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Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

In August, presidential candidate and senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) proposed spending $85 billion to expand high-speed internet access in rural America and other underserved communities. Senator and rival presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) thinks that’s not enough. Friday, he offered his own $150 billion broadband plan that goes far beyond connecting rural communities to the internet. Sanders wants to break up large media and telecommunications giants, force companies to make internet services more accessible to people with disabilities, and regulate broadband prices to ensure affordability. He says he will treat internet service as a human right. “Just as President Roosevelt…

New Drivers Forced To Take A Children’s Hospital Designed “Virtual Driver Assessment” Program

What business does a children’s hospital have in deciding who gets to drive a vehicle? Apparently a lot. Last month The Center Square revealed that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and their spinoff company Diagnostic Driving are convincing DMV’s to get new drivers to take a virtual driver assessment before they take an on-road licensing exam. “This program allows for assessing new license applicants’ driving skills in conditions associated with common serious crash scenarios, Suzanne Hill, the program director for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute, told The Center Square in an email. The Ohio Department of Public…

Those free USB charging ports could rob you blind

It’s called “juice jacking,” which may sound as innocuous as a toddler ripping the sippy cup out of a playmate’s hands, but this is very much a grownup problem, unless that kid is already using a cellphone. Juice jacking is the devious practice by which bad guys hijack a public USB charging port and use it to steal information from your phone or tablet. Those same ports you’re relieved to find when your electronic device is low on power have become a cause for worry. This isn’t a new problem, experts say, but it has returned to the radar because…

We Need a New Internet Which is Not Owned by a Few…

Kristof De Spiegeleer is a serial entrepreneur who is the co-founder and chairman of the ThreeFold Foundation, where he is building the next generation of IT infrastructure, leveraging the power of the blockchain. We had the chance to discuss his journey building tech companies, problems with current IT systems, and what he believes is the future of the blockchain. Edward: Kristof, tell us more about your background so that the Hackernoon community can get to know who you are. Kristof: Since I was 9 years old I have been obsessed by computers & programming. I guess you can call me…

Amazon’s “Ring” doorbell now being used to create watchlists of “suspicious” neighbors to be reported to police

Just as we warned, Amazon’s questionable tech offerings aren’t actually about making your life simpler, easier, and more convenient. They’re about spying on you, your family, and your friends – and in the case of Amazon’s “Ring” doorbell, it’s about building a secret watchlist for government spooks to better identify and track your “suspicious” neighbors. According to reports, the Jeff Bezos empire has formed a partnership with law enforcement that involves Amazon handing over facial recognition data from people’s Ring doorbell systems, which are equipped with tiny cameras and wi-fi systems that relay everything they “see” back to Amazon, which…

Google Escalates Their Electoral Interference Plan, Removes 300+ Trump Campaign Ads From YouTube

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki confirmed during an appearance on CBS’ 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night that her company is removing ads for President Trump’s presidential campaign from their platform. “Have you taken down any of President Trump’s ads at all?” 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Wojcicki. “There are ads of President Trump that were not approved to run on Google or YouTube,” she responded. CBS News scoured the searchable database of political ads set up by Google and YouTube to get official numbers on how often Trump’s campaign ads have been taken down. They found over 300 examples,…

Facebook Takes Down Tory Ads After BBC Complaint Over Use of ‘Intellectual Property’

The Conservative Party struck back against the British national broadcaster’s  remarks arguing they used actual reporting by anchors  without in any way distorting it and suggesting that viewers “judge for themselves” about the reasons behind the “Brexit deadlock.” Facebook removed seven Conservative Party social media adverts on Sunday after the BBC complained about them having cast doubt on the news service’s impartiality. “We have removed this content following a valid intellectual property claim from the rights holder, the BBC”, a Facebook spokesman said in an email to Bloomberg. The BBC News Press Team issued a comment on 28 November, saying…

Beware Phony Reviews As We Head Into Cyber Monday

As Black Friday slides into Cyber Monday, you may want to really sift through online product reviews instead of blindly trusting those 5-star reviews. According to review monitor Fakespot, over 1/3 of online reviews on all major websites – including Amazon, Walmart and Sephora, are fake – meaning they are generated by either bots or people paid to write them, according to the Wall Street Journal. The companies have disputed Fakespot’s findings, but promise they’re doing more to make their reviews more reliable. In Amazon’s case, it said it has spent more than $400 million to protect customers from review…

The Internet Society (ISOC) has just sold the “.org” TLD for USD 1.35 Billion, to Ethos Capital, a brand new private equity company, after the price caps for the domain were removed

Internet Society reveals the price it is selling out for. On a webinar today, Internet Society has purportedly disclosed that Ethos Capital will pay $1.135 billion to acquire the .org registry from it: #Internetsociety offered 1b and 135mil$USD for #.ORG from Ethos Capital, disclosed only now at a special webinar — Desiree (@Des) November 29, 2019 This was a savvy investment for former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé and Ethos Capital. Had .org been sold in a competitive process, it surely would have sold for much more. At the same time, the deal makes financial sense for ISOC. It should earn…

EFF to DHS: Stop Mass Collection of Social Media Information

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a proposed rule expanding the agency’s collection of social media information on key visa forms and immigration applications. Earlier this month, EFF joined over 40 civil society organizations that signed on to comments drafted by the Brennan Center for Justice. These comments identify the free speech and privacy risks the proposed rule poses to U.S. persons both directly, if they are required to fill out these forms, and indirectly, if they are connected via social media to friends, family, or associates required to fill out these forms. DHS’s Proposed Rule In the…

The End Of Ownership, Military Edition: Even The US Military Can’t Fix Its Own Equipment Without Right To Repair Laws

