- Cookie Monster: the Nuts and Bolts of Online Tracking (March 9, 2020)
Big Tech has become notorious for its hoarding of its users' personal data, collected with great breadth and down to minute details. Billions have been paid by online platforms to settle legal charges over their invasive and reckless privacy follies.
- Even the Machines Are Racist. Facial Recognition Systems Threaten Black Lives. (March 4, 2020)
Politicians and companies pushing facial recognition technology say that, like the near-certainty of DNA and the exactness of fingerprint matches, the software is a precise, unbiased alternative to human bigotry in policing. Yet in reality, facial recognition technology is prone to false positives that target Black and Brown people, and then tracks them when they're on parole.
- Coronavirus vs. the Mass Surveillance State: Which Poses the Greater Threat? (March 3, 2020)
Emboldened by the citizenry's inattention and willingness to tolerate its abuses, the government has weaponized one national crisis after another in order to expands its powers. The war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on illegal immigration, asset forfeiture schemes, road safety schemes, school safety schemes, eminent domain: all of these programs started out as legitimate responses to pressing concerns and have since become weapons of compliance and control in the police state's hands.
- Huawei fires back, points to US' history of spying on phone networks (February 12, 2020)
Chinese vendor Huawei has provided a longer response to US allegations of spying, claiming that it doesn't have the spying capability alleged by the US and pointing out that the US itself has a long history of spying on phone networks.
- 'Completely unsustainable': How streaming and other data demands take a toll on the environment (January 2, 2020)
"We are using an immense amount of energy to drive this data revolution," said Jane Kearns, an environment and technology expert at MaRS Discovery District, an innovation hub in Toronto. "It has real implications for our climate."
- Amazon Alexa wants to save you from uncomfortable Christmas dinner talk. Be careful what you wish for. (December 19, 2019)
Amazon has introduced a feature for Alexa to introduce conversation topics at Christmas family dinners. Given the history of privacy breaches people should wary.
- 'Shadow banning' written into Twitter's new terms of service, may 'limit visibility' of some users (December 4, 2019)
With the addition of those four words, the company is telling users it reserves the right shadow ban or "throttle" certain accounts. On what basis will it make those decisions or whether they will be made solely by an automated algorithm remains unclear.
- Amazon's Ring Planned Neighborhood 'Watch Lists' Built on Facial Recognition (November 26, 2019)
Amazon's plan to create proactive "watch lists" based on supposed suspicious activity - including facial recognition software - seen by their Ring cameras should alarm anyone who cares about privacy.
- Freedom, Valor, Love: On Snowden's Permanent Record (November 20, 2019)
Edward Snowden's life reveals it's not just "the computer guy" (or other non-male folks) at tech's helms, but the general U.S. public that bears witness to corporatized data surveillance state violations, or the data industrial complex. This secretive sprawling network is the invasive rule today; it involves regular media outlets, telecommunications, social media platforms, Internet service providers, and government agencies.
- var, technology and human judgment (November 18, 2019)
VAR aims to eliminate 'clear and obvious errors' by referees by using TV replays to allow officials to view contentious incidents from different camera angles and by reconstructing the movement of the ball or players to check whether a goal was actually scored and whether a player was offside. The trouble is, what constitutes a 'clear and obvious error' is itself a judgment call.
- How the Hand of Israeli Spy Tech Reaches Deep into our Lives (November 12, 2019)
Digital age weapons developed by Israel to oppress Palestinians are rapidly being repurposed for much wider applications against Western populations who have long taken their freedoms for granted.
- Here we go again: Amazon AI-powered Cloud Cam actually powered by unseen humans who watch you have sex (October 17, 2019)
Amazons AI-based home security system is sending footage of users' private moments to dozens of algorithm trainers halfway around the world, according to former employees - not unlike its Alexa "smart" speakers. Amazons Cloud Cam home security device regularly sends video clips to employees in Romania and India, who help "train" its AI algorithms, according to five current and former employees who spoke to Bloomberg.
- Why deep-learning AIs are so easy to fool (October 9, 2019)
These problems are more concerning than idiosyncratic quirks in a not-quite-perfect technology, says Dan Hendrycks, a PhD student in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Like many scientists, he has come to see them as the most striking illustration that DNNs are fundamentally brittle: brilliant at what they do until, taken into unfamiliar territory, they break in unpredictable ways.
- Robot Trolls on Amazon: How Fake Reviews Could Undermine Progressive Politics (October 4, 2019)
In the pursuit of profit, corporations appear to be using bots to undermine competitors on Amazon, as they do on Twitter and Facebook. This could have detrimental effects on progressive authors and filmmakers who, in the absence of major corporate backing, need the support of reviewers -- at least on Amazon -- in order to boost their marketability.
- The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption (October 3, 2019)
Top law enforcement officials in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia told Facebook today that they want backdoor access to all encrypted messages sent on all its platforms. In an open letter, these governments called on Mark Zuckerberg to stop Facebook's plan to introduce end-to-end encryption on all of the company's messaging products and instead promise that it will "enable law enforcement to obtain lawful access to content in a readable and usable format."
- Adversarial Interoperability (October 2, 2019)
A round-up of the EFF's writing on 'adverserial interoperabillity' which is necessary for creating a decentralized internet free from corporate monopolies.
