Main Source: Independent UK
Date: 23 October 2016
Author: Simon Denyer: New Report Beijing
Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how “trustworthy” you are.
In this world, anything from defaulting on a loan to criticising the ruling party, from running a red light to failing to care for your parents properly, could cause you to lose points. And in this world, your score becomes the ultimate truth of who you are – determining whether you can borrow money, get your children into the best schools or travel abroad; whether you get a room in a fancy hotel, a seat in a top restaurant – or even just get a date. Continue reading Social Engineering: China wants to give all of its citizens a score – and their rating could affect every area of their lives
Amazon is slowly moving it’s tentacles further and further into your home with its always listening Amazon Echo.
Main Source: Activist Post
Date: 22 July 2016
Author: Matt Agorist
Three years ago, when Edward Snowden fled from the US and met with reporters in Hong Kong to reveal his reasons for leaving — he asked them to put their phones in the hotel room refrigerator. He asked them to do so in order to block the signals sent to and from the phones. Now, three years later, Snowden and Andrew ‘Bunnie’ Huang have used that same principle to design a phone case that warns users when their data is being monitored. Say hello to the Snowden phone case. Continue reading Edward Snowden Develops Phone Case to Alert Users if Their Data is Being Compromised
Anthony Gucciardi and Dr. Edward Group discuss the dangers of the new Pokemon Go App for portable devices. How it’s permissions can lead to dangerous situations for all who use.
Would you put your trust into Autonomous car or self-driving car?
In this you tube video below about David Knight speaking about Autonomous car or self-driving car or robot cars call it what you like. Why the self-driving are not going to as safe would as thought?
For Me I’m not against Science and Technology and I’m not against Science and Technology. Like computer and electrical technology do have faults and flaws and do breakdown over time. So I would not put my trust into them. And would not buy any car that is self driving.
Date: 29 February 2016
Author: Ron Paul
Government spying on us has not prevented one terrorist attack
The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December. Continue reading First They Came For the iPhones…
Kim Dotcom, whose extradition battle is continuing, spoke to Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Select Committee today — arguing against the extension of the GCSB’s powers.
“The new GCSB bill demands an expansion of spying powers. This is poorly timed,” he said.
Mr Dotcom received a formal apology from Prime Minister John Key after it was revealed the GCSB spied on him illegally. Addressing the committee, he called his fight “an injustice” and said he believed more New Zealanders had received the spy agency’s attention.
“I suspect the real scope of the spying by the GCSB is bigger than what we know today,” he said.
Mr Dotcom argued against the outsourcing of the agency’s powers, but Mr Key claimed it made sense and followed Mr Dotcom’s business model with MegaUpload.
“We cannot value human rights if we hand our information to a spy cloud.”
Mr Dotcom and associate Bram van der Kolk’s submission the proposed Bill was a “clear example of the type of state intelligence agency overreach”.
They went on to say spying on New Zealanders is unwarranted without safeguards and the proposed expansion of the GCSB aren’t justified. The submission says the passage of the Bill has been “unduly hasty”.
“We believe more time should be taken for public debate and inquiry before this Bill is passed.”
Earlier, former Green Party MP Keith Locke – who has previously claimed to have been spied upon by the Security Intelligence Service – told the select committee the GCSB spied on Chile and Mexico to help America in the lead-up to the Iraq War.
Mr Locke is arguing for more transparency from the Government’s spy agency.
“The Government can’t just continue to hide behind the smokescreen that I saw during the 12 years I was in Parliament,” he said.
Vikram Kumar, the former head of Internet New Zealand, knows the GCSB’s role well — having worked alongside the agency several times.
“I have been very impressed with their professionalism, with their hard work and with the constraints in which they operate,” he said, “Expanding the role of GCSB, particularly to economic well-being, is troubling.”
Mr Kumar says the reason behind this is the term “economic well-being” could refer to a number of things, and a shortage of skilled staff in New Zealand.
“The GCSB mindset is essentially a spying mindset, because that’s what they are […] and now we are trying to make them into a police mindset,” he said.
“We will be operating in an environment of suspicion, just as we see and in fact I’d say worse, than what we see in the US.”
Internet New Zealand’s Jordan Carter and Susan Chalmers spoke to the committee together. Mr Carter spoke of his concern any changes may have in the years to come.
“It needs to deal with people with less good motives and power in the future.”
Ms Chalmers was one of many submitters who spoke on the issue of metadata.
Metadata is data which provides information about one or more aspects of data. A common example is a digital photograph, which can show how large it is, when it was taken, where it was taken and other data.
“Metadata in many situations could actually be more revealing than the actual conversations themselves,” she said.
Source:21st Century Wire
Date: 19 November 2015
The CIA and government officials around the world are using the Paris attacks to push brand new surveillance laws. And it was all planned in advance.
While democratic systems usually take months (if not years) to pass new laws and legislation, it only took a few days after the Paris attacks to slap honest citizens with more surveillance laws. Several organizations are indeed capitalizing on the fear and panic caused by the attacks to bring forth a brand new agenda that takes a bold new step towards total government surveillance. What’s worse: Leaked information proves that authorities were waiting on a terror attack to go forward with their plan. Continue reading Happening Now: Authorities Are Using ‘Paris Attacks’ To Fast-Track New Mass Surveillance Laws