Archiv: silence / news blackout / „gag“ orders / censorship


12.06.2021 - 07:14 [ neowin.net ]

FBI subpoenas IP addresses and phone numbers of readers of a USA Today article [Update]

(05.06.2021)

It had asked USA Today not to disclose the request and provide all the requested information by May 29, 2021. The bureau did not confirm who or what it was trying to track or how electronic records of readers of the story might help the criminal investigation. The request was made in April but has been made public only recently after USA Today filed a case in court requesting the judge to quash the subpoena as it was deemed unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment.

12.06.2021 - 07:11 [ CNBC.com ]

Apple says it didn’t know Trump’s DOJ was asking for Democrats‘ data when it complied with subpoena

Apple on Friday said it didn’t know former President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice was subpoenaed data on Democrats when it complied with the request.
Apple said it was under a gag order not to disclose the subpoena to the affected parties.
Microsoft also acknowledged it received a similar subpoena.

10.06.2021 - 09:58 [ Richard Silverstein ]

IDF Lies About Espionage Charges Against Tomer Eiges, Cyber-intelligence Officer Who Died in Military Prison

(05.06.2021)

We do not know for certain how Eiges, who a separate source told me committed suicide (though this fact is disputed by his family), managed to die. Though an autopsy was performed by a pathologist hired by the family, according to a family friend he was not able to determine a cause of death.

The IDF refuses to release any medical account of its own. It has performed its own secret investigation of the circumstances of Eiges death and refuses to release any accounting.

10.06.2021 - 09:41 [ Haaretz ]

Intel Officer Who Died in Jail Was About to Compromise ‚Big Secret,‘ Says Israeli Army Chief

According to Kochavi, the secrecy, with which the affair was handled, was important „in order to safeguard his privacy and the privacy of his family … while guarding a big secret.“

Kochavi added that the IDF managed to stop „him at the last minute,“ before he caused harm.

10.06.2021 - 09:23 [ Haaretz ]

Everything That Can Be Said About the Mysterious Death of an Israeli Intel Officer

Those who knew the officer say he was regarded as a prodigy in the field of computers, which he studied in high school. At age 16, he participated in a program to encourage high-tech entrepreneurship for young people and completed a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He joined the Israel Defense Forces in March 2016 and served in an intelligence branch tech unit.

His friends told Haaretz he was an idealistic and brilliant individual who succeeded in all the assignments he was given. “He was a man of values and ideals, and they guided him in his work and in his philosophy of life,” said one.

15.05.2021 - 05:35 [ עומדים ביחד نقف معًا Standing Together / Twitter ]

This is the airtime we got today in the mainstream Israeli media. We represent the majority of people living here and our message for peace and justice needs to be heard! Amplify our voice wherever you can!

25.04.2021 - 20:08 [ Google News UK ]

„Which vaccines have been administered in each country?“

No results found.

23.04.2021 - 22:00 [ Svenna Jensen / Youtube ]

Nobel Lecture by Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter’s Nobel Lecture was pre-recorded, and shown on video on 7 December 2005, in Börssalen at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.

05.04.2021 - 12:47 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Trial: PM, His Family Asked to Make Negative Articles ‚Disappear,‘ Ex-news Site Chief Says

Yeshua, the first witness, is testifying on the claims that Walla gave favorable coverage to Netanyahu at the request of Walla owner Shaul Elovitch. The latter, who was the controlling shareholder of the telecommunications giant Bezeq, is accused of bribing the prime minister, which, according to the indictment against Netanyahu and Elovitch, he did in exchange for regulatory benefits the prime minister gave Bezeq when he was communications minister.

19.03.2021 - 23:47 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Has Struck at Least 12 Ships Carrying Iranian Oil to Syria, Report Says

(11.03.2021)

The naval attacks had not been reported before Thursday.

16.03.2021 - 12:14 [ Spiked ]

The free-speech crisis is not a right-wing myth

Too many on what passes for the left today are keen to dismiss the free-speech crisis in universities as a ‘right-wing myth’. They brush off the countless examples of censorship as overhyped. And they ignore concerns about the moral policing of dissenting views.

In short, they effectively deny that a free-speech crisis exists. And they do so by attacking those who are sounding the alarm. As far as these deniers are concerned, the problem is not cancel culture; it is those dishonest myth-makers who are drawing attention to it.

12.03.2021 - 09:26 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

Journalists Start Demanding Substack Censor its Writers: to Bar Critiques of Journalists

This new political battle does not break down along left v. right lines. This is an information war waged by corporate media to silence any competition or dissent.

21.02.2021 - 13:52 [ Geophysical Research Letters 35(16) / researchgate.net ]

Magnetic effect on CO 2 solubility in seawater: A possible link between geomagnetic field variations and climate

(August 2008)

Correlations between geomagnetic-field and climate parameters have been suggested repeatedly, but possible links are controversially discussed. Here we test if weak (Earth-strength) magnetic fields can affect climatically relevant properties of seawater. We found the solubility of air in seawater to be by 15% lower under reduced magneticfield (20 mT) compared to normal field conditions (50 mT). The magnetic-field effect on CO2 solubility is twice as large, from which we surmise that geomagnetic field variations modulate the carbon exchange between atmosphere and ocean. A 1% reduction in magnetic dipole moment may release up to ten times more CO2 from the surface ocean than is emitted by subaerial volcanism.

21.02.2021 - 13:05 [ ScienceNews.org ]

50 years ago, scientists named Earth’s magnetic field as a suspect in extinctions

Excerpt from the November 21, 1970 issue of Science News

22.01.2021 - 18:33 [ Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

WHO Information Notice for IVD Users 2020/05

Description of the problem: WHO requests users to follow the instructions for use (IFU) when interpreting results for specimens tested using PCR methodology.

Users of IVDs must read and follow the IFU carefully to determine if manual adjustment of the PCR positivity threshold is recommended by the manufacturer.

WHO guidance Diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 states that careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed (1). The cycle threshold (Ct) needed to detect virus is inversely proportional to the patient’s viral load. Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology.

19.01.2021 - 22:17 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Censorship never was a left-wing tactic. Opposing censorship was never the hallmark of right-wing values. And censorship is never aimed at one ideology or the other, but at *dissent* from the ruling class wherever it comes from. Listen to Noam Chomsky:

Read how Chomsky, in 1981, object to the attempts to have a tenured professor in France fired for Holocaust revisionism, because Chomsky knew that that framework, once implanted, would be used against people like him, Edward Said, Howard Zinn, etc.:

19.01.2021 - 17:20 [ bestlifeonline.com ]

The COVID Vaccine May Not Protect You From This One Thing, Experts Warn

(05.12.2020)

In order to halt the spread of coronavirus completely, a vaccine would need to produce antibodies that stop the virus from replicating. „To prevent asymptomatic infection and transmission, you need what’s called sterilizing immunity,“ Greg Poland, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, explained to USA Today. While it’s possible that one or more of the vaccines could produce sterilizing immunity, it currently remains unproven.

17.01.2021 - 17:03 [ BMJ.com ]

Covid-19: the problems with case counting

(03 September 2020)

At the moment it seems that a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive result is the only criterion required for a case to be recognised.

“In any other disease we would have a clearly defined specification that would usually involve signs, symptoms, and a test result,” says Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford and the editor of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. “We are moving into a biotech world where the norms of clinical reasoning are going out of the window. A PCR test does not equal covid-19; it should not, but in some definitions it does.”

16.01.2021 - 18:44 [ The Norwegian Medicines Agency - legemiddelverket.no ]

Covid-19 vaccination associated with adverse drug reactions in elderly people who are frail

(15.01.2021)

The reports suggest that common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients, says Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency.

The large studies on Comirnaty (BioNTec/Pfizer) did not include patients with unstable or acute illness – and included few participants over 85 years of age.

16.01.2021 - 18:33 [ Alex Berenson / Twitter ]

BIG news: Citing post-vaccination deaths, Norway now says “very frail” people should NOT receive the #Covid vaccine. Norway reports 23 post-vaccine deaths (out of only 25,000 shots). After examining 13, it says “side effects from the mRNA vaccines… may have led to deaths.”

(15.01.2021)

15.01.2021 - 19:24 [ Michael Tracey / Twitter ]

I don’t see much of an „insurrection“ or „armed rebellion“ underway at the moment. However, I do see a massive ongoing corporate censorship purge, as well as the overt criminalization of political speech. Odd

14.01.2021 - 12:17 [ Stanford University / Wiley Online Library ]

ASSESSING MANDATORY STAY-AT-HOME AND BUSINESS CLOSURE EFFECTS ON THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

(released 05.01.2021)

Conclusions: While small benefits cannot be excluded, we do not find significant benefits on case growth of more restrictive NPIs. Similar reductions in case growth may be achievable with less restrictive interventions.

14.01.2021 - 12:06 [ Zero Hedge ]

Lockdowns Do Not Control The Coronavirus: The Evidence

(21.12.2020)

Much of the following list has been put together by data engineer Ivor Cummins, who has waged a year-long educational effort to upend intellectual support for lockdowns. AIER has added its own and the summaries. The upshot is that the virus is going to do as viruses do, same as always in the history of infectious disease. We have extremely limited control over them, and that which we do have is bound up with time and place. Fear, panic, and coercion are not ideal strategies for managing viruses. Intelligence and medical therapeutics fare much better.

(These studies are focused only on lockdown and their relationship to virus control. They do not get into the myriad associated issues that have vexed the world such as mask mandates, PCR-testing issues, death misclassification problem, or any particular issues associated with travel restrictions, restaurant closures, and hundreds of other particulars about which whole libraries will be written in the future.)

13.01.2021 - 17:57 [ theGuardian.com ]

How well does the Oxford vaccine work? What we know so far

(30.12.2020)

And while there are some early signs the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine might not only prevent people becoming seriously ill with Covid but also prevent asymptomatic infections, more data is needed to confirm such protection.

09.01.2021 - 21:10 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

If you’re a liberal, there’s no need to reply by saying how happy you are that this is happening, or how justified you think it is. I’m already well-aware that huge numbers of liberals favor censorship of their adversaries and venerate the power of tech monopolies.

09.01.2021 - 19:09 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

That the ACLU can’t issue a clear, definitive statement about Silicon Valley oligarchical monopolies radically expanding their control over political speech – see if you can figure out what this even means — speaks volumes not only about ACLU but how repressive this moment is:

09.01.2021 - 18:18 [ BMJ.com ]

Covid-19: the problems with case counting

(03 September 2020)

At the moment it seems that a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive result is the only criterion required for a case to be recognised.

