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Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia

Posted by Martin C. Fox on June 7, 2018

VICE is playing this down, strange. The fact is you ARE be eavesdropped.

Because unless you’re a journalist, a lawyer, or have some kind of role with sensitive information, the access of your data is only really going to advertisers.

Does this sentence make sense to you? That aside your information goes to advertisers through Google, Facebook, Amazon etc. The point should be what is being done with your info that we aren’t told about.  There is an agenda.

https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/wjbzzy/your-phone-is-listening-and-its-not-paranoia

Sam Nichols

A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in pockets, discussing our recent trips in Japan and how we’d like to go back. The very next day, we both received pop-up ads on Facebook about cheap return flights to Tokyo. It seemed like just a spooky coincidence, but then everyone seems to have a story about their smartphone listening to them. So is this just paranoia, or are our smartphones actually listening? Read the rest of this entry »

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Pentagon contract became identity crisis for Google

Posted by Martin C. Fox on May 31, 2018

It tells you something when the same Google employees that gleefully work on more and better ways to spy, data mine and sell you to the highest bidder and the government balk at Google’s weaponized AI program.

It tells you something about Dr. Fei-Fei Li and the employees that remain.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/technology/google-project-maven-pentagon.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftechnology

By Scott ShaneCade Metz and Daisuke Wakabayashi

…Yet last September, when nervous company officials discussed how to speak publicly about Google’s first major A.I. contract with the Pentagon, Dr. Li strongly advised shunning those two potent letters.

“Avoid at ALL COSTS any mention or implication of AI,” she wrote in an email to colleagues reviewed by The New York Times. “Weaponized AI is probably one of the most sensitized topics of AI — if not THE most. This is red meat to the media to find all ways to damage Google.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Google’s vision of total data collection revealed | Daily Mail Online

Posted by Martin C. Fox on May 21, 2018

Why do I have to keep asking you why you are still using Facebook and Google?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5743829/Googles-vision-TOTAL-data-collection-revealed.html

By JOE PINKSTONE

Black Mirror-style future in which technology could be used to control the behaviour of entire populations

  • The video was made two years ago by Nick Foster, the head of design at X 
  • Titled ‘The Selfish Ledger’, it details how technology can collect a wealth of data
  • This data can be compiled into a ledger that details your actions and preferences
  • This can be used to control behaviour, help  you reach goals and reshape society
  • Google admits the video is ‘disturbing’, but stresses it is a thought experiment

Now, an internal Google video has leaked that provides an unnerving glimpse into how the firm could use that wealth on information to control your behaviour.

The video sets the scene for a Black Mirror-style future in which machines know your needs even before you do, and are able to manipulate you to follow their own agendas.

Google admits the video is ‘disturbing’, but stresses that it’s simply a thought experiment… Read the rest of this entry »

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EXCLUSIVE — Research: Google Search Manipulation Can Swing Nearly 80 Percent of Undecided Voters

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 25, 2018

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George Orwell and Joseph Goebbels

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/04/24/exclusive-research-google-search-manipulation-can-swing-nearly-80-percent-undecided-voters/

by ALLUM BOKHARI

By inserting negative search suggestions under the name of a candidate, search engines like Google can shift the opinions of undecided voters by up to 43.4 percent, according to newresearch by a team at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and reported exclusively by Breitbart News… Read the rest of this entry »

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What Do Google and Facebook Have on You? – LewRockwell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 19, 2018

Posted because you still aren’t getting it!

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/04/joseph-mercola/what-do-google-and-facebook-have-on-you/

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Google and Facebook are two of the largest and clearest monopolies in the world, and between them, the harvesting of your personal information goes far beyond what most people realize was even possible.

I have recently removed Google Search from this website and replaced with a search engine without the privacy concerns, but has similar capabilities.   The search bar at the top of the website is the most used and essential feature for you to research the many thousands of pages I’ve published over the last 20 years….

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We work for Google. It shouldn’t be in the business of war | Open letter signed by Google employees | Opinion | The Guardian

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 10, 2018

Data mining personal information and working for other government agencies like the NSA is OK. Still, even Google employees might have a little integrity. It is hard to believe they didn’t know what Google was about when they signed on.

Watch for the headline “3000 Google employees quit”. But don’t hold your breath.