We’ve written many times about the right to repair and how various companies have basically destroyed the concept of ownership by putting all sorts of post-purchase restrictions on what you can do with the products you supposedly “bought.” This began with copyright, but has morphed into other areas as well, including abusive and illegal claims about “warranty void if removed.” I still believe that excessive copyright law is to blame for all of this, as physical goods manufacturers looked at the post-sale restrictions enabled by copyright law and immediately began to think of ways to use that on physical items.…

Twitter quietly changed its terms of service to allow discussion of “attraction towards minors”

While Twitter has been cracking down on political speech over the course of the year, with the range of what is allowed to be discussed on the platform narrowing, there’s one shocking thing that Twitter has decided to allow – the discussion of “attraction towards minors.” The new update has been quietly added to Twitter’s policy. Over the last week, users have been pushing back against Twitter for suspending journalist Andy Ngo for tweeting facts about transgender deaths as well as suspending the ads of Project Veritas – an organization that has revealed Twitter’s internal bias and the desire of…

China wants to lead UN agency that allows copyright holders to seize web domains

Earlier this month, China nominated a candidate to become the next leader of the United Nations’ (UN) World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO administrates the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) – a policy that allows copyright holders to seize web domains and has been criticized for its excessive clampdowns against domain holders. Concerns over China exporting its censorship through US companies have been on the rise over the last few months. If China’s candidate is elected as the head of WIPO, it would give China greater influence over the UDPR and the associated confiscation of domains under this…

BOMBSHELL: 5G devices exposed as actual beam weapon systems by man who disassembles them on camera and finds weaponized electronics inside

Anthony Steele from the YouTube channel “ANTHONY STEELE” has been conducting his own independent investigations into LEDs, 5G, and other emerging technologies to see if they’re really as safe and beneficial as our tech overlords claim, and wouldn’t you know it but many of these high-tech devices are actually radiation weapons in disguise, based on what Steele has uncovered. In a recent video update he published on November 21st, Steele looked at the 450-volt capacitor and computer board of a standard LED light, revealing that the blue light wavelengths blasted out from it are a type of phototoxic radiation that…

These Phones Emit The Most (And Least) Radiation

For most people nowadays, their smartphone is within arm’s reach 24 hours a day. It’s in their pocket while they’re at work, it’s in their hand on the train ride home and it’s on their bedside table as they go to sleep. With this level of proximity and usage, many can’t quite shake the niggling feeling that they might be risking damage to themselves in the long run. While conclusive longitudinal research on the effects of cell phone radiation is still hard to come by, for those looking to hedge their bets, Statista’s Martin Armstrong shows in the infographics below,…

The Privatized Internet — Entire .ORG Domain Registry Sold to Investment Equity Firm “Ethos Capital”; Registration Fee Restrictions Removed

The love of money is a sickness with these people. —Attributed to an Indian chief as he watched the Europeans move west. Nothing dollarable is safe. —John Muir, 1908 Buried in the recent impeachment and campaign news was this announcement from the Internet Society and Public Interest Registry (emphasis mine): Ethos Capital to Acquire Public Interest Registry from the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Will Continue Management and Mission of .ORG Under New Ownership Reston, VA (November 13, 2019) – The Internet Society and Public Interest Registry (PIR) today announced that they have reached an agreement with Ethos Capital, under…

Contract for the Web: Internet Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Unveils Global Plan to Battle ‘Digital Dystopia’

Along with allies from across the globe, the computer engineer credited with inventing the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a new global plan to designed to restore and enshrine some of the key principles of the revolutionary technology that he and his colleagues believe have been subsumed by the predations of government censorship and surveillance as well as a rapacious corporate appetite for endless data, monetization, and profit. Called the ‘Contract for the Web,’ the project sets out a bold set of principles designed to save the web from the forces that have stolen its potential and…

Sadiq Khan Backs Decision to Ban Uber in London After ‘Pattern of Failure’

The minicab app Uber has become a global phenomenon since it launched a decade ago, undercutting existing taxi services in cities around the world. But the company has been criticised for failing to suspend drivers with criminal records or a lack of insurance. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has backed Transport for London after it said on Monday, 25 November, that Uber would lose its licence to operate in the capital. Khan, who faces re-election in May, said: “Keeping Londoners safe is my absolute number-one priority, and TfL have identified a pattern of failure by Uber that has directly…

Algorithms Have Already Taken Over Human Decision Making and Nobody’s Talking About It

I can still recall my surprise when a book by evolutionary biologist Peter Lawrence entitled “The making of a fly” came to be priced on Amazon at $23,698,655.93 (plus $3.99 shipping). While my colleagues around the world must have become rather depressed that an academic book could achieve such a feat, the steep price was actually the result of algorithms feeding off each other and spiralling out of control. It turns out, it wasn’t just sales staff being creative: algorithms were calling the shots. This eye-catching example was spotted and corrected. But what if such algorithmic interference happens all the…

46 Cities Sue The FCC For Trampling Their Rights

The Trump FCC has made it abundantly clear it isn’t particularly keen on state, city, or local rights, especially when they interfere with AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast’s ability to make a buck. The problem: when the FCC neutered its ability to police the telecom sector at lobbyist request as part of the net neutrality repeal, it may have ironically obliterated its authority to tell states or cities what they can do. The agency fiercely opposes your town and city’s right to build its own broadband networks, even if nobody else will and locals have voted for it. The Pai FCC…

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y’all a fortune

It can be tough in the repair industry, and no one knows that better than struggling corporation Apple. Cupertino has long been criticized for trying to control what its customers can do with their products, and especially so for charging what critics have said in an unjustifiable mark-up on repairing everything from iPhones to MacBooks. But it’s just not true, the iGiant revealed this week to US Congress: in fact, despite charging between double and triple what other repair shops charge for fixing problems, Apple (2018 profit: $60bn) actually loses money on its repair business. Asked by the House Judiciary…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Police Can’t Force You to Tell Them Your Password

