Tag: Surveillance state

Fleeing the Hellscape of Google Search with Qwant

By Lambert Strether of Corrente We at NC have no particular love for Google: They’ve downranked us, because we’re small (i.e., not “authoritative”), but also presumably because our links aggregation features compete with their pathetic and poorly sourced News feature[1]. And Yasha Levine asks a good question: “If the Internet is truly such a revolutionary […]

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US Medical Data Security Gets Worse 2 Months After Expose of Hundreds of Millions of Images, Related Patient Info Open on the Internet

In September, ProPublica selectively vetted and publicized the findings of an international study by the German company Greenbone Networks which found widespread and serious deficiencies in the protection of patient medical images, like MRIs, CAT scans, and mammograms and related patient data (identifiers like name, data of birth, Social Security number) all over the world. […]

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The Joker to Guy Fawkes: Why Protesters Around the World are Wearing the Same Masks

Jerri-Lynn here. Note that today the South China Morning Post reported Hong Kong’s mask ban has been ruled unconstitutional; see  Anti-mask law to quell Hong Kong protests ruled unconstitutional by High Court: A Hong Kong court has declared the government’s anti-mask law unconstitutional.High Court judges on Monday found the mask ban introduced under emergency legislation […]

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Blockbuster WSJ Investigation: How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The WSJ published a comprehensive investigation Friday, How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results, that provides fodder for ongoing or new antitrust investigations of the company,  both in the […]

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Google Collecting Medical Data on Millions Without Informing Patients or Doctors

The Wall Street Journal has broken an important story on Google’s foray into the medical arena. Without notifying patients or doctors, much the less obtaining their consent, the search giant has obtained the medical records of “tens of millions of people” in 21 states, all patients of Ascension, a St. Louis-based chain of 2600 hospitals. […]

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Electronic Voting Machine Debacle Continues in 2019, Setting Dangerous Precedent for 2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente As readers know, I’m a strong advocate of hand-marked paper ballots (HMPB), hand-counted in public (HMPB-CP), and we’ve periodically written on this topic at NC; see HMPB-CP in Quebec (2012), paper ballots in India (2016), a review of the literaure (2018), Virginia’s return to paper ballots (2017), “ballot marking devices” […]

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What’s Inside That Black Box: What Regulating Data Privacy and Policing Drunk Driving Have in Common

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Writing in today’s NYT, I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can Get Yours, Too., Kashmir Hill outlined how to get access to your secret consumer scores: As consumers, […]

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Trump’s Border Wall is a Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Handout

By Nick Buxton, a communications consultant, whose publications include “Civil society and debt cancellation” in Civil society and human rights (Routledge, 2004) and “Politics of debt” in Dignity and Defiance: Bolivia’s challenge to globalisation (University of California Press/Merlin Press UK, January 2009) and Todd Miller, the author of Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches From the Front […]

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To Stop Threat of ‘For-Profit Surveillance,’ Rights Groups Demand End to Partnerships That Give Cops Access to Amazon Ring Data

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America’s Final Patriots: An Interview + Book Review of Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud by Tom Mueller (Riverhead Books, 2019)

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How Facial Recognition Technology Is Bringing Surveillance Capitalism to Our Streets

Yves here. Facial recognition is being adopted rapidly, particularly in commercial settings. And I must confess I didn’t know that Bernie Sanders is the only Presidential candidate to call for a ban on its use by police. By Freddie Stuart, the producer of ourEconomy’s ourVoices podcast. He is also the co-founder of The Junction and […]

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Cory Doctorow: Permanent Record: Edward Snowden and the Making of a Whistleblower

Yves here. Please thank Cory for his generosity in letting us post his review on Edward Snowden’s new book, which includes a personal perspective on Snowden. By Cory Doctorow, a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. Originally published at Boing Boing I will never forget […]

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Big Tech ‘Nudges’ Our Behavior for Its Own Greed: Here’s a 4-Step Social Media Self-Defense Class

Yves here. I suspect many readers already employ some of the recommendations for how to keep tech from taking too much mindshare. By Justin Podur, a Toronto-based writer and a writing fellow at Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. You can find him on his website at podur.org and on Twitter @justinpodur. He teaches […]

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California Privacy Law Looms

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. As the Trump administration seeks to upend the influence California has in setting national fuel emissions policy for the auto industry, the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA is scheduled to come […]

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Australia Debates: Communist Party China the New Nazi Germany?

Yves here. The headline is plenty provocative, but as the post indicates, this idea has become a hot topic in the Intelligence Committee in Australia’s Parliament, and Australia has reason to be attentive. Before you consider the point of view to be hyperbolic, consider this take from an ex-McKinsey colleague: I’ve been to China often, […]

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Why Busy-Ness Is So Damaging

Yves here. While the “busy-ness” trope is cute, it also has the effect of trivializing the problem it discusses. We’re in the midst of major changes in our social order due to the information revolution, as significant as the ones that Karl Polanyi described in his classic The Great Transformation. It appears to be an […]

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Congress Sniffing Around Botched McKinsey Studies Depicted as Impairing Intelligence Agencies

After a series of scandals, yet more of McKinsey’s dirty laundry is getting aired. It’s bad enough that, to name a few of the rash of well-deserved critical stories, that the storied consulting firm is implicated in criminal fraud in South Africa, or that its work for the Saudi government resulted in the persecution of […]

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Privacy Watch: US Visa Applicants Must Provide Social Media Details

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The US just announced that all visa applicants must provide their social media details, as News Australia reports in New headache for Australians applying for US visa: The US State Department is […]

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Daniel Ellsberg on Julian Assange’s Espionage Charges

Yves here. While Daniel Ellsberg in this Real News Network interview describes why the Assange prosecution is a threat to journalists generally, this is not the first time the government has gone full bore after a reporter. It’s curious that none of the accounts I have seen so far mention the successful prosecution of New […]

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