Tristan Harris, a 33-year-old former Google employee turned vocal critic of the tech industry. “All of us are jacked into this system,” he says. “All of our minds can be hijacked. Our choices are not as free as we think they are.”
Harris, who has been branded “the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience”, insists that billions of people have little choice over whether they use these now ubiquitous technologies, and are largely unaware of the invisible ways in which a small number of people in Silicon Valley are shaping their lives.
Ted Talk "I was a design ethicist at Google, where I studied how do you ethically steer people's thoughts? Because what we don't talk about is how the handful of people working at a handful of technology companies through their choices will steer what a billion people are thinking today."
The Creepy Line An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.
Facebook’s Advertising Platform: New Attack Vectors and the Need for Interventions
Facebook has built a Frankenstein monster. When will they admit that?
Two groups of independent researchers analyzed data provided to Congress by Facebook, Google and Twitter and came to parallel conclusions. The report by New Knowledge with support from the intrepid researcher Jonathan Albright, who singlehandedly caught Facebook downplaying the scope and scale of the operation, offers clear evidence that the tech companies provided the absolute bare minimum of datasets necessary to study the attack.
How America's largest local TV owner turned its news anchors into soldiers in Trump's war on the media:
"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what is NOT true; the other is to refuse to accept what IS true." ~ Soren Kierkegarrd
"Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed." ~ Joseph Stalin
Just Replace the word "Education" with "Fox News or Facebook"
THIS IS WHAT MIND CONTROL LOOKS LIKE:
Google reserves the right to "stop providing Services to you … at any time." And because Google, one of the largest and richest companies in the world, has no customer service department, getting reinstated can be difficult. ~ 2016
How did Google become the internet’s censor and master manipulator, blocking access to millions of websites? Which Words Does Google Instant Blacklist? The autocomplete blacklist can also be used to protect or discredit political candidates.
Russia spent years building up Twitter accounts that posed as sources for Americans' hometown headlines. The accounts posted real local news, building trust and readership for some future, unforeseen effort.
This is why laws exist to prevent consolidation of news media ownership. Old media would abolish social media – if people can't upload a video like that on Youtube or Twitter, citizens wouldn't be able to realize how TV is used to spread propaganda. Social media is competition that old media doesn't want.
Zuckerberg gave Mail.ru a Russian Internet Company temporary special access to its user data.
- Facebook acknowledged that it gave Mail.Ru special access to user data after 2015, when it officially ended the system that allowed third-party apps to access user data.
- Mail.Ru was among dozens of companies that were granted special temporary access to Facebook user data.
- Mail.Ru has ties to the Kremlin, according to news reports.
3/17/18 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica
in major data breach Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters.
The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in the tech giant’s biggest ever data breach, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica – a company owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Trump’s key adviser Steve Bannon – used personal information taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters, in order to target them with personalised political advertisements. Christopher Wylie, who worked with an academic at Cambridge University to obtain the data, told the Observer: “We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons. That was the basis that the entire company was built on.” Documents seen by the Observer, and confirmed by a Facebook statement, show that by late 2015 the company had found out that information had been harvested on an unprecedented scale. However, at the time it failed to alert users and took only limited steps to recover and secure the private information of more than 50 million individuals. The New York Times is reporting that copies of the data harvested for Cambridge Analytica could still be found online; its reporting team had viewed some of the raw data.
Russian company had access to Facebook user data through apps
What a coincidence that Yuri Milner met personally with Zuckerberg in 2010, invested $200M in Facebook, and then his Russian company was allowed to secretly harvest user’s data. A Russian internet company with links to the Kremlin was among the firms to which Facebook gave an extension which allowed them to collect data on unknowing users of the social network after a policy change supposedly stopped such collection.
RUSSIA THE ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES
Russia will continue to meddle in U.S. elections in 2018. "There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful," said the Director of National Intelligence. "The Russia story is a total hoax," said the president.
4/20/18 Inside the Competitive, Corrupt World of Russian Intelligence
Bottom Line: The Kremlin employs various often overlapping and competitive security and intelligence services to create multiple sources of intelligence, encourage risk-taking and keep a wary eye on each other.
Background: The Soviet Union primarily relied on two intelligence services. The Committee for State Security (KGB) was tasked with foreign political and economic espionage, covert action – known as active measures – and domestic security, while the Main Intelligence Director (GRU) under the General Staff was responsible for military intelligence.
2/13/18 Sen. Jack Reed just got FBI Director Wray and other intel chiefs to admit that the president has never asked them to focus on or disrupt Russian election meddling.