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a forceful opinion today holding that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from being forced to disclose the passcode to their devices to the police. In a 4-3 decision in Commonwealth v. Davis, the court found that disclosing a password is “testimony” protected by the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination. EFF filed an amicus brief in Davis, and we were gratified that the court’s opinion closely parallels our arguments. The Fifth Amendment privilege prohibits the government from coercing a confession or forcing a suspect to lead police to incriminating evidence. We argue…

Russia bans sale of smartphones, computers and smart TV’s without Russian-made software

Russia has passed a law banning the sale of certain devices that are not pre-installed with Russian software. The law will come into force in July 2020 and cover smartphones, computers and smart televisions. Proponents of the legislation say it is aimed at promoting Russian technology and making it easier for people in the country to use the gadgets they buy. But there are concerns about surveillance and fears that firms could pull out of the Russian market. The law will not mean devices from other countries cannot be sold with their normal software – but Russian “alternatives” will also…

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Had ‘Secret’ Meeting With Trump at White House

The tech giant’s CEO visited DC at the time to testify before Congress about Facebook’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency, Libra. During his testimony, a congresswoman proposed that Zuckerberg help Congress create a legal framework for cryptocurrencies in the US – an offer that he didn’t accept. Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg had a meeting at the White House in October, hosted by the US president and the first lady, Donald and Melania Trump, which was not officially announced, NBC News reported. The meeting was also attended by Peter Thiel, a billionaire and Facebook board member, according…

Dirty Truth: About 25% of Americans Have Never Cleaned Their Bacteria-Ridden Phones

The survey was conducted by Vital Vio, a technology company developing ways to kill germs, mold and fungi with advanced LED technology. The survey questioned about 1,200 Americans and determined that more than 1 in 4 men have never cleaned their phones; 1 in 5 women, on the other hand, have never cleaned their phone. And why is that a big deal? Well, according to the study, the average person usually comes into contact daily with more than 60,000 different types of bacteria, including staph and E.coli, that are likely very easily transferred to their phones. Perhaps even more shocking…

Android camera bug let hackers spy on users even if phone is LOCKED & screen is OFF

Uncovered by a cybersecurity firm, an appalling flaw could turn Android-powered devices into spying goldmines, allowing hackers to secretly snap photos and record footage with no permission required. No stranger to security loopholes, Android designers worked hard to bar apps from accessing cameras and mics, unless users give explicit permission by ticking corresponding boxes in the operating system’s properties. But a bombshell report by cybersecurity firm Checkmarx showed how trivial it is to bypass those restrictions. A “rogue application” found not only on Google’s Pixel smartphones, but also on devices from Samsung and other manufacturers, needed no permissions at all…

Facebook Blocks Post on Democrats’ Support for Border Fence, Citing a Fact-Check That Confirms It

The world’s biggest social media platform has long been accused of suppressing conservative voices that contradict the leftist narrative. This time, the decision is all the more perplexing given that the post doesn’t appear to be misleading despite what Facebook claimed. Facebook has blocked a post about the Democratic endorsement of a fence on the Mexican border, citing an independent fact-check. That fact-check shows the post contains no factual errors. On Tuesday, 18 November, conservative educational non-profit PragerU posted an image that said: “In 2006, Hillary Clinton voted for a fence on the Mexican border. So did Barack Obama and…

Nothing Is Safe: Android Security Flaw Let Apps Access People’s Cameras for Secret Video and Audio Recordings

Until recently, weaknesses in Android camera apps from Google and Samsung made it possible for rogue apps to record video and audio and take images and then upload them to an attacker-controlled server—without any permissions to do so. Camera apps from other manufacturers may still be susceptible. The weakness, which was discovered by researchers from security firm Checkmarx, represented a potential privacy risk to high-value targets, such as those preyed upon by nation-sponsored spies. Google carefully designed its Android operating system to bar apps from accessing cameras and microphones without explicit permission from end users. An investigation published Tuesday showed…

Perception won’t be reality, once AI can manipulate what we see

Voice-spoofing technology was used to steal a quarter-million dollars in March from the unwitting CEO of an energy company, who thought he was talking to his (German) boss. A recent study showed that 72 percent of people reading an AI-generated news story thought it was credible. In September, a smartphone app called Zao became a viral sensation in China; before the government abruptly outlawed it, Zao allowed people to seamlessly swap themselves into famous movie scenes. Then there is that infamous case of doctored video of the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that went viral before being detected as being…

Pegasus returns? WhatsApp users on alert after Facebook warned of ANOTHER vulnerability exploited by hackers

Mark Zuckerberg’s company issued an alert over hackers gaining access to mobile devices via fake WhatsApp calls several months after Pegasus spyware scandal rocked India, leading to a lawsuit against Israeli surveillance firm. Facebook, which owns WhatsApp messenger, warned several days ago about a system vulnerability that allows hackers to send “a specially crafted MP4 file” to its Android and iOS users. The bug appears to be similar to the one uncovered this spring, which was used by hackers to infect devices with malware, disguised as ordinary calls. The vulnerability has since been patched up, but the cyberattacks caused a…

How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results

Every minute, an estimated 3.8 million queries are typed into Google, prompting its algorithms to spit out results for hotel rates or breast-cancer treatments or the latest news about President Trump. They are arguably the most powerful lines of computer code in the global economy, controlling how much of the world accesses information found on the internet, and the starting point for billions of dollars of commerce. Twenty years ago, Google founders began building a goliath on the premise that its search algorithms could do a better job combing the web for useful information than humans. Google executives have said…

Iowa hired hackers to break into courthouse, then locked them up

Iowa hired a prominent cybersecurity company to test the digital and physical defenses of county courthouses, but when two employees succeeded, they were arrested. In September, the state asked cybersecurity firm Coalfire to conduct a penetration test to see if its staff could gain access to sensitive data or equipment. Two Coalfire employees found a door to the Dallas Courthouse open, and when they closed the door to see if it would lock and then attempted to open it, an alarm was set off. Following protocol, the employees waited for police to arrive and showed them their paperwork. Initially, they…

