“Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” Follows the Money On How Much Big Tech Spends for Political Influence

“Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” Follows the Money On How Much Big Tech Spends for Political Influence By B.N. Frank Big Tech is showering American elected officials with more money than ever before AND with more lobbyists. Public watchdog group, Public Citizen, has been tracking exactly how much Democrats and Republicans in various offices and agencies are receiving and why we should be concerned. Activist Post obviously isn’t the only source that has reported many times about issues with these particular companies having too much power at the public’s expense. …

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Five Concerns about Amazon Ring’s Deals with Police

Five Concerns about Amazon Ring’s Deals with Police By Matthew Guariglia More than 400 police departments across the country have partnered with Ring, tech giant Amazon’s “smart” doorbell program, to create a troubling new video surveillance system. Ring films and records any interaction or movement happening at the user’s front door, and alerts users’ phones. These partnerships expand the web of government surveillance of public places, degrade the public’s trust in civic institutions, purposely breed paranoia, and deny citizens the transparency necessary to ensure accountability and create regulations. You can…

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Interview with Exec Dir. Anne Petermann on Climate Change, Deforestation and the Need to Rise Up

Interview with Exec Dir. Anne Petermann on Climate Change, Deforestation and the Need to Rise Up This interview took place earlier this month with Eleanor Goldfield for her Act Out program on Free Speech TV.  The program went live today. We discussed the global links between deforestation, climate change and capitalism and the need… Read More Global Justice Ecology Project Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) explores and exposes the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction, and economic domination.

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Amazon Ring Doorbell Camera Surveillance Now Working With 400 Police Forces

Amazon Ring Doorbell Camera Surveillance Now Working With 400 Police Forces By B.N. Frank “I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me and I have no privacy Oh, I always feel like somebody’s watching me.  Tell me is it just a dream.”  Rockwell Most of us old enough to remember when Rockwell’s hit song first hit the air waves probably never dreamed that this was how our lives would become.  “Surveillance Capitalism” is real and fabulous for businesses but not for those who cherish their privacy.  It’s creepy and annoying when businesses…

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Facebook Paid Contractors Like Amazon And Apple To Listen To Your Conversations — Code Named PRISM

Facebook Paid Contractors Like Amazon And Apple To Listen To Your Conversations — Code Named PRISM By Aaron Kesel In another Facebook scandal of the year, the company has been accused of paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, Yahoo News reported. The work has rattled the contract employees, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained — only to transcribe it, said the people, who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. They’re hearing…

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Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats

Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats By Matthew Guariglia Doors across the United States are now fitted with Amazon’s Ring, a combination doorbell-security camera that records and transmits video straight to users’ phones, to Amazon’s cloud—and often to the local police department. By sending photos and alerts every time the camera detects motion or someone rings the doorbell, the app can create an illusion of a household under siege. It turns what seems like a perfectly safe neighborhood into a source of anxiety and fear. This raises…

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“Alexa, How Do We Subvert Big Tech’s Orwellian Internet-of-Things Surveillance?”

“Alexa, How Do We Subvert Big Tech’s Orwellian Internet-of-Things Surveillance?” By Charles Hugh Smith Convenience is the sales pitch, but the real goal is control in service of maximizing profits and extending state power. When every device in your life is connected to the Internet (the Internet of Things), your refrigerator will schedule an oil change for your car–or something like that–and it will be amazingly wunnerful. You’ll be able to lower the temperature of your home office while you’re stuck in a traffic jam, while your fridge orders another jar of…

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Amazon CEO Confirms They Automatically Store Alexa Recordings Indefinitely

Amazon CEO Confirms They Automatically Store Alexa Recordings Indefinitely By Mayukh Saha Delaware senator Chris Coons had sent a questionnaire to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in May. He had inquired how Amazon utilizes and retains data from the voice assistant device Alexa. Bezos has now confirmed that the recordings on the device and their transcripts never expire automatically. CNET first reported Amazon’s reply to Coons and it confirms that data is retained until the customer deletes them personally. Not just Amazon, third parties also have access to your voice recordings…

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Amazon Ring Worked With Police in Sting Operations; Posting Facebook Ads Of Petty Crime Suspects

Amazon Ring Worked With Police in Sting Operations; Posting Facebook Ads Of Petty Crime Suspects By Aaron Kesel Amazon Ring is working with police departments all across the U.S. to stage sting operations on would-be package thieves according to several media reports. Meanwhile, if that’s not enough of a nightmare, Amazon’s Ring is also posting ads on Facebook of suspected petty criminals and calling them “Community Alerts.” Activist Post has previously warned you that it’s not enough that Amazon is on record working with the FBI with its Facial Rekogntion biometric software…

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Amazon Installing Alexa in Apartments and Hotel Rooms. They Say 24/7 Data Collection Will Help Property Managers Better Manage and Serve Tenants.

Amazon Installing Alexa in Apartments and Hotel Rooms. They Say 24/7 Data Collection Will Help Property Managers Better Manage and Serve Tenants. By B.N. Frank More creepy “Surveillance Capitalism” courtesy of Amazon who isn’t hiding that it is putting millions of smart speakers in homes and hotels by “offering discounted hardware, customized software and new ways for property managers to harvest and use data.” Are there actually people willing to pay for this type of arrangement? From the Wall Street Journal, “Amazon’s Plan to Move In to Your Next Apartment…

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