We should all remember the story of how an internet friendship between an American Reality TV star and a Russian dictator led to America's democracy coming under attack. Friendship is a great thing as long as Kompromat isn't involved!
FBI Dir. Christopher Wray tells the Senate Intel Cmte that the FBI “followed established protocols” in their background check of Rob Porter, & they provided information to the WH on several occasions, meaning the WH knew what the FBI knew, yet still covered for Porter.
NYT: People familiar w/ the security clearance process in Trump’s WH said it was widely acknowledged among sr. aides that raising questions about unresolved vetting issues in a staff member’s background would implicitly reflect on Kushner’s status, as well
Jared Kushner has a broad foreign policy portfolio that requires access to some of the intelligence community’s most closely guarded secrets, but he still does not have a permanent security clearance.
Donald Trump's Budget summarized: - Cuts Medicaid by $300 billion - Cuts Disability programs by $70+ billion - Cuts SNAP by $213 billion - Cuts spending to the EPA - Inflates the National Debt - Still no Russian Sanctions!!
SINCLAIR & Broadcast Group Under Fire for Pushing Lies currently control 173 stations.
FCC Enables Faster Media Consolidation as Pro-Trump Sinclair Group Seizes Even More Local Stations - this should be illegal!
Fox News Actual research shows their viewers to be the most misinformed and least knowledgeable group of television viewers.
List of stations owned or operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group
'Classic Propaganda': Sinclair Broadcasting Pushes Aside Fox News to Become 'Trump TV' “It’s unheard of to have one company pushing one specific agenda reaching so many people and doing it in a way designed to evade local input”
How Trump's FCC aided Sinclair's expansion Use of a regulatory loophole will allow Sinclair to reach 72 percent of U.S. households after buying Tribune’s stations.
Three senior intelligence officials told NBC News that the intelligence community believed the states as of January 2017 were Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. The officials say systems in the seven states were compromised in a variety of ways, with some breaches more serious than others, from entry into state websites to penetration of actual voter registration databases.
Want to hack a voting machine? Hack the voting machine vendor first.
How password reuse and third-party breaches leave voting machine vendors vulnerable to attack.
Thousands of voting machine vendor employees' work emails and plaintext passwords appear in freely available third-party data breach dumps reviewed by CSO, raising questions about the security of voting machines and the integrity of past election results.
Days after the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision allowing unlimited outside spending in elections, President Obama, in his first State of the Union address, warned that the decision “will open a floodgate for special interests including foreign corporations to spend without limit in our elections.”
U.S.-based Russian news outlet RIA Global LLC has registered as a foreign agent with the U.S. Justice Department, the fourth Russian-linked media company to do so since November under pressure from the U.S. government. According to the Washington Post, Justice Samuel Alito, who was sitting in the chamber alongside his fellow Supreme Court jurists as Obama spoke, “winced at the accusation and muttered ‘not true.’ ”
The new report raises the specter that Obama’s fears have been realized.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [en.riss.ru/], after the election. The institute is run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office. The first Russian institute document was a strategy paper written last June that circulated at the highest levels of the Russian government but was not addressed to any specific individuals. It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said. - Reuters
2/22/18 Mueller's 32-count indictment on Manafort and Gates.
We know Trump won because of the Electoral College but his "victory" would not have happened without help from the Russians. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russian agents for criminal conspiracy helped the citizens of the US know that this is a fact. We know that the Russians helped.
Republicans, Democrats and Independents have an opportunity to remind everyone everywhere of what we do know: that the Russians attacked us, and that the president has done nothing in response.
Mueller’s indictment of the Russian troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency, show that they adopted Silicon Valley's best practices and turned them against U.S. democracy. The indictment says the Russian outfit also used data analytics to track which of their posts were proving most successful, sent private social media messages to stir up genuinely American grass-roots activists and registered accounts on PayPal to pay for ads. The organization even double-checked the content generated by its posting “specialists” to make sure it had the kind of authenticity to make it believable to Americans.
Leaked: Secret Documents From Russia’s Election Trolls An online auction gone awry reveals substantial new details on Kremlin-backed troll farm efforts to stir up real protests and target specific Americans to push their propaganda.
"Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed." ~ Joseph Stalin
@torproject @motherboard This would break the internet. Imagine YouTube Content ID, but for everything: blog comments, tweets, Github commits, Instagram photos, replies to newspaper articles, rental listings, dating profiles. This is being proposed in the EU. #Article13
MEDIA LITERACY INCLUDES "SOCIAL MEDIA"
K12 EDTECH - MEDIA LITERACY and the Trust Deficit
Just Replace the word "Education" with "Fox News or Facebook"
FACEBOOK IS A SURVEILLANCE COMPANY NOT "SOCIAL MEDIA"!
