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Jun 12 14:48

Facebook shares drop after internal emails reveal Mark Zuckerberg may have known about firm's controversial privacy dealings

Mark Zuckerberg may have known more about Facebook's controversial privacy practices than the company previously let on.

A number of internal emails uncovered by Facebook show Zuckerberg's connection to potentially problematic privacy practices at the company, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources close to the situation.

The emails surfaced as part of Facebook's effort to respond to a continuing federal privacy investigation.

News of the emails caused Facebook shares to drop sharply by 2.5 percent to $173.64 on Wednesday afternoon.

Jun 12 11:42

'THIS IS A BOMBSHELL': FACIAL RECOGNITION DATA COLLECTED BY US CUSTOMS AGENCY HACKED

One of the key fears that critics of mass surveillance and the proliferation of facial recognition technology have warned about has been realized with new reporting Monday that a "malicious cyber attack" has resulted in photos of airport passengers and other personal data harvested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol being stolen by unknown actors.

"This incident further underscores the need to put the brakes on these efforts and for Congress to investigate the agency's data practices. The best way to avoid breaches of sensitive personal data is not to collect and retain it in the first place."

Jun 12 11:35

AI Listened to People's Voices. Then It Generated Their Faces.

Have you ever constructed a mental image of a person you've never seen, based solely on their voice? Artificial intelligence (AI) can now do that, generating a digital image of a person's face using only a brief audio clip for reference.

Named Speech2Face, the neural network — a computer that "thinks" in a manner similar to the human brain — was trained by scientists on millions of educational videos from the internet that showed over 100,000 different people talking.

From this dataset, Speech2Face learned associations between vocal cues and certain physical features in a human face, researchers wrote in a new study. The AI then used an audio clip to model a photorealistic face matching the voice.

Jun 12 10:35

NSA WARNS MICROSOFT USERS OF POSSIBLE FAR-REACHING DAMAGE

SOURCE: THE DEEP STATE BLOG

Americans who use outdated versions of Microsoft Windows on their personal and work computers may be in danger of a “wormable” defect that could cause “devastating” and “wide-ranging impacts” according to a cybersecurity advisory from the National Security Agency.

This comes on the heels of a ransomware attack on the city of Baltimore which disrupted some municipal services. The attack was believed to have originated with spyware stolen from the NSA.

Following many warnings by Microsoft leaders, the NSA is warning users who have unpatched versions of Windows on their devices to make sure any cyber holes are able to keep out malicious actors from penetrating individuals’ devices and wreak havoc on their systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or, perchance, is this notice coming now, because people don't like Microsoft's pricing structure, or the service, on new Microsoft products, so they are keeping their software a little longer before they upgrade?!?

Jun 12 10:31

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS INCREASE TRANSPARENCY ABOUT CONTENT REMOVAL REQUESTS, BUT MANY KEEP USERS IN THE DARK WHEN THEIR SPEECH IS CENSORED, EFF REPORT SHOWS

SOURCE: ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
San Francisco and Tunis, Tunisia—While social media platforms are increasingly giving users the opportunity to appeal decisions to censor their posts, very few platforms comprehensively commit to notifying users that their content has been removed in the first place, raising questions about their accountability and transparency, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said today in a new report.

How users are supposed to challenge content removals that they’ve never been told about is among the key issues illuminated by EFF in the second installment of its Who Has Your Back: Censorship Edition report. The paper comes amid a wave of new government regulations and actions around the world meant to rid platforms of extremist content. But in response to calls to remove objectionable content, social media companies and platforms have all too often censored valuable speech.

Jun 12 10:29

The Future Is Here: Watch Robot Cop Pull Over Driver And Issue Ticket 

Engineer Reuben Brewer and SRI International, a nonprofit scientific research institute based in California, developed a police robot for traffic stops. This new robot is expected to act as a buffer between the officer and motorist during an encounter, reported The Washington Post.

Jun 12 10:06

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT SURVEILLANCE TECH COULDN’T GET ANY MORE ORWELLIAN…

SOURCE: THEORGANICPREPPER.COM
BY GRAYWOLF

One of my favorite TV shows was Person of Interest. In that show, a genius programmer was hired by the government to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) computer to tap into and analyze communication feeds and predict activities that may pose a threat. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, things spun out of control; the system that was designed to benefit society was not always beneficial to citizens.

As amusing as it is to watch escapist fiction such as this, it’s not so enjoyable when you realize it’s no longer fiction. China has already developed the infrastructure to envelop their citizens in this protective surveillance net and has begun that slippery slope of using AI to not only catch activities deemed undesired by the government – it’s starting to take action against those observed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You might be laughing at the above scenario; but rest assured, there are systems like this coming to the US government, which can, and will, be just as abusive as is the Chinese system right now.

Jun 12 09:58

JULIAN ASSANGE: US SUBMITS FORMAL EXTRADITION REQUEST FOR WIKILEAKS FOUNDER

SOURCE: INDEPENDENT UK
The US Justice Department has delivered to officials in the United Kingdom a formal extradition request for Julian Assange, making further US charges against the WikiLeaks founder unlikely.

A US official who spoke on background to discuss a sensitive matter said the request was sent on Thursday.

The United States’ treaty with Britain required that the request be sent within 60 days of Assange’s 11 April arrest at Ecuador’s Embassy in London.

