?

Aug 14 20:49

We checked and yup, it's no longer 2001. And yet you can pwn a Windows box via Notepad.exe

Software buried in Windows since the days of WinXP can be abused to take complete control of a PC with the help of good ol' Notepad and some crafty code.

On Tuesday, ace bug-hunter Tavis Ormandy, of Google Project Zero, detailed how a component of the operating system's Text Services Framework, which manages keyboard layouts and text input, could be exploited by malware or rogue logged-in users to gain System-level privileges. Such level of access would grant software nasties and miscreants total control over, and surveillance of, the computer.

The flaw, designated CVE-2019-1162, is patched in this month's Patch Tuesday release of security fixes from Microsoft. The relevant update should be installed as soon as possible.

Aug 14 09:49

Petition Started Against P&G’s Pampers “Smart” Diapers

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post recently reported about the dangers associated with babies wearing P&G’s “Smart” Diapers. Many health experts including The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warn kids are more vulnerable to exposure to all sources of wireless radiation.

No safe level of exposure has even been determined for children or pregnant women. Earlier this year 250 scientists signed a petition warning against numerous products that emit Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation. This now includes “Smart” diapers which are also being manufactured and marketed by Huggies...

Aug 14 08:32

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks.

Aug 13 18:31

Windows Certified Drivers Apparently Unsafe

Eclypsium, an Oregon security company, claims that drivers on Microsoft’s Windows platform are a security mess. Who could have guessed? Their researchers found serious flaws in more than 40 drivers from at least 20 different hardware vendors. Apparently every single one of these vulnerabilities allows the driver to hand over “access to the hardware resources, such as read and write access to processor and chipset I/O space, Model Specific Registers (MSR), Control Registers (CR), Debug Registers (DR), physical memory and kernel virtual memory. This is a privilege escalation as it can move an attacker from user mode (Ring 3) to OS kernel mode (Ring 0).” Basically, complete control of the impacted machine. Not only that, these potentially allow malware to compromise your UEFI and persist across an operating system re-installation. They also add that not only do these drivers provide the necessary access, they also provide the mechanism to make changes.

Aug 13 17:21

4 New BlueKeep-like 'Wormable' Windows Remote Desktop Flaws Discovered

If you are using any supported version of the Windows operating system, stop everything and install the latest security updates from Microsoft immediately.

Windows operating system contains four new critical wormable, remote code execution vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Services, similar to the recently patched 'BlueKeep' RDP vulnerability.

Discovered by Microsoft's security team itself, all four vulnerabilities, CVE-2019-1181, CVE-2019-1182, CVE-2019-1222, and CVE-2019-1226, can be exploited by unauthenticated, remote attackers to take control of an affected computer system without requiring any user interaction.

Just like BlueKeep RDP flaw, all four newly discovered vulnerabilities are also wormable and could be exploited by potential malware to propagate itself from one vulnerable computer to another automatically.

Aug 13 17:19

Whistleblowers Report New Cars Are Vulnerable To Hacking And Thousands Could Die Because Of It

By B.N. Frank

The world would undoubtedly be a better place if there was never ever another impaired driver on the road. But what about when vehicles are impaired due to hacking?

Older vehicles weren’t able to be hacked, and studies continue to warn about the potential for new vehicles to be hacked and how this could lead to massive traffic gridlocks as well as people dying...

Aug 13 16:02

Facial recognition mistakes lawmakers for CRIMINALS in tests conducted by ACLU as California mulls ban on police use of the technology

Despite facial recognition's seal of approval from law enforcement agencies across the U.S., recent experiments show the technology is far from infallible.

In a demonstration by the American Civil Liberties Union, about 26 California lawmakers were misidentified by face-matching software built by Amazon, putting the rate of a mismatch at about 1 in 5.

The results mimic a similar test done by the advocacy group in 2018 when a test saw Amazon's software, called 'Rekognition', mismatch 28 members of congress -- many of whom were people of color.

Aug 13 15:54

Even digital cameras are at risk of hacking: Security researchers warn WiFi enabled DSLRs can be infected with ransomware

Not even your digital camera is safe from the threat of malicious computer bugs, according to security researchers.

