13:57 [The Grayzone] (E)
By Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal - Wikipedia has become a bulletin board for corporate and imperial interests under the watch of its Randian founder, Jimmy Wales, and the veteran US regime-change operative who heads the Wikimedia Foundation, Katherine Maher. This is part 2 in a series of investigative reports on the systemic problems with Wikipedia. Read part 1 here: “Wikipedia formally censors The Grayzone as regime-change advocates monopolize editing“ Internet encyclopedia giant Wikipedia has listed The Grayzone as a “deprecated source,” censoring the independent organization, alongside several other news websites, on an official blacklist of taboo media outlets.
10:45 [Voltairenet] (E)
Many industries and service companies are failing or shrinking due to the lockdown and subsequent crisis. Instead, there are those who have gained from all this. Facebook, Google (YouTube owner), Microsoft, Apple and Amazon - writes The New York Times - "are aggressively placing new bets, as the coronavirus pandemic has made them nearessential services." All these "Tech Giants" are from the United States.
11:09 [Ynetnews] (E)
The Oversight Board, first announced by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in November 2018 following the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, is expected to be a response to growing criticism regarding a lack of transparency and consistency in the platform`s decision-making processes regarding freedom of expression. Palmor, who was fired by interim Justice Minister Amir Ohana, under controversial circumstances in July 2019, will be one of the first 20 members selected from around the world, from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds, to be appointed to the independent board.
12:23 [RT] (E)
Twitter has expanded its war on Covid-19 wrongthink, announcing it will label “disputed” and “unverified” claims - categories that technically include even the scientific consensus, which has evolved with knowledge of the virus.
9:08 [Information Clearing House] (E)
The digital revolution provides government and corporations with unlimited and unaccountable ability to spy and control populations. Every word, deed, and movement of people can be tracked and a “social credit” dossier built for them. China already has such a control system in place. Those whose profiles are outside acceptable parameters are unable to function in normal society, being blocked from passports, driving licenses, employment, and activities reserved to those with acceptable social credit scores.
12:19 [Oriental Review] (E)
The Internet or the WWW (World Wide Web) became massively widespread around the globe since the late 1980s or more precisely since 1989 – in the same year when the Berlin Wall collapsed and, therefore, enabled the Cold War 1.0 to enter the final stage of its end. That is why both of these historical events mark the start of the Turbo-Globalization Era in all spheres from economy to culture including politics as well. With the growing importance of the Internet, it is quite understandable that it is becoming an arena of political and ideological rivalry with necessary growing implications concerning national security issues.
9:43 [Viable Opposition] (E)
According to a recent announcement on Apple`s newsroom, two of the world`s largest technology companies are partnering up to "assist" the global fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the announcement:...In May, Google and Apple will launch a solution which includes application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system technology to assist in contact tracing. For those of you that aren`t aware, here is an explanation of an API
9:43 [Electronic Frontier Foundation] (E)
As governments, the private sector, NGOs, and others mobilize to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen calls to use location information—typically drawn from GPS and cell tower data—to inform public health efforts. Among the proposed uses of location data, one of the most widely discussed is analyzing aggregated data about which locations people are visiting, whether they are traveling less, and other collective measurements of individuals’ movement. This analysis might be used to inform judgments about the effectiveness of shelter-in-place orders and other social distancing measures. Projects making use of aggregated location data have graded residents of each state on their social distancing and visualized the travel patterns of people on returning from spring break. Most recently, Google announced that it would publish ongoing “COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports,” which draw on the company’s store of location data to report on changes at a community level in people’s travel...
14:59 [madnesshub] (E)
Use of the video conferencing application, Zoom, has exploded in recent weeks with coronavirus-related shutdowns now stretching from coast to coast in the United States and to most European and Asian countries.
21:52 [Xinhua] (E)
China will quicken the construction of 5G networks to crank up the economic engine in the battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak.
9:21 [RT] (E)
Chinese technology giant Huawei announced this week a strategic partnership with Russia’s Sberbank to provide cloud services for Russian businesses.
12:54 [The Burning Platform] (E)
The Creepy Line is a particularly sinister term used in an unguarded remark by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt in 2010. In hindsight, what is most disturbing about the comment is how casually he explained Google’s policy regarding invading the privacy of its customers and clients. “Google policy on a lot of these things,” Schmidt says about 45 seconds into the introduction, “is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” Time pointer needed. The Creepy Line is an 80-minute documentary available through several options available at the link below. For now, it is available for free at Amazon Prime, but I’m not sure how long it will be offered there considering many current concerns regarding censorship of anti-establishment themes on various social media platforms. This film offers a very frank look at the number one source of news in our country: Facebook and Google.
14:21 [cnet] (E)
Everything you do online when you`re signed into Google, and even some stuff when you aren`t, becomes a part of your Google profile, but you can wipe the slate clean with these steps.
14:00 [Sputnik News] (E)
The United Kingdom believes that allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei to have a role in the country’s 5G networks will not hamper Britain’s ability to securely share intelligence data with the United States, despite US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warning London that cooperation with Huawei poses a "real risk." Petri Krohn, a cybersecurity analyst, has outlined to Sputnik how Britain`s move on Huawei may affect its ties with the US. Sputnik: The United States on Wednesday urged Britain to rethink its decision to allow the Chinese company Huawei a limited role in the rolling out of its 5G networks, cautioning that American information should only pass across trusted networks. In your view, how can Johnson’s decision on Huawei affect the UK’s relations with the US?
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