“In any other disease we would have a clearly defined specification that would usually involve signs, symptoms, and a test result,” says Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford and the editor of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. “We are moving into a biotech world where the norms of clinical reasoning are going out of the window. A PCR test does not equal covid-19; it should not, but in some definitions it does.”

09.01.2021 - 18:12 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

03.01.2021 - 18:22 [ theAustralian.com.au ]

Coronavirus: Scientists cast doubt on WHO’S China mission to find COVID-19 origin in Wuhan

(today)

Daszak was a frequent traveller to Wuhan and the bat colonies of Yunnan with WIV scientists on projects funded by EcoHealth with US grants — until the Trump administration abruptly severed support, citing bio-security concerns.

The British scientist has forcefully dismissed the scenario of a laboratory leak as “baloney” and a “conspiracy theory”, and praised the work of his Chinese counterparts, notably Shi Zhengli, the “bat woman” of Wuhan, who traced the origins of the earlier Sars coronavirus outbreak to a colony of horseshoe bats in Yunnan.

03.01.2021 - 18:16 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The world must investigate all the mounting evidence Covid leaked from a Wuhan lab, writes IAN BIRRELL

(2 January 2021 | Updated: 12:06 GMT, 3 January 2021)

Now there is growing clamour from experts around the world that no stone should be left unturned during this inquiry – and that it must include one key element of a hunt which has all the hallmarks of a thriller novel.

This centres on a cave filled with bats, a clutch of mysterious deaths, some brilliant scientists carrying out futuristic experiments in a secretive laboratory – and a cover-up of epic proportions that, if proven, would have huge consequences for the Chinese Communist Party and the global practice of science.

03.01.2021 - 18:07 [ ChildrensHealthDefense.org ]

Did Top Medical Journal Help Cover Up Origins of SARS-CoV-2?

(11.09.2020)

– According to Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, SARS-CoV-2 did not evolve in a manner you’d expect, had it jumped from an animal to a human. It sprang into action fully evolved for human transmission
– It appears Nature, a top medical journal, has allowed authors to secretly alter data sets in their papers without publishing notices of correction
– Chan’s investigation reveals authors have renamed samples, failed to attribute them properly, and produced a genomic profile that doesn’t match the samples in their paper. Others are missing data
– RaTG13 — the coronavirus that most resembles SARS-CoV-2, being 96% identical — is actually btCoV-4991, a virus found in samples collected in 2013 and published in 2016
– If SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 and the subsequent response to it, came from a lab, then we need to reassess the future of gain-of-function research that allows for the weaponization of viruses

03.01.2021 - 17:53 [ Alina Chan / Twitter / threadreaderapp.com ]

Get ready. This is going to be an important thread. Election season will be over soon and hopefully more people will devote some attention to this… I’m going to walk through a timeline of SARS2-related virus data published in the months after the outbreak. (1/30)

(25 Oct 20)

Since the outbreak in late 2019, events have been unfolding at such a fast pace that it is difficult to keep track of what happened and in what order.

I use visualizations of the timeline to follow key events relating to the search for the animal host of SARS2. (2/30)

Even today, I still hear people saying that SARS-CoV-2 came from pangolins and a Seafood market in Wuhan. I hope this analysis will help to clear things up. It will refresh us on significant early pandemic events and major publications discussing the origins of the virus (3/30).

03.01.2021 - 17:36 [ Annette Gartland / changingtimes.media ]

SARS-CoV-2: lab-origin hypothesis gains traction

(October 12, 2020)

– Researchers say there’s evidence within the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein that suggests the virus is a product of genetic manipulation.
– Exiled Chinese scientist Li-Meng Yan says SARS-CoV-2 is an “unrestricted bioweapon” and there’s been “large-scale, organised scientific fraud”.
– Six miners in Yunnan, who were removing bat faeces from a cave, suffered a severe pneumonia-like illness in 2012 and three of them died. They had a high fever, dry cough, sore limbs, and headaches – all symptoms associated with Covid-19.
– A database containing information about the sequencing of samples collected from the Yunnan mine by researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been taken offline.
– There are said to be sequences of HIV-1 in the SARS-CoV-2 genome.
American and Chinese scientists have collaborated for decades on gain-of-function research.
– There have been numerous ‘leaks’ of viruses from laboratories, including during the SARS outbreak in 2003–2004.

03.01.2021 - 17:07 [ The Australian / ecambiomed.com ]

THE AUSTRALIAN | RaBtCoV/4991 | Out of the bat cave: China’s deadly maze Deep in China, three men entered a cave and died with a mystery illness. Why was it kept under wraps for years?

(July 6th, 2020)

Ebright believes an even more controversial theory should not be ruled out. “It also, of course, is a distinct possibility that work done in the laboratory on RaTG13 may have resulted in artificial in-laboratory adaptation that erased those three to five decades of evolutionary distance.”

It is a view Hibberd does not believe is possible. “Sars-Cov-2 and RaTG13 are not the same virus and I don’t think you can easily manipulate one into the other. It seems exceptionally difficult.”

Ebright alleges, however, that the type of work required to create COVID-19 from RaTG13 was “identical” to work the laboratory had done in the past. “The very same techniques, the very same experimental strategies using RaTG13 as the starting point, would yield a virus essentially identical to Sars-Cov-2.”

03.01.2021 - 16:55 [ Dr. Jurgen Mayer / Peakprosperity.com ]

Scientific history of RaTG13

(Jul 07, 2020)

In early February 2019, Dr. Shi’s team suddenly tossed a brand new genome online and published a paper, citing that hCoV-2019 must come from (horseshoe) Bats because it is so similar to this other sample obtained from Bats in July 2013.

*If an existing genome was already in the system and the new data was uploaded we would expect to see reference notes and that the previous listing had been removed or updated.

*The scientists were forcing an argument that this newly published genome (RaTG13) came from a Bat and is the closest relative to hCoV-2019, therefore our pandemic virus more than likely came from a bat.

At the time of this publication, there is quite literally zero record or publication referencing this sudden new virus that they designated as Bat SL-CoV RaTG13 (Ra being Rhinolophus affinis, 13 being sampling year). How could this new virus have been just ABSENT from the scientific community for SEVEN YEARS?!

In fact, there are (comparatively) barely any Rhinolophus Affinis Samples in our databases. Meaning there is a small pool or Bat viruses from this specific species. The team simply renamed the sample and maybe forgot that 4991 was already in GenBank?! Because 4991 is actually RaTG13, yet this super important publication which was read by all of the top scientists in the world makes zero mention of this important fact.

03.01.2021 - 16:33 [ Shing Hei Zhan, Benjamin E. Deverman, Yujia Alina Chan / bioRxiv.org ]

SARS-CoV-2 is well adapted for humans. What does this mean for re-emergence?

(May 02, 2020)

Abstract: In a side-by-side comparison of evolutionary dynamics between the 2019/2020 SARS-CoV-2 and the 2003 SARS-CoV, we were surprised to find that SARS-CoV-2 resembles SARS-CoV in the late phase of the 2003 epidemic after SARS-CoV had developed several advantageous adaptations for human transmission. Our observations suggest that by the time SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in late 2019, it was already pre-adapted to human transmission to an extent similar to late epidemic SARS-CoV. However, no precursors or branches of evolution stemming from a less human-adapted SARS-CoV-2-like virus have been detected. The sudden appearance of a highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 presents a major cause for concern that should motivate stronger international efforts to identify the source and prevent near future re-emergence.

15.12.2020 - 23:39 [ EMASOH, 8 European countries maritime security initiative in the Strait of Hormuz / Twitter ]

Since the beginning of March 2020 more than 1513 EMASOH flagged vessels have crossed the Strait of Hormuz while surface and air assets were monitoring shipping lanes and FHQ EMASOH was on watch 24/7 for the benefit of maritime security @EMASOH_SCR @FFEAU_ALINDIEN

15.12.2020 - 09:38 [ Bloomberg ]

How a Covid-19 Vaccine Could End Up Helping the Virus Spread

(11.11.2020)

A vaccine that protects against symptoms of Covid-19 could contribute to the spread of the disease if — and this is still just an if — the people who get vaccinated remain capable of carrying and transmitting the virus. That’s a risk that’s gotten little attention amid the deserved jubilation over a Nov. 9 report from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE that their vaccine candidate appears to be highly effective.

14.12.2020 - 09:38 [ Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין / Twitter ]

“This system allows tracking of every citizen or resident of Israel. It can also follow intentions or motivations, and not just specific people. It can track everyone who visited the website of anti-Netanyahu protest movement and block the website.“

14.12.2020 - 06:40 [ avi scharf / Twitter ]

Police spying on Israelis online via secret backdoor. Israeli police have for years required internet providers to allow them to track users or websites through a special system

14.12.2020 - 06:09 [ Omer Benjakob / Twitter ]

This is CRAZY Israel’s police have a secret backdoor that allows them to follow any Israeli online or track anyone who visits a certain website: “We say China’s a technological dystopia, but here we live in one too and just don’t know it“

08.12.2020 - 04:27 [ Sarah Abdallah / Twitter ]

Wow. Massive anti-Macron protests are happening right now in France for #MarchesDesLibertes. Have you seen anything about it in the Western corporate media?

(05.12.2020)

08.12.2020 - 04:22 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Anything that poses a threat to the ability of mainstream media corporations and their employees to monopolize discourse and control information — Patreon, Substack, Joe Rogan, WikiLeaks, social media, etc. — they will hate and wage war on to try to either demonize or control.

07.12.2020 - 05:41 [ DefenseNews.com ]

French Navy puts fresh focus on high-intensity combat training

(19.11.2020)

Last week sailors successfully fired a cruise missile against a land target from a FREMM frigate, just a few weeks after the Suffren submarine fired its first naval cruise missile, trouble-free.

In a wide-ranging conversation with Defense News, Baudouard stressed that the Navy is a combat force and as such not only trains for today’s battles but is also preparing for tomorrow’s wars.

07.12.2020 - 05:35 [ almashareq.com ]

European mission to secure Strait of Hormuz

(25.09.2020)

A new European military mission is aimed at ensuring safe navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane, experts told Al-Mashareq.

The European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH) was established earlier this year by Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, France, Italy and Denmark.

