Editor’s comment: When you consider that most of the #MainStreamMedia (MSM) are owned by the same small group of shareholders, this exposé of news manipulation and fabrication should come as no surprise. In the MSM you will know in advance that what you are about to read may in fact be true #FakeNews. It is a case of #BuyerBeware or be thoroughly #Brainwashed.
If you are a “#NewsHound” or, perhaps, a #NewsSkeptic, you, undoubtedly, think you know what the ‘real’ news really is! Well, much of the news today is manufactured, ‘sanitized’ and even censored. Don’t believe that? Well, here are two videos, which probably can change your mind.
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. Continue reading “10 Decentralized Social Media Networks to Use Instead of Facebook”
By Nicholas West The use of information obtained by smart devices is already threatening to rewrite the criminal justice system in America. I’ve covered various cases that seriously call into question what place the protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution will have in a future filled with in-home surveillance disguised as consumer entertainment.
However, until this point, the data transmitted or stored in items like Amazon Echo, Fitbit, or Smart Meters have been called upon as after-the-fact investigative tools by police. It appears, now, that police in the UK are establishing a far more open relationship with the users of these devices in what looks like a preemptive capacity.
The Intercept has issued a report about a program in Lancashire, England that was specifically designed by police in a partnership with Amazon Echo developers to broadcast a range of crime updates and information that effectively turns Echo owners into a new set of eyes and ears for law enforcement. Furthermore, Amazon itself will become the custodian of the data, not the police…