"To view surveillance capitalism as our new invisible Leviathan is to miss how power, under capitalism, has been operating for several centuries.
Counter big brother currents. Facial Recognition. License plate scanners. Search terms & big brother. Survalence. The Terror Excuse (Big Brother) Police Body Cameras. Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens. On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System". In the way of Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy and rather dry affair, but it contained a radical idea. What if there was a national trust score that rated the kind of citizen you were? Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not).
It's not hard to picture, because most of that already happens, thanks to all those data-collecting behemoths like Google, Facebook and Instagram or health-tracking apps such as Fitbit. A futuristic vision of Big Brother out of control? China's new viral app could be straight out of Black Mirror Kevin Hong. Cops hid use of phone tracking tech in court documents at feds’ request. On Thursday evening, the ACLU published a 2009 e-mail exchange (PDF) between police departments in Sarasota, FL and North Port, FL indicating that local law enforcement had concealed the use of cell phone-tracking Stingray devices in court documents. Stingray is a trademark, but it has come to generally mean devices that can be used to track phones or even intercept calls and text messages. Although the Sarasota Police Department and the North Point Police Department did not own Stingray devices, the two departments had borrowed the cell phone trackers from the US Marshals Service (USMS), which requested that they hide the use of the Stingrays from judges and defendants.
The issue was discussed in the e-mails when the Sarasota Police Department realized that a North Point detective had been too explicit in a probable cause affadavit (PCA), specifically detailing “the investigative means used to locate the suspect.” The e-mail continues: In the past, and at the request of the U.S. Congress passes anti-mass surveillance amendment with overwhelming support. Do Riots Work? Justin King March 24, 2015 (TFC) Ferguson, Missouri — After a cop killed an unarmed teenager, riots broke out. After the grand jury failed to indict the cop and the police tear gassed innocent protesters, riots broke out. Now that the tear gas and smoke has cleared, Americans are coming to a shocking conclusion: the riots worked.
In scores of cities across the country the same scenario has played out: a cop kills an unarmed person in a blatantly unjustified shooting, the officer says the magic words of “I feared for my life,” and he gets away with murder. Possibly the most interesting thing is that Mike Brown’s death, while unjustified, was probably the most excused by the media. In Beavercreek, Ohio a young man was gunned down by cops inside a Wal-Mart while committing no crime whatsoever.
Ferguson in flames. “It’s speaking to the government in the only language they understand: force.” The government has trained people to believe peaceful protesting works. President Kennedy replied, How the Justice Department Keeps Its Cell Phone Snooping a Secret. A demonstration against NSA mass surveillance in Washington, DC, in October 2013. Photo by Elvert Barnes Photography In a move that has alarmed civil-liberties groups and transparency advocates, the Department of Justice has been working with local police departments across the country to squelch public-records requests on controversial cell-phone surveillance technology. In December, USA Today reported that cell-phone surveillance technology originally designed for the US military was finding its way into state and local police departments across the country. Since the USA Today report, public-records requests have unearthed documents showing state and local police departments in 15 states using so-called “International Mobile Subscriber Identity" (IMSI) catchers such as Stingray, Kingfish, Harpoon, Amberjack, and Hailstorm.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Hanni Fakhoury said that Stingrays act as a “man-in-the-middle” device, intercepting data by emulating a cell-phone tower. New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship. A newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression.
Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon: “If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious.” The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87 percent of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al Qaeda,’ ‘car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.'” People were afraid to read articles about those topics because of fear that doing so would bring them under a cloud of suspicion. The fear that causes self-censorship is well beyond the realm of theory. Revealed: Germany Is Ground Zero For NSA's 'Secret Surveillance Architecture' Der Spiegel combs through Snowden documents to expose NSA's 'all powerful' intelligence 'web.' A demonstration in Germany against the U.S.
NSA spying June, 2013. (Photo/Digitale Gesellschaft via Flickr) Germany has for years been ground zero for the U.S. National Security Agency’s European spy operations, hosting a “web” of sites that secretly collect information, including data used to “capture and kill” alleged terrorists, German magazine Der Spiegel revealed Wednesday. Based on documents exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the reporting asserts that spying operations in Germany are more widespread than previously disclosed and raise questions about the German government’s complicity in these operations. Previous Snowden-linked revelations that the U.S. had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone communications had sparked an uproar across Germany and prompted an investigation by Germany’s federal prosecutor. According to the article, Snowden’s documents.
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