07.12.2020 - 05:30 [ Embassy of France in Abu Dhabi ]

European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH): political statement by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal (20 January 2020)

(21.01.2020)

Sharing the assessment that the current situation in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz remains unstable in a region critical to global stability, and supporting the de-escalation approach when it comes to dealing with regional security issues, the Governments of BELGIUM, DENMARK, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS, AND PORTUGAL politically support the creation of a European-led maritime surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH). We welcome any contribution in kind as already declared by DENMARK, FRANCE, GREECE, and THE NETHERLANDS to this effort and look forward to further commitments in the coming days.

06.12.2020 - 15:48 [ Kulvinder Kaur MD, Physician / Twitter ]

There’s NO evidence that Covid candidate vaccines prevent infection, prevent/reduce transmission, reduce hosps or reduce mortality. Nor are clinical trials designed to determine these endpoints. Longterm efficacy/safety also unknowns All we know—may reduce “common cold symptoms”

06.12.2020 - 15:45 [ BMJ ]

Peter Doshi: Pfizer and Moderna’s “95% effective” vaccines—let’s be cautious and first see the full data

(26.11.2020)

Let’s put this in perspective. First, a relative risk reduction is being reported, not absolute risk reduction, which appears to be less than 1%. Second, these results refer to the trials’ primary endpoint of covid-19 of essentially any severity, and importantly not the vaccine’s ability to save lives, nor the ability to prevent infection, nor the efficacy in important subgroups (e.g. frail elderly). Those still remain unknown. Third, these results reflect a time point relatively soon after vaccination, and we know nothing about vaccine performance at 3, 6, or 12 months, so cannot compare these efficacy numbers against other vaccines like influenza vaccines (which are judged over a season). Fourth, children, adolescents, and immunocompromised individuals were largely excluded from the trials, so we still lack any data on these important populations.

I previously argued that the trials are studying the wrong endpoint, and for an urgent need to correct course and study more important endpoints like prevention of severe disease and transmission in high risk people. Yet, despite the existence of regulatory mechanisms for ensuring vaccine access while keeping the authorization bar high (which would allow placebo-controlled trials to continue long enough to answer the important question), it’s hard to avoid the impression that sponsors are claiming victory and wrapping up their trials (Pfizer has already sent trial participants a letter discussing “crossing over” from placebo to vaccine), and the FDA will now be under enormous pressure to rapidly authorize the vaccines.

05.12.2020 - 16:10 [ Times of Israel ]

Mossad expert, ex-spies outline planning, challenges of targeted killings

The report consisted of interviews with three people with knowledge of the Mossad — journalist Ronen Bergman and agency veterans Victor Ostrovsky and Ram Ben-Barak. Channel 12 noted the report was approved by Israel’s military censor.

04.12.2020 - 20:50 [ InfectiousDiseaseAdvisor.com ]

Challenges in Assessing the Efficacy of COVID-19 Vaccines

Determining whether a vaccine can protect against severe disease and death from COVID-19 may not be possible in phase 3 clinical trials and will often require long-term, ongoing studies after widespread deployment of a vaccine.

To ensure ongoing evaluation of vaccine safety, well-supported pharmacovigilance studies after licensure will be necessary.

04.12.2020 - 20:47 [ theHill.com ]

Pfizer chairman: We’re not sure if someone can transmit virus after vaccination

Pfizer chairman Albert Bourla told Dateline host Lester Holt that the pharmaceutical company was “not certain” if the vaccine prevented the coronavirus from being transmitted, saying, “This is something that needs to be examined.”

01.12.2020 - 18:31 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Syrian general accused of war crimes ‚given new life in Europe by Mossad‘

(29.11.2020)

By early 2014 he had made it to France with the help of French agents who may have believed the senior official could be a useful asset in the event of President Assad’s downfall, the senior French judicial source told The Telegraph.

“This was also just a few months before the 2015 terror attacks in Paris and the DGSE was desperate to get their hands on any leads about the Islamic State, which they knew was actively planning strikes,” said the source, who asked their name be withheld.

27.11.2020 - 13:59 [ addons.mozilla.org ]

Disable WebRTC

WebRTC leaks your actual IP addresses from behind your VPN, by default.

27.11.2020 - 13:58 [ Browserleaks.com ]

WebRTC Leak Test

To disable RTCPeerConnection and protect IP addresses leakage, go to about:config and toggle media.peerconnection.enabled to false.

To disable Media Devices, toggle media.navigator.enabled as well as media.peerconnection.enabled both to false.

27.11.2020 - 13:55 [ SpyOff.com ]

Turn off WebRtc and surf anonymously

(20.12.2017)

This little practical test proves that a simple script on a web page is sufficient to find out the actual IP address of a user.

27.11.2020 - 13:37 [ HowToGeek.com ]

How to See (and Disable) the Telemetry Data Firefox Collects About You

Type about:config into the address bar and then hit the Enter key. The page loads with a warning about the impacts of changing these preferences and the effect it can have on Firefox. Click the “Accept the risk and continue” button.

In the search bar, type each of the following preferences and then set them to the value provided to the right:

devtools.onboarding.telemetry.logged = false
toolkit.telemetry.updatePing.enabled = false
browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.feeds.telemetry = false
browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.telemetry = false
browser.ping-centre.telemetry = false
toolkit.telemetry.bhrPing.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.firstShutdownPing.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.hybridContent.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.newProfilePing.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.reportingpolicy.firstRun = false
toolkit.telemetry.shutdownPingSender.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.unified = false
toolkit.telemetry.updatePing.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.reportingpolicy.firstRun = false
toolkit.telemetry.unified = false
toolkit.telemetry.archive.enabled = false
devtools.onboarding.telemetry.logged = false
toolkit.telemetry.bhrPing.enabled = false
datareporting.healthreport.uploadEnabled = false
datareporting.policy.dataSubmissionEnabled = false
datareporting.sessions.current.clean = true
datareporting.healthreport.uploadEnabled = false
datareporting.policy.dataSubmissionEnabled = false
datareporting.sessions.current.clean = true

02.11.2020 - 11:28 [ Oliver Stone / Twitter ]

(2/3) @ggreenwald & I don’t support the #Republicans, but we’re sick and tired of the irrational #censorship going on in America. This sordid affair is groundbreaking. Never before has there been this kind of 4-year marriage of #DemocraticParty to the intelligence agencies.

02.11.2020 - 11:19 [ Chris Hedges / Twitter ]

Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi examine how the press and the major tech platforms function as a propaganda and censorship bureau on behalf of the Democratic Party and the Biden campaign.

02.11.2020 - 11:09 [ Greenwald.substack.com ]

Article on Joe and Hunter Biden Censored By The Intercept

(29.10.2020)

All of these new materials, the authenticity of which has never been disputed by Hunter Biden or the Biden campaign, raise important questions about whether the former Vice President and current front-running presidential candidate was aware of efforts by his son to peddle influence with the Vice President for profit, and also whether the Vice President ever took actions in his official capacity with the intention, at least in part, of benefitting his son’s business associates. But in the two weeks since the Post published its initial story, a union of the nation’s most powerful entities, including its news media, have taken extraordinary steps to obscure and bury these questions rather than try to provide answers to them.

02.11.2020 - 11:00 [ Greenwald.substack.com ]

My Resignation From The Intercept

(29.10.2020)

I had no objection to their disagreement with my views of what this Biden evidence shows: as a last-ditch attempt to avoid being censored, I encouraged them to air their disagreements with me by writing their own articles that critique my perspectives and letting readers decide who is right, the way any confident and healthy media outlet would. But modern media outlets do not air dissent; they quash it. So censorship of my article, rather than engagement with it, was the path these Biden-supporting editors chose.

The censored article will be published on this page shortly (it is now published here, and the emails with Intercept editors showing the censorship are here). My letter of intent to resign, which I sent this morning to First Look Media’s President Michael Bloom, is published below.

02.11.2020 - 10:54 [ CNN ]

Glenn Greenwald is quitting The Intercept, claiming editors ‚censored‘ his article about Joe Biden

(29.10.2020)

Greenwald said in his resignation announcement that he will continue to publish on the Substack, which he heralded as a place where journalists „have come in order to practice journalism free of the increasingly repressive climate that is engulfing national mainstream media outlets across the country.“
On Thursday afternoon, he published on Substack the article and the email exchange he had with his editors about it.

29.10.2020 - 19:39 [ The Hill ]

Glenn Greenwald resigns from The Intercept

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has resigned from The Intercept, seven years after co-founding the online publication, citing censorship by his own editors over an article concerning former Vice President Joe Biden.

26.10.2020 - 15:09 [ Washington Post ]

Election live updates: Trump to stump across Pennsylvania, while Biden spends a day off the trail

(today)

President Trump is staging three campaign events in Pennsylvania on Monday in a bid to bolster support in a state he narrowly carried four years ago, while Vice President Pence is being dispatched to Minnesota despite a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus that has infected his chief of staff and others who work with him.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has not advertised any campaign events on Monday but plans to touch down in several battleground states in the days ahead.

26.10.2020 - 15:05 [ Washington Post ]

Trump rallies supporters in N.H.; Biden holds virtual ‘I Will Vote’ concert

(25.10.2020)

Former vice president Joe Biden, meanwhile, is hosting a virtual “I Will Vote” concert, and his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), is spending the day in Michigan. Harris participated in a drive-in church service and canvass kickoff event outside Detroit;

26.10.2020 - 15:03 [ RealClearPolitics.com ]

CNN’s Jake Tapper to Biden Campaign: „Why Is He Taking A Day Off“ Two Weeks Before Election?

(18.10.2020)

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Biden campaign surrogate Sen. Chris Coons why the candidate is taking multiple days off per week this close to the election. Biden held no public events on Saturday.

15.10.2020 - 04:10 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

Facebook & Twitter are extensions of the Surveillance State & the Intelligence Community. This is straight up 100% censorship and as always , will come back to be used against the left, i mean, it already is being used against the left, you all just don’t notice or care.

15.10.2020 - 03:55 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Once you convince yourself you’re fighting literal Hitler — as many, if not most, DC Democratic operatives (including in media) believe — then anything becomes not just justifiable but mandatory: including censorship. And they’re still going to think this way if they win.

15.10.2020 - 03:50 [ Shant Mesrobian / Twitter ]

It’s stunning to me how people who cry about authoritarianism all day long cannot recognize that same impulse within themselves.