In a report released earlier this week by analysts at Check Point Software Technologies, researchers detail how they were able to remotely install ransomware on a DSLR by exploiting the standardized Picture Transfer Protocol.

The protocol, developed to allow the transfer of pictures from a camera to one's computer via WiFi is a particularly easy target according to researchers.

Aug 13 08:45

What Microsoft's upcoming 'outsourcing' licensing changes could mean for your business

Enterprise customers relying on Microsoft 'Bring Your Own License' option to run Windows Server, SQL Server and other enterprise software in Amazon's or Google's clouds may be in for a rude awakening this fall.

Aug 13 07:17

Amazon’s Treasure Trucks Sell Discounted Ring Doorbells Across The US And UK

By MassPrivateI

Leave it to Amazon to create circus sideshow trucks, sorry I meant “Treasure Trucks” to promote neighborhood spying.

Last year, Slick Deals announced that Amazon’s treasure trucks were selling Ring doorbells at the discounted price of $139.00 in “select U.S. cities.”

And last December, Amazon’s Facebook page announced that their treasure trucks were offering discounted Ring doorbells for the holidays...

Aug 13 05:36

CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS HOPES TO HOLD GITHUB RESPONSIBLE FOR HOSTING DATA FROM CAPITAL ONE BREACH

SOURCE: TIM CUSHING @ TECH DIRT
As soon as the Capital One breach was announced, you knew the lawsuits would follow. Handling the sensitive info of millions of people carelessly is guaranteed to net the handler a class-action lawsuit or two, but this one -- filed by law firm Tycko & Zavareeri -- adds a new twist.

The 28-page lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California asserted that GitHub "actively encourages (at least) friendly hacking."

It notes that the hacked Capital One information was posted online for months and alleges that the company violated state law to remove the information. "GitHub had an obligation, under California law, to keep off (or to remove from) its site Social Security numbers and other Personal Information," the suit says

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) why don't companies take better care of the data they mine?!?One would think that in the 21st century, breaches like this would not happen, but yet, it seems to happen on a pretty basis.

Aug 12 17:56

How the Turkish Government Exploits Social Media Removal Requests to Silence Criticism

By Arzu Geybullayeva

Hundreds—if not thousands—of Twitter accounts have been targeted by the Turkish government using the platform’s “Country Withheld Content” tool (CWC). In 2010, Twitter unveiled the tool which allows it to censor content on a country by country basis. At that time, Twitter may not have completely envisaged how its tool could be abused by a number of of increasingly authoritarian countries where social media platforms have been targeted by the authorities in the face of growing crackdown and censorship, most notably Turkey. Many other governments...

Aug 12 16:44

Steam Zero-Day Vulnerability Affects Over 100 Million Users

The popular Steam game client for Windows has a zero-day privilege escalation vulnerability that can allow an attacker with limited permissions to run a program as an administrator

Privilege escalation vulnerabilities are bugs that enable a user with limited rights to launch an executable with elevated, or administrative privileges. With Steam having over 100 million registered users and millions of them playing at a time, this is a serious risk that could be abused by malware to perform a variety of unwanted activities.

Aug 12 16:33

Facebook ‘News’: A bold step toward total control of reality?

Facebook's plan to hook ad-cash-deprived mainstream outlets on licensing payouts seems to be an attempt to hijack narrative control en route to total domination of the infosphere – the ultimate safe space, Zuckerberg-style.

More than two thirds of American adults get their news from social media at the same time that more than half expect that news to be "largely inaccurate." Perhaps sensing a business opportunity, Facebook has moved in to manage that news consumption, reportedly offering mainstream outlets millions of dollars per year to license their content in order to present it to users authoritatively, as "Facebook News" – having long since ceased trusting users to share news among themselves.

But trusting Facebook to deliver the news is like trusting a cheetah to babysit your gazelles – all that's left at the end is likely to be a pile of bones.

Aug 12 11:54

OK, WTF is THIS NOTICE??? A concern or? Help pls

In comments

A legal notice from the Russian Gov

Aug 12 11:05

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

"In practice, this executive order would mean that whichever political party is in power could dictate what speech is allowed on the Internet."

