Archiv: Google (corporation)

02.07.2020 - 16:57 [ Schöne Helene / Twitter ]

Ich habe kein Update gemacht, ich besitze keine Sim-Karte für das Gerät und dennoch folgendes: Dienste: Benachrichtigung zu möglicher Begegnung mit COVID-19-Infizierten. Wo kommt das dann her?


02.07.2020 - 16:41 [ ]

Is there a secret Covid tracker on your phone? Android and iPhone users say new feature has suddenly appeared on their handsets – without anyone installing it

Proponents are hailing the arrival of the system as a step towards stamping out the virus and ending lockdown.

The function is automatically disabled in countries without contact-tracing apps, such as Britain and the US.

18.06.2020 - 18:00 [ BBC ]

UK virus-tracing app switches to Google-Apple model

The UK follows Germany, Italy and Denmark among others in switching from a so-called „centralised“ approach to a „decentralised“ one.

The government is expected to confirm the news shortly.

19.05.2020 - 19:16 [ ]

Open Letter, May 18, 2020, London: Dear Matt Hancock, we are civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers writing to express concerns about the NHS’s plans to build a COVID-19 datastore.

We share the common goal of preserving public confidence in systems that can help make us all safer. Therefore, before the NHS continues its plans, we urge you to provide the public with more information and take appropriate measures to reduce risk of data sharing and keep the aggregated data under democratic control.

In March, the NHS announced a new plan to build a datastore that aggregates COVID-19 health data. Microsoft, Google, Palantir, Faculty and Amazon will assist in the development of the datastore and the processing of the data.

19.05.2020 - 19:10 [ ]

Privacy advocates demand clarity over Covid-19 datastore


In an open letter directly addressed to the health secretary, civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers urged Hancock to give the public more information about the datastore and take appropriate measures to reduce data-sharing risks and keep it under democratic control.

29.04.2020 - 13:51 [ Radio Utopie ]

„Corona-App“: Nächster Anlauf des elektronischen Polizeistaates

Nach dem ihr Programm auf E.U.-Ebene ausgerechnet an Google und Apple gescheitert ist, versucht es die Bundesregierung jetzt im Inland – unter fast amüsanter Nachrichtensperre.

15.04.2020 - 20:05 [ ORF ]

Rotkreuz-App „nicht praxistauglich“

„Von Exitstrategie keine Spur, eine ungeeignete Smartphone-App wird als Lösung aller Probleme verkauft“, lautet das Attest der ARGE Daten, die daher empfiehlt: „Finger weg von der App, vernünftige Distanz halten, regelmäßig Hände waschen!“

26.02.2020 - 06:58 [ ]

Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate

Data circulated by Google showed that the Vermont lawmaker was the most searched candidate on its platform during the two-hour debate, while Twitter said Sanders was the most tweeted about, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

14.02.2020 - 03:44 [ The Hill ]

Nevada Democratic Party to use Google custom calculator to tally caucus results

Party Executive Director Alana Mounce sent a memo explaining that the calculator will be loaded onto 2,000 iPads purchased by the Nevada State Democratic Party, with the iPads then distributed to precinct chairs.

04.12.2019 - 15:21 [ ]

Überraschender Machtwechsel: Google-Gründer danken ab

Bei Google endet eine Ära: Die beiden Google-Gründer Larry Page und Sergey Brin hören als Chefs der Google-Mutter Alphabet auf und übergeben an Sundar Pichai. Er führt bereits seit Längerem die Geschäfte von Google – und zementiert nun mit einem Schlag seine Rolle als eine der mächtigsten Personen des Silicon Valley.

25.11.2019 - 19:27 [ ]

Research paper claims Google has achieved ‚quantum supremacy‘ – a milestone in computing after their quantum processor performed a ‚calculation in three minutes and 20 seconds that would take a state-of-the-art supercomputer 10,000 years‘


The technology carries major national security implications because quantum computers potentially could break traditional internet security programs or other codes.

Developing viable quantum computers has proved to be hugely challenging because they rely on superconductivity that can only be achieved in temperatures close to absolute zero.
Any instability in the qubits, for example from vibrations, can lead to ‘noise’ that causes calculation errors and undermines a quantum computer’s power to solve problems.