YOU ARE THE PRODUCT THEY SELL YOUR DATA
5/25/18 Proof Zuckerberg set up fraudulent scheme to "weaponise" data. This case is based on a massive trove of internal Facebook docs. Developers claim Facebook's whole response to Cambridge Analytica scandal is a "fraudulent narrative". by Carole Cadwalladr and Emma Graham-Harrison
HOW TO GET YOUR PERSONAL DATA DELETED
People get their data from @CamAnalytica. and learn how it relates to #edtech.
Surveillance and Facebook
The FEC requires political ads on Facebook to say who paid for and approved them. But 87% of ads DID NOT meet these requirements. Facebook is strip-mining human society. Watching everyone share everything in their social lives and instrumenting the web to survey everything they read outside the system is inherently unethical.
A lack of trust for business and government is "contagious" and spreading to other sectors. The erosion of gravitas matters for the erosion of the office of president around the world.
4/26/18 Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer admits he never read the terms and conditions for the Cambridge Analytica app!!!
9/1/16 In firing human editors, Facebook has lost the fight against fake news
ZUCKERBERG AND CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA
Scraping data from Facebook isn't a breach or a bug it is a feature that is their business model.
4/18 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a congressional committee regarding the allegations that consulting firm Cambridge Analytica misused the personal data of millions of Facebook users.
Mercer owns Cambridge Analytica.
Trump’s campaign wasn’t the only organization paying Cambridge Analytica. According to election complaints filed in 2016 by the Campaign Legal Center, a SuperPac, Make America Number 1, with ties to both Steve Bannon and billionaire hedge fund manager, Robert Mercer, paid $4.6 million to Cambridge Analytica.
Cambridge Analytica and the Trump campaign broke a law prohibiting foreign nationals from involvement in US elections. And it appears people involved knew they were breaking the law.
Cambridge Analytica mined 50 million Facebook users private information on more than which it then used to target voters for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump’s campaign hired Cambridge Analytica in the spring of 2016 and “paid it more than $6.2 million,” according to a Reuters report.
Cambridge Analytica says they won the election for Donald Trump and describe how. VIDEO
Trump’s election consultants were filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers. The company’s chief executive Alexander Nix said the British firm secretly campaigns in elections across the world. This includes operating through a web of shadowy front companies, or by using sub-contractors.
Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix Met with Assange in order to help propagate Hillary emails. Roger Stone contacted Assange about Hillary emails. Roger Stone and Cambridge Analytica both worked for Trump campaign.
FACEBOOK took the money from Cambridge Analytica and kept the money
Facebook has a business model of “you are learning about me and taking me and my relationships apart to monetize that.” It’s a trojan horse for something sinister. Facebook has said we want your emotional and social attachments in one place and we will control it for you. They are openly asking you to give that power to them and it seems like a dangerous combination. Social media is destroying human relationships by turning our fundamental emotional connections into commodities.
Sir Tim Berners Lee says in regard to Cambridge Analytica that we need to rethink out Attitude towards the web
Government officials, have failed to pass the sort of campaign finance disclosure or data privacy laws or rules that could make it more difficult to target Americans online thanks to SiliCON Valley lobbyists and lobbyist Paul Manafort’s pursuit of foreign cash. Shady deals laid the groundwork for the corruption of Washington.
Samidh Chakrabarti, Product Manager, Civic Engagement
Around the US 2016 election, Russian entities set up and promoted fake Pages on Facebook to influence public sentiment — essentially using social media as an information weapon. Russians created 80,000 posts that reached around 126 million people in the US over a two-year period. A nation-state used our platform to wage a cyberwar intended to divide society.
1) HOW MUCH MONEY DID FACEBOOK MAKE FROM RUSSIAN ADS?
2) HOW MUCH MONEY DID TWITTER MAKE FROM RUSSIAN ADS?
3) HOW MUCH MONEY DOES GOOGLE CONTINUE TO MAKE FROM RUSSIAN ADS?
Below are snapshots of the network generated from these 9000 “crisis actor” YouTube videos. I’m not finished with this part of the analysis yet, so these are very rough drafts. But they are interesting to look through to get a sense of the quality and breadth of content that’s being hosted, monetized, and promoted on Youtube.