Aug 12 10:56

U.S. Customs Continues to “Modernize” Its System to Include Biometrics For All Passengers

By Nicholas West

One aspect often lost in the immigration debate is the rollout of government solutions that are set to restrict the freedom of the perfectly innocent. A key component of this is the increased collection of passenger biometrics.

A new report shows how this will be integrated across the globe, including domestic travel inside the United States...

Aug 12 09:37

John Bolton to Lobby for Harsher UK Stance on Iran, Huawei During Visit to London

The US has been carrying out a "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign against Iran and cracking down on Chinese tech giant Huawei for some time, but these polices found little support in the previous UK Cabinet.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton will try to convince the new Cabinet of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to align its foreign policies more with the American "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran and to discard its plans to use Huawei equipment in developing its 5G networks during his upcoming visit to the UK, Reuters reported, citing an anonymous source within the US administration.

Aug 12 07:43

Apparently Twitter is testing out selective censorship of replies

Soon, everyone can have squeaky clean comment threads with no criticism or opposing viewpoints!

Aug 11 20:58

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

At the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas today, 18-year-old Bill Demirkapi presented his findings from three years of after-school hacking that began when he was a high school freshman. Demirkapi poked around the web interfaces of two common pieces of software, sold by tech firms Blackboard and Follett and used by his own school. In both cases, he found serious bugs that would allow a hacker to gain deep access to student data. In Blackboard's case in particular, Demirkapi found 5 million vulnerable records for students and teachers, including student grades, immunization records, cafeteria balance, schedules, cryptographically hashed passwords, and photos.

Demirkapi points out that if he, then a bored 16-year-old motivated only by his own curiosity, could so easily access these corporate databases, his story doesn't reflect well on the broader security of the companies holding millions of students' personal information.

Aug 11 19:35

Microsoft axes Office 2019 from 'Home Use Program'

The company is moving away from perpetually-licensed Office 2019 and now offers annual subscriptions to Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home for $69.99 and $48.99, respectively.

Aug 11 18:28

Leaked Documents Show White House is Planning Executive Order to Censor the Internet

Fight For The Future

Leaked documents show that the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that, if upheld by the courts, could essentially end free speech on the Internet. The draft order would put the FTC and the FCC, headed by its notoriously corrupt chairman Ajit Pai, in charge of monitoring and policing online speech on social media platforms, online forums, and more.

Aug 11 16:13

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS

According to equipment repair nerve-center iFixit and Justin Ashford, who runs The Art of Repair channel on YouTube, third-party battery replacement in an iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max running iOS 12 or iOS 13 beta leads to the presentation of a "Service" message in the Battery Health sub-menu that's part of the fondleslab's Battery settings menu.

This message urges the iPhone owner to have the newly installed battery replaced – which Apple advises should be done only through an Apple Store or authorized service provider due to potential safety issues – even if an Apple-supplied battery is installed by a third-party.

Aug 11 15:13

The US Navy will replace its touchscreen controls with mechanical ones on its destroyers

After a deadly 2017 crash between a destroyer and an oil tanker

Aug 10 11:48

FCC Decides NO CHANGE to Radiation Limits For 5G Despite Research Supporting Public Outcry Over Risks

By B.N. Frank

The role of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to regulate the Telecom Industry even though they are not a health or environmental agency.

Current rules, safety limits and guidelines for RF radiation exposure were adopted in 1996 and don’t apply to how most people use or are exposed to RF emitting devices and infrastructure today. They even don’t apply to how current technology and products are manufactured and marketed...

Aug 09 18:21

The “Science” That Google Relies On

By Lynne McTaggart

Under the emphatic headline ‘This has to stop,’ my good friend, bestselling author Arielle Ford (The Soulmate Secret), posted an article claiming that Google was burying Alternative Medicine sites to ‘protect people against false claims.’

Among the comments from her readers was someone who wrote in to defend Google’s and Wikipedia’s decisions. As it turned out, he revealed, he was one of Google’s rankers, who determine the placement of information on the search engine’s pages. Naturally, he said, the Mayo Clinic would appear in an earlier page above an alternative medicine site because its practices are based on far more science than alternative medicine is.