Earlier this month, IBM announced it was joining forces with a German research institute to explore the potential of quantum computing, backed by a government plan to invest $717million over two years in wider research in the field.

25.11.2019 - 19:23 [ Freeman LaFleur / Twitter ]

A claim by Google researchers that they performed the first quantum computation was briefly posted on a NASA website before being removed.


12.11.2019 - 16:59 [ Techdirt ]

Mozilla: ISPs Are Lying About Encrypted DNS, Should Have Privacy Practices Investigated

The effort would effectively let Chrome and Mozilla users opt in to DNS encryption — making your browser data more secure from spying and monetization — assuming your DNS provider supports it. Needless to day, telecom giants that have made billions of dollars monetizing your every online behavior for decades now (and routinely lying about it) don’t much like that.

As a result, Comcast, AT&T, and others have been trying to demonize the Google and Mozilla efforts any way they can,

04.11.2019 - 16:58 [ ]

Apple verspricht 2,5 Milliarden für Wohnraum in Kalifornien

pple kündigte heute ein 2,5 Milliarden Dollar (2,2 Mrd. Euro) schweres Maßnahmenpaket an. Zuvor hatten bereits Google und Facebook jeweils eine Milliarde Dollar zugesagt.

Der Anstieg der Immobilienpreise hat in den vergangenen Jahren Wohnraum für viele unerschwinglich gemacht.

31.08.2019 - 08:38 [ Project Zero team at Google ]

Implant Teardown

The implant has access to all the database files (on the victim’s phone) used by popular end-to-end encryption apps like Whatsapp, Telegram and iMessage. We can see here screenshots of the apps on the left, and on the right the contents of the database files stolen by the implant which contain the unencrypted, plain-text of the messages sent and received using the apps:


There’s something thus far which is conspicuous only by its absence: is any of this encrypted? The short answer is no: they really do POST everything via HTTP (not HTTPS) and there is no asymmetric (or even symmetric) encryption applied to the data which is uploaded. Everything is in the clear. If you’re connected to an unencrypted WiFi network this information is being broadcast to everyone around you, to your network operator and any intermediate network hops to the command and control server.

This means that not only is the end-point of the end-to-end encryption offered by messaging apps compromised; the attackers then send all the contents of the end-to-end encrypted messages in plain text over the network to their server.

31.08.2019 - 08:26 [ Project Zero team at Google ]

A very deep dive into iOS Exploit chains found in the wild

I recommend that these posts are read in the following order:

31.08.2019 - 08:20 [ Gizmodo ]

Google Hackers Reveal Websites Hacked Thousands of iPhone Users Silently for Years

“To be targeted might mean simply being born in a certain geographic region or being part of a certain ethnic group,” he said. “All that users can do is be conscious of the fact that mass exploitation still exists and behave accordingly; treating their mobile devices as both integral to their modern lives, yet also as devices which when compromised, can upload their every action into a database to potentially be used against them.”

31.08.2019 - 07:50 [ ]

Mysteriöser iOS-Hack: Websites infizierten jahrelang iPhones

Außerdem war die IP-Adresse des Servers, zu dem die Daten versandt wurden, fest in der Malware kodiert. Das erleichtert es, den Angreifer ausfindig zu machen – Google hat aber hierzu keine weiteren Informationen öffentlich gemacht.

21.07.2019 - 14:51 [ Google Play ]


Note that Antox is still alpha software and there may be some bugs. Antox uses the Tox protocol which is Peer to Peer, so there will be high data usage and battery drain. WiFi only mode is currently recommended for now.

01.06.2019 - 13:20 [ Bloomberg ]

DEA Investigated Honduras President for Cocaine Trafficking

The document, filed Tuesday, sought a court order to force tech companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft, to turn over email information from eight targets of the investigation, including President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Security Minister Julian Pacheco.

20.05.2019 - 08:33 [ ]

Google ‚blocks Huawei access to Android updates‘ after blacklisting

Google has suspended Huawei’s access to updates of its Android operating system in a fresh blow to the Chinese technology company that the US government has sought to blacklist around the world.

Google said it was complying with Trump’s executive order and was reviewing the “implications”, after Reuters initially reported the story.

19.05.2019 - 16:14 [ WikiLeaks ‏/ Twitter ]

Julian Assange. In his own words: Google Is An Empire.