The same treaty bars the United States from prosecuting Assange for any alleged crimes beyond those outlined in the extradition request, unless those acts occur after his extradition.

In an 18-count indictment filed last month, prosecutors charged Assange with violating the Espionage Act and conspiring to hack into a government computer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Espionage Act carries the possibility of a death sentence against Assange

I would like to hope that the DOJ will not be so draconian as to suggest it; but it is still something the US government could potentially use, depending on how deeply the Deep State is offended by what Wikileaks brought into the open sunlight, and into the arena of public discussion.

Please remember: nothing Wikileaks revealed, has never, ever been proven wrong.

Jun 12 00:03

Megaupload would have made pre-internet copyright pirates 'green with envy' - the US case for Kim Dotcom extradition

Megaupload would have made copyright infringers of an earlier age "green with envy" through its ability to exploit the internet for money, the Supreme Court has been told.

Barrister Kieran Raftery QC, representing the United States, said the internet had no geographical boundaries and in this environment Megaupload had flourished.

"When it comes to copyright infringement, the advent of the internet has changed the landscape considerably."

He said Megaupload had harvested 180 million registered users during its existence.

"That is the sort of figure that would have made copyright infringers of the 19th and 20th century all green with envy."

Jun 11 21:14

Megaupload just like Dropbox and YouTube, Kim Dotcom's lawyer tells Supreme Court

Kim Dotcom's lawyer aligned Megaupload with online services such as Dropbox and YouTube, telling the Supreme Court there was little difference in how they worked.

Ron Mansfield said those businesses all offered a service on the internet which was given specific protection when the New Zealand law of copyright was rewritten to account for the online age.

The argument goes to the heart of the appeal by Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato.

The Court of Appeal upheld their extradition to the United States partly on the basis of ruling they were criminally liable under the Copyright Act for movies and music identified on the Megaupload website.

Jun 11 21:12

Prove there is a copyright breach - lawyer in Megaupload case lays down challenge over FBI claim

There was no evidence put forward by the FBI the movies or music found on the defunct Megaupload site were actually covered by copyright, the Supreme Court has been told.

Instead, it was told the decision to extradite Megaupload's Kim Dotcom, and three others, was made on the assumption the works over which copyright was claimed were actually covered by United States copyright law.

Grant Illingworth, QC, told the Supreme Court in Wellington a serious criminal charge resulting in possible decades of prison time required the key evidential link to be shown.

It should not have been assumed, he said, because it was a core fact in the allegation of offending.

Jun 11 15:54

More U.S. millennials subscribe to video games than traditional pay TV: survey

About 53% of people born between 1983 and 1996 now pay for gaming services, versus 51% who pay for television, according to a survey from the accounting and professional services firm Deloitte.

That is compared with Deloitte’s survey last year, in which paid subscriptions among millennials were 44% for video games and 52% for television.

Paid television through cable, satellite or fiber - for instance Comcast Corp’s Xfinity, Dish Network Corp or AT&T Inc’s U-verse TV - has been challenged by changing viewer habits, particularly the rise of direct-to-consumer streaming services.

At the same time, video games and e-sports have soared in popularity, giving rise to an industry of competitive professional and amateur games watched in person and online by fans, alongside more casual gaming on mobile phones.

Jun 11 15:46

A computer virus has thrown Philadelphia’s court system into chaos

Since May 21st, a virus has shut down Philadelphia’s online court system, bringing network access to a standstill. The problems started unexpectedly: suddenly, no one could seem to access the system to file documents. “It wasn’t working,” says Rachel Gallegos, a senior staff attorney with the civil legal aid organization Community Legal Services. “I thought it was my computer.”

As Baltimore deals with a devastating malware attack, the Philadelphia court shutdown is raising similar questions about how cities can respond when crucial services are suddenly lost. The outage has now stretched on for weeks, forcing attorneys to use paperwork filed in person and raising difficult questions about who is slipping through the cracks of the broken system.

Jun 11 15:45

Mozilla Confirms Premium Firefox Browser With Security Features

Mozilla Corporation is launching a premium version of the Firefox browser that will tout improved security features such as virtual private network and secure cloud storage, according to CEO Chris Beard.

In a Friday interview with German media publication T3N, Beard said that the premium service, with a monthly subscription plan, is currently being developed and will be launched in the fall, potentially as soon as October. Mozilla confirmed the premium service in an email to Threatpost but did not detail pricing, availability or any features.

Jun 11 15:43

Radiohead Get Hacked for Ransom, Release All Stolen Material to Donate to Climate Change Protests

Experimental rock band Radiohead has released 18 hours of material that was stolen from lead singer Thom Yorke's archived MiniDiscs by an unknown hacker.

The group announced on its social media platforms today that the archive—consisting mostly of unfinished music and clips from the mid-90s—had been stolen last week. The hacker, or hackers, demanded $150,000 to keep it from being released to the public, Radiohead said.

In response, the band decided not only to ignore the ransom demand but release the entire trove of music to Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion, the new climate change movement.

Jun 11 15:40

'This Is a Bombshell': Facial Recognition Data Collected by US Customs Agency Hacked

"Even if you 100% trust the US government with your biometric information (which you shouldn't) this is a reminder that once your face is scanned and stored in a database, it's easily shared across government agencies, stolen by hackers, other governments, etc."