This was a fascinating, if brief, insight into the minds of Google’s and Wikipedia’s adjudicators and how they are determining what version of reality the likes of you and me are allowed to see. I have to take issue with this fellow’s definition of the word ‘scientific.’...

Aug 09 18:07

How To Avoid Being Called A Russian Agent Online

By Caitlin Johnstone

The always reliable NBC News has published an important and informative article titled “Russia-linked Twitter accounts promoted ‘doxxing’ over racial tension videos”, which uses fearless investigative insinuations and cutting-edge vagueness to inform readers that viral videos of Americans being racist are essentially a Russian fabrication...

Here are five things you can do to avoid being caught in the crossfire of this vital information war and getting labeled a Russian agent yourself...

Aug 09 17:34

Cell Phones Touching Body Exceed Safety Limits in U.S. and Europe Say Experts — Children More Vulnerable

By B.N. Frank

If there were clear warnings on cell phones to NOT hold or wear cell phones directly next to the body, do you think more people wouldn’t do this? Do you think more people wouldn’t allow their children to do this?

IEEE is one of many organizations that has weighed in on this issue...

Aug 09 17:10

Monsanto Paid Google To Censor Results; Operated Fusion Center To Discredit Journalists And Activists

By Aaron Kesel

Monsanto (Bayer) operated an intelligence-gathering “fusion center,” to discredit journalists and activists, including singer Neil Young, and paid Google to bury results in its search engine, The Guardian, reported.

Activist Post previously reported that Bayer/Monsanto — the formerly merged company of potentially two of the evilest businesses in history — had kept a file of 200 names, including journalists and lawmakers in hopes of influencing their positions on pesticides according to French prosecutors.

Now, The Guardian has an exposé on Monsanto going a step beyond by spying on journalists through use of a Fusion Center type operation and paying Google to hide negative results...

Aug 09 11:00

US Court Decision Allows Users to Sue Facebook Over Abuse of Face Recognition Technology

A US federal court on Thursday ruled that Facebook’s use of facial recognition technology without user consent violated privacy rights laws.

"The panel concluded that the development of a face template using facial-recognition technology without consent… invades an individual’s private affairs and concrete interests," the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said in a court document.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), one of the groups involved with the case, said the ruling will now allow Facebook users to sue the company over its use of face recognition technology.

Aug 09 10:25

Can Huawei's new OS make customers ditch Google’s Android?

Huawei is expected to drop more details about its homegrown Hongmeng operating system at an upcoming conference. But is the world ready to ditch Android for an untested Chinese alternative? And is Google worried?

A new Huawei phone equipped with the Hongmeng operating system, also known as the HarmonyOS, could go on sale before the end of the year, the state-linked Chinese newspaper Global Times reported on Sunday. According to the newspaper, the phone aims to target the low and medium ends of the smartphone market, setting the price tag at around 2,000 yuan (roughly US$290).

Aug 09 10:20

NSA Whistleblower Confirms "They Can Use Your Data Against You Any Time"

A bombshell interview with William Binney, an NSA Whistleblower, has just been released! Binney says that President Donald Trump is being framed and that we the people are subjected to the constant surveillance and tracking authoritarian regimes are known for.

We are all subjected to the state’s mass surveillance scheme and many have given up any hope that there’s anything we can do to stop it. Listening to Binney speak with Michelle Holliday with Portfolio Wealth Global.com, it sure seems like there is little we can do.

Aug 09 09:24

WHY IS SAUDI ARABIA GIVING UP A TRACT OF LAND THE SIZE OF MASSACHUSETTS FOR "THE WORLD'S FIRST INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL ZONE"?

It has been reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman originally came up with the idea for the city when he “pulled up a map of his country on Google Earth and saw its northwest quadrant was a blank slate.” He ultimately decided that it would be an ideal location for “the city of the future”, and he enlisted an army of U.S. consultants to help him fulfill his dream.

But will his dream ultimately become a nightmare? There are some extremely alarming things that I want to tell you about, but first let’s talk about some of the cool stuff that is planned for the city…

The in-development Saudi Arabian city-state will have robot maids, flying taxis, and glow-in-the-dark sand, according to confidential planning documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. An artificial moon will light up the sky every night, and a Jurassic Park-style island will let visitors mingle with robot dinosaurs.