04.05.2019 - 18:34 [ Radio Utopie ]

Unsere Empfehlung: Die Suchmaschine Sarchy, praktische Erweiterung von Yacy

Mittlerweile hat der indische Entwickler Agnel Vishal (Twitter @agnelvishal) Abhilfe geschaffen und mit Sarchy eine für Internetnutzer gewohnte und einfach zu handhabende Suchmaschinen-Maske gebastelt.

Sarchy sucht nur im Yacy-Suchmaschinen-Netzwerk, ohne sich an diesem zu beteiligen. Wer es kann, sollte deshalb auch ans Yacy Netzwerk andocken.

21.04.2019 - 19:04 [ ]

Die Verlegerverleger: Google, Apple und Facebook wollen die Paywall kapern

Google hat einen entscheidenden Vorteil: Der Datenkonzern hat die besseren Beziehungen zu Verlagen, die zugleich seine Klienten und Konkurrenten sind. Seit 2015 finanziert Google journalistische Innovationsprojekte mit Millionenbeträgen und bietet den Verlagen nützliche Dienste – von Google Analytics bis zum AMP-Standard, der schnelleres Laden von Inhalten ermöglicht. Der Konzern hat die großen Presseverlage dadurch zu Partnern erzogen.

Der Einstieg von Google, Apple und Facebook ins Abo-Geschäft wird das Machtgefälle zwischen Digitalkonzernen und Nachrichtenmedien ohne Frage verstärken.

14.04.2019 - 16:31 [ ]

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger down globally

Data from the incident lets us rule out a global routing issue as the underlying cause, and NetBlocks also hasn’t observed the kind of spike in latency prior to the outage usually associated with a DDoS attack. This points to a different kind of attack or technical issue within Facebook’s data centres. Analysis of data shows partial failures starting some hours prior to the initial NetBlocks alert.

13.04.2019 - 23:52 [ Ne York Times ]

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

Sensorvault, according to Google employees, includes detailed location records involving at least hundreds of millions of devices worldwide and dating back nearly a decade.

The new orders, sometimes called “geofence” warrants, specify an area and a time period, and Google gathers information from Sensorvault about the devices that were there.

06.03.2019 - 11:01 [ ]

European Commission accuses internet giants over disinformation

(28.2.2019) The European Commission has accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of failing to provide enough details on the steps they have taken to cut disinformation on their services.
As part of its Code of Practice against disinformation, which the three internet giants signed up to last year, they must provide monthly updates on their actions ahead of European Parliament elections in May.

17.02.2019 - 13:22 [ ]

Wie Konzerne und Staaten das Netz in Stücke reißen

(28.8.2018) Google, China, EU und USA basteln an ihrer eigenen Vision des Internets – das so immer weiter zersplittert.

26.01.2019 - 10:59 [ ]

Warum Facebook 300 Millionen Dollar in Lokaljournalismus investiert

Facebook folgt damit dem Beispiel von Google. Der Konzern hat im Rahmen der „Google News Initiative“ 300 Millionen Dollar in Journalismus-Projekte investiert. Zu den Kooperationspartnern gehören unter anderem die New York Times, der Economist, Le Monde, Wired, Slate sowie das Recherchebüro Propublica.

26.01.2019 - 10:10 [ Youtube ]

ARTE Welt ohne Menschen Dokumentation


23.01.2019 - 15:43 [ GoogleTrends ‏/ Twitter ]

„Second referendum“ was one of the top queries on Jeremy Corbyn and #Brexit yesterday. Explore more Brexit clouds here:

07.12.2018 - 12:38 [ Reuters ]

Top U.S. general urges Google to work with military

“We are the good guys and it’s inexplicable to me that we would make compromises in order to advance our business interests in China where we know that freedoms are restrained, where we know that China will take intellectual property from companies,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an event.

21.11.2018 - 03:26 [ WIRED ]

Google and Facebook are gobbling up the internet’s subsea cables

More than 5,700 kilometres of the Atlantic Ocean separate the coastlines of France and Virginia. But in 2020 they will be directly connected for the first time by the Dunant submarine cable which will boost internet capacity between Europe and the east coast of the US.

When Dunant becomes operational it will join more than 428 submarine cables, spanning thousands of kilometres, that makeup the backbone of the internet. But this cable is unlike any other.