Jun 11 15:17

Facebook quietly kills off advanced search tool that helped investigators track down war criminals and child predators as critics warn decision could be a 'disaster' for human rights

Facebook has raised the ire of human rights advocates and investigators after it killed off advanced features of a search tool used to surface information on posts, users and other elements of the social media site.

The tool, called Graph, is open to any of the site's users and allows people to search all of Facebook's public data using a set of highly granular filters.

Graph's abilities include finding posts by a user that fall within a certain date range, identifying users who like a specific page and live in a specific city, or surfacing places users have visited as recorded by their check-ins and tags.

But key aspects of Graph, like being able to search videos to find a specific user, were suddenly taken down late last week, Vice reported, citing sources close to the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this development; it is completely consistent with Facebook's deplatforming/dedollarization of conservative, or alternative, thought which does not conform to the current governmental narrative.

Jun 11 14:28

Instagram Promotes 'Trans Disabled Model' Who Is Calling For The Killing Of All 'Transphobes'

Facebook-owned Instagram on Monday promoted "trans disabled model" Aaron Philip, 18, across their platform and to their more than 304 million followers in honor of Pride Month.

Jun 11 12:07

Will China win the military AI race on the back of commercial technology?

The earliest weapons were dual-use technologies: rocks chipped into sharp edges and bound to arrows or spears or clubs that proved as useful for hunting as they did fighting.

Modern life is millennia removed from proto-ethical debates over the dangers of collaborating on hunting technology with people who may someday turn it to violence, but dual-use tools are at the center of a major inter- and intra-national debate. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission held a hearing June 7 about China and technology, specifically the ways in which developments in the civilian sector could be exploited and weaponized by China’s military.

“China has been hyped as an AI superpower poised to overtake the U.S. in the strategic technology domain of AI,” said Jeffrey Ding, China lead for the Center for the Governance of AI, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford; D.Phil. Candidate, University of Oxford.

Jun 11 12:06

Can artificial intelligence improve aerial dogfighting?

Artificial intelligence is meeting its next match: aerial dogfighting.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to automate air-to-air combat, which would free pilots to concentrate on the larger air battle creating a human-machine team.

DARPA created the Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program to take on this project. While agency leaders acknowledge aerial dogfighting will be a less frequent occurrence in the future, the program centers on creating pilot trust in AI dogfighting.

Jun 11 12:06

Where is the investment in AI oversight, asks inspector general?

As artificial intelligence becomes a priority for national security, the Intelligence Community must ensure that it invests in proper oversight, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community said.

“Maintaining American leadership in AI and shaping the global evolution of AI in a manner consistent with our nation’s values, policies, and priorities have become national security issues,” Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael K. Atkinson stated in his semi-annual report to Congress. “For intelligence oversight authorities to remain effective, there will need to be sufficient focus on and investments in oversight of AI in the Intelligence Community. “

For Atkinson, the lack of investments being directed toward developing oversight for AI usage is a major concern.

Jun 11 10:59

FACEBOOK BANS NATURAL NEWS

SOURCE: NATURALNEWS.COM
In response to a coordinated, heavily-funded smear campaign against Natural News and myself, the Health Ranger, Facebook has now permanently banned Natural News from posting content. The channel name that has been banned is Facebook.com/healthranger, which was our primary channel reaching over 2.5 million people.

This is on top of the permanent bans of Natural News content from Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google News, Apple and other techno-fascists that now represent the greatest threat to human freedom the world has ever seen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike, as both my Husband and want, also, to tell the truth about what is really happening, you are always welcome here, at WRH.

Jun 11 10:06

Tens of thousands of images stolen in US border hack

Images of tens of thousands of people crossing the US border with Mexico have been stolen in a major hack, the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has said.

The breach, which affected the network of a sub-contractor, also saw photos of vehicle licence plates stolen, said the CBP.

It said fewer than 100,000 people were affected based on "initial reports".

It also contradicted claims that image data had been shared on the dark web.

Jun 11 10:00

Liberty’s challenge to UK state surveillance powers reveals shocking failures

A legal challenge to the UK’s controversial mass surveillance regime has revealed shocking failures by the main state intelligence agency, which has broad powers to hack computers and phones and intercept digital communications, in handling people’s information.

The challenge, by rights group Liberty, led last month to an initial finding that MI5 had systematically breached safeguards in the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) — breaches the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, euphemistically couched as “compliance risks” in a carefully worded written statement that was quietly released to parliament.

Today Liberty has put more meat on the bones of the finding of serious legal breaches in how MI5 handles personal data, culled from newly released (but redacted) documents that it says describe the “undoubtedly unlawful” conduct of the UK’s main security service which has been retaining innocent people’s data for years.

Jun 11 09:35

AI lets you put words into the mouths of people talking in videos by adding, deleting or rearranging words from a transcript — but could the technology lead to more creepy deepfakes?

Actors who flub dialogue may become less of a bane to producers thanks to an AI that allows such to be edited just by retyping a transcript of their lines.

The software works by combining existing clips with digital face models to create new footage that is lip-synced to match the desired edits.

The technology could have the potential to be abused to create more creepy deepfake videos that make people appear to say things that they never did.