Why the World Needs a Google Detox

n this interview, Google whistleblower Zach Vorhies, who worked as a senior software engineer at Google and YouTube for over eight years, shares his inside knowledge of this global monopoly, revealing why Google is not a reliable source of information anymore. Google’s monopoly over search is matched by a continued reassurance that it is an unbiased search platform.  Google is actively suppressing and censoring information, proving it is anything but unbiased. While some of the information revealed is related to politics, you can read about my views about the two-party U.S. federal government here. The point of sharing this information…

Amazon designing wearable tech that will detect when you’re sick and offer medication deliveries via Amazon drones

Just when you think modern technology couldn’t possibly get any more invasive, one of the tech giants takes it to the next level. The concept of machines that can understand and interpret human emotions has long been the stuff of science fiction books and movies. Now, according to insider information obtained by Bloomberg, Amazon.com Inc is working on developing a gadget that can figure out what your emotional state is or whether you might be ill, and then make “appropriate” suggestions – like getting you to buy medicine from the Amazon.com website which will, of course, be delivered to your…

Feds Launch Investigation Into Google’s Secretive “Project Nightingale”

Big Tech can’t seem to go one month without becoming involved in some new data privacy scandal, but this time, Google parent Alphabet has outdone itself. Yesterday, WSJ broke a story about a deal between Alphabet and Ascension Health System, a Catholic non-profit that operates hospitals and nursing homes in 21 states and Washington DC. Ascension has more than 2,600 facilities, but its data – including critical patient data – is presently spread across 40 data centers in more than a dozen states. But thanks to a deal between the two organizations that spawned Google’s “Project Nightingale”, all of that…

Brief History of Facebook’s Privacy Issues and Some Lessons to Learn

Facebook have suffered some major issues with privacy factors over the last few years. It is a major undertaking to keep 2 billion plus user’s privacy private. Is Facebook really all that effective at keeping people’s personal information private? Let’s see how they have done historically. An Outside Look at Facebook Privacy Issues     Facebook has become a mega social media giant since its start in 2004. It has also suffered some major—and I mean major privacy issues– in its relatively short existence. In fact, it has had some mega privacy issues in its time. Take for instance, when…

Google sucks up & analyzes healthcare data on millions of Americans in secret AI project… after voluntary opt-in flops

Google has teamed up with one of the largest health providers in the US to gather detailed medical records on millions of patients across the country without their knowledge, in a secret project the firm tried to keep under wraps. Dubbed “Project Nightingale,” the secretive program brought together Google and healthcare giant Ascension in an effort to collect medical records on patients across 21 states, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The data sharing began last year, and has only accelerated in recent months. At least 150 employees at Google’s Cloud division now have access to the…

YouTube now banning doctors for daring to question transgenderism

Once again, the social media and tech behemoths, now that they’ve made it to the top of the heap, continue to exercise their Stalin-like control over what users can and, importantly, cannot, post on their platforms. YouTube is in the hot seat this time for censoring a medical doctor because she dared to question the current cultural holy grail for the Left: Transgenderism. As LifeSite News reports: “See, if you want to cut off a leg or an arm, you’re mentally ill, but if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you’re transgender.” Those are the words…

How Facebook Has Become The Strategic Media Mouthpiece For The Global Elite

It’s not clear whether Facebook was truly conceived by an innocent genius with noble intent, but one fact has become abundantly clear: Facebook is now a mouthpiece and tool for the proliferation of mainstream perception. This is specifically designed to enrich the global elite and continue to disenfranchise ordinary citizens and any attempts to bring important truths to light that would threaten the elite. And, of course, Mark Zuckerberg is now a ‘junior partner’ in this global elite. The episode of the Jimmy Dore show found in the video below, which is worth watching to get the full context of…

Air Force Research Laboratory looks to beam solar energy from space

The concept of collecting solar energy through satellites and beaming the power to earth has been around since the 1960s. But the technology hasn’t been around to do it cost effectively. But that may no longer be the case. The Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque is helping to develop a system that would collect solar energy in space, convert it to radio frequency, and beam it to earth to be used in remote, forward operational bases during military operations. AFRL is partnering with Northrop Grumman on the more than $100 million Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstration and Research project,…

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells that exposed the passwords for the Wi-Fi networks to which they were connected. Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the network to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance. “When first configuring the device, the smartphone app must send the wireless network credentials. This takes place in an unsecure manner, through an unprotected access point,” said Bitdefender. “Once this network is up, the app connects to it…

Ex-Twitter Employees Charged With Helping Saudis Spy on Critics

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Two former Twitter employees face federal charges of misusing their access to users’ private data to help Saudi Arabia spy on its critics. Ali Alzabarah, 35, of Saudi Arabia, and Ahmad Abouammo, 41, of Seattle, Washington, worked for Twitter in 2014 and 2015 when they obtained private details, including IP addresses, email addresses and dates of birth, for Twitter users who wrote posts deemed critical of the regime, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday. The type of information they are suspected of sharing could be used to identify and locate Twitter users, an especially troubling…

Trump must go on the offensive against Big Tech: SEIZE the domains of Google, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to force end to censorship

I was speaking with former ambassador and U.S. presidential candidate Alan Keyes yesterday, and he made the crucial point that since government is an extension of the People, politically-motivated censorship of the Peoples’ ability to engage in speech is, in fact, a form of treason against America. By selectively censoring conservatives and Trump supporters, tech giants like Google, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, Reddit and YouTube are engaged in criminal treason and must be held accountable for their actions. It’s time for President Trump to seize the domain names of Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others, taking them offline until they agree…

BIG SISTER: Teenage Climate Zealot Greta Thunberg Demands Facebook Censor Her Opponents