27.09.2018 - 21:44 [ ]

Citizen Google: Wie ein Konzern den Journalismus dominiert

Seine Geldspenden bringen dem Konzern Soft Power, die Absicherung langfristiger Machtinteressen. Google entwickelt sich von einem Datenkonzern zu einer zentralen Schnittstelle für die Produktion und Verbreitung von Nachrichten. Wir müssen wohl bald die Frage stellen: Gibt es noch Journalismus ohne Google? Und was machen wir, wenn die Antwort darauf „Nein“ lautet?

21.09.2018 - 15:31 [ ]

Globale Zensur und Militarisierung des Internets

Die Geschichte wiederholt sich: Das Internet kehrt zu seinem ursprünglichen Geist als Kontrollprojekt zurück

30.08.2018 - 15:39 [ WSWS ]

Trump beschuldigt Google, Suchergebnisse zu manipulieren

In einem Blog-Post vom 25. April 2017 berichtete der technische Direktor von Google, Ben Gomes: „Die Firma hat ihren Algorithmus aktualisiert, um autoritativere Ergebnisse anzuzeigen.“ Praktisch bedeute dies, so Gomes, dass ein Team bezahlter Gutachter die Suchergebnisse von Google durchforste und die Ergebnisse herabstufe, welche „alternative Standpunkte aufweisen … es sei denn, die Suche lässt erkennen, dass der Nutzer tatsächlich einen alternativen Standpunkt sucht“.

Die Werturteile der Zensoren gehen dann als Input in Googles Deep Learning System ein und modifizieren das Suchranking. Infolgedessen verschwinden linke politische Inhalte aus Googles Suchergebnissen. Zum Beispiel erscheint die World Socialist Web Site nicht in den Suchergebnissen für „Sozialismus“, während rechte Kritik am Sozialismus überproportional vertreten ist. Vor den Veränderungen erreichte die WSWS bei Begriffen im Zusammenhang mit Sozialismus, Ungleichheit und Opposition gegen Krieg einen hohen Rang.

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.


30.08.2018 - 08:51 [ ]

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.

11.08.2018 - 15:00 [ ]

Kampf der Internetzensur!

Ein Jahr ist vergangen, und alle Behauptungen der WSWS haben sich trotz anfänglicher Leugnung durch die Technologiekonzerne als Tatsachen erwiesen. Google, Facebook und Twitter haben allesamt zugegeben, dass sie „vertrauenswürdige“ Medien bevorzugt und die Verbreitung von „alternativen“ Informationsquellen beschränkt haben. Facebook-Chef Mark Zuckerberg erklärte, sein Unternehmen bevorzuge Medien wie die New York Times und das Wall Street Journal und blockiere Websites, die zwar eine „starke Anhängerschaft haben“, aber angeblich „wenig Vertrauen außerhalb ihres Zielpublikums genieße

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.

07.08.2018 - 05:12 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

The empire strikes back: Apple, Spotify, Facebook and Google/Youtube all purge Infowars/Alex Jones. Yes, Infowars has frequent nonsense, but also a state power critique. Which publisher in the world with millions of subscribers is next to be wiped out for cultural transgression?

07.08.2018 - 05:03 [ CNN / Youtube ]

YouTube, Facebook and Apple shut down Alex Jones channels

YouTube, Facebook and Apple have taken steps to remove content associated with InfoWars and its founder Alex Jones.

24.07.2018 - 07:33 [ Week ]

Google is not an American company

(20.Juli) A rehearsal of the specifics of these arrangements would exhaust the space of a column, but what they mean in practice is that Google has an Irish subsidiary that swallows up billions in revenue, which is then moved to a Dutch company — one which employs exactly zero persons — before being passed on to another outfit based in the Bahamas but also registered in Ireland. This labyrinthine scheme allows it to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes on the advertising revenue it generates when people in countries around the world use its ubiquitous search engine on their smartphones, tablet devices, and computers.(…)
It is actually Google that is taking advantage not only of us but of the European Union and people the whole world round.