15.10.2020 - 03:41 [ Krystal Ball / Twitter ]

This is completely insane and will 100% come back to bite the left. Censorship always ends up being a tool for preserving the status quo. Mark my words.

15.10.2020 - 03:38 [ NPR.org ]

Facebook And Twitter Limit Sharing New York Post Story About Joe Biden

The New York Post published a series of stories on Wednesday citing emails, purportedly sent by Biden’s son Hunter, that the news outlet says it got from Trump’s private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

23.09.2020 - 12:09 [ Wired ]

Army Yanks ‚Voice-To-Skull Devices‘ Site

(09.05.2009)

The Army’s very strange webpage on „Voice-to-Skull“ weapons has been removed. It was strange it was there, and it’s even stranger it’s gone.

23.09.2020 - 12:06 [ US Army / Federation of American Scientists ]

voice to skull devices

Nonlethal weapon which includes (1) a neuro-electromagnetic device which uses microwave transmission of sound into the skull of persons or animals by way of pulse-modulated microwave radiation; and (2) a silent sound device which can transmit sound into the skull of person or animals. NOTE: The sound modulation may be voice or audio subliminal messages. One application of V2K is use as an electronic scarecrow to frighten birds in the vicinity of airports.

20.09.2020 - 13:16 [ CDC.gov ]

Weekly Updates by Select Demographic and Geographic Characteristics

Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.

16.08.2020 - 12:39 [ Cenk Uygur / Twitter ]

Are there any other journalists in this country? Why does @theintercept break every single story about Democratic politicians? That’s because mainstream media has no interest in exposing corruption in the Democratic Party. They’re not reporters, they’re servants of ruling class.

11.08.2020 - 09:03 [ Mieke Eoyang / Twitter ]

None of the four Republican Senators old enough to remember Hiroshima voted in support of New START, the signature nuclear arms control agreement between the US and Russia. New START is up for renewal in the beginning of 2021, and the negotiations are taking place right now.

(06.08.2020)

02.08.2020 - 11:45 [ RT.com ]

‘Masks are muzzles’: Protesters rally outside BBC HQ & march to Downing Street after UK govt widens mask-wearing orders

Carrying placards reading “Stop the new normal, save lives,”“Freedom over fear,” and “Masks are muzzles,” the protesters then marched towards Downing Street, stopping outside BBC headquarters along the way.

Footage from RT’s Ruptly video agency shows a huge crowd, most without masks, filling the streets of the UK capital as they marched toward Downing Street.

09.07.2020 - 18:16 [ Haaretz ]

The Dangerous Combination of Netanyahu’s Biggest Obsessions

Netanyahu’s fixation with controlling the media is dangerous enough; controlling law enforcement will be worse

09.07.2020 - 18:13 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

Germany thinks Facebook isn’t doing enough to censor “hate speech” and plans to intervene

Germany has decided that it wants to take advantage of the present sentiment towards Facebook and not let off. This week, Berlin called for more action at a meeting on Monday of the bloc’s justice ministers.

“We cannot accept the public debate being distorted and poisoned,” said German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht. “Voluntary commitments and self-responsibility are not enough.”

06.07.2020 - 10:53 [ newsroom.consilium.europa.eu ]

Opening remarks by Christine Lambrecht, Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany, at the Informal meeting of Justice Ministers (via video conference), on 6 July 2020, in Berlin.

(…)

04.07.2020 - 14:27 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Joint List to EU: Suspend Ties with Israel if It Won’t Desert Annexation

In letters to senior EU officials, including foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the 15 Joint List MKs wrote that “the traditional approach based on providing incentives to Israel has thus far failed to achieve our shared legitimate positions.” According to Hadash MK Youssef Jabareen, “We requested that top EU officials act to prevent annexation including re-evaluating the EU-Israel partnership agreement, recognizing a Palestinian state according to the ’67 borders and labeling goods from the occupied Palestinian territories. Palestinians deserve independence and freedom.”

04.07.2020 - 14:26 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Joint List Urges Major British Parties to Oppose Annexation

The Joint List called on Britain’s biggest political parties to vigorously oppose Israel’s plans to annex parts of the Palestinian occupied West Bank. The two letters, dated June 26 were penned by Hadash MK Yousef Jabareen, the head of the Joint List’s international relations committee, and were sent to the UK Conservative party leader, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the Labour party’s leader, Sir Keir Starmer. In the letters, the Joint List parliamentarians said the UK needed to “actively oppose” attempts by Israel to unilaterally annex territory.

“History has demonstrated the tragic consequences of illegal annexations,” the letter read. “We fear that if Britain and its European allies do not urgently act to prevent this impending annexation, our region may witness yet another major upheaval.”

04.07.2020 - 14:24 [ Middle East Eye ]

Palestinian-Israeli Joint List urges US Democrats to stop annexation

(25.06.2020)

So far, the party has only verbally denounced Israel’s plans. The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has categorically ruled out setting conditions on US aid to Israel.

In the Senate, a letter warning that annexation would „erode the strong support among the American people for the special relationship and diplomatic partnership with the United States that Israel currently enjoys“ only gained the support of 21 legislators.

04.07.2020 - 12:51 [ CBS Los Angeles ]

CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Votes Being Cast From Grave Year After Year

(May 23, 2016)

And then there’s Julita Abutin.

Records show she voted in Norwalk in 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2008 though she died in 2006.

Abutin’s daughter, Marivic, says it’s impossible that her mother voted.

But the Los Angeles County Registrar confirms they have signed vote-by-mail envelopes with her mother’s name for the 2014 and 2012 election, though she died 10 years ago.

02.07.2020 - 17:22 [ Techdirt ]

Brazil’s Proposed ‚Fake News‘ Law Says Internet Users Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent, Demands Constant Logging From ISPs

Brazilians will pretty much need a license to communicate with others — something achieved by turning platforms and app makers into bouncers at the internet nightclub.

30.06.2020 - 12:45 [ Brookings.edu ]

Order from Chaos: What Americans think about the looming Israeli annexation and Trump’s Middle East plan

How do Americans feel about the offer, and about possible Israeli annexation of West Bank territories?

To find out, we fielded a set of questions through the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll. The poll was carried out by Nielsen Scarborough, among a nationally representative sample of 2,395 American adults, fielded March 10-20.

Notably, only 8% of respondents who were at least “somewhat familiar” with the plan …

30.06.2020 - 12:42 [ IMEU / Twitter ]

15 members of the Israeli Knesset’s Joint List sent a letter to Democrats, calling on them to oppose annexation: „Democrats have a decision to make. Will they keep wringing their hands and expressing ‘concern,’ or are they going to do something about it?“

22.06.2020 - 10:09 [ Jazbaat Samjho / Twitter ]

While the world is busy in dealing virus & regional tensed situation, Greater Israel Plan is happening on 1st July,2020.

(…)

19.06.2020 - 10:59 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

China creates new online censorship law to target literature

Additionally, the publishing platforms must apply new measures, including the control of user comments and the manipulation of the literary works’ popularity rankings depending on whether they adapt to the parameters established by the government, placing an extra workload on these sites.

18.06.2020 - 09:31 [ Matt Taibbi / Twitter ]

Everyone seems to think the censorship movement won’t come for them. If you think for yourself, it eventually will.

18.06.2020 - 08:53 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

If you’re convinced by the media voices that you follow that you’re a courageous #Resistance fighter engaged in an historically momentous battle against Literal Hitler, then you believe that anything done to your enemies – censorship, imprisonment, etc. – is moral and just:

16.06.2020 - 13:27 [ Haaretz ]

It’s Only a Matter of Time Until a Journalist Is Jailed

Opponents of the lockdown were systematically silenced on establishment media, and silenced on social media by social censorship, as opposed to technological censorship: The lynch. The lynch isn’t an algorithm; it’s a common tool of social punishment the purpose of which is to shame, persecute, make miserable and blacken the names of those who express opinions that oppose what one’s homogenous newsfeed is willing to stand for.

12.06.2020 - 12:25 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Wikipedia formally censors The Grayzone as regime-change advocates monopolize editing

Internet encyclopedia giant Wikipedia is censoring independent news websites by adding them to an official blacklist of taboo “deprecated” media outlets.

The Grayzone is among the news websites targeted by the censorship campaign. Others include leftist and anti-imperialist outlets like MintPress News and the Latin American news broadcaster Telesur, along with several prominent right-wing political sites, including the Daily Caller.

06.06.2020 - 13:32 [ theGrayzone.com ]

FBI launches open attack on ‘foreign’ alternative media outlets challenging US foreign policy

The FBI’s first step toward intervening against dissenting views on social media took place in October 2017 with the creation of a Foreign Influence Task Force (FTIF) in the bureau’s Counterintelligence Division. Next, the FBI defined any effort by states designated by the Department of Defense as major adversaries (Russia, China, Iran and North Korea) to influence American public opinion as a threat to US national security.

In February 2020, the FBI defined that threat in much more specific terms and implied that it would act against any online media outlet that was found to fall within its ambit. At a conference on election security on February 24, David K. Porter, who identified himself as Assistant Section Chief of the Foreign Influence Task Force, defined what the FBI described as “malign foreign influence activity” as “actions by a foreign power to influence U.S. policy, distort political sentiment and public discourse.”

30.05.2020 - 21:11 [ @ShaggyBull / Twitter ]

Hmm, so no one with LMPD. Who did the shooting? State police? Mercenaries? Vigilanties? Please investigate! #Louisville

(30.05.2020)

30.05.2020 - 21:08 [ Demforever / Twitter ]

Who did the shooting is the big question! ‘Shots fired, we have shots fired’: Listen to Louisville reporter’s harrowing live broadcast — 7 wounded

(29.05.2020)

27.05.2020 - 19:38 [ theDailyBeast.com ]

Trump Appears to Announce Withdrawal From Afghanistan on Twitter

President Trump has apparently confirmed reports from earlier in the week that he wants to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan in time for Election Day. The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump was keen on a plan to bring forces home by November because it would likely give a boost to his campaign.

22.05.2020 - 18:25 [ Haaretz ]

Operation ‚Addictive Candy‘: How Israel Silenced a Spy Privy to One of Its Darkest Intelligence Debacles

How do you convince someone to become an agent or informant?

“You can offer humanitarian and family aid; you can compensate him. Everything is possible. We live in the State of Israel, but next to the State of Israel is another state: the State of Intelligence. The State of Israel is nothing compared to the State of Intelligence. Their people can enter any place and do whatever they want.”