Jun 11 09:21

Can't get infected via email if your messages aren't delivered: Seven-hour slowdown hits Symantec cloud filters

Symantec is working to restore its Email Security.cloud service following a major slowdown that has lasted throughout the US morning and into the afternoon.

The security software giant said unspecified gremlins knackered its cloud-hosted email filtering service, resulting in email flows slowing to a trickle for customers in North America and EMEA. Those who were able to reach the service may have experienced a backlog of emails all arriving at once.

By 1300 Pacific time, Symantec said it had added additional "processing capacity" to help get the enterprise mail filtering service back online.

Jun 11 09:16

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

SOURCE: ACTIVIST POST

1984 portrays a global society of total control in which people are not allowed to have thoughts that in any way disagree with the corporate state. There is no personal freedom, and advanced technology has become the driving force behind a surveillance-driven society. Snitches and cameras are everywhere. People are subject to the Thought Police, who deal with anyone guilty of thought crimes. The government, or “Party,” is headed by Big Brother who appears on posters everywhere with the words: “Big Brother is watching you.”

We have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by not only Orwell but also such fiction writers as Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick.

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”?George Orwell

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why those of us, who see what is going on, and speak against the madness we see, must pick our fights very carefully; the "other side" is far better funded; far better equipped; and far better organised than we are.

Jun 11 06:43

Health Ranger blasts Facebook’s ban of Natural News, says American Left creating Soviet-style society where NO ONE can question “official” narratives

In a video response, Adams notes that in an instant, Facebook arbitrarily cut off Natural News’ channel and, thus, its direct pipeline to some 2.5 million followers who were not only avid consumers of the site’s information, but supporters of its alternative views on healthcare, nutrition, agriculture, and science.

“This is on top of the permanent bans of Natural News content from Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google News, Apple and other techno-fascists that now represent the greatest threat to human freedom the world has ever seen,” Adams wrote in an accompanying column criticizing the decision.

He notes further:

The techno-fascists, including Wikipedia, have decided that no speech that questions any official narrative will be allowed on any platform. Anyone who questions the safety of toxic vaccines, 5G cell towers, geoengineering, chemotherapy or glyphosate weed killer chemicals is now maliciously attacked, smeared and de-platformed.

Jun 11 06:27

Mozilla will launch a paid version of Firefox this fall

Mozilla’s set to launch a premium version of its revered Firefox browser this fall. In an interview with German media outlet T3N, the company’s CEO, Chris Beard, said that it’s aiming to launch the new version by October, with features like a VPN and secure cloud storage.

The company’s already experimented with a VPN service by partnering up with ProtonVPN and offering a $10 subscription. Now, the company’s thinking of offering some amount of free VPN bandwidth to get you started, and then charge a premium for metered access in the form of a monthly subscription.

Jun 11 06:15

A Year Later, U.S. Government Websites Are Still Redirecting to Hardcore Porn

Dozens of U.S. government websites appear to contain a flaw enabling anyone to generate URLs with their domains that redirect users to external sites, a handy tool for criminals hoping to infect users with malware or fool them into surrendering personal information.

Gizmodo first reported a year ago that a wide variety of U.S. government sites were misconfigured, allowing porn bots to create links that redirected visitors to sites with colorful names like “HD Dog Sex Girl” and “Two Hot Russians Love Animal Porn.” Among those affected was the Justice Department’s Amber Alert site, links from which apparently redirected users to erotic material.

Following Gizmodo’s report, a handful of government offices changed their settings to address the problem. The problem persists, unfortunately, and several new websites appear to be affected. While it appears that mostly porn bots are taking advantage of these poorly configured sites, it also poses a serious security concern.

Jun 10 12:51

Facebook Bans Natural News After One Hit Piece From The Daily Beast

One hit piece from The Daily Beast was apparently enough to get Facebook to ban Mike Adam's Natural News Facebook page with nearly 3 million followers.

Jun 10 11:59

THE INTERNET BECAME LESS FREE IN 2018. CAN WE FIGHT BACK?

As democracies around the world struggle to hold back the rising tide of authoritarianism, a similar crisis is unfolding online. Three factors converged this year to make 2018 the eighth straight year that global internet freedom declined, according to an annual report from the nonprofit Freedom House: increasing censorship in response to disinformation, the widespread collection of personal data, and a growing group of countries emulating China’s model of digital authoritarianism.

Jun 10 10:50

Scott Adams: Mexico Deal, Housing Emergency, Crazy George Conway, Magic Mushrooms

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1138083556150849542

Content:
Why does George Conway do what he does?
Jim Acosta’s book is called “Enemy of the People”
Oberlin college race HOAX…big award for victimized bakery
Analyst’s climate change PREDICTIONS blocked…NOT FACTS
Mexican tariffs story in the NYT and CNN, as they pay for the wall
Ben Carson says we have a fixable housing emergency
What regulations can we change or remove…to fix that?
Bill Pulte has the answers, or can find them, enlist Bill to help?
180 Business leaders say it’s bad for their business to restrict abortions
AOC has good aspirational stuff, LEARN from her technique
AOC want’s to limit lobbyists…and Ted Cruz agrees
AOC wants magic mushrooms medically studied
AOC says why not get rid of birth control restrictions?
AOC says she’s open to nuclear as part of a GND solution

Jun 10 09:53

YouTube’s anti-extremism crackdown targets journalist who documents extremism

YouTube on Wednesday announced an expanded crackdown on hate speech, but the company said it would make sure not to ban or demonetize videos that "aim to condemn or expose hate, or provide analysis of current events."