18.07.2018 - 19:48 [ ]

Grandstanding Idiots In Congress Attack Social Media For Censoring Too Much And Too Little Without Understanding Anything

So, yesterday the House Judiciary Committee did what the House Judiciary Committee seems to do best: hold a stupid, nonsensical, nearly fact-free „hearing“ that serves as nothing more than an opportunity for elected members of Congress to demonstrate their ignorance of an important topic, while attempting to play to their base. This time, the topic was on the content filtering practices of Facebook, Twitter and Google.

18.07.2018 - 19:44 [ ]

EU-Kommission: Google soll 4,34 Milliarden Euro Strafe wegen Android zahlen

„Heute kommt mehr als die Hälfte des gesamten Internetverkehrs von Mobilgeräten und Google hat diese Entwicklung weg von Desktop-PCs sehr früh verstanden“, sagte Vestager und zitierte aus einem internen Google-Dokument, in dem Google angebe, dass Android „bei weitem die wichtigste Monetarisierungsquelle für die Suchmaschine“ sei.

Google bestreitet die Vorwürfe vehement und hat angekündigt, die Entscheidung gerichtlich anzufechten.

01.07.2018 - 12:38 [ Radio Utopie ]

Radio Utopie abonnieren und die Richtigen unterstützen

Geschätzte Leserinnen und Leser,

als wir vor elf Jahren als Medienstation begannen, gab es drei Milliarden weniger Menschen die das World Wide Web im Internet benutzten. Heute beherrschen Monopole de facto das Netz. Staatliche und kommerzielle Spionage und Manipulation sind allgegenwärtig und agieren fernab jedweder demokratisch-parlamentarischen oder gerichtlichen Kontrolle.

28.06.2018 - 10:43 [ ]

USA: Technologiekonzerne diskutieren mit Geheimdiensten über Internetzensur

Die New York Times und die Washington Post veröffentlichten diese Woche Berichte über ein privates Treffen zwischen acht großen Technologie- und Social-Media-Konzernen und den amerikanischen Geheimdiensten, das letzten Monat stattfand. Dabei wurde über die gemeinsamen Zensurbestrebungen im Vorfeld der kommenden Zwischenwahlen im November 2018 diskutiert.

Das Treffen fand am 23. Mai im Hauptsitz von Facebook in Menlo Park (Kalifornien) statt. Unter den Teilnehmern waren Vertreter von Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Snap, Twitter und Oath, ein 2017 gegründetes Unternehmen, zu dem auch Yahoo und der Telekommunikationskonzern Verizon gehören, sowie Agenten des FBI und des Heimatschutzministeriums.

20.06.2018 - 09:07 [ ]

In two days, an EU committee will vote to crown Google and Facebook permanent lords of internet censorship

(18.6.2018) On June 20, the EU’s legislative committee will vote on the new Copyright directive, and decide whether it will include the controversial „Article 13“ (automated censorship of anything an algorithm identifies as a copyright violation) and „Article 11“ (no linking to news stories without paid permission from the site).

20.06.2018 - 09:03 [ Techdirt ]

Dear EU Parliament: Why Are You About To Allow US Internet Companies To Decide What EU Citizens Can Say Online?

We’ve pointed this out over and over again with regards to all of the various attempts to „regulate“ the internet giants of Google and Facebook: nearly every proposal put forth to date creates a regulatory regime that Google and Facebook can totally handle. Sure, they might find it to be a nuisance, but its well within the resources of both companies to handle whatever is thrown their way. However, most other companies are then totally fucked, because they simply cannot comply in any reasonable manner. And, yet, these proposals keep coming — and people keep celebrating them in the false belief that they will somehow „contain“ the two internet giants, when the reality is that it will lock them in as the defacto dominant internet players, making it nearly impossible for upstarts and competitors to enter the market.

02.06.2018 - 09:39 [ Common Dreams ]

Following Worker Revolt, Google to End Drone Technology Contract with Pentagon

Following outcry from thousands of employees and the resignations of several over its work on drone and artificial intelligence (AI) technology with the U.S. military, Google announced Friday that it would not renew its contract on the Pentagon program known as Project Maven.

19.05.2018 - 11:41 [ Google ]

The new Google News: AI meets human intelligence

(15.5.2018) The all-new Google News replaces Google Play Newsstand on mobile and desktop and the Google News & Weather app on mobile. It’s rolling out starting today and will be available to everyone on Android, iOS and the web in 127 countries by next week.