Sounds like a fun place to live, right?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Butcher of Yemen; before you start construction here, please stop killing innocent civilians; women, babies, and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen.

IF you think, for one millisecond, that this project will wipe your hands clean of the blood you (and your American compatriots) have caused to be shed in Yemen, you are, unfortunately, very sadly mistaken.

I would like to politely remind you, that the genius novel "1984", by George Orwell, was a cautionary tale; not a how to manual!!

And how many of your citizens will be making enough money, to come and see this wonderland, once it is created?!? The horrendous disparity of wealth in your county, may make this impossibly challenging for most of your financially, and politically, and religiously challenged, citizens.

I, as a confessing Christian, could not even make it through the airport at Riyadh!!
Freedom of Religion nonexistent in Saudi Arabia

I would certainly like to be able to "cheer on" this project, but not unless and until, you are able to leave Yemen, and grant all your people freedom of worship in Saudi Arabia.

Aug 09 09:11

UAE Frees Activist After 5 years in Detention For Tweeting Against Torture

By Afef Abrougui

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have freed activist and political prisoner Osama al-Najjar after detaining him for more than five years.

Al-Najjar, who was arrested in March 2014, served a three-year jail sentence for posting tweets denouncing torture in UAE prisons. Despite completing his sentence, he remained in arbitrary detention for more than two years, before he was released on August 8, rights groups said...

Aug 09 08:48

Netizen Report: Online Journalists are Under Fire Across The Globe

By Ellery Roberts Biddle

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world. This report covers news and events from July 20 – August 9, 2019.

Journalists working online across the globe face legal threats all too often. While state authorities will sometimes press charges against journalists in direct response to their work, other times they will pursue a criminal case or accusation against a journalist without explicit reference to the person’s reporting, accusing them of crimes like tax evasion.

Here are a few recent examples from Cuba to Cambodia and beyond...

Aug 09 08:36

When Telecoms Refer to 4G & 5G Small Cell Towers as “Nodes” That Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Emitting Harmful Radiation

By B.N. Frank

Opposition to small cell installation is increasing worldwide. Maybe that’s why Verizon sometimes refers to them as “nodes”. Stay classy, Verizon...

Aug 09 08:05

Group sex app with ‘worst security ever seen’ exposes users in White House & Downing St

A massive vulnerability has been exposed in the group dating app 3fun, with researchers gaining access to a trove of information on its users. In a further twist, users were uncovered in the corridors of power in the US and UK.

The app is described as a “Curious Couples & Singles Dating” platform. One would think that security would rank fairly high on the agenda for such a service; however that was clearly not the case as the Pen Test Partners security researchers, who discovered the vulnerability, described what they felt was “probably the worst security for any dating app we’ve ever seen.”

Personal information, sexual preferences, private photos, chat data and users’ real time locations were all exposed due to 3fun’s shoddy security practices.

Aug 09 07:56

Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials

For years, U.S. election officials and voting machine vendors have insisted that critical election systems are never connected to the internet and therefore can’t be hacked.

But a group of election security experts have found what they believe to be nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states connected to the internet over the last year, including some in critical swing states. These include systems in nine Wisconsin counties, in four Michigan counties, and in seven Florida counties—all states that are perennial battlegrounds in presidential elections.

Some of the systems have been online for a year and possibly longer. Some of them disappeared from the internet after the researchers notified an information-sharing group for election officials last year. But at least 19 of the systems, including one in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, were still connected to the internet this week, the researchers told Motherboard.

Aug 09 07:54

Who Turned off Moscow’s Internet During Recent Protests?

By Maxim Edwards

The situation in Moscow remains tense after renewed protests; thousands have taken to the Russian capital’s streets and squares in recent months to oppose the electoral commission’s refusal to register opposition candidates for local elections this September. The latest demonstration on 3 August saw over 1,000 people detained and police violence towards demonstrators. Over the following week, the Russian authorities launched a money laundering case against opposition politician Alexey Navalny and froze bank accounts associated with his Anti-Corruption Foundation (workplace of several of the most prominent opposition candidates.) The kid gloves are off, if they were ever on to begin with.