However, YouTube's crackdown has already targeted a journalist who documents extremism, presumably by mistake.

"Within minutes of @YouTube's announcement of a new purge it appears they caught my outlet, which documents activism and extremism, in the crossfire," journalist Ford Fischer wrote on Twitter yesterday. "I was just notified my entire channel has been demonetized. I am a journalist whose work there is used in dozens of documentaries."

Fischer is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of News2Share. PBS's "Documenting Hate" series is one of the documentaries that relied on his footage. His IMDB page lists numerous documentaries that he contributed to.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YouTube does whatever its governmental masters order it to do, and has become part and parcel of the 4th Governmental Arm, that of State Surveillance.

Find another place to go, if you are doing this kind of work, and vote... by changing venues.

Jun 10 08:50

THE TRUST PROJECT: BIG MEDIA AND SILICON VALLEY'S WEAPONIZED ALGORITHMS SILENCE DISSENT

SOURCE: WHITNEY WEBB VIA MINT PRESS NEWS

Given the Trust Project’s rich-get-richer impact on the online news landscape, it is not surprising to find that it is funded by a confluence of tech oligarchs and powerful forces with a clear stake in controlling the flow of news.

After the failure of Newsguard - the news rating system backed by a cadre of prominent neoconservative personalities - to gain traction among American tech and social media companies, another organization has quietly stepped in to direct the news algorithms of tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After the lies faithfully regurgitated by the Presstitutes and the Warrespondents regarding the necessity of invading Afghanistan and Iraq, intelligent people can NEVER, NEVER, trust these outlets again.

Jun 10 07:54

PRIME MINISTER OF POLAND SIGNS GLOBAL APPEAL TO STOP 5G TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRANSMISSION

SOURCE: GLOBALRESEARCH.CA
In what is surely an unprecedented and groundbreaking action, the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, has personally backed an International Appeal to stop the controversial roll-out of 5G electromagnetic microwave telecommunication transmissions.

5G, a new millimetre band frequency range being introduced by the telecommunications industry worldwide, has been identified by over 2,000 scientists and 1,400 medical doctors from all over the world, as presenting a direct threat to human health, as well as to animal, insect and plant life.

There have been no safety tests carried out to ensure its safety, in spite of the fact that 5G operates at between 10 and 100 times higher frequencies than current 3 and 4G cell phone tower transmitters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My first question has to be, who paid for these studies?!?

And do they profit from allowing this technology to become commonplace, in the countries which may embrace it?!?

Jun 10 07:51

CHINESE EXPORTERS DODGE US TARIFFS WITH FAKE 'MADE IN VIETNAM' TAGS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Chinese exporters who are hoping to evade tariffs as high as 25% on some of their goods are hoping to capitalize on the explosion of exports from Vietnam to the US - and not by simply and legally routing their products through Vietnam as a legal transshipment point, but by masking their true origins, provoking fears that the US might seek to punish the Vietnamese for failing to crack down on this type of fraud.

On Sunday, Vietnam released a statement pledging to increase penalties on trade-related fraud. It was one of the first times an Asian government has ever alleged such misbehavior, and comes after Vietnamese authorities found dozens of fake product origin certificates and illegal transfers presumably by Chinese companies trying to sidestep US tariffs on everything from agriculture to textiles, according to Bloomberg.

The crackdown comes as Vietnam has emerged as one of the fastest growing sources of American imports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how far is the US government, willing to go with this?!?

Will we start seeing interdiction of Vietnamese ships, with fake "Made in Vietnam" stickers, with products really made in China?!?

Jun 10 07:49

KIM DOTCOM BEGINS FINAL SUPREME COURT BATTLE TO AVOID US EXTRADITION

SOURCE: TORRENTFREAK

More than seven years after the dramatic arrest of Kim Dotcom and several of his former Megaupload colleagues, the quartet are making a final plea to New Zealand's Supreme Court. The hearing, expected to last five days, will determine whether an earlier decision to extradite the men to the United States should be upheld. For them, the stakes could not be higher.

When file-hosting site Megaupload was shut down in 2012, few could have predicted the events of the years to follow.

The arrest of founder Kim Dotcom and colleagues Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato in New Zealand, triggered dozens of legal processes, many designed to expedite, delay or indeed avoid the quartet’s extradition to the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As someone who has had copywritten music without license, or fees, I can understand the position of companies from which this content was pirated.

However, that being said, I would suggest that the sentence be left for "community service" to help those companies who got ripped off, learning how to never have this happen again.

This... would be a far greater service than throwing these people in jail to rot.

Jun 10 07:43

DUMP IT: TORONTO'S SMART CITY PROJECT IS 'SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM'

SOURCE: TECHNOCRACY.NEWS
Google tricked Toronto into creating the model smart city, Quayside. Venture capitalist Roger McNamee states: “It is a dystopian vision that has no place in a democratic society.” And yet, Smart City tech is a tsunami to the U.S. ? TN Editor
A “smart city” project in Canada has hit yet another snag, as mounting delays and privacy concerns threaten the controversial development along the Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

The 12-acre Quayside project, a partnership between Google’s Sidewalk Labs and the city of Toronto, has come under increasing scrutiny amid concerns over privacy and data harvesting.