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg, the “Youth Climate Strike” founder who has been thrust into stardom by globalist oligarchs, is now demanding that her opponents be thrown off Facebook in order to stop supposed “hate and conspiracy theories.” “I am, like many others, questioning whether I should keep using Facebook or not,” Thunberg wrote in a Facebook post last week. “Allowing hate speech, the lack of fact-checking and, of course, the issues of interfering with democracy… are among many, many other things that are very upsetting.” “The constant lies and conspiracy theories about me and countless others, of course, result…

Apple Tells Suppliers To “Mobilize” After Setting “Aggressive” 200 Million iPhone Sales Target

Tim Apple should probably get together with Jamie Dimon and the heads of the other top Wall Street banks so they can get their economic projections straight (thereby perhaps delay whatever economic slowdown might lie ahead). Because the consumer electronics giant is reportedly telling its suppliers to “mobilize” because Apple expects to ship more than 200 million phones in 2020, many with 5G capabilities, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, the Tokyo-based English-language paper that gets all the inside-track updates from Apple’s suppliers about the production whims of the mothership. This is obviously one of the company’s most aggressive production…

UK Information Commissioner Says Facebook Agrees to Pay $644,000 Over Data Security Issues

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Facebook has agreed to pay a fine of 500,000 pounds or about $644,000, in the United Kingdom over suspected failure to protect data, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday. “An agreement has now been reached between the parties. As part of this agreement, Facebook and the ICO have agreed to withdraw their respective appeals. Facebook has agreed to pay the £500,000 fine but has made no admission of liability in relation to the MPN. The fine is not kept by ICO but is paid to HM Treasury’s consolidated fund. As is usually the case in such…

This Romanian Couple Hacked Nearly Every Street Camera In DC Ahead Of Trump’s Inauguration

In 2017, while the mainstream media was wasting their time yammering about potential Russian collusion in the election, a little known and far less talked about nefarious hack of Washington D.C. was actually taking place. It was just 8 days before President Trump’s inauguration that the Secret Service got a call informing them that hackers had “seized control of most of the video surveillance cameras that keep watch over the U.S. capital,” according to the Wall Street Journal. When an agent went to check on the camera feeds, he found a message that stated: “YOUR DOCUMENTS, PHOTOS, DATABASES AND OTHER IMPORTANT FILES…

New Hampshire state Rep John Potucek kills Right to Repair bill: “cellphones are throwaways…just get a new one”

New Hampshire’s Digital Fair Repair Act — based on model Right to Repair legislation circulated by the Repair Coalition — died this week after the state House of Reps voted it down, with Rep John Potucek [R-Derry] telling a reporter that he voted against the bill because “In the near future, cellphones are throwaways. Everyone will just get a new one.” Potucek — a retired teacher and engineer — has a long record of being on the wrong side of the right issues, opposing legislation to increase the state minimum wage, against greenhouse gas reduction measures, against rail expansions, against…

Researchers’ budget blown when a migrating eagle’s tracker chip connects to an Iranian cellular tower and sends expensive SMSes

Volunteers at Novosibirsk’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre put trackers on 13 wild eagles to track their migration patterns; the trackers connected to cellular towers and message the researchers with the birds’ location. However, some of the eagles flew into territories with extremely high roaming charges — notably Iran and Pakistan — and the automated text-messages ran up a bill that exhausted the researchers’ budget. After a crowdfunding effort to “Top up the eagle’s mobile” raised 100,000 roubles, the team’s mobile carrier, Megafon, offered to wipe out the remaining debt and switch the team’s SIMs to a cheaper plan. 20 years…

Facebook to start revealing Page owners, forcing them to make their private information public

In March, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined his privacy-focused vision for Facebook – a vision that many were skeptical of at the time due to the company’s many previous privacy blunders and its use of personal data to serve targeted ads. Now Facebook has given people another reason to doubt the sincerity of Zuckerberg’s privacy-focused vision by announcing that it’s going to start forcing some page owners to make their private information public. In a blog post, Facebook said it will be adding an “Organizations That Manage This Page” tab to pages and that this tab will feature the page’s…

Comcast isn’t happy it won’t be able to see your web history when traffic is encrypted

Everyone’s favorite company Comcast is rallying against a plan by Google to encrypt web traffic, meaning that Comcast would no longer be able to see all of their customers’ web history. Comcast is lobbying US lawmakers, encouraging them to prevent Google from encrypting web traffic. Google is eyeing to implement the plan as soon as possible. The search giant will enforce the encryption of DNS data made by Chrome users as they visit websites using the browser. Technologists and activists say that data encryption will make it harder for ISPs to use data for ad targeting and will help to…

Users alarmed to find Google indexes gun serial numbers and license plates

The recent proliferation of digital photography, online indexing, and cloud storage have combined with OCR technology (Optical Character Recognition) to create a perfect storm for privacy invasiveness in the modern era. When you consider that the ability of tech companies to also use machine learning to understand what’s in an image, the implications for privacy and civil rights are easy to see. Users have recently been alarmed to discover that when you search for a license plate on Google images, Google’s technology is so good that it can show you the car that’s associated with that license plate number –…

Scientific American, the Oldest US Monthly Magazine, Issues Chilling Warning on 5G

In a recently published article entitled, We Have No Reason to Believe 5G is Safe, Scientific American (SciAm) magazine issued a stern warning about the known and potential dangers of 5G technology. Of particular significance is the fact that SciAm is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States, founded by inventor and publisher Rufus M. Porter in 1845, and running monthly since 1921. It is a highly influential publication, widely reputed for its rigorous scientific standards, and lauded by today’s fact-checkers as highly credible and staunchly pro-science. In the article, University of California, Berkeley public health researcher…

Military AI Would Direct Weapons To Hit Enemy Targets Within Milliseconds – Report