FACEBOOK AND DATA PRIVACY LAWS
- Both Google and Facebook are roughly a decade old, and together they make up roughly 25 percent of all global advertising expenditure [source]
4/16/18 Facebook must face class action over facial recognition:
U.S. District Judge James Donato ruled in San Francisco federal court that a class action was the most efficient way to resolve the dispute over facial templates. Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission. Facebook users sued in 2015, alleging violations of an Illinois state law about the privacy of biometric information. The class will consist of Facebook users in Illinois for whom Facebook created and stored facial recognition algorithms after June 7, 2011, Donato ruled. That is the date when Facebook launched “Tag Suggestions,” a feature that suggests people to tag after a Facebook user uploads a photo. <https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-privacy-classaction/facebook-must-face-class-action-over-facial-recognition-u-s-judge-idUSKBN1HN35G>
DELETE FACEBOOK the social network holds far more data about them than they expected, including complete logs of incoming and outgoing calls and SMS messages.Facebook makes it hard for users to delete their accounts, instead pushing them towards “deactivation”, which leaves all personal data on the company’s servers. When users ask to permanently delete their accounts, the company suggests: “You may want to download a copy of your info from Facebook.” It is this data dump that reveals the extent of Facebook’s data harvesting.
Your logs contain the metadata of every cellular call you’ve ever made, including time and duration and the metadata about every text message you've received or sent - including everyone in your address books, their calendars, and their friends’ birthdays.Permanently deleting a Facebook account will also result in contacts no longer being uploaded and all previously uploaded contacts being deleted.
Facebook advertisers shrug off its privacy scandal Facebook's revenue, which largely derives from ads, soared 49 percent to $12 billion in the first three months of the year, the company announced on Wednesday. Profit jumped 63 percent to $5 billion.
Ex-Yahoo Paying $35M to Settle SEC Charges Over 2014 Hack
4/25/18 YAHOO deceived investors by failing to disclose one of the biggest data breaches in internet history. The SEC alleged that, although Yahoo senior managers and attorneys were told about the breach, the company failed to fully investigate. The breach wasn't disclosed to the investing public until more than two years later, when Yahoo was working on closing Verizon's acquisition of its operating business in 2016.
#Google+ Google Surveillance
4/18 Thousands of Google employees recently demanded an end to deals that let the military use the company’s artificial intelligence technology.More than 3,000 employees wrote to CEO Sundar Pichai objecting to the contract. They argued that Google "should not be in the business of war” and asked for a policy stating the the company will not “ever build warfare technology.”
Eric Schmidt, Google’s former chief executive officer and a director of parent Alphabet Inc. gave a strong endorsement of the Pentagon’s proposal for a new AI center and its collaboration with technology companies. Schmidt, who also chairs the Defense Department’s Innovation Board. Google’s cloud unit is still pursuing Defense contracts.
Stop Google from Collecting Your Information | Google Privacy Settings by Dylan Curran @iamdylancurran youtube video
This is what #Google knows about you thread by Dylan Curran @iamdylancurran.
This is a 5 day free guide for the average Jane and Joe to minimize the invasion of your privacy when using the internet. It was inspired by this Twitter thread. This guide is the minimum every person should do to claim back some of their privacy while not compromising their use of the internet. This won't make you 100% anonymous, but it's a start.
Unlike on Facebook, #Google+ does not have a "real names" policy still is in force, Google dropped Google+ real name requirements and associated account actions long ago. And Google never sells your personal information to third parties. Nor do they permit third parties to buy their way into priority positions or into your feeds.
REAL INFORMATION COMES FROM RESEARCH
ATTENTION HACKING: Learn How fringe groups get questionable memes in front of millions
2018 On the Origins of Memes by Means of Fringe Web Communities PDF
This is where internet memes come from Two Reddit and 4chan communities are especially good at spreading and “weaponizing” them.
Researchers Studied 160 Million Memes and Found Most of Them Come From Two Websites The most toxic, yet most effectively spread, memes are first shared on two places, the subreddit r/the_donald and 4chan’s “politically incorrect” forum, called /pol/.
4,000,000 17 Year Old& People Turn 18 Before the November Election!!
REAL RESEARCH SKILLS COME FROM LIBRARY SCIENCE
TELL US A STORY ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARIAN - MAKE IT A STORYMAP PROJECT!!!
LIBRARIANS ARE PATRIOTS: THEY ARE OUR FIRST LINE DEFENDERS TO LEARN WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW. THEY WILL DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO GET ACCESS TO ALL THE BEST INFO ACROSS THE NATION!!
JOURNALISTS WITH A LIBRARY SCIENCE BACKGROUND EMBED THEMSELVES INTO THE LIBRARY.
THAT IS HOW THEY GET THE BEST RESEARCH TO BREAK THE STORIES YOU READ THAT WINS THE JOURNALIST A PULITZER PRIZE!!!
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