There are many indications that this crackdown has reached cyberspace...

Aug 09 07:45

Huawei unveils HarmonyOS operating system that can replace Google Android 'immediately'

Huawei has announced a new operating system called HarmonyOS that could replace Android "immediately" if necessary.

Richard Yu, CEO of the Chinese tech giant's consumer division, unveiled HarmonyOS at the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan on Friday, revealing that it will work across smartphones, smart TVs, wearables and other internet-connected devices.

This ability to work across various platforms and devices makes it "completely different from Android and iOS", according to Mr Yu, who said it will also be completely open source.

"You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of devices," he said.

Aug 09 06:57

Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats

Doors across the United States are now fitted with Amazon’s Ring, a combination doorbell-security camera that records and transmits video straight to users’ phones, to Amazon’s cloud—and often to the local police department. By sending photos and alerts every time the camera detects motion or someone rings the doorbell, the app can create an illusion of a household under siege. It turns what seems like a perfectly safe neighborhood into a source of anxiety and fear. This raises the question: do you really need Ring, or have Amazon and the police misled you into thinking that you do?

Aug 08 18:00

Amazon Continues Helping Police By Teaching Them How To Bypass A Warrant

By Aaron Kesel

Activist Post has previously reported that Ring was running entrapment fake package operations with several police departments across the U.S., including coaching them. Now, Vice News has reported that Amazon’s Ring is teaching police to trick residents into sharing camera footage with them without a warrant as our Fourth Amendment rights are eroded...

Aug 08 13:13

Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats

By Matthew Guariglia

Doors across the United States are now fitted with Amazon’s Ring, a combination doorbell-security camera that records and transmits video straight to users’ phones, to Amazon’s cloud—and often to the local police department. By sending photos and alerts every time the camera detects motion or someone rings the doorbell, the app can create an illusion of a household under siege. It turns what seems like a perfectly safe neighborhood into a source of anxiety and fear. This raises the question: do you really need Ring, or have Amazon and the police misled you into thinking that you do?..

Aug 08 09:45

ISRAEL LAUNCHES SATELLITE TO PROVIDE INTERNET TO MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Israel has successfully launched a satellite which will provide internet, TV and mobile services to the Middle East and Africa.

The Amos-17 satellite was launched at 19:23 local time [23:23 GMT] yesterday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. The satellite was carried into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and separated successfully, despite the launch being delayed for several days after a suspected faulty valve was discovered during testing.

It will now spend the next two weeks travelling gradually to 36,000 kilometres above the earth, at which height it will orbit the planet.

The satellite was built by aerospace giant Boeing and designed by Israel-based company Spacecom. Amos-17 will now provide services to TV operators, internet and telephone providers in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as governments and private data companies, the Times of Israel reported today.

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Satellite services like this can broadcast; but they can also listen, to see what the users are saying, and thinking, about Israel.

And that last statement by David Pollack, Spacecom's CEO, does need a bit of translation; what Israel is hoping to do, is to control the growth of Africa's Sub Saharan vibrant markets, without appearing to have any hands-on control in the process.

Aug 08 09:39

AUTHORITIES JAMMED MOSCOW’S MOBILE INTERNET DURING OPPOSITION PROTESTS – NGO

SOURCE: THEMOSCOWTIMES.COM
Russian authorities ordered mobile operators to cut access to mobile data services during last weekend's opposition protests in Moscow, marking the first documented case in Moscow's history, Russia’s Internet Protection Society NGO has said.

Russia's first documented instance of authorities ordering to stifle mobile internet access took place in the country's republic of Ingushetia in October, when thousands gathered against a border deal with neighboring Chechnya. Last Saturday, 1,001 people were detained along Moscow’s central Boulevard Ring during marches in support of opposition candidates rejected from running for city council.

Mobile internet access was restricted in an area of 13 square kilometers in Russia’s capital between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 3, the Internet Protection Society said Monday.

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And the US government has never, ever done anything like this, right?!?