AI is changing every aspect of war and has long been the interest of the US as a means to refine combat capabilities. The new technology does not just improve technological efficiency, but changes the nature of battle in all fields of war, including formation and maneuvering. The US military is massively speeding the development of AI to reduce soldier casualties, according to Fox News on Thursday. The establishment of high-speed, multi-domain warfare by 2030, in which AI technology can take advantage of ‘networks’ to hit multiple targets with Hellfire missiles as a means of decreasing the risk faced by soldiers in…

Pentagon to Start Testing 5G Technology at Four US Military Bases

The move comes amid Washington’s push to prevent the Chinese tech giant Huawei from promoting its 5G technologies in the US and beyond. Pentagon chief Mark Esper urged NATO allies to block the Chinese-built 5G networks last month. The US Department of Defence (DoD) has announced that it will start a “large-scale” effort to test various applications of 5G technology in the next few months. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Lisa Porter, the DoD’s deputy undersecretary for research and engineering, said that the 5G-related research could bring hefty profits to both the Pentagon and US industry. “This is really part…

Instagram to test suggesting accounts you may want to unfollow

Instagram is testing yet another feature that could come to the platform in the near future. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram is developing a feature that would allow users to group followers into categories, which could come handy in some situations – but lead to questionable results in others. Apparently, this feature would let users group their followers into categories like “Least Interacted with” and “Most Shown in Feed”, making it easier for users to unfollow individuals they don’t really talk to and focusing more on the ones they actually care. The screenshots provided by Manchun Wong…

Thousands of new satellites to carpet bomb the planet with 5G radiation… and there’s nowhere you can hide

We are surrounded by highly advanced technological devices, with everything from our televisions and mobile devices to sophisticated smart home hubs turning our houses, work spaces and schools into so-called “smart” zones. With each passing year, however, as technology gets smarter, people seem to lose more of their ability to think, never stopping to question where all this “smart” technology is headed or the destruction it might cause. The majority of us are so wedded to our phones, tablets and other wireless devices, and so enthralled by how much easier they seem to make our lives, that we don’t stop…

Ex Vice President of Microsoft Explains How 5G Wireless Radiation Could Be A Huge Health Hazard

There are more than 10,000 peer reviewed scientific publications that clearly outline the dangers of electromagnetic radiation of all kinds. The amount of radiation present in our environment does not at all compare to the radiation, and type of radiation that is emitted by natural sources. Computers, wifi, cell phone towers and more have severely increased the amount of electromagnetic radiation that human beings are surrounded with, and it’s quite clear that it does and is hazing and impact on human health and possibly a big contributer to many diseases. I like to point to people towards a fairly recent…

Americans lack basic digital security and privacy knowledge, survey finds

Most U.S. adults answer fewer than half questions correctly on digital know-how quiz, and many struggle with cybersecurity and privacy A new Pew survey of 4,272 adults in the United States shows that most Americans are relatively tech-illiterate when it comes to important aspects of everyday digital security. Many of the survey participants answered correctly on cookies and phishing, but few knew what 2FA, https, or private browsing was. From the Pew Research Center — Internet & Technology intro: A new Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans’ understanding of technology-related issues varies greatly depending on the topic, term or…

Twitter’s pro-vaccine “search nudge” arrives in Ireland

Twitter has decided to throw its weight behind another divisive political and ideological topic: the pro- and anti-vaccine debate. Activism against forced inoculation is seen as misinformation and the aim is to fight it with credible information. Those who oppose vaccination hold that it causes more harm than good – and they insist on having the right to their opinion and actions thanks to the freedoms guaranteed by their respective countries. On the other hand, the authorities maintain that vaccines are safe and necessary to prevent public health crises. This debate mainly rages in the United States where it is…

The NYPD is using Israeli software to crack iPhones

It’s no secret for anyone that law enforcement agents have their way of cracking into locked phones when conducting an investigation, but iPhones have been always sturdy in the security department, which has always made things harder for people who try to crack into them. However, unlocking them without the user’s authorization isn’t necessarily an impossible feat. As it turns out, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has been using a tool capable of granting them access to iPhones and high-end Android phones. This tool is designated as “Universal Forensic Extraction Device” or UFED for short and is developed by Israeli…

Duke Energy Reported 650 Million Attempted Cyberattacks in 2017. Damn “Smart” Meters and Grids…

A recent report issued by The U.S. Department of Energy stated that cyberattacks are, to put it mildly, on the rise. Duke Energy is one of the largest power companies in the nation. It serves 7.6 million customers and reported more than 650 million cyberattacks in 2017. RELATED STORY: French court orders the removal of smart meter for health reasons Experts have cautioned that utility companies who install “Smart” Meters and Grids are putting themselves at higher risk for these attacks. Some companies even sell software to try to prevent them, but they offer no guarantee that it will work.…

Identity theft’s newest target: your face

A lot of companies struggle with bias in the workplace, but for many big tech companies, the problem is a bit more extreme. Why, because it’s not just the human beings that are racist, a lot of their algorithms are biased too. This is the problem that Google reportedly was trying to solve when they got themselves into their latest privacy scandal, tricking black and brown “volunteers” to submit to 3D face scans. According to the New York Daily News, Google contractors told these biometric test subjects that they were just going to play a “selfie game”, and they’d even…

‘Frankly Unbelievable’: US Military Develops Highly Stretchable Terminator-Like Liquid Metal

The stretching of conductive materials typically decreases conductivity and increases resistance because of the changing atomic bonds in them. However, this new material is said to do just the opposite, opening up new prospects for the development of electronics and engineering. US military researchers have developed liquid metal systems that can autonomously change their structure when strained or stretched – in what looks like one more step toward the evil shape-shifting robot from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. According to a press release by the US Air Force Research Laboratory, the new material is called Polymerised Liquid Metal Networks. It consists…