Google and it’s government masters won’t let this stop them.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/04/google-ceo-drones-ai-war-surveillance

Dear Sundar,

We believe that Google should not be in the business of war. Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled and that Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.

Google is implementing Project Maven, a customized AI surveillance engine that uses “wide area motion imagery” data captured by US government drones to detect vehicles and other objects, track their motions and provide results to the Department of Defense.

Recently, Googlers voiced concerns about Maven internally. Diane Greene responded, assuring them that the technology will not “operate or fly drones” and “will not be used to launch weapons”. While this eliminates a narrow set of direct applications, the technology is being built for the military, and once it’s delivered it could easily be used to assist in these tasks. This plan will irreparably damage Google’s brand and its ability to compete for talent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Never mind Facebook, Google is the all-seeing ‘big brother’ you should know about — RT US News

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 2, 2018

Google doesn’t do this behind your back. On a desktop, Google Chrome allows sites to access your computer’s camera and microphone by default. On a smartphone, agreeing to an app’s terms of service allows the app to do nearly anything, from accessing your phone’s camera and location, to recording your calls and log your messages. The Facebook app, for example, requires 44 such permissions.

Click here to see everything you’ve ever searched on a Google device.

This link is an eye opener.

https://www.rt.com/usa/422753-cambridge-analytica-facebook-scandal/

But amid all the furor, one monolithic entity has continued to harvest data from billions of people worldwide. The data gathered includes a precise log of your every move and every internet search you’ve ever made, every email you’ve ever sent, your workout routine, your favourite food, and every photo you’ve ever taken. And you have allowed it to happen to yourself, for the sake of better service and more relevant advertising.

Google is a ‘Big Brother’ with capabilities beyond George Orwell’s wildest nightmares. These capabilities are all the more chilling after Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., cut its famous “don’t be evil” line from its code of conduct in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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10 Social Media Networks to Use Instead of Facebook

Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 28, 2018

Worth looking into if you like “that sort of thing”.

http://theantimedia.com/10-social-media-networks-instead-facebook/

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(ANTIMEDIA) — The salient facts of the new Cambridge Analytica scandal are bad, and the optics are even worse for Facebook, which is already facing multiple battles both in legal courts and the court of public opinion. But this really is just the spilled pot of a long-boiling problem: growing discomfort within our citizen-consumer class over predatory data mining and the unaccountable shadow agencies and corporations being given access to our private lives via social networks. Big Brother has been privatized, and it may turn out to be far more dangerous than anything George Orwell predicted.

Typically, Facebook has been able to duck, dodge, juke, and jive its way out of such entanglements because of the sheer ubiquity of social media in our daily lives, the market value of the company, and its ability to manipulate public opinion. But this time is different. The company hit the politicized buzzsaw of the 2016 election, which is still grinding and sparking from accusations concerning the use of Facebook to spread propaganda (which in reality, of course, is nothing new). In other words, “Facebook’ is appearing in more and more paragraphs containing “Russia,” and in today’s climate, that is worse than a decade of privacy violations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google’s Attempt To Censor ‘Gun’ Backfires Spectacularly

Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 21, 2018

Mozilla FireFox, Duckduckgo, Opera, Start Page…there are so many alternatives to Deep State friendly Google that do not store and track your searches.

Don’t be one of the sheeple.

https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2018/03/02/googles-attempt-censor-gun-backfires-spectacularly/

by Tom Knighton

We know by now that Google is not really our friend. While it is the largest search engine in the world and owns the second largest (YouTube), it also seems to think that, because it’s a private company and has the right to do certain things, it’s obligated to do those certain things.

Most recently, the search engine decided to restrict what you could use its Shopping feature for. They didn’t want you looking up anything to do with guns.

It did not go as planned.

Early Tuesday morning, Internet shoppers started noticing and documenting the digital gaffes. Users received error notices when they searched for glue guns and water guns, toy guns and airsoft guns, nail guns and nerf guns. The algorithm is apparently so strict that even the color “burgundy” triggered an error because it includes “gun” in the spelling.

This set off something of a parlor game on social media. Turns out, adults don’t like it when faceless bureaucrats try enforcing arbitrary restrictions — federal, corporate, or otherwise.

Casey “Stable Genius” Smith found that Google now censors “Laguna Beach.”

Other censored searches included the movie Top Gun, bands like Velvet Revolver and the Sex Pistols, and even the Indianapolis Colts.

Whoops! Read the rest of this entry »

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