This week, the US venture capitalist Roger McNamee warned that technology companies such as Google cannot be trusted to safely manage the data they collect on residents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. McNamee is absolutely correct; considering the foul-ups, bleeps, and blunders, in which Google has already been caught up, this is not a company which one can trust with any bit of data, whatsoever.

Jun 10 07:35

HE FUTURE WILL BE RECORDED, ON YOUR SMART SPEAKER: ALWAYS-ON CORPORATE LISTENING DEVICES, “ARE CERTAINLY OUR FUTURE”

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG
Amazon’s patent application for an always-on feature for Alexa, its popular voice-activated personal assistant, has raised a lot of concern. “If you’re already freaked out by the privacy implications of smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo,” says Gizmodo, “we have some bad news.” A headline in Science Alert is even more direct: “Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get.” You get the idea.

But the anxiety is much ado about nothing. An Alexa that’s always listening will likely prove more useful than an Alexa that isn’t; and, in any case, always-on devices are certainly our future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what if you refuse to have this device in your home; what then?!?

Will it become mandatory?!?

And how is Congress going to rationalize this, in this mandatory device being always on, in our homes?!?

I am beginning to think, that this may have been the plan between Congress and Amazon, all along.

Food for thought, my friends.

Jun 09 13:17

WE ARE ALL ASSANGE: A PHOTOMOSAIC OF INTERNET PRESENCES

So I made a photo mosaic of faces of people on the Internet, the censored, the demonized, the curious: podcasters and YouTube niche celebs and profiles from everywhere, from Twitter and Instagram and Myspace and Reddit and Pinterest and Snapchat and Tumblr and LiveJournal and even Facebook; faces of activists from BDS and BLM and OWS; faces of journalists of all kinds, anonymous and pseudonymous and eponymous, citizens all; whistleblowers and more whistleblowers and more whistleblowers; magazine publishers and rock stars and politicians and webmasters and authors and artists and poets and revolutionaries.

All of you who think for ourselves. Thousands and thousands of faces.

I made a mosaic. You should see it. I made it for you.

It is seven and three quarter feet tall, but fully zoomable on your device’s screen. Check it out. I call it “We Are All Assange.”

Jun 09 08:32

MARK MEADOWS: FBI KNEW ‘WITHIN 60 DAYS’ THAT RUSSIA PROBE WAS ‘BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF SAND’

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said Friday night that the FBI knew within 60 days of opening the Trump-Russia probe that the investigation was “built on a foundation of sand.”

“Within 60 days of them opening the investigation, prior to [Robert] Mueller coming on, the FBI and the [Department of Justice] knew that Christopher Steele was not credible, the dossier was not true, George Papadopoulos was innocent,” Meadows said on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

“When you look at that foundation, it’s all built on a foundation of sand. That’s going to start to show up soon,” the Republican said.

Meadows, a close ally of President Donald Trump, did not say why he believes the FBI knew within two months that the investigation was on shaky ground.

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Translation; the horrifically politicized FBI knew that Russiagate was a complete, utter piece of codswallop, but went ahead with the attempted prosecution of Trump anyway.

Mr. President, please: it is time to sack the lot, and start over with people who really care about the well-being of We the People; that has not been the case for far too long a time, and this circus should never have happened.

Jun 09 08:27

TIM POOL: 'LEFT WING MEDIA ACTIVIST EMAIL LEAK SHOWS HOW THEY DEPLATFORM POLITICAL RIVALS'

SOURCE: CHRIS MENAHAN, INFORMATION LIBERATION

Independent journalist Tim Pool was leaked an email showing Slate journo April Glaser appearing to threaten Chase Bank with negative press if they don't deplatform the right-wing activist group The Proud Boys.

From Tim Pool:

Following the Vox controversy with Steven Crowder, or #VoxAdpocalypse, and mass censorship hitting youtube I found it pertinent to show how these activists in media operate and how they use framing devices to target people like conservatives and other political groups.

The reporter in question has advocated for government regulation to restrict speech and I believe this shows her to be an activist acting to target and cause harm to political rivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a group designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Proud Boys are now labeled as an alt-right by the FBI: FBI now categorizes as an alt-right group by the FBI

And yes, it appears that they have been complicit in violence against Antifa protestors in both New York, and Portland. "The report, and the FBI’s warning to south-west Washington police agencies about the Proud Boys’ role in escalating violence at these events came in August, two months before the group was involved in an infamous weekend of street violence in New York City and Portland, and not long after they participated in street violence in downtown Portland on 30 June."

But the question I have to ask, as a Christian pacifist activist, is, will this deplatforming and demonitization simply push them further underground, perhaps into the "dark web", where their website vitriol becomes even more violence-centric, if these actions are carried out by Chase?!?''

Right now, I think that this possible scenario, is what should be keeping the FBI's case manager on this, up at night.

As a woman of European descent, and darned lucky to have been a part of a family which advocated for education and opportunity for women, I know that I cannot change history; but I do know that, working together in a reasonable and intelligent manner, we can, with people working together, make positive changes for the future.

And as a wife of almost 25 years, regarding my wonderful Husband, Mike; I walk beside this man, not in front, or behind him, and am very delighted to still be in the presence of his company.