21.05.2020 - 02:51 [ Comité No Guerra no Nato and Global Research ]

Video: Let Us Free Ourselves From the Virus of War

International Conference on the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Italy and the End of World War II organised by the Italian Committee No War, No Nato and Global Research.

The great Italian journalist Giulietto Chiesa passed away a few hours after the realization of this Conference.

His last words (Panel 4 and Conclusion) focussed on Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Information, and Freedom for Julian Assange.

“It is essential to join all our forces together, which are significant, “not so small” but there is a fundamental flaw: that of being divided, unable to speak with a single voice. We need an means or an instrument to speak to the millions of citizens who want to know.”

This was Giulietto Chiesa’s Appeal, an act in solidarity pointing to the need to break down social divisions and establish a grassroots movement, nationally and internationally.

His last words were confirmed by the fact that, immediately after the streaming, the online conference was “obscured” because the following content had been identified by the so-called YouTube community as “inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.” That’s what is commonly referred to as Censorship.

Scroll down for list of participants and index

16.05.2020 - 09:23 [ JustTheNews.com ]

Making of a myth: Timeline of media’s role in selling ‚Trump-Russia collusion‘ tale

Nov. 18, 2016:

Trump announces Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his choice for National Security Adviser. Over the next few weeks, Flynn communicates with numerous international leaders.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 28, 2016:

Two dozen Obama administration officials make requests to unmask the name of National Security Adviser designee Flynn, who was „incidentally“ captured by intel surveillance. The officials include: U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and CIA Director John Brennan.

Jan. 5, 2017:

Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough requests Flynn unmasking.

Intelligence Community leadership, including FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, CIA Director Brennan and Director of National Intelligence Clapper, provides classified briefing to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice on alleged Russia hacking during 2016 campaign, according to notes later written by Rice.

After briefing, according to Rice’s notes, President Obama convenes Oval Office meeting with her, Comey, Biden, and Yates. The „Steele dossier“ is reportedly discussed. Also reportedly discussed: Flynn’s intercepted talks with Russia’s ambassador.

16.05.2020 - 08:37 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Saagar Enjeti: BOMBSHELL reveals Biden at center of Obamagate, media ignores

Saagar blasts Joe Biden for being among the Obama administration officials who „unmasked“ former national security adviser Michael Flynn, despite his wavering stance on involvement in the prosecution.

13.05.2020 - 09:39 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Saagar Enjeti: Obamagate is real and the media can’t just ignore it

Saagar Enjeti blasts former President Obama after it was revealed in transcripts he was the person who told then-deputy attorney general Sally Yates about Mike Flynn’s intercepted phone call with the Russian ambassador, Joe Biden responds to Flynn claims on Good Morning America.

10.05.2020 - 06:55 [ Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford CA / Medrxiv.org ]

COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, California

(11.04.2020)

A hundred deaths out of 48,000-81,000 infections corresponds to an infection fatality rate of 0.12-0.2%. If antibodies take longer than 3 days to appear, if the average duration from case identification to death is less than 3 weeks, or if the epidemic wave haspeaked and growth in deaths is less than 6% daily, then the infection fatality rate would be lower.

10.05.2020 - 06:49 [ Buzzfeed ]

Two Antibody Studies Say Coronavirus Infections Are More Common Than We Think. Scientists Are Mad.

(22.04.2020)

The two antibody surveys, led by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Southern California, are the largest conducted in the US to date.

10.05.2020 - 06:26 [ Medrxiv.org ]

Fundamental principles of epidemic spread highlight the immediate need forlarge-scale serological surveys to assess the stage of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic

(26.03.2020)

Three different scenarios under which the model closely reproduces the reported death counts in the UK up to 19/03/2020​ are presented in ​Figure 1​. Red and green colours represent solutions attached respectively to transmission scenarios with R​0​=2.75 and R​0​=2.25 (reflecting variation in estimates of R​0in literature) with the proportion of the population at risk being distributed around 1%.

10.05.2020 - 06:20 [ Ooxfordstudent.com ]

The Oxford study on Covid-19 could be too good to be true…

(29.03.2020)

Overall, the researchers conclude an infection rate of between 36-68% among the UK population before 19 March. This percentile range is unquestionably large, but we must remember that this is an early model with quite limited data. The study itself says that 36-40% of the population could have been infected if the mortality rate was 1%.

10.05.2020 - 06:16 [ Nature.com ]

Estimating clinical severity of COVID-19 from the transmission dynamics in Wuhan, China

(19.03.2020)

As of 29 February 2020 there were 79,394 confirmed cases and 2,838 deaths from COVID-19 in mainland China. Of these, 48,557 cases and 2,169 deaths occurred in the epicenter, Wuhan. A key public health priority during the emergence of a novel pathogen is estimating clinical severity, which requires properly adjusting for the case ascertainment rate and the delay between symptoms onset and death. Using public and published information, we estimate that the overall symptomatic case fatality risk (the probability of dying after developing symptoms) of COVID-19 in Wuhan was 1.4% (0.9–2.1%),

10.05.2020 - 06:10 [ WesternJournal.com ]

Harvard Study Finds COVID-19 Fatality Rate Far Lower Than World Health Org Suggests

(24.03.2020)

A glimmer of hope in the midst of a pandemic that has ground the world to a halt: A new study from Harvard University and University of Hong Kong finds that COVID-19 might have a lower fatality rate than originally suggested.

According to the study published in Nature Medicine last week, only 1.4 percent of people who contracted the novel coronavirus in the epicenter of the disease, Wuhan, died from it.

09.05.2020 - 14:25 [ CaspianNews.com ]

Iran Urges Europe To Prevent Israel From Attacking Syria, Lebanon

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Europe to prevent Israel from attacking Syria and Lebanon, and support efforts to end US-imposed sanctions on Iran amid the global pandemic.

08.05.2020 - 16:01 [ China Xinhua News / Twitter ]

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launches a global appeal to address and counter „the virus of hate“ — hate speech related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

07.05.2020 - 15:35 [ Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford CA / Medrxiv.org ]

COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, California

(11.04.2020)

A hundred deaths out of 48,000-81,000 infections corresponds to an infection fatality rate of 0.12-0.2%. If antibodies take longer than 3 days to appear, if the average duration from case identification to death is less than 3 weeks, or if the epidemic wave haspeaked and growth in deaths is less than 6% daily, then the infection fatality rate would be lower.

02.05.2020 - 19:48 [ Nature.com ]

Antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 in patients with COVID-19

(29.04.2020)

We report acute antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 in 285 patients with COVID-19. Within 19 days after symptom onset, 100% of patients tested positive for antiviral immunoglobulin-G (IgG).

02.05.2020 - 19:45 [ Ansa.it ]

All those infected develop antibodies says study in Nature

All the people who recover from COVID-19 develop antibodies, according to a study by Chongqing Medical University published in the Nature Medicine journal.
100% of the Infected Have Antibodies.
The study revealed that 100% of the patients analysed had IgG antibodies, the ones produced during the first infection and which give long-term protection.

20.04.2020 - 17:10 [ Kopenhagen Post ]

Coronavirus Round-Up: Denmark scraps millions of inferior face masks

Coronavirus hasn’t led to higher mortality rates
Since the first coronavirus-related death in Denmark on March 14, a total of 4,794 Danes have died. That’s roughly the same amount of people who died over the same period last year and the year before, according to figures from Danmarks Statistik. Over the same period in 2019, 4,498 Danes died, while 5,131 died in 2018. In fact, the mortality rate in Denmark from March 14-April 12 has remained at around 4,500 over the past five years, depending on flu epidemics.

20.04.2020 - 17:02 [ TheLocal.dk ]

Death rate in Denmark ’normal‘ over last month: Statistics Denmark

(17.04.2020)

„The total number of deaths over this period has lain at around 4,500 over the past five years, depending to an extent on whether there has been a flu epidemic or not.“

02.04.2020 - 11:55 [ ABC News ]

In coronavirus pandemic, authoritarians around the world see opportunity to crack down

Leaders with authoritarian instincts may not cede their emergency powers.

02.04.2020 - 10:38 [ EDRI.org ]

Open letter: Civil society urges Member States to respect the principles of the law in Terrorist Content Online Regulation

On 27 March 2020, European Digital Rights (EDRi) and 12 of its member organisations sent an open letter to representatives of Member States in the Council of the EU. In the letter, we voice our deep concern over the proposed legislation on the regulation of terrorist content online and what we view as serious potential threats to fundamental rights of privacy, freedom of expression, etc.

01.04.2020 - 16:52 [ Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security ]

Event 201 Recommendations: Public-private cooperation for pandemic preparedness and response

(17.01.2020)

Public health authorities should work with private employers and trusted community leaders such as faith leaders, to promulgate factual information to employees and citizens. Trusted, influential private-sector employers should create the capacity to readily and reliably augment public messaging, manage rumors and misinformation, and amplify credible information to support emergency public communications. National public health agencies should work in close collaboration with WHO to create the capability to rapidly develop and release consistent health messages. For their part, media companies should commit to ensuring that authoritative messages are prioritized and that false messages are suppressed including though the use of technology.

Accomplishing the above goals will require collaboration among governments, international organizations and global business.

01.04.2020 - 13:34 [ RFI.fr ]

Dismantling democracy? Covid-19 used as excuse to quell dissent in Hungary

Hungary’s parliament endorsed a bill on Monday giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban the sweeping new powers he says he needs to fight the new coronavirus pandemic.

01.04.2020 - 10:19 [ Ansa.it ]

Coronavirus: Salvini defends Orban taking new powers

Nationalist opposition League leader Matteo Salvini said, amid criticism of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban getting full powers Monday, that it had been a democratic choice by the Hungarian parliament.

31.03.2020 - 12:32 [ Spiked ]

The frightening crackdown on Covid ‘fake news’

Most concerning is that this could lead to the censorship of those who disagree with the government’s line on coronavirus – and the extraordinary measures it has put in place to tackle it.

There is a great deal of disagreement among experts on a whole range of questions related to the coronavirus outbreak, such as over the death rate of the virus or the necessity of a society-wide shutdown. Members of the public have every right to weigh in on these debates on social media, too.

18.03.2020 - 10:08 [ New Zealand Herald ]

Coronavirus is airborne, Chinese official confirms

(10.02.2020)

A Chinese official has confirmed a scary new fact about the deadly coronavirus: it is airborne.

