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
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.
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
Date: 29 October 2015
“By 285 votes to 281, MEPs decided to call on EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden”
The resolution calling on the EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden was adopted Thursday by a majority of votes.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday, calling the EU states to end any persecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden and give him protection.
“By 285 votes to 281, MEPs decided to call on EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender,” the press service said in a statement.
In the same resolution, the EU parliament raises concerns about surveillance laws in several EU countries.
Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, released in 2013 a trove of classified documents detailing bulk US intelligence data collection in the United States, Europe and many other targets around the world.
Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia in August 2013, before receiving a three-year residency permit from the country the following year.
In the United States, he may face up to 30 years in prison on espionage charges for his revelations of the depth of illegal surveillance activities by the US intelligence community.
Source: Take Back Your Power
Date: 3 October 2015
Last week, hundreds of Edenorte customers in the Dominican Republic removed so-called ‘smart’ meters from their homes and businesses.
Watch the action here on Facebook (with over 1.3 million views!), or on Youtube below:
The title of the video loosely translates to: “Take off your meters and bring it to EDENORTE in Piedra Blanca.”
While ‘smart’ meters facilitate unlawful surveillance, cause fires and emit strong pulsed microwave radiation, it appears that these organized customers were most irate about the unjustifiable increases in their utility bills.
We commend Dominicans for such unified, inspiring action, and we commend their military and police for doing the right thing and supporting the people.
UPDATE: Video Translation:
“Hundreds of meters were removed and put in front of the electricity company offices of the north (in the city of Peidro Blanca, Provinice of Monseñor Nouel).”
“The reason was high rates combined with frequent electrical outages in the region. The outages became prolonged and the electricity bills arrived at nearly double that of the month before.”
One guy (in pink t-shirt) holds up a meter and asks how it is possible in X days for it to register 1041 Kilowatts. And he says, “this is why we say that they have rigged these meters to benefit them.”
“The residents say that the lower their consumption, the higher the bills.”
“Since yesterday, residents from numerous barrios had gone out in the streets to protest this.”
We’ve also received this background info:
The electric company (Edenorte) has changed all of the meters to “smart” digital meters. They began that process a year ago, and so throughout the city we all have these meters which the electricity company says are a “more accurate” reading of the usage of every home.
And also because the electric company is now a “free entity” meaning that they are no longer under government regulation, they can essentially do whatever they want, hence charge whatever they want.
A commenter below notes: The electricity was being cut off out of nowhere and they would have no power for a couple of hours every day, sometimes more.
They are also saying that the electric bills are coming in double for the same usage as last year, and that is true.
The bills came this month, and the video is an example of public outrage.
They’re turning over the trucks of the electric company, slashing the tires, and braking the windows – but other than that it’s just a normal calm beautiful day here.
My Conclusion: As I watch the video the although I don’t understand the Spanish language. but the people in the Dominican Republic are so angry about being rip off by their electricity companies so they have Hundreds of meters were removed and put in front of the electricity company offices. This let me know that people are not going to put up with it. And this video will be viewed around world and inspire the many and encourage those to stand up and take back their electricity.