Jun 09 07:36

BGP EVENT SENDS EUROPEAN MOBILE TRAFFIC THROUGH CHINA TELECOM FOR 2 HOURS

SOURCE: ARSTECHNICA.COM
Traffic destined for some of Europe's biggest mobile providers was misdirected in a roundabout path through the Chinese-government-controlled China Telecom on Thursday, in some cases for more than two hours, an Internet-monitoring service reported. It's the latest event to stoke concerns about the security of the Internet's global routing system, known as the Border Gateway Protocol.

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That... was an industrial strength "Oops, there"!!!!!"

Jun 08 11:12

Celebrating My Birthday With You While Talking About all the Good News

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1137358654682718208

Content:
Tariffs work!!! Hey China…ready to make a deal?
President Trump’s personality and his second term as President
How and why AI will be MORE creative than humans
There are NO wars…in the Western Hemisphere
10,000 steps per day for health…not so scientific apparently
News silo inefficiency creates income opportunities
Slippery slope of deplatforming influential conservatives
Social media company algorithms can produce political bias
A gun violence control system based on AI and algorithms

Jun 08 09:31

CHINA BANS THE INTERCEPT AND OTHER NEWS SITES IN “CENSORSHIP BLACK FRIDAY”

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT appears to have launched a major new internet crackdown, blocking the country’s citizens from accessing The Intercept’s website and those of at least seven other Western news organizations.

On Friday, people in China began reporting that they could not access the websites of The Intercept, The Guardian, the Washington Post, HuffPost, NBC News, the Christian Science Monitor, the Toronto Star, and Breitbart News.

It is unclear exactly when the censorship came into effect or the reasons for it. But Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and Chinese authorities have reportedly increased levels of online censorship to coincide with the event.

Charlie Smith, co-founder of GreatFire.org, an organization that monitors Chinese government internet censorship, said that the apparent crackdown on Western news sites represented a significant new development and described it as a “censorship Black Friday.”

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OK, we get it, but what about the deplatforming/demonitization of so many (generally)conservative sites in the US by that evil triumverate, Facebook; Twitter; and Google?!?

This has been just as vicious and Orwellian, as has the Chinese blocking sites which do not conform to the party line!!!

Jun 07 17:07

Somebody’s Watching You: The Surveillance of Self-driving Cars

Picture the future, where driving is a thing of the past. You can hop in your car or one from a ride-share, buckle up and tell the car where you want to go. During your ride, you can check your email and look up a few things online through your dashboard. Meanwhile, your whereabouts and other details are being tracked remotely by companies. As self-driving cars develop further, autonomous vehicles will play a much larger role in the digital economy as car companies and others harness personalized customer information through geospatial and navigation technologies, combining it with existing financial consumer profiles, according to a study in Surveillance and Society...

Jun 07 11:48

Scott Adams: Demise of VOX and the Daily Beast, Nervous Nancy, Floppy Joe, Shadowbanning

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1136996512645259265

My Apology: Joe Concha did NOT promote the “fine people” HOAX
Apologies to Joe Concha for the mistake
Carlos Maza is now the brand and face of VOX
Prediction: Vox and Daily Beast will be out of business in a year
Twitter should offer mass amnesty to those who have been banned
Shadowban.EU purportedly shows if a person has been stealth banned
My Twitter traffic has fallen off a cliff, @AJA_Cortes reports same
Michael Wolff…the poor man’s Avenatti
Gifting When tokens to help demonetized conservatives?
Russian military testing US and a near collision occurred…FAKE NEWS?
GND architect, Rhiana Gunn-Wright says expect 150 million deaths!!!
Mexican military at their border with Guatemala, POTUS tariffs work?
Comparing “Nervous Nancy” and “Floppy Joe”

Jun 07 11:07

CBP Claims Its Airport Facial Recognition Isn't A Surveillance Program; FBI Has 640M Photos According To Watchdog; Congress Wants Rules

By Aaron Kesel

The Customs And Border Protection (CBP) has hilariously claimed that its facial recognition in airports across the U.S. isn’t a surveillance program, Nextgov reported. Meanwhile, a government watchdog organization has made the horrifying claim that the FBI has 640 million photographs it can rummage through by utilizing facial recognition technology...

Jun 07 09:12

Same Problem, Different Day: Government Accountability Office Updates Its Review of FBI’s Use of Face Recognition—and It’s Still Terrible

By Jennifer Lynch

This week the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an update to its 2016 report on the FBI’s use of face recognition. The takeaway, which they also shared during a Congressional House Oversight Committee hearing: the FBI now has access to 641 million photos—including driver’s license and ID photos—but it still refuses to assess the accuracy of its systems...

Jun 07 08:46

US attempt to push Huawei from global market is the first sign of looming tech war - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said US efforts to push Chinese tech giant Huawei out of the global market might be a sign that a new technological war is coming.

“Take the situation around the company Huawei, for example. There are attempts not even to challenge it, but to brazenly force it out of the global market,” Putin told the audience at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. “In some circles it is even called the first technological war of the coming digital era.”

Jun 07 08:24

Venezuela Suffers Mass Internet Outage Due to Fiber Cut

Confirmed Internet outage in Venezuela affecting Digitel (total) and Supercable (partial) from 3:00 pm UTC / 11:00 am VET following four hours of instability; sources report fiber cut .