As Streaming Wars Heat Up, Disney Bans Netflix Ads From Its Channels

As it prepares to launch a new streaming service for its considerable film and television assets, Disney is throwing some sharp elbows at some of its biggest competitors in the space – most notably Netflix. According to WSJ, the House of Mouse has banned Netflix from running advertisements across Disney’s TV channels, the latest sign that the so-called “streaming wars” are heating up. Disney is one of several companies launching a new streaming service to try and compete with industry leader Netflix, as well as Hulu, Amazon, HBO, Showtime etc. The entertainment conglomerate has decided to price its service at…

The government can now activate your phone camera to stream live video of whatever you are seeing

A New Jersey police department recently implemented new technology that allows 911 operators in the area to stream live video from callers’ smartphones with the touch of a button. While callers will still have to give their consent to such monitoring, some media outlets have dubbed the technology a slippery slope towards automatic surveillance, whereby Big Brother will one day have immediate access to people’s smartphones without their consent. In the meantime, some police departments plan to utilize 911eye, as it’s called, a product of Capita Secure Solutions and Services, for permission-based surveillance during emergencies, which will allow first responders…

Microsoft Claims Cyber Group Targeted Accounts Related to US Presidential Campaign

The American tech company claims that it has recently seen significant cyber activity by a threat group that they call Phosphorous, which they believe originates from Iran. Microsoft has said that at least one US presidential campaign and accounts associated with current and former US government officials have been targets of cyberattacks allegedly linked to the Iranian government. “In a 30-day period between August and September, the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) observed Phosphorous making more than 2,700 attempts to identify consumer email accounts belonging to specific Microsoft customers and then attack 241 of those accounts”, Tom Burt, Microsoft Corporate…

Scientists Discover How to Measure Weight of Live Whales Using Drones

While drones are used for a number of civilian and military applications, biologists on Wednesday announced they found another use: measuring the weight of live whales. The new method could signal a breakthrough in data research for scientists as they previously could only measure body mass and volume of dead whales due to their immense size and aquatic life, according to the study published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. “Knowing the body mass of free-living whales opens up new avenues of research. We will now be able to look at the growth of known aged individuals to…

Google to face mass action over claims it accessed 4 MILLION iPhone users’ data

The Court of Appeal in London has given the go-ahead for mass action against Google over claims it illegally accessed the data of over 4 million iPhone users, overturning an earlier high court ruling against redress. In their legal action, claimants accused Google of accessing internet browsing data on Apple iPhones by bypassing Safari’s privacy settings between June 2011 and February 2012.  Mishcon de Reya, the legal firm acting for one of the representative claimants, described the appeals court move as “groundbreaking” as it “confirms a number of important legal principles under Data Protection law,” and could even mark the…

Hacker Takes Over Couple’s Smart Home, Plays Vulgar Music And Raises Temperature to 90 Degrees

Smart-home technology gives residents the ability to remotely control everything from their thermostat to their lighting, and view who is ringing their doorbell. The technology is marketed as a way to keep homes secure. But that was not the case for a couple in Milwaukee after a hacker took over their smart home. Samantha and Lamont Westmoreland had initially installed a Google Nest system in their home in November 2018. On September 17, Samantha came home and discovered that the thermostat had been turned up to 90 degrees. She thought it was a mistake and reset the thermostat. The couple…

China Unveils ‘Super Surveillance Camera’ That Can Link To Its Social Credit System

A new camera with a resolution five times more detailed than the human eye, able to monitor thousands of people in real time and identify individual faces has been unveiled by Chinese scientists, prompting renewed fears about mass surveillance. ABC News in Australia reports that the new 500 megapixel cloud camera AI system, dubbed a ‘super camera’, was revealed at China’s International Industry Fair last week. The camera system, equipped with state of the art facial recognition utilities, was designed by Fudan University and Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The designers…

Amazon, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp join big tech anti-terror coalition for fighting “extremist” content online

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube have announced today that their Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), a consortium that’s dedicated to preventing “extremist” and “terrorist” content online, will be expanding. According to Facebook, as part of the expansion, GIFCT will become an independent organization with dedicated staff, dedicated technology, and an executive director. Amazon, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp will also be joining the forum. Going forward, GIFCT’s efforts will be focused on preventing, responding to, and learning from “extremist” and “terrorist” content on digital platforms. According to the announcement, GIFCT has already reached its 2019 goal of “collectively contributing more…

Google Wins Landmark EU Case Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

LUXEMBOURG (CN) – Google scored a major overseas victory Tuesday, as Europe’s highest court ruled that the “right to be forgotten” online only applies inside the European Union. The European Court of Justice handed down two rulings in disputes between the internet giant and the CNIL, short for France’s Commission for Information Technology and Civil Liberties, over how Google complies with requests for link removals. In one case, the CNIL ordered Google to delist information from global search results rather than merely within the Europe Union. Google refused to comply and was fined nearly $110,000, which it appealed. “It’s plain…

Twitter’s ‘Hide Replies’ Function Serves To Appease The Elitists Of The Political/Media Class

“I honestly think the annoyingness of a certain candidate’s supporters on Twitter prevents other reporters/analysts from pointing out that said candidate’s campaign obviously isn’t going that well,” griped the popular statistician/establishment narrative manager Nate Silver on Twitter today, following angry backlash from American progressives for a controversial racially charged tweet a few hours earlier in which he referred to Bernie Sanders’ diverse base as “residue”. We’ve been seeing many such complaints from elitists of the political/media class about the way Twitter’s somewhat egalitarian structure allows ordinary citizens to effectively criticize their posts, and it’s been growing louder and louder in…

The NSA is archiving all encrypted emails and transactions, knowing they will be able to decrypt most digital files in about 3 years, thanks to quantum computing

EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS – All encrypted emails, files and hard drives that currently rely on 256-bit encryption (such as AES or RSA) may be retroactively broken by the NSA in the next three years, thanks to rapid advances in quantum computing recently announced by Google scientists. The NSA is currently archiving all encrypted communications and storing the digital files on offline storage servers in its “Bumblehive” domestic spying facility in Utah. Currently these digital files cannot be broken because classical computing presents a strongly asymmetrical complexity problem that makes breaking encrypted files prohibitively time consuming and expensive. Files encrypted with 2^n…