15.05.2018 - 16:34 [ arsTechnica ]

A dozen Google employees quit over military drone project

The controversial program is called „Project Maven,“ and it has Google applying its usual machine-learning and image-recognition expertise to millions of hours of drone footage collected by the military. The goal is to identify people and objects of interest.

11.05.2018 - 18:27 [ WSWS ]

Google, Amazon assist in blocking encrypted communications

On May 1, the developers of the Signal encrypted messaging application revealed that over the previous month, Google and Amazon took steps to stop Signal from continuing to bypass censorship measures in place in Egypt, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Workers, youth, journalists, lawyers and human rights advocates will no longer be able to use the application to send encrypted messages and evade government surveillance.

22.04.2018 - 11:42 [ Radio Utopie ]

May, Macron und Merkel: Kriegskoalition gegen das World Wide Web

(14.6.2017) Eine aus unserer Sicht offensichtliche Taktik von Monopolen, Kriegslobby und ihren Regierungen ist es seit Jahren, alle relevanten Diskussions- und / oder meinungsbildenden Plattformen mit bezahlten Trollen bzw gesteuerten Kräften unter enormem Aufwand mit abscheulichen Inhalten zu fluten, um dann mit diesen als Alibi angerannt zu kommen und zu verlangen diese Plattformen nun kontrollieren zu müssen. Also eine sich selbst erzeugende Begründung.

Die Internet-Monopole wie Google, Twitter, Facebook – die nicht eins zu eins gleichzusetzen sind mit den bisherigen Monopolen und Realitätshändlern aus der etablierten Presse – sind die ersten Zielobjekte dieser Pläne.

22.04.2018 - 11:36 [ ]

How Europe’s new privacy rule is reshaping the internet

Most importantly, the GDPR gives companies a hard deadline: the new rules go into effect on May 25th, 2018 — so if you’re not following the rules by then, you’re in trouble.

08.04.2018 - 11:20 [ ]

IT der Sicherheitsbehörden – Quo Vadis?!

Der Bundesnachrichtendienst, von jeher eine Behörde mit eigenen Entwicklern und höchst eigenen Aufgabenstellungen, hat zur gleichen Zeit ein Pilotprojekt begonnen mit der amerikanischen Firma Palantir. Die wurde mit Hilfe des Investmentfonds In-Q-Tel der amerikanischen CIA aus der Taufe gehoben und bedient seither Sicherheitsbehörden in den Vereinigten Staaten und anderen Ländern. Vor allem mit dem Versprechen, der Zusammenführung von Informationen aus ganz unterschiedlichen Quellen. Der Auftrag des deutschen Auslandsgeheimdienstes war sicher nicht unmaßgeblich dafür, dass inzwischen auch eine deutsche Tochter namens Palantir Technologies GmbH existiert. Die ihren Sitz in Wiesbaden hat und es – quasi vor Ort – inzwischen auch geschafft hat, aus dem hessischen Innenministerium einen Auftrag an Land zu ziehen.

06.04.2018 - 13:01 [ Business Insider ]

The chairman of Google’s parent company says that if internet companies don’t get their act together, ‚bad things will occur‘

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on data privacy on April 10, 2018, and Zuckerberg has agreed to come to D.C. and answer their questions. Senator Chuck Grassley, who heads that committee, also asked that Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey come and testify as well.

06.04.2018 - 12:51 [ ]

Silicon Valley may rethink open campuses after YouTube shooting

When a shooter opened fire on YouTube’s campus before killing herself, Silicon Valley didn’t just experience a tragedy that’s rocked other communities and prompted an intense debate over gun control in the United States. The incident may also have prompted a rethink among tech companies which have enjoyed a culture that’s embraced open spaces, including cafes, restaurants and gift shops, shared with the public.

06.04.2018 - 10:52 [ ]

Upload-Filter: Youtube scannt „hunderte Jahre“ Videomaterial am Tag

(23.1.2018) Diego Naranjo von Edri sagt: „Einmal installiert, können sie für alles eingesetzt werden.“ Videos von Politikern, die die Regierung kritisieren, könnten aus dem Netz ferngehalten werden. Sprachfilter könnten auf den Slang einer bestimmten Minderheit eingestellt werden. Die Dissidenten der Zukunft müssen vielleicht künstliche Intelligenz rückwärts denken, wenn sie ihre Geheimsprache entwickeln.

