Surveillance Capitalism And Social Media Surveillance In America

Surveillance Capitalism And Social Media Surveillance In America By MassPrivateI Freedom House warns that mass social media surveillance is growing. “Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, tilting the technology toward digital authoritarianism.” “Many governments are finding that on social media, propaganda works better than censorship,” said Mike Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “Authoritarians and populists around the globe are exploiting both human nature and computer algorithms to conquer the ballot box, running roughshod over rules designed to ensure free and fair elections.”…

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Viral Meme Campaign Keeps Jeffrey Epstein Story Alive

Viral Meme Campaign Keeps Jeffrey Epstein Story Alive By John Vibes This August, the disgraced billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein allegedly killed himself while awaiting an extremely high-profile trial. However, as soon as word of his death hit the news, there was widespread doubt and skepticism about the official story behind his death. Despite the odd circumstances behind Epstein’s alleged suicide, the story quickly disappeared from the news. Meanwhile, the many victims in the case appear to be losing their shot at seeing any justice. Luckily, the internet has not forgotten…

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Zimbabwe Government Continues to Weaponize Information Online to Control Citizen Engagement

Zimbabwe Government Continues to Weaponize Information Online to Control Citizen Engagement By Kudzai Chimhangwa In the early morning of November 15, 2017, Zimbabweans woke up to the news that former strongman, the late Robert Mugabe, had been deposed in a coup d’etat, and was under house arrest with his family at the presidential residence, State House. Major General Sibusiso Moyo, now foreign affairs minister, announced on state television that the president was safe under state custody and that “the situation has moved to another level.” Almost immediately following General Moyo’s…

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School Districts Use “Gaggle” To Monitor Students’ Free Speech And Social Media Posts

School Districts Use “Gaggle” To Monitor Students’ Free Speech And Social Media Posts By MassPrivateI Today, I give you a frightening story about free speech censorship and watchlists just in time for the countdown to Halloween. A recent article in The Tennessean reveals how the Williamson County School District (WCS) is monitoring students’ free speech and social media posts. The WCS recently implemented a “threat surveillance program” called Gaggle, that is so invasive and frightening one would be hard pressed not to call it a “gag” program that limits students’…

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Facebook’s Social Media Council Leaves Key Questions Unanswered

Facebook’s Social Media Council Leaves Key Questions Unanswered By Corynne McSherry and Kit Walsh Facebook took big step forward this week in its march to create an “oversight board” to help vet its more controversial takedown decisions, publishing more details about how it will work. Both Facebook and its users will be able to refer cases to the Board to request its review. Is this big step a big deal for online speech? Maybe not, but it’s worth paying attention. A handful of tech companies govern a vast amount of…

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Whitney Webb on The Orwellian Digital News “Trust”

Whitney Webb on The Orwellian Digital News “Trust” By The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow There is a whole new gaggle of supposed non-profit, non-political organizations claiming to offer new standards of transparency and “trust” into online news. As Whitney Webb details, there are a lot of questions about how independent these groups are, as well as the new weaponization of algorithms that are designed to silence certain voices and elevate others. Find Out More: https://www.mintpressnews.com/the-tru… Subscribe to The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow for more: https://www.patreon.com/thezerohour Also Read from…

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Congress Aims “Honest Ads” at the Alternative Media

Congress Aims “Honest Ads” at the Alternative Media Op-Ed by Kurt Nimmo Lee E. Goodman, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, completely misses the point in an op-ed posted at The Hill. Goodman says a bill working its way through Congress, the Honest Ads Act, will fail to target the real danger to democracy, Russia, the off-and-on perennial evildoer since the establishment of the national security state in 1947. “When Congress returns to business next week, it will take up legislative responses to foreign meddling in American elections.…

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FEC, Social Media Giants Powwow on Circumventing First Amendment

FEC, Social Media Giants Powwow on Circumventing First Amendment By Kurt Nimmo It’s hardly surprising The New York Times and The Washington Post didn’t bother to report on the rally at the British Home Office in support of Julian Assange. A quick search of the news reveals AOL and Reuters reported on the rally which featured Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. If not for Waters’ celebrity, it’s possible no corporate media outlet would have covered the event. Julian Assange is no longer news. His torture at Belmarsh prison is not…

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Leaked Documents Show White House is Planning Executive Order to Censor the Internet

Leaked Documents Show White House is Planning Executive Order to Censor the Internet Fight For The Future Breaking: leaked documents show that the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that, if upheld by the courts, could essentially end free speech on the Internet. The draft order would put the FTC and the FCC, headed by its notoriously corrupt chairman Ajit Pai, in charge of monitoring and policing online speech on social media platforms, online forums, and more. It would give these bureaucratic government agencies unprecedented control over how Internet…

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We’re All Enemies of the State: Draconian Laws, Precrime & the Surveillance State

We’re All Enemies of the State: Draconian Laws, Precrime & the Surveillance State By John W. Whitehead “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”—H.L. Mencken We’ve been down this road many times before. If the government is consistent about any one thing, it is this: it has an unnerving tendency to exploit crises and use them as opportunities for power grabs under the guise of national security.…

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