Ghost post! Google creates world’s most powerful computer, NASA ‘accidentally reveals’ …and then publication vanishes

Google’s new quantum computer reportedly spends mere minutes on the tasks the world’s top supercomputers would need several millennia to perform. The media found out about this after NASA “accidentally” shared the firm’s research. The software engineers at Google have built the world’s most powerful computer, the Financial Times and Fortune magazine reported on Friday, citing the company’s now-removed research paper. The paper is said to have been posted on a website hosted by NASA, which partners with Google, but later quietly taken down, without explanation. Google and NASA have refused to comment on the matter. A source within the…

Ghost post! Google creates world’s most powerful computer, NASA ‘accidentally reveals’ …and then publication vanishes

Google’s new quantum computer reportedly spends mere minutes on the tasks the world’s top supercomputers would need several millennia to perform. The media found out about this after NASA “accidentally” shared the firm’s research. The software engineers at Google have built the world’s most powerful computer, the Financial Times and Fortune magazine reported on Friday, citing the company’s now-removed research paper. The paper is said to have been posted on a website hosted by NASA, which partners with Google, but later quietly taken down, without explanation. Google and NASA have refused to comment on the matter. A source within the…

Health fears prompt Swiss 5G revolt

Agence France Presse is reporting: “Switzerland was among the first countries to begin deploying 5G, but health fears over radiation from the antennas that carry the next-generation mobile technology have sparked a nationwide revolt. Demonstrators against the technology are due to fill the streets of Bern later this month, but already a number of cantons have been pressured to put planned constructions of 5G-compatible antennae on ice. The technology has been swept up in the deepening trade war between China and the United States, which has tried to rein in Chinese giant Huawei — the world’s leader in superfast 5G…

Instagram is Now Banning Photos of People at Gun Ranges, Claiming They Promote ‘Violence’

Instagram is now blurring out images of women at gun ranges, saying the photos violate “violence or dangerous organization guidelines.” Yes, really. A picture was posted showing Kaitlin Bennett and Millie Weaver shooting firearms at a gun range. Facebook-owned Instagram banned and removed the image, claiming it violated their policy on violence or dangerous organizations. The image depicts two independent women at a shooting range legally and lawfully exercising their 2nd amendment rights. In our new social credit score dystopia, that’s forbidden. First it was images of Alex Jones, now it’s images of legal firearms. Recall that many on the…

Twitter now says that resisting gun confiscation is “hate speech” – does anyone still doubt this social media platform is anti-American?

As the 2020 elections approach, we have been warned by several insiders and researchers that the social media behemoths are going to do whatever they can to tank President Donald Trump’s reelection bid and take down as many Republicans with him as they can. As NewsTarget reported earlier this month, research conducted by psychologist Robert Epstein discovered that search giant Google managed to manipulate votes ahead of the 2018 election to change at least three congressional seats from GOP to Democrat. As The National Sentinel reported in March:  The scientists and AIBRT analyzed Google searches that were linked to a trio…

Chinese state media accuses Facebook of “suppressing voices of justice” by supporting Hong Kong protestors

Facebook is facing ire of Chinese media, suggesting that it has suspended a Chinese state media outlet’s page as well as the Hong Kong police’s reporting hotlines on WhatsApp. According to the Chinese state media, Facebook is guilty of “suppressing voices of justice” The accusations against Facebook were published Monday on the overseas edition of the People’s Daily, a known Communist Party-controlled newspaper. According to the commentary, Facebook is jumping to the front of the state and mobilizing violence in the Hong Kong protests. “Facebook has not hesitated to tear off its fake mask of ‘fairness and balance’, allowing rioters…

Barstool Sports Moves to Encrypted App Telegram to Protest Social Media Censorship

Barstool Sports, the popular uncensored sports blog, is migrating to the encrypted app Telegram after complaining of growing social media censorship by Big Tech. They made a public service announcement on Tuesday telling supporters about how they are creating a profile on Telegram in protest of Instagram, the social media provider owned by Facebook that recently implemented new restrictions on content. “Instagram has been continuously cracking down on what they deem is acceptable content on their platform,” Barstool wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “There are certain videos types (sic) that were ‘ok’ to post months ago that are…

Map shows the cities where deadly 5G cell towers are being rolled out… do you live in one of these?

Ultra-high speed 5G is being rolled out all across the country, despite serious reservations about its potential impact on people’s health. If you’re wondering if this unwelcome development is coming to a city near you, All News Pipeline has created a map that shows all the places where 5G has already been installed or will be in the near future. Not surprisingly, major cities like Los Angeles and New York City appear on the list, but what’s really disconcerting is the sheer number of cities that are marked as either having 5G now or getting it soon. In the western…

Verizon launches 5G in NFL stadiums across the US

We are saddened to learn that thirteen NFL stadiums across the country plan to go live with Verizon’s new 5G network by the start of the 2019-20 football season, which began on September 5. The service will be centered in the seated areas, but may also be accessible in and around the stadiums. Verizon plans to bring its 5G to additional stadiums throughout this season, which is the 100th for the NFL. Despite a glaring admission from the FCC confirming that 5G (which will blanket the Earth with over 20,000 satellites sending focused beams of intense microwave radiation over the…

Apple and Google ordered by U.S. to provide names, phone, other data on 10,000+ users of this gun scope app

Apple and Google have been ordered by the U.S. government to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes reports Friday in an investigative feature. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly gathering information as part of a wider investigation into suspected breaches of weapons export regulations involving the scope this company makes, though the company itself isn’t under investigation, according to the federal order. “This pattern of unlawful, attempted exports of this rifle scope in combination with the manner in which the ATN Obsidian 4 application…