06.04.2018 - 10:38 [ Radio Utopie ]

May, Macron und Merkel: Kriegskoalition gegen das World Wide Web

(14.6.2017) Eine aus unserer Sicht offensichtliche Taktik von Monopolen, Kriegslobby und ihren Regierungen ist es seit Jahren, alle relevanten Diskussions- und / oder meinungsbildenden Plattformen mit bezahlten Trollen bzw gesteuerten Kräften unter enormem Aufwand mit abscheulichen Inhalten zu fluten, um dann mit diesen als Alibi angerannt zu kommen und zu verlangen diese Plattformen nun kontrollieren zu müssen. Also eine sich selbst erzeugende Begründung.

Die Internet-Monopole wie Google, Twitter, Facebook – die nicht eins zu eins gleichzusetzen sind mit den bisherigen Monopolen und Realitätshändlern aus der etablierten Presse – sind die ersten Zielobjekte dieser Pläne.

06.04.2018 - 08:12 [ ]

Tim Cook Blasts Facebook & Google, Calls For Government Regulation

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, sees things differently. In an interview with Kara Swisher of Recode and Chris Hayes of MSNBC scheduled to air April 6, he tells the two hosts, “I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation. However, I think we’re beyond that here.” He then goes on to blast Facebook and Google for their despicable business ethics — assuming they have any at all.

06.04.2018 - 04:08 [ EFF ]

Google Should Not Help the U.S. Military Build Unaccountable AI Systems

If our reading of the public record is correct, systems that Google is supporting or building would flag people or objects seen by drones for human review, and in some cases this would lead to subsequent missile strikes on those people or objects. Those are hefty ethical stakes, even with humans in the loop further along the “kill chain”.

05.04.2018 - 21:12 [ WSWS ]

Google workers demand end to company’s involvement in drone murder

The program, known as “Project Maven,” involves the use of artificial intelligence systems to analyze drone footage, potentially assisting the Pentagon in identifying targets for drone assassinations, which have led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people, most of them bystanders, across the Middle East and North Africa. Google’s involvement in the program was reported by Gizmodo last month.

05.04.2018 - 04:16 [ The Verge ]

Google employees demand the company pull out of Pentagon AI project

Last month, it was announced that Google was offering its resources to the US Department of Defense for Project Maven, a research initiative to develop computer vision algorithms that can analyze drone footage. In response, more than 3,100 Google employees have signed a letter urging Google CEO Sundar Pichai to reevaluate the company’s involvement, as “Google should not be in the business of war,” as reported by The New York Times.

04.04.2018 - 01:58 [ ]

Tech-Unternehmen: Plötzlich sind die Giganten verwundbar

Dabei war die Branche in der Vergangenheit durchaus zusammengerückt, wenn Druck von außen aufkam: Als die US-Bundespolizei FBI etwa Apple zwingen wollte, die verschlüsselten Daten eines iPhones preiszugeben, sprangen Google, Facebook und Microsoft dem Konzern zur Seite. Solcherlei Corps-Geist aber kann oder will sich die Branche in Zeiten zunehmender Probleme offenkundig nicht mehr leisten.

02.04.2018 - 02:52 [ Google ]

Transitioning Google URL Shortener to Firebase Dynamic Links

We launched the Google URL Shortener back in 2009 as a way to help people more easily share links and measure traffic online. Since then, many popular URL shortening services have emerged and the ways people find content on the Internet have also changed dramatically, from primarily desktop webpages to apps, mobile devices, home assistants, and more.

To refocus our efforts, we’re turning down support for over the coming weeks and replacing it with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL). FDLs are smart URLs that allow you to send existing and potential users to any location within an iOS, Android or web app. We’re excited to grow and improve the product going forward. While most features of will eventually sunset, all existing links will continue to redirect to the intended destination.

02.04.2018 - 02:51 [ ]

Zitat: Macron glaubt, Google und Co geraten bald unter Regulierungs-Druck.

„Zu einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt – aber ich denke, das wird ein amerikanisches Problem und kein europäisches – zu einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt könnten deine Regierung und deine Leute sagen ‚Wacht auf. Sie sind zu groß‘. Nicht nur zu groß zum Scheitern, sondern zu groß, um regiert zu werden.“