Key Strategies For Avoiding Online Censorship and Cybercrime

Key Strategies For Avoiding Online Censorship and Cybercrime By Nicholas West Internet censorship is ramping up across the globe in a myriad of ways. Whether it’s Facebook/Google/Amazon directing conversation by demonitizing views critical of official narratives; outright government censorship like Australia’s recent visa revocation of controversial speaker David Icke; system-wide restrictions on Internet access as seen in Chad, Africa; or the Great Firewall of China — access to information is becoming as much of a commodity as the information itself. Running in tandem with censorship is the rise of cybercrime…

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5 Legal Strategies To Reduce Your Tax Burden

5 Legal Strategies To Reduce Your Tax Burden By Nicholas West While people feel compelled to continue debating the government shutdown, the reality remains that tax collection is expected to continue uninterrupted. The old maxim that the two great inescapable realities are death and taxes should come as an affront to the liberty minded, however. The mandatory payment of taxes is as unnatural as death is natural, and is a human construct that is a historically recent phenomenon. The concept of raising tax revenue in the United States began with…

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Future A.I. Won’t Need Facial Recognition to Identify Individuals in a Crowd: Claim

Future A.I. Won’t Need Facial Recognition to Identify Individuals in a Crowd: Claim By Nicholas West People of the future will apparently be no more significant than zebrafish and flies, according to new studies in tracking and surveillance being conducted on those species. As Activist Post has reported many times, current artificial intelligence systems that are increasingly being added to CCTV cameras and other biometric sensors around the world to ID people’s faces are not performing nearly to the standard that should be required for police work.  It appears that…

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China Tracks Workers’ Brains; Now Tracking Children With “Smart” Tech Uniforms

China Tracks Workers’ Brains; Now Tracking Children With “Smart” Tech Uniforms By Nicholas West If there is any country on Earth that is most emblematic of the rising governance model that is Technocracy, it is China.  The many pieces to this structure have included much of what we see emerging in the U.S. with pervasive surveillance, biometrics and a notion of protecting the public by instituting pre-crime algorithms in police departments and travel. So, in many ways, China is the very large canary in the coal mine for anyone who…

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Latest Amazon Privacy Invasion Granted User Access to 1,700 Audio Files From Another Account

Latest Amazon Privacy Invasion Granted User Access to 1,700 Audio Files From Another Account By Nicholas West Artificial intelligence is not in full control just yet. Lurking behind the algorithms contained in Amazon’s smart home tech device, Alexa, are humans capable of making mistakes. One user in Germany found out the hard way according to a new report by Reuters. The customer had asked to listen back to recordings of his own activities made by Alexa but he was also able to access 1,700 audio files from a stranger when…

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London Begins Testing Facial Recognition In Public Despite Being “Staggeringly Inaccurate”

London Begins Testing Facial Recognition In Public Despite Being “Staggeringly Inaccurate” By Nicholas West It appears that London is ready to roll out the gift of surveillance to its citizens this holiday season.  The Met has announced that several areas around central London will be part of a field trial to be conducted today and tomorrow, despite previous reports that the tech is “staggeringly inaccurate.” In September 2017 I reported about results from a previous test of public facial recognition that was conducted in Britain’s Notting Hill area.  The results…

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Amazon Echo Home Recordings At Center Of Murder Trial As Judge Orders Data Release

Amazon Echo Home Recordings At Center Of Murder Trial As Judge Orders Data Release By Nicholas West A new type of court case has been slowly but steadily emerging within the American legal system: alleged crimes being detected from data supplied by smart devices. The very nature of the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution appears to be at stake. In December 2016, an Arkansas murder case made headlines not so much for the death itself, but how a suspect was brought into custody. James Bates hosted a…

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A.I. Lie Detectors Being Tested To Replace Human Border Guards

A.I. Lie Detectors Being Tested To Replace Human Border Guards By Nicholas West The future of travel is clearly one where automation will play an increasingly significant role. The biometric roll out is well underway and is set to expand into every aspect of the travel experience. According to a new report from Defense One, border security questioning also might transfer from human to robotic artificial intelligence as the security apparatus seeks more supposedly effective and efficient ways to screen travelers for their potential threat risk. While the original push…

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Biometric ID For Travel Goes Global With New CBP Tourism Partnership

Biometric ID For Travel Goes Global With New CBP Tourism Partnership By Nicholas West Biometric identification has quietly rolled out at several U.S. airports and various locations around the world. In some cases, it has been sprung upon the general traveling public without warning, leaving some to question how optional this will be as travelers become acclimatized to the new boarding process. According to a new announcement from the World Travel & Tourism Council, it appears that the roll out is set to accelerate and begin a much louder PR…

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DARPA Seeks FAA Approval For Military Drones Over American Cities By 2030 – At The Latest

DARPA Seeks FAA Approval For Military Drones Over American Cities By 2030 – At The Latest By Nicholas West Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life. So, too, are military grade drones along the “border,” which in reality constitutes a 100-mile-wide swath that encircles the continental United States and 2/3 of its population. According to a new report from Defense One, this level of access is still seen as a restriction by…

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