Year: 2018

China has perfected the internet control playbook and now it’s exporting it to the world

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL After decades of back-and-forth over internet freedom, China has figured out a method for allowing people to use the internet for social and business purposes, but not for political reform — a combination of huge boiler-rooms full of censors, centralization of internet […]

As Tech Giants Compete for $18B Pentagon Contract to Develop Orwellian Data Cloud, Workers Push Back

Silicon Valley companies have something the Pentagon wants: remarkable artificial intelligence capabilities. Since the DoD doesn’t have the means to develop this technology itself, it has to purchase it from somewhere. It’s a natural partnership for an increasingly Orwellian age. Randi Nord | Mintpress News | Source URL SILICON VALLEY, […]

As Tech Giants Compete for $18B Pentagon Contract to Develop Orwellian Data Cloud, Workers Push Back

Silicon Valley companies have something the Pentagon wants: remarkable artificial intelligence capabilities. Since the DoD doesn’t have the means to develop this technology itself, it has to purchase it from somewhere. It’s a natural partnership for an increasingly Orwellian age. Randi Nord | Mintpress News | Source URL SILICON VALLEY, […]

US pulls 2 more from Cuba amid new potential health cases

AP | Source URL WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has pulled out two more of its workers from its embassy in Cuba and is testing them for possible brain injury, three U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Friday, amid concerns they may have been affected by mysterious health […]

French opposition, media cry foul over ‘fake news’ bill

AFP | Source URL Paris (AFP) – French lawmakers accused the government of attempting to legalise censorship during a stormy debate Friday over a bill designed to fight so-called fake news during election campaigns. President Emmanuel Macron launched a crusade against misinformation after being targeted during his 2017 campaign by […]

Pope to journalists: Be responsible, avoid ideological warfare

Carol Glatz | CRUX | Source URL ROME – Journalists must meticulously uphold their craft of responsible reporting and not be tempted into partisan or ideological warfare, Pope Francis said. “Today, in a world where everything is fast, it is ever more urgent to call upon the tough and strenuous […]

Big Tech has established a “kill zone” of business ideas that startups can’t get funded to try

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL In 2014, the Economist described a “Cambrian explosion” of tech startups trying every conceivable idea in every conceivable variation, competing to find better ways to deliver better services at lower costs; today it laments the “kill-zone” of business ideas that are unfundable, either because […]

Facebook Shareholders Accuse Zuckerberg of Running ‘Corporate Dictatorship’ and Condemn Data Privacy Scandal as ‘Human Rights Violation’

Julia Conley | Common Dreams | Source URL At a tense annual meeting, Facebook shareholders added their voices to the outcry that’s been directed at the social media giant over its recent user privacy scandal and what some suggested has been CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s outsized control over the company. “If […]

Leaked Emails Show Google Expected Lucrative Military AI Work to Grow Exponentially

Lee Fang | The Intercept | Source URL FOLLOWING THE REVELATION in March that Google had secretly signed an agreement with the Pentagon to provide cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology for drone warfare, the company faced an internal revolt. About a dozen Google employees have resigned in protest and thousands have signed a petition calling for […]

Mapping DHS’s new cybersecurity strategy, highlighting S&T’s R&D support

Homeland Security Newswire | Source URL Last month at a cybersecurity conference, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen previewed the May unveiling of DHS’s new cybersecurity strategy and issued a stern warning to cybercriminals. The new DHSCybersecurity Strategy was released 15 May. Nielsen said: “I have a news flash for America’s adversaries: Complacency […]

Uganda’s unenforceable social media tax is augmented by a biometric requirement for SIM card purchases

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL Uganda’s social media tax may be an unenforceable mess, but that doesn’t make it harmless (it opens the door to selective enforcement and invites programs of censorship and mass surveillance in the name of fighting “tax evasion”) but that’s only half of dictator Yoweri […]