18.03.2020 - 01:23 [ PeoplesDispatch.org ]

Cuba leads global efforts against COVID-19 in spite of blockade

The drug, developed in Cuba, is produced in China at the Changchun Heber Biological Technology, located in Jilin province, in a joint venture as part of an agreement between the two socialist countries in biotechnology.

It has prevented thousands of deaths in South Korea. Out of the 8,000 infected peoples, only 72 died. Germany has also bought these antivirals from the ChangHeber to fight the pandemic. Out of the 3,156 infected people, only 3 died.

18.03.2020 - 01:22 [ JamaicaObserver.com ]

Phillips asks Cuba for drug to fight coronavirus

KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, has reached out to the Government of Cuba for Jamaica to access the anti-viral drug Interferon Alpha 2B, which is said to be among 30 such drugs being used in the fight against the COVID-19 virus in other jurisdictions.

This drug is being used in 14 other jurisdictions in Asia, Europe and South America, the PNP said in a statement today.

18.03.2020 - 00:57 [ Researchgate.net ]

Molecular characterization of recombinant human interferon alpha-2b produced in Cuba

(January 1999)

The recombinant human interferon α 2b (IFN-α2b) produced by Cuban technology is obtained from Escherichia coli.This is the active principle of the product registered in Cuba as Heberon alfa R® trademark (IFN-α2b, CIGB, Havana),which has been successfully used worldwide for the therapy of several viral diseases and neoplasms. Here wedescribe the purity and identity tests used for its molecular characterization.

18.03.2020 - 00:53 [ ICRT.cu ]

Cuban drug used to tackle COVID-19

(13.03.2020)

Developed in 1986 by a team of researchers from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), human recombinant Interferon Alfa 2B has benefited thousands of Cuban patients since its introduction into the national health system, and is one of the drugs currently used to combat the new coronavirus COVID-19.

17.03.2020 - 20:52 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

#Israel’s supreme court rejected a request to halt Shin Bet’s use of cyber-monitoring to track citizens with #COVID-19

12.03.2020 - 15:09 [ Fiorella Isabel / Twitter ]

In case we didn’t see this look at these numbers. And the time stamp. This is reminiscent of 2016. If they can do this without any sort of accountability, guess what? They’ll keep doing it. It’s long been time to call for recounts and investigations. #ElectionIntegrity

Note also how at the bottom they go from 1,344,469 vote totals to 1,072,844. Which is obviously not possible. @MichiganDems you’ve been exposed.

10.03.2020 - 14:20 [ Jordan / Twitter ]

SCANDALOUS journalists are ignoring @JoeBiden : 1) Being limited to 7-15 minute speeches 2) Having INVITE ONLY public events 3) Campaign stops NOT OPEN 2 PUBLIC (Grand Rapids 2moro) 4) No live feed of events 5) No TV interviews 6) Pushing 4 seated town hall vs @BernieSanders

24.01.2020 - 22:18 [ Haaretz ]

Germany’s pro-Israel Left Has a New Target in the Crosshairs: Jews

That was my introduction to the political phenomenon known as Antideutsche – anti-Germans. It started in the late 1980s as an exotic offshoot of the Maoist left, whose members denied the very legitimacy of a German nation after Nazism, under the slogan, “Germany, never again.” But for the past two decades, Antideutsche has had one primary focus: an unrestrained attack on anyone who is critical, even a bit, of Israeli policy. According to their amazingly simplistic approach, anti-Semitism is the source of all evil, Israel is the answer to anti-Semitism, and thus constitutes absolute good. Hence, at demonstrations and in Facebook posts of this left-wing group, there have even been calls to drop a nuclear bomb on Gaza – that is, calls for genocide.

16.01.2020 - 03:55 [ Anadolu Agency ]

Turkey removes Wikipedia ban after 3 years

A court in Turkey’s capital Ankara ruled on Wednesday to lift a ban on Wikipedia, after a decision by the country’s top court that the block breached freedom of expression.

Turkish authorities had blocked the online encyclopedia on April 29, 2017, after which its parent organization, the Wikimedia Foundation, filed a case against the ban with the country’s Constitutional Court.

08.01.2020 - 12:52 [ Haaretz ]

How Israel Covers Up Corruption by Its Spies, Soldiers and Arms Dealers

Israel’s security apparatus and its over-collaborative judiciary would do well to look up, then commit to memory, the words of U.S. Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis: „Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.“

29.12.2019 - 19:36 [ Haaretz ]

Sex for Judgeship: Evidence Against Israel’s Top Lawyer Obtained Through Hacked Phone

(18.01.2019)

Police suspect Nave had sexual relations with the judge in exchange for her promotion as well as with the wife of another judge in exchange for his advancement.

Nave has been a dominant and influential figure on Israel’s legal scene since 2015, when he ousted the president of the Bar Association and took leadership of the professional organization that represents the country’s 59,000 attorneys.

29.12.2019 - 19:32 [ Haaretz ]

A Probe That Exposes the Corruption Behind Israel’s Judicial Appointments

(today)

Nave, who had an alliance with former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who was friends with Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, who would routinely meet with senior politicians and dreamed of becoming a cabinet minister himself someday exploited his position of power to the hilt. Like a vote contractor for a ruling party, he took advantage of his role to gain sexual favors, connections and power. And yet, if there weren’t any people willing to dance to his corrupt tune, the public may have been spared such degradation.

29.12.2019 - 18:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PETER HITCHENS reveals fresh evidence that UN watchdog suppressed report casting doubt on Assad gas attack

he global chemical weapons watchdog is facing renewed questions after fresh details emerged about how it suppressed the findings of its own inspectors who raised serious doubts about an alleged poison gas attack in Syria.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a senior official at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) demanded the ‘removal of all traces’ of a document which undermined claims that gas cylinders had been dropped from the air – a key element of the ‘evidence’ that the Syrian regime was responsible.

29.12.2019 - 18:50 [ Tim Hayward ‏/ Twitter ]

Once again, Peter Hitchens is the one journalist to break ranks within mainstream media and report on further damning leaks revealing political capture of chemical weapons watchdog OPCW.

29.12.2019 - 18:08 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

This appears to be Twitter’s explanation. Make of it what you will.

29.12.2019 - 18:07 [ Tim Hayward / Twitter ‏ ]

Twitter is proactively censoring news about the OPCW scandal and central involvement in it of French diplomat.

29.12.2019 - 18:05 [ Ben Norton ‏/ Twitter ]

Twitter has also censored some of our tweets at @TheGrayzoneNews. These tweets are factual reporting; they don’t violate any rules. Here is an example of Twitter hiding a tweet with a link to our journalistic interview with Bolivia’s leftist leader:

29.12.2019 - 18:02 [ Max Blumenthal, Editor, the @GrayzoneProject ‏/ Twitter ]

This is bizarre, I have never seen anything like it before… Italian reporter @SMaurizi had a tweet on OPCW and Douma arbitrarily blocked by Twitter. It contained important info and did not violate any rules.

28.12.2019 - 16:08 [ Wikileaks ]

OPCW-DOUMA – Release Part 4

27 December, 2019

Today WikiLeaks releases more internal documents from the OPCW regarding the investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018.

One of the documents is an e-mail exchange dated 27 and 28 February between members of the fact finding mission (FFM) deployed to Douma and the senior officials of the OPCW. It includes an e-mail from Sebastien Braha, Chief of Cabinet at the OPCW, where he instructs that an engineering report from Ian Henderson should be removed from the secure registry of the organisation:

“Please get this document out of DRA [Documents Registry Archive]… And please remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever in DRA”.

The main finding of Henderson, who inspected the sites in Douma and two cylinders that were found on the site of the alleged attack, was that they were more likely manually placed there than dropped from a plane or helicopter from considerable heights. His findings were omitted from the official final OPCW report on the Douma incident.

28.12.2019 - 15:58 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Media’s Deafening Silence On Latest WikiLeaks Drops Is Its Own Scandal

This is getting really, really, really weird.

WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year which resulted in airstrikes upon that nation from the US, UK and France.

This new WikiLeaks drop includes an email from the OPCW Chief of Cabinet Sebastien Braha (who is reportedly so detested by organisation inspectors that they code named him “Voldemort”) throwing a fit over the Ian Henderson Engineering Assessment which found that the Douma incident was likely a staged event. Braha is seen ordering OPCW staff to “remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever” from the organisation’s secure registry.

23.12.2019 - 11:21 [ CNN ]

Internet shutdowns used to be rare. They’re increasingly becoming the norm in much of the world

Hong Kong (CNN) At the start of this year, as Zimbabwe cut off internet access across the country following anti-government protests, the internet pressure group Keep It On warned that such „shutdowns must never be allowed to become the new normal.“
Twelve months later, however, that’s exactly where we are.

12.11.2019 - 17:09 [ Techdirt ]

India Is Stifling Kashmir Journalists And Twitter Is Helping Get The Job Done

The Indian government has asked third party contractors to help it build a massive surveillance network utilizing thousands of cameras and the current cream of the facial recognition crop at the time of deployment. The whole thing needs to be in place less than 8 months after the contract is secured, suggesting the government is more than happy to move forward with whatever it has on hand rather than whatever might actually do the job well.

It’s also climbing the global censorship charts, trailing only Russia, China, and Turkey in various social media platform demographics. But it is the king of Facebook censorship, delivering more takedown demands to Facebook than closest rival, Russia. When you’re out-censoring Russia, you’re playing the censorship game right.

01.11.2019 - 12:32 [ Business Insider ]

Russia officially introduced a ’sovereign internet‘ law to let Putin cut the entire country from the rest of the web

It requires Russian internet providers to install hardware to allow authorities to locate the source of traffic and block it.

01.11.2019 - 12:29 [ theRegister.co.uk ]

China and Russia join to battle ‚illegal internet content,‘ which means what you fear it does

(09.10.2019)

More disturbing were the extraordinary technical capabilities that were used to remove – in real time – any mention of the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Russia wishes to be equally restrictive although it does not appear to have the technical capabilities and it has not put itself behind a national firewall, at least not yet – it is working on it. It has instead focused on removing people’s ability to access information anonymously.

10.10.2019 - 03:15 [ teleSUR ]

Ecuadorean Gov’t Orders Closing of Public Radio Station

On Wednesday, the Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency delivered a notification ordering that the signal be replaced by the central government’s Public Radio FM…

… Meanwhile, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) denied any dialogue began with the government, despite Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner saying so on national television.