Jun 07 07:49

FRIGHTENING STUFF HIDDEN IN YOUR STREET LIGHT?

SOURCE: LIBERTYNATION.COM

Such a benign and banal part of the urban landscape that city-dwellers may not even notice them, street lights are useful for brightening up a road and not much else – or so you might think. People these days are used to the idea of CCTV cameras, even hidden ones, but street lights tend to blend in to the background. Perhaps that is why they are finding new functions in the modern world, with its zealotry for surveillance. These seemingly innocuous devices can host anything from microphones and cameras to facial recognition and de facto compulsory 5G wifi transmission.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, through these practices, and what the CEOs of these companies are saying, we are being "groomed" for ever increasing surveillance, 24/7

This is absolutely morally wrong, and indicates governments, at the city, state, and Federal level, believe we are all murderers, gangsters, and thieves; it is a complete reversal of what American Law used to be, and brings us back to the days of "Code Napoleon Law", where suspected criminals were considered guilty, until proven innocent.

Jun 07 07:01

IN-Q-TEL TAPS FORGE.AI TO MONITOR, PREDICT IMPACT OF WORLD EVENTS FOR GOVT AGENCIES

The defense and intelligence community funding arm, In-Q-Tel, partners with Boston-based Forge.AI to make sense of publicly available data for government use.

Jun 07 06:55

JOURNALIST AND EDUCATOR AMONG THOSE CAUGHT UP IN YOUTUBE'S LATEST ATTEMPT TO PURGE ONLINE HATE SPEECH

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS

Ford Fischer, a journalist whose channel was caught up in a heavy-handed YouTube dragnet targeting hateful content, talked to Common Dreams about his experience as a target of a tech giant. (Image: Ford Fischer, Twitter)

Free speech advocates who warned of the predictable consequences of allowing powerful tech companies to police online discourse seized on YouTube's attempt Wednesday to purge hate speech from their video platform after creators performing public service journalism and education were swept up in the effort.

"Apparently, creating and implementing vague, arbitrary censorship standards on the fly in response to mob demands and then purging people en masse end up suppressing and punishing many voices that censorship advocates like. Who could have guessed this would happen?"
—Glenn Greenwald

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If humanly possible, NEVER USE Youtube; Twitter, or Facebook again; don't give this ugly triumverate (Youtube; Facebook; or Twitter) any more data to suck up, or to destroy.

They have simply morphed into the "4th Arm" of the Unhinged, Surveilled, Amerikan State.

It used to be that you could break down US governance into 3 categories; Executive; Judicial; and Legislative.

They now represent the 4th category of the US government, surveillance.

Jun 06 16:54

Here's A List Of Ideas & Statements YouTube Will Ban You For Expressing Under Their New 'Hate Speech Policy'

Google-owned YouTube on Wednesday released a list of generic ideas and statements they will ban you for expressing under their rapidly expanding new "hate speech policy."

Jun 06 16:05

Daily Mail Loses Nearly 50% Of Daily Search Traffic After Latest Google Algorithm Change

Google is now screwing over even normie-tier right-wing news sites in their quest to purge all content from the internet which counters leftist narratives in advance of the 2020 election.

Jun 06 12:07

Taking the False Flag Apart Piece-By-PieceBezos Blowback? Will The AWS JEDI Scandal Upset Amazon's Omnipotence?

Lobby horse

The Department of Defense’s forthcoming $10 billion cloud computing award, known as JEDI, has been mired in controversy and allegations of misconduct involving Amazon.com, Inc.’s web services division (AWS). Does a potential scandal involving AWS and Uncle Sam present a risk to the continuation of Amazon’s unparalleled success?

On May 24, Amazon competitor Oracle Corp. which vied for the JEDI contract and was eliminated from contention (AWS and Microsoft Corp. are the remaining bidders), filed an updated complaint with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the procurement process for JEDI has been rife with conflicts of interest.

Jun 06 10:53

Former IAEA Deputy Falsely Claims Iran Could Make Nukes in 6-8 Months: Accuses IAEA of letting Iran 'weaponize' uranium

Former IAEA deputy director Olli Heinonen, long a critic of his former employer, accused the IAEA in an interview of letting Iran “weaponize” uranium. He further claimed that Iran, with “maximum effort,” could produce a nuclear weapon in “six to eight months.”

Neither of these allegations were accurate by any stretch of the imagination. Heinonen was focusing on Iran improving its centrifuges. Despite this, Iran is still only enriching uranium to 3.6%, the level needed for its power plant, and far below the 90%+ needed for weapons-grade uranium.

Though the centrifuges conceivably could further enrich uranium beyond the levels presently being done, Iran has never attempted to enrich to anywhere near the 90% level, and has never suggested that they would even try.

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Why would he lie like this, when he absolutely knows better?!?

One has to wonder; what kind of compensation, and from whom is he getting it to say something he knows, scientifically, not to be true?!?

Oh, I can think of a couple of countries here; perhaps the US, or Israeli?!?

Jun 06 10:52

Despite being Chromium-based, Vivaldi browser promises to preserve effective ad-blocking as a choice

The company has now vowed to preserve the choice of users to block ads if they desire, even if it means they have to backport the functionality to the Chromium rendering engine.

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