And there are no plans to do this here in the US by the US government, right?!? I would like to submit the following article, dated 2013, as a reasonable explanation for what might happen, courtesy of the US government, if it ever feels that it is about to go through a severe lack of public trust, or dealing with a "false flag" which does not go as expected:

The Government’s Secret Plan to Shut Off Cellphones and the Internet, Explained

The article goes on to state:

'The Government’s Secret Plan to Shut Off Cellphones and the Internet, Explained
November 27, 2013
by Dana Liebelson
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This post first appeared at Mother Jones.

Update: The Electronic Privacy Information Center reports that the court just granted the government more time to decide whether to release the kill switch plan. It now has until January 13.

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This month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must make its plan to shut off the Internet and cellphone communications available to the American public. You, of course, may now be thinking: What plan?! Though President Barack Obama swiftly disapproved of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak turning off the Internet in his country (to quell widespread civil disobedience) in 2011, the US government has the authority to do the same sort of thing, under a plan that was devised during the George W. Bush administration. Many details of the government’s controversial “kill switch” authority have been classified, such as the conditions under which it can be implemented and how the switch can be used. But thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), DHS has to reveal those details by December 12 — or mount an appeal. (The smart betting is on an appeal, since DHS has fought to release this information so far.) Yet here’s what we do know about the government’s “kill switch” plan:

What is a kill switch? A kill switch refers to the government’s authority to disconnect commercial and private wireless networks — affecting both cellphones and the Internet — in the event of an emergency, such as a viable threat of a terrorist attack.'

And just in case you have decided that you need not worry, because such legislation appears to have gone away, is the following story, dated 2018:

US government still has the kill switch option for the net, and cellular communications

Aug 08 09:38

WTF is Boeing on? Not just customer databases lying around on the web. 787 jetliner code, too, security bugs and all

Fears of cyber-hijackings? That's plane crazy, says Dreamliner maker

Aug 08 09:25

Microsoft becomes the latest tech firm to come under fire for eavesdropping as report reveals contractors LISTEN to some Skype calls translated by its AI

According to an investigation by Motherboard, Microsoft-owned Skype has been listening to audio of users speaking to one another via its translation service, which uses AI to convert language in nearly real-time.

While Skype states that it may analyze audio of phone calls conducted through the service to improve its abilities, it has never explicitly stated that humans would be doing that work.

Aug 08 09:19

San Francisco marketing company scraped MILLIONS of users’ data from Instagram - including bios, photos from Stories, and physical locations, report reveals

A bombshell report has revealed how Instagram’s ‘lax oversight’ allowed a San Francisco-based startup to collect data on millions of its users without their knowledge – including the disappearing photos posted as Stories.

The Facebook-owned company sent a cease and desist letter to marketing firm HYP3R – one of its vetted advertising partners – after an investigation by Business Insider uncovered the shocking violations.

Instagram has since banned HYP3R from its platform, but not before the company was able to siphon out the personal data of millions for roughly a year, according to Business Insider.

The firm has not yet revealed exactly how many users were affected, and says it is still investigating the volume of the issue.

Aug 08 06:18

Police Used Streetlamps To Spy On The Public More Than 140 Times

By MassPrivateI

Gone are the days when cities used streetlamps to simply illuminate sidewalks and streets. Today’s streetlamps are being used to form an inter-connected web of surveillance devices.

A recent San Diego Union-Tribune article revealed how San Diego police officers have used streetlamp video surveillance in at least 140 cases and sometimes as frequently as 20 times a month...

Aug 07 10:43

Scott Adams: The Mental Illness Crisis Turning Democrats into FAKE NEWS ZOMBIES

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1159101969501282304?s=20

Democrats are implementing a trade war against America
Financially penalizing Americans for their political beliefs
Isn’t that a trade war…Joaquin Castro?
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace…“misspoke?
”What’s wrong with Nicolle Wallace?
Reza Aslan wants someone “eradicated”?
CNN FAKE NEWS Chyron: “Trump Inspired Terrorism”
Immigration debate curiosity…
NO Democrat has said HOW MUCH immigration is okay
NO Democrat has even been ASKED the question
Extra people = extra crime
How much additional CRIME is acceptable to you?
If you can’t put a number on it, you aren’t sincere
What impact will your policy have on the country…in 10 years?
Has Presidential candidate Andrew Yang told a direct lie yet?
Is he the ONLY Democrat candidate who has NOT directly lied?