06.09.2019 - 16:07 [ Matt Taibbi / The Rolling Stone ]

The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Go Wrong?

It includes terrifying pronouncements by unnamed “intelligence officials,” unprovable, overblown, or outright fake statistical assertions about the threat (like the oft-cited claim that fake election news had more engagement than real news), open conflation of legitimate domestic dissent with foreign attack, and routine dismissal of experts downplaying the problem (here are two significant studies suggesting the “fake news” phenomenon is overstated).

Of course, the final, omnipresent ingredient in most major propaganda campaigns is the authoritarian solution. Here, it’s unelected, unsupervised algorithmic control over media. We’ve never had a true news regulator in this country, yet the public is being conditioned now to accept one, without thinking of the consequences.

16.08.2019 - 16:12 [ Spiked ]

The EU’s latest assault on internet freedom: Soon online speech will be regulated by Brussels.

As things stand, what you can and cannot say on the internet is largely a matter for national law, decided by national parliaments. This means that every nation in Europe currently has different laws and practices.

But the EU has quietly been moving to change this. Take last year’s Copyright Directive, which more or less demands the introduction of automated content filters on social-media platforms. And last month, it became clear that an impatient Brussels wants to turbocharge this process by bringing internet regulation to the EU level, where it can pull the necessary strings.

07.08.2019 - 17:24 [ New York Times ]

The El Paso Shooting Revived the Free Speech Debate. Europe Has Limits.

In a broad policy speech earlier this year, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, Thomas Haldenwang, called for increased patrolling of digital communication, including social media. German law permits officials to search through data in the digital sphere in the face of certain threats, including domestic terrorism.

Partly inspired by Germany’s social media hate speech law, France’s Parliament recently started debating a similar bill.

16.06.2019 - 11:08 [ Newstalkzb.co.nz ]

Barry Soper: Leave mainstream media out of social media crackdown

It’s not for the politicians to dictate how events should be covered.

The traditional Fourth Estate has for centuries been recognised as distinctly separate from the powers of government which is defined as three estates, the legislature, the executive and a judiciary.

23.04.2019 - 06:46 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Sri Lanka’s social media ban enters second day as authorities try to block ‚mischievous attempts to spread rumours‘ in wake of bombings

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Viber, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger were all shut down in Sri Lanka after Sunday’s co-ordinated attacks.

22.04.2019 - 13:04 [ Julia Carrie Wong, Kari Paul / theGuardian.com ]

Sri Lanka’s social media blackout reflects sense that online dangers outweigh benefits

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to block all social media sites in the wake of Sunday’s deadly attacks is emblematic of just how much US-based technology companies’ failure to rein in misinformation, extremism and incitement to violence has come to outweigh the claimed benefits of social media.

15.04.2019 - 14:58 [ Nikolaus Gebhardt ‏/ Twitter ]

The EU Council just waved through copyright reform. As small software developer, I now have these options: ● moderate new posts ● geo-block EU ● close down my forum Congratulations EU, you’ve just destroyed the internet in Europe. And made EU developers unable to compete.

15.04.2019 - 14:54 [ Roderick Gadellaa ‏/ Twitter ]

Great. The Copyright Directive is official, countries now have to pass actual laws based on it. Good freakin‘ job, EU. I just hope the rest of the world keeps doing the real internet and Europe gets the censored version. Because I’ll be VPN’ing like there is no tomorrow.

15.04.2019 - 06:13 [ New York Times ]

Kremlin Moves Toward Control of Internet, Raising Censorship Fears

The legislation is designed to route web traffic through filters controlled by Roskomnadzor, the state communications watchdog, increasing its power to control information and block messaging or other applications.

15.04.2019 - 06:11 [ ,Techdirt ]

South Korea Wants To Allow Its Copyright Protection Agency To Block Sites Allegedly Holding Infringing Material — No Judicial Review Required

These are dark days for freedom on the Internet. As Cory Doctorow wrote in a recent post on Boing Boing: „We are witnessing the realtime, high-speed Chinafication of the western internet.“ Country after country is adopting laws that undermine freedom of speech, usually in the name of „enforcing“ copyright, which is apparently more important.

14.04.2019 - 12:27 [ spiked ‏/ Twitter ]

“An apology is never enough for the self-appointed censors. Only apologise if you are at fault, not because someone has decided to take offence. The witch-hunters are a threat to free speech and they need to be faced down.” @PaulEmbery on Twittermobs

14.04.2019 - 12:20 [ UnHerd ]

The trouble with dog-whistles: Paul Embery is the latest victim of the cynical censorship brigade

One of the strange habits of our time is the one in which a self-appointed class roams the land, hands cupped to their ear, hoping to discern something they can identify as a ‘dog-whistle’. I wrote about this habit after Conservative MP Suella Braverman came in for a scolding for using the phrase ‘cultural Marxism’ in a speech.

13.04.2019 - 16:29 [ Spiked ]

In defence of internet freedom

Will internet regulation end the internet as we know it? Has the left turned against the working class? And will cultural appropriation eat itself? Brendan O’Neill, Ella Whelan and Fraser Myers discuss on this week’s spiked podcast.

09.04.2019 - 10:17 [ Spectator ]

The Tories’ bid to police the internet is a big mistake

(8.4.2019)

Today, a Government in dire need of a good news story has mooted legislation resulting in the very opposite. The Conservative manifesto from 2017 said:

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet. We disagree.”

Now the Tories are delivering on their promise. But their attempt to police the internet should worry us all. The “Online Harms” white paper calls for an independent watchdog to write a “code of practice” for tech companies.

09.04.2019 - 09:46 [ Spiked ]

In defence of Brexit passion: The police want us Brexiteers to tone down our language – fuck that.

The British establishment has some front. First it decimates our democratic rights by doing everything within its considerable power to dilute, degrade or thwart entirely the thing that 17.4million of us voted for: Brexit. Then it virtually criminalises us if we get angry about this. It treats us as speechcriminals if we fume against the undermining of our vote or describe as ‘traitors’ those MPs who have devoted their every waking hour to making sure Brexit doesn’t happen. The elite’s war on the democratic vote for Brexit is now attended by a complementary war on public anger

08.04.2019 - 12:57 [ Socialists for Britain ‏/ Twitter ]

The EU wants to take away our digital liberty. Let’s TELL THEM AGAIN in the European elections that we want to leave the EU. #GoWTO

30.03.2019 - 08:46 [ Techdirt ]

Journalist Maria Ressa Arrested Yet Again As Philippines Keeps Finding Bogus Reasons To Arrest Vocal Critic

As we’ve discussed before, reporter Maria Ressa is a powerhouse journalist, who started an important Filipino news site, Rappler.com. Rappler has been (quite reasonably) highly critical of the Filipino government under President Duterte, and over the past few years, the Duterte government has responded with a bunch of highly questionable criminal complaints against Ressa, which all appear to be in direct violation of the country’s 4th Amendment, which is a near carbon copy of the American 1st Amendment. It forbids any law that abridges the freedom of the press (among other things).

30.03.2019 - 08:39 [ Bloomberg ]

Australia, Singapore Crack Down on Online Media With New Laws

Australia said it will legislate “tough” new laws to prevent social-media platforms from being “weaponized” by terrorists and extremists who may use them to live-stream violent crimes, such as this month’s terror attack in New Zealand. Singapore said it will introduce a law to halt the spread of “fake news.”

30.03.2019 - 08:28 [ StraitsTimes.com ]

Australia, Singapore join hands to fight violent extremism

Yesterday’s ministerial meeting coincided with a national remembrance service in New Zealand for the 50 people killed in the attack by a white supremacist at two mosques on March 15.

At a news conference after the meeting, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said that new media and technologies had allowed for the promotion of hate speech and posed a threat to the „broad centre“ of society.

30.03.2019 - 08:01 [ Techdirt ]

After Insisting That EU Copyright Directive Didn’t Require Filters, France Immediately Starts Promoting Filters

Over and over and over again, this is what they insisted. Of course, we all knew it wasn’t true, and the German government quietly admitted that filters were necessary a few weeks ago. That didn’t stop the vote from happening, of course, and the Parliament questionably moving forward with this plan. Still, it’s rather striking that just a day after the vote, as pointed out to us by Benjamin Henrion, France’s Minister for Culture gave a speech in which he admits that it requires filters and hopes that France will implement the law as quickly as possible in order to start locking down the internet.

27.03.2019 - 06:12 [ DSG ‏/ Twitter ]

After confirmed plans for an EU army, Guy Verhofstadt openly promoting a United States of Europe & now #Article13. How anyone can’t see the direction of travel & still wants to remain in the EU is beyond me. Wake up. It’s the governance of totalitarianism & fear.

26.03.2019 - 17:44 [ Boing Boing ]

How #Article13 is like the Inquisition: John Milton Against the EU #CopyrightDirective

Fundamentally, policing of speech can happen at one of two points: before content disseminates, or after. Policing content after it disseminates involves human agents seeing and reporting content and taking action or requesting action. This can happen on a huge scale or a tiny one: Facebook’s content flagging system, obscenity law in much of the EU and USA, parents who object to books assigned in schools, and China’s 50 Cent Army of two million internet censors, all these act to silence content after it disseminates.

26.03.2019 - 17:05 [ New York Times ]

Europe Adopts Tough New Online Copyright Rules Over Tech Industry Protests

Now that the copyright bill has been approved, each country in the European Union will have two years to adopt the new rules. Legal challenges are expected.

26.03.2019 - 16:55 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?

In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protestors this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive in its entirety.

23.03.2019 - 09:06 [ savetheinternet.info ]

Save the Internet: Demos

The Internet is in danger and you can save it!

17.03.2019 - 18:31 [ spiked / Twitter ]

The main problem on the internet right now isn’t trolls or fake news. It’s censorship. It’s politicians and Silicon Valley corporates laying down rules about what we can and cannot say. @Ella_M_Whelan on the web’s 30th birthday

15.03.2019 - 11:58 [ Techdirt ]

Axel Voss Says Maybe YouTube Shouldn’t Exist

The latest comes in some quotes he gave in a great article by DW.com, which correctly highlights how Article 13 is going to lead to widespread censorship. Voss tries to defend it with some truly bizarre claims:

“We are just concentrating on platforms that are infringing on copyrighted works like YouTube. Not for dating platforms or merchandising or local social platforms. Only 1.5% of internet platforms will be affected.”

