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22.10.2018 - 10:24 [ Techdirt ]

Vietnam Expands Decades Long Effort To Crack Down On Any Dissent Online By Demanding Data Be Kept In The Country

It’s no secret that the Vietnamese government is no fan of the open internet. All the way back in 2002 we wrote about the government requiring people to register just to create a website. That same year we were writing about people being arrested for posting criticism of the government. In 2008, we wrote about the Vietnamese government banning „subversive“ blogs as well. With the rise of social media, Vietnam has shifted its focus there. In 2013, it banned news reporting on social media, saying it should be for personal use only. In 2014, we wrote about how the government was abusing Facebook’s own reporting tools to shut down dissenters from using the site. And at the beginning of this year, we wrote about how the government now employed around 10,000 people whose only job was to monitor the internet for dissent.

And now it’s going to get even worse — to a degree that might even lead some of the big internet companies to leave Vietnam entirely. And we have the NSA (partially) to blame.

20.10.2018 - 11:34 [ Techdirt ]

Billionaire Backer Of Palantir & Facebook Insists He’s Bankrupting Journalists To Protect Your Privacy

(16.8.2016) We’ve already made it quite clear where we stand on Peter Thiel financing a number of lawsuits against Gawker Media as some sort of retaliation for some articles he didn’t like. Lots of people who really hate Gawker don’t seem to care how problematic Thiel’s actions are, but you should be concerned, even if you dislike Gawker — in part, because many of the lawsuits Thiel appears to be backing are clearly bogus and just designed to bankrupt the company, which happened a couple months ago.

This week is the auction to see who ends up with Gawker, and Thiel is taking a weird victory lap with a silly and misleading oped in the NY Times where he argues that this was really all about making a stand for privacy and has nothing to do with shitting on the First Amendment. There’s a lot in the article that’s bullshit, and it deserves a thorough debunking, so here we go.

20.10.2018 - 11:24 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Secretive Data Company Palantir Weighs Giant Public Offering

(18.10.2018) Palantir is discussing with investment banks Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley plans to go public as soon as the second half of 2019, the people said. Some bankers have told the firm it could go public with a valuation of as much as $41 billion—depending in part on the timing—or twice what it was most recently…

14.10.2018 - 10:30 [ Domradio.de ]

Digitale Überwachung: China will den „besseren Menschen“ schaffen

(5.3.2018) Yu Ganqing hat nicht gegen die Straßenverkehrsordnung verstoßen. Er zahlt seine Rechnungen. Politisch ist er nicht aufgefallen. So muss er auch nicht fürchten, im Punktesystem nach unten zu rutschen. „Da ich verheiratet bin, muss ich auch den Bewertungsbogen für meine Frau ausdrucken lassen.“ Sonst gibt es kein Darlehen.

„Es macht zusätzlich Arbeit“, klagt Yu Ganqing. Aber das Register stellt er nicht in Frage. Ob es die Leute besser macht? „Ich weiß es nicht. Vielleicht“, sagt der 30-Jährige, greift seine Papiere und eilt davon.

Lange galt das Internet als Gefahr für Diktaturen, weil Menschen sich breit informieren und sich zusammentun könnten. Doch Chinas Führer nutzen inzwischen die Datenmassen – Big Data – zur Überwachung. Mehr noch. Mit den neuen digitalen Möglichkeiten sollen die Menschen erzogen werden.

14.10.2018 - 10:02 [ New York Times ]

You Are a Suspect

(14. November 2002) Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as “a virtual, centralized grand database.“

To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you — passport application, driver’s license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the F.B.I., your lifetime paper trail plus the latest hidden camera surveillance — and you have the supersnoop’s dream: a “Total Information Awareness“ about every U.S. citizen.

14.10.2018 - 10:00 [ Wired.com ]

How the Tech Giants Created What Darpa Couldn’t

(29.5.2018) The William Safire column, „You Are a Suspect,” was published in the Times in 2002—two years before Facebook was created. And Safire isn’t talking about social networks or digital advertising—he’s discussing Total Information Awareness, a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) program that proposed mining vast amounts of Americans’ data to identify potential national security threats. The virtual grand database was to belong to the Department of Defense, which would use it to identify behavior patterns that would help to predict emerging terrorist threats.

16.05.2018 - 11:02 [ South China Morning Post ]

‘Forget the Facebook leak’: China is mining data directly from workers’ brains on an industrial scale

The company said it could increase the overall efficiency of the workers by manipulating the frequency and length of break times to reduce mental stress.

Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric is just one example of the large-scale application of brain surveillance devices to monitor people’s emotions and other mental activities in the workplace, according to scientists and companies involved in the government-backed projects.