Aug 07 09:56

From Booze to Bitcoin Mining – Why Violent Prohibition Is Always Harmful

By Graham Smith

Introduce some violent legislature into the mix, and even simple activities end up culminating in potential violation, kidnapping, and caging...

Aug 07 08:27

Globalist Insider: Self-Censorship and Technocratic Governance Will Drive Asian World Order

By Daniel Taylor

In a recent interview with the Mumbai Mirror, globalist planner Parag Khanna said that “Technocratic governance,” “caution about free speech” and “self-censorship” will be part of the new value system of the Asian world order...

Aug 07 07:16

Amazon Alexa: Luxembourg watchdog in discussions about recordings

Luxembourg's data privacy watchdog says it is in discussions with Amazon about voice recordings made of customers who have used the firm's Alexa smart assistant.

The regulator is the lead supervisory authority for the company in the EU, meaning that it co-ordinates investigations into the business on behalf of the other member states.

At this point it has not launched a formal privacy probe.

Amazon declined to comment.

Aug 07 07:15

Facebook urged to shut groups seeking fake Amazon reviews

Facebook is failing to shut down groups on its site where fake Amazon reviews are sold, consumer group Which? claims.

Facebook was urged in June by the Competition and Markets Authority to probe the sale of fake reviews via these groups.

Which? claimed to have uncovered several active groups that recruited people to write fake testimonies.

Aug 06 18:40

Opening the Door for Censorship: New Trademark Enforcement Mechanisms Added for Top-Level Domains

By Mitch Stoltz

With so much dissatisfaction over how companies like Facebook and YouTube moderate user speech, you might think that the groups that run the Internet’s infrastructure would want to stay far away from the speech-policing business. Sadly, two groups that control an important piece of the Internet’s infrastructure have decided to jump right in.

The organization that governs the .org top-level domain, known as Public Interest Registry (PIR), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) are expanding their role as speech regulators through a new agreement, negotiated behind closed doors. And they’re doing it despite the nearly unanimous opposition of nonprofit and civil society groups—the people who use .org domains. EFF is asking ICANN’s board to reconsider...

Aug 06 12:57

We’re All Enemies of the State: Draconian Laws, Precrime & the Surveillance State

By John W. Whitehead

We’ve been down this road many times before.

If the government is consistent about any one thing, it is this: it has an unnerving tendency to exploit crises and use them as opportunities for power grabs under the guise of national security.

Cue the Emergency State, the government’s Machiavellian version of crisis management that justifies all manner of government tyranny in the so-called name of national security.

Terrorist attacks, mass shootings, “unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters”: the government has been anticipating and preparing for such crises for years now.

It’s all part of the grand plan for total control...

Aug 06 11:12

Firehouses Are Being Turned Into Surveillance Centers

By MassPrivateI

Slowly but surely fire departments are being turned into surveillance centers, all in the name of public safety.

Fire departments from Iowa to New York are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on security packages that are designed to restrict public access and monitor the public...

Aug 06 10:26

Cathay Pacific Airline Admits Spying On Passengers With Seatback TV Cams And Airport Surveillance

Passengers on Hong-Kong-based Cathay Pacific have been warned that their movements and preferences will be recorded by the airline via seatback in-flight entertainment screens equipped with cameras, according to News.com.au.

Aug 06 10:14

MINORITY REPORT: FBI trying to build social media “pre-crime” tracking tool to arrest people before they carry out crimes

At a time when the FBI’s reputation is at one of the lowest points in history thanks to the involvement of former ranking members in “Spygate,” the plot to overthrow POTUS Donald Trump, the bureau is shopping for technology that allows it to monitor social media in real time, allegedly to spot potential criminal activity.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intends to award a firm fixed-price contract for the purpose of acquiring subscription services to a social media early-alerting tool in order to mitigate multifaceted threats, while ensuring all privacy and civil liberties compliance requirements are met,” said a FedBizOpps listing, titled “Social Media Alerting Subscription” on behalf of the Department of Justice.

“Offers shall include qualifications, details and pricing for subscription services” technology that will allow agents to snoop on social media sites effortlessly and as posts occur.

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