Only 1.5% of platforms will be affected?

12.03.2019 - 15:28 [ Zero Hedge ]

Facebook Bans Zero Hedge

Over the weekend, we were surprised to learn that some readers were prevented by Facebook when attempting to share Zero Hedge articles. Subsequently it emerged that virtually every attempt to share or merely mention an article, including in private messages, would be actively blocked by the world’s largest social network, with the explanation that „the link you tried to visit goes against our community standards.“

06.03.2019 - 19:50 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

German Data Privacy Commissioner Says Article 13 Inevitably Leads to Filters, Which Inevitably Lead to Internet „Oligopoly“

In a new official statement on the Directive (English translation), Kelber warns that Article 13 will inevitably lead to the use of automated filters, because there is no imaginable way for the organisations that run online services to examine everything their users post and determine whether each message, photo, video, or audio clip is a copyright violation.

Kelber goes on to warn that this will exacerbate the already dire problem of market concentration in the tech sector, and expose Europeans to particular risk of online surveillance and manipulation.

06.03.2019 - 12:27 [ google.com/maps ]

#stopACTA2 protests: #ACTA2 (The EU’s Copryright Directive in the Digital Single Market) will break the Internet and introduce censorship into the European legal system. This is a map of protests against ACTA 2 (Article 11 & Article 13)

06.03.2019 - 10:28 [ Variety.com ]

EU Approves Revamped Copyright Rules, Which Would Force Internet Companies to Proactively Block Protected Content

(13.2.2019) In addition, under Article 11 of the new copyright code, European news outlets will receive a new right to “facilitate the way they negotiate how their content is reused on online platforms.”

06.03.2019 - 10:25 [ zdnet.com ]

The EU’s new copyright laws threaten to destroy the internet

(15.2.2019) The EU’s new copyright laws will force all websites to check all posts to see if anything ever published might be a copyright violation. That will include photos, videos, words, tweets, memes, source code — you name it.

06.03.2019 - 00:05 [ Reason.com ]

The European Union Wants to Control the Internet—and You

(25.9.2018) How a risk-averse bureaucracy across the ocean may decide what you say and do online.

05.03.2019 - 22:24 [ Techdirt ]

Supporters Of Article 13 Briefly Tried To Move Parliament Vote Up Before Scheduled Protests; Now Deny Plan That They Clearly Had

Despite following this stuff for decades, sometimes even I’m surprised at the levels of intellectual dishonesty coming from those supporting bad copyright policy. The latest is that, despite widespread controversy and criticism over Article 13, some in the EU Parliament thought the appropriate strategy was to speed up the timeline to the vote on the Directive — specifically holding the vote before a massive EU-wide protest that is planned for March 23. Rather than recognize that millions of people across the EU are so up in arms over the problems in Articles 11 and 13, German Member of the EU Parliament, Manfred Weber, the leader of the powerful European People’s Party (EPP) simply proposed voting before the protests could even happen.

05.03.2019 - 22:22 [ Techdirt ]

Why Does MEP Axel Voss Keep Lying About Article 13?

It’s been really quite incredible to see MEP Axel Voss — the main EU Parliament cheerleader for Articles 11 and 13 — making the rounds over the past few weeks to insist that all the complaints about the EU Copyright Directive are wrong. Just last week we saw him make incredibly misleading statements about which platforms were impacted by the law, leaving out that the minor exemption only applied to companies less than three years old. And now, his political group in the Parliament, EPP, has put out an astoundingly misleading interview with Voss, which makes claims that make me wonder if he even knows what’s in Article 13.

05.03.2019 - 22:15 [ Techdirt ]

Article 13 Supporters Find Smoking Gun That Isn’t: Majority Of Tweets Criticizing Copyright Directive Are Not Coming From DC

Volker Rieck runs a German anti-piracy operation, and over the last year or so has been an increasingly vocal — if somewhat unhinged — supporter of Article 13 and the EU Copyright Directive. I won’t link, but a few quick Google searches will find some examples of Rieck trying to build out conspiracy theories of big giant American internet companies secretly running the entirety of the anti-Article 13 push in Europe. You could say that some of them dip into red yarn on a corkboard territory. Of course, as we’ve discussed before, the idea that any attacks on Article 13 are all really because of Google has been a key part of the pro-Article 13 lobbying strategy from the beginning. Of course, as we’ve highlighted, if you look at the actual lobbying, it’s been almost entirely from legacy copyright organizations, with very little coming from the internet industry.

21.02.2019 - 07:40 [ PermanentRepresentations.nl ]

Statement of the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Italy and Finland to point 39 of the CRP I agenda of 20 February 2019 regarding the DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on copyright in the Digital Single Market.

Most notably we regret that the Directive does not strike the right balance between the protection of right holders and the interests of EU citizens and companies. It therefore risks to hinder innovation rather than promote it and to have a negative impact the competitiveness of the European Digital Single Market.
Furthermore, we feel that the Directive lacks legal clarity, will lead to legal uncertainty for many
stakeholders concerned and may encroach upon EU citizens’ rights.

We therefore cannot express our consent with the proposed text of the Directive.

21.02.2019 - 07:14 [ Techdirt.com ]

As EU Politicians Insist That It’s All Just ‚Bots‘ And ‚Astroturf‘ Tons Of People Showing Up In Real Life To Protest

One of the more obnoxious elements of the EU politicians brushing off the concerns of the public concerning the EU Copyright Directive, is their repeated, insulting and incorrect, claim that there really isn’t a public upswell against Articles 11 and 13 and that it’s all just manufactured by Google and „bots“ and „astroturfing.“ We’ve already pointed out that nearly 5 million people have signed the Change.org petition protesting Article 13 — making it the largest petition on that site ever.

17.02.2019 - 13:31 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

The Final Version of the EU’s Copyright Directive Is the Worst One Yet

Despite ringing denunciations from small EU tech businesses, giant EU entertainment companies, artists‘ groups, technical experts, and human rights experts, and the largest body of concerned citizens in EU history, the EU has concluded its „trilogues“ on the new Copyright Directive, striking a deal that—amazingly—is worse than any in the Directive’s sordid history.

15.02.2019 - 05:18 [ Techdirt ]

EU Moves Forward With Agreement To Fundamentally Change The Internet From Open To Closed

The final Parliament vote will happen mere weeks before the EU elections. Most MEPs – and certainly all parties – are going to be seeking reelection. Articles 11 and 13 will be defeated if enough voters make these issues relevant to the campaigns.

15.12.2018 - 14:42 [ Comedy Unleashed ‏/ Twitter ]

There is hope where there’s humour. Tuesday night’s audience response to @KonstantinKisin is hilarious #FreeComedy #FreeSpeech

(14.12.2018)

15.12.2018 - 14:36 [ BBC ]

Comedian refused to sign ‚behavioural agreement‘ before gig

(12.12.2018) He was asked to perform at a gig at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London, organised by university society Unicef on Campus.

The group has since apologised and the Students‘ Union says it „believes fully in freedom of speech“.

Konstantin told Radio 1 Newsbeat the experience reflects a growing trend of free speech becoming stifled on university campuses across the UK.

He shared the „behavioural agreement form“ online, saying the title „nearly made me puke“.

23.11.2018 - 08:16 [ EHA News / Twitter ]

#BREAKING: #Hamas announced on November 11, 2018 that it has deciphered members of the #Israel|i Special Forces which involved in the assassinate of the commander of the Al-#Qassam Brigades Hamas published photographs of #Israeli agents

23.11.2018 - 08:12 [ Nasdaq.com ]

Hamas publishes photos of raid „fugitives“; Israeli censor warns media

Israel’s military censor, without commenting on the credibility of Hamas’s information, urged the media not to disseminate any details about the Nov. 11 incident in which an Israeli colonel, a Hamas commander and six other Palestinian militants were killed.

19.10.2018 - 15:49 [ Techdirt ]

As Predicted, Australian Government Looks To Creep Site Censorship Into Search Censorship

Let’s be clear about what this is. This new legislation is a national government requiring a useful internet tool to be less useful to the average Australian citizen that is searching the internet, simply as a favor to a few big content players in both Australia and, what will be more common, abroad. That’s a clear disservice by the Australian government to its own people.

16.10.2018 - 19:47 [ Andre Damon / Information Clearing House ]

The US Military’s Vision for State Censorship

In March, the United States Special Operations Command, the section of the Defense Department supervising the US Special Forces, held a conference on the theme of “Sovereignty in the Information Age.” The conference brought together Special Forces officers with domestic police forces, including officials from the New York Police Department, and representatives from technology companies such as Microsoft.

30.08.2018 - 08:53 [ Lee Camp [Redacted] / Twitter ]

The latest censorship efforts on Facebook, YouTube, etc are also designed to stop the next Bernie Sanders-esque candidate. In 2016 Sanders got nearly zero coverage from corporate media. Now who’s deciding which Facebook posts are legit? Corporate media.

(23.8.2018)

30.08.2018 - 08:51 [ Techcrunch.com ]

Google, Facebook, Twitter chiefs called back to Senate Intelligence Committee

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operations officer Sheryl Sandberg will testify in an open hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, the committee’s chairman has confirmed.

Larry Page, chief executive of Google parent company Alphabet, was also invited but has not confirmed his attendance, a committee spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch.

18.08.2018 - 17:50 [ Julia Reda ]

Out-of-control censorship machines removed my article warning of out-of-control censorship machines

Under current US law, Google allows a number of companies to directly and without oversight remove sites from its search index, based purely on the claim that copyrights are being infringed. In effect, a handful of media companies have control over what we can – and can’t – find online.

One of them is Symphonic Distribution, who offer a service called “Topple Track” . This service sent a notice to Google on July 22 falsely claiming that my blog post and a number of other sites were somehow infringing on the copyright of an Australian TV starlet. Automated systems at Google honored the claim and delisted the pages, sight unseen.

07.08.2018 - 05:18 [ New York Times ]

Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine

(1.8.2018) Google withdrew from China eight years ago to protest the country’s censorship and online hacking. Now, the internet giant is working on a censored search engine for China that will filter websites and search terms that are blacklisted by the Chinese government, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.

Google has teams of engineers working on a search app that restricts content banned by Beijing, said the people, who asked for anonymity because they were not permitted to speak publicly about the project. The company has demonstrated the service to Chinese government officials, they added.