Netizen Report: If Protecting Your Privacy is “Part of a Conspiracy,” Then We’re All in Big Trouble

Netizen Report: If Protecting Your Privacy is “Part of a Conspiracy,” Then We’re All in Big Trouble By Netizen Report Team The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world. This report covers news and events from April 04 – April 19, 2019. On April 11, two arrests were made in cases that could set game-changing legal precedents threatening online privacy and free speech protections. The first case made headlines worldwide: WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested…

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More Than 50,000 Marijuana Convictions in Los Angeles Will Be Automatically Wiped Clean

More Than 50,000 Marijuana Convictions in Los Angeles Will Be Automatically Wiped Clean By Vic Bishop In the age of cannabis legalization, we have to reconcile the damage done by the war on this medicinal and enjoyable plant. In this effort, a growing number of cities and counties in cannabis legal states are advancing legislation to expunge the criminal records of people with certain marijuana related convictions. Even the federal government is showing signs of slowly getting on board with this, as Democrats recently introduced federal legislation that would legalize…

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Google’s Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You’ve Been

Google’s Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You’ve Been By Jennifer Lynch Do you know where you were five years ago? Did you have an Android phone at the time? It turns out Google might know—and it might be telling law enforcement. In a new article, the New York Times details a little-known technique increasingly used by law enforcement to figure out everyone who might have been within certain geographic areas during specific time periods in the past. The technique relies on detailed location data collected by Google from most Android…

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Is Nationwide Marijuana Legalization Just Around the Corner?

Is Nationwide Marijuana Legalization Just Around the Corner? By Reason It’s hard to be pessimistic about marijuana legalization these days. Recreational cannabis is legal in 10 states and decriminalized in another 14. Virtually all presidential candidates, including Trump, favor letting states decide the legal status of marijuana. For the first time, polls show a majority of Republicans support legalization. And six proposals to move marijuana laws in a more or less libertarian direction are now making their way through Congress. Organically-grown CBD oil and products! What do these policy proposals…

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Another Day, Another Facebook Scandal — Company Data Mined Email User Contacts From New Users

Another Day, Another Facebook Scandal — Company Data Mined Email User Contacts From New Users By Aaron Kesel Facebook has another scandal; this time it has been revealed that the company’s password verification feature for new users collected contact data from users’ email accounts without their consent. Business Insider revealed that Facebook had “harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.” A security researcher e-sushi questioned why Facebook was asking for email passwords when new users signed up with the platform.…

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Are “Conspiracy Theories” Tearing Society Apart Or Saving Us From Destruction?

Are “Conspiracy Theories” Tearing Society Apart Or Saving Us From Destruction? By Brandon Smith The phrase “conspiracy theory” is often used by establishment agencies, the mainstream media and useful idiots as a tool to dismiss legitimate evidence or viewpoints that disagree with their predetermined version of events. This method of propaganda was not always as widespread as it is today. The phrase was not “created” by the CIA, but it was in fact weaponized by them in the 1960s after the assassination of John F. Kennedy with the express purpose…

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As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There’s Little Oversight and Lots of Danger

As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There’s Little Oversight and Lots of Danger By James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Artificial intelligence systems can – if properly used – help make government more effective and responsive, improving the lives of citizens. Improperly used, however, the dystopian visions of George Orwell’s 1984 become more realistic. On their own and urged by a new presidential executive order, governments across the U.S., including state and federal agencies, are exploring ways to use AI technologies. As an AI researcher for more than 40 years, who has…

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Splinternet: EU Censorship Ramps Up With ACTA 2, While UK Passes Terror Law, Porn Law, and Introduces First Internet Regulation Agency

Splinternet: EU Censorship Ramps Up With ACTA 2, While UK Passes Terror Law, Porn Law, and Introduces First Internet Regulation Agency By Aaron Kesel Across Europe, MEPs voted successfully to redesign the Internet with a censorship directive disguised as a copyright proposal, while the UK itself passed a horrifying terror bill that will make it illegal to watch any “terrorist propaganda” (not clearly defined) which carries sentencing of 15 years, an age restriction porn law and introduced the world’s first Internet regulation safety agency. ACTA 2 ACTA 2 which required…

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Julian Assange’s Prosecution is about Much More Than Attempting to Hack a Password

Julian Assange’s Prosecution is about Much More Than Attempting to Hack a Password By Cindy Cohn The recent arrest of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange surprised many by hinging on one charge: a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) charge for a single, unsuccessful attempt to reverse engineer a password. This might not be the only charge Assange ultimately faces. The government can add more before the extradition decision and possibly even after that if it gets a waiver from the UK or otherwise. Yet some have claimed that as the…

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Gun Control Advocates Want Banks to Refuse Service to Gun Companies

Gun Control Advocates Want Banks to Refuse Service to Gun Companies By Dagny Taggart Anti-gun activists and politicians are doing everything they can to effectively disarm the public. Already this year, extreme and unconstitutional gun control measures have been proposed at the state and federal levels. There has been a lot of pushback, thankfully: a growing number of counties (and even some states) have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries and are refusing to enforce gun-control laws that infringe on the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Sheriffs in Washington, Colorado,…

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