- Technology was supposed to make us more capable. Instead it has made us scarily dependent (September 24, 2019)
Technology has promised to make things easier and elevate the species. But much technology emerging today has only increased our dependence on technology by rendering obsolete many of the skills we once relied upon.
- Algorithms Are People (September 18, 2019)
Amazon, Google, and other tech platforms deny interfering with their respective search algorithms, to boost profits or sidestep regulations. Because of the murky mechanics of how search works, proving the allegations is nearly impossible.
- Smart Faucets And Toilets Use Alexa To Listen To Your Conversations (September 17, 2019)
It is hard to imagine a more intrusive home surveillance device than a faucet or toilet that listens to everyones conversations, but that is just what Delta Faucet and Kohler have done. Delta Faucet's "Voice IQ" takes advantage of where lots of people like to congregate and turns it into an Alexa eavesdropping centre.
- Facebook advertisers can write their own headlines for shared news stories (September 16, 2019)
Advertisers on Facebook are able to completely rewrite the displayed headline for news stories, CBC News has learned, opening the door for potential disinformation to spread on the platform while using news media branding as cover.
- The Stupidity of Smart Devices and Smart Cities (August 29, 2019)
Smart phones, smart bombs, and, it follows, Smart Cities (capitalising such terms implies false authority), do not exist in that sense, whatever their cheer squad emissaries in High Tech land claim. They are merely a masterfully daft celebration of tactically deployed cults: there is a fad, a trend, and therefore, it must be smart, a model option to pursue.
- Facebook had human contractors 'reviewing' users' Messenger voice chats (August 14, 2019)
Facebook has given contractors access to people's private voice chats for transcription purposes.
- Australian investigative journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange (August 10, 2019)
Sources reveal new first-hand information exposing the extent of the betrayal of Julian Assange by the Guardian and the New York Times and refute lies both publications have used to smear the WikiLeaks founder.
- Taxed, throttled or thrown in jail: Africa's new internet paradigm (August 6, 2019)
Many governments in Africa, threatened by the democracy of internet communication, are stifling it by imposing taxes and fees, throttling internet service itself and even arresting bloggers.
- Amazon Is Coaching Cops on How to Obtain Surveillance Footage Without a Warrant (August 5, 2019)
Amazon's home surveillance company Ring is coaching police on how to use their technology which simultaneously provides a source of advertising for Amazon.
- Are Israel's spies stealing your data? (August 5, 2019)
Many Israeli spies go into careers in surveillance software bringing techniques that are used to violate the privacy of Palestinians into everyday commercial software.
- Another day, another data hack-- and truth is, there's not much you can do about it (July 31, 2019)
This week's Capital One hack is just yet another reminder of what cybersecurity experts have known for a while: you've probably already had your information stolen, and the only question is whether you know it.
- 'It was chaotic': National outage of passport kiosks causes major delays at Pearson (July 28, 2019)
A nationwide outage affecting the primary inspection kiosks and NEXUS of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) caused serious delays for passengers arriving on international flights.
- 'Algorithms dont write themselves' (July 25, 2019)
- ANYONE can be re-identified from 'anonymous data', researchers claim & let you TEST it (July 24, 2019)
Online services that claim to anonymize users personal data arent as secure as we think, according to researchers who found over 99 percent of people can be identified from a handful of supposedly anonymous data points. Using just three commonly-requested demographic attributes -- birthdate, zip code, and gender -- the program is able to successfully identify users about 83 percent of the time. And with 5 and more data points the machine-learning model gets it right over 99 percent of the time.
- Outsourced spying: Google admits 'language experts' listen to 'some' assistant recordings (July 12, 2019)
Google assistants are recording their surroundings without the user's knowledge and making the recordings available to contractors.
- Google Maps outage sparks mass disorientation (July 5, 2019)
The Google Maps server went offline in some parts of the world, and users found themselves utterly disoriented or couldn't find themselves at all.
- Amazon admits it keeps some Alexa recordings even when users delete them (July 4, 2019)
Amazon has admitted that Alexa can keep recordings and other data after a user believe they have deleted them. Amazon cites improving customer service and technology as one reason for doing this.
- Raging Against the Algorithm: Google and Persuasive Technology (July 2, 2019)
Fears of Google's algorithms detrimental effect on society may be well-founded but the proposed solutions are problematic.
- Deep Fakes: Will AI Swing the 2020 Election? (June 25, 2019)
The ability of AI to create credible-looking fake videos could pose a threat to candidates at election time but gullibility was a problem before computer technology.
- Nothing Kept Me Up At Night the Way Gorgon Stare Did (June 1, 2019)
An interview with an expert on drones about a new camera technology that drastically improves wide-area sureillance capabilities.
- WhatsApp breach might have targeted human rights groups (May 14, 2019)
The messaging app WhatsApp had a security breach that installed surveillance software on users' phones. It seems to have targeted several people in human rights groups who report getting phone calls from strange numbers at odd times.
- Google Bans Press TV (May 5, 2019)
Social media companies are banning media outlets in the name of alleged 'hate speech' but the companies' contacts and their targets make them instruments of government censorship.
- Weaponized Social Media Is Driving the Explosion of Fascism (April 5, 2019)
Describing how social media wages war on reality by spreading propaganda. With examples from ISIS to Alex Jones.
- Social Media Regulation: Speak of the Devil and in Walks Zuck (April 3, 2019)
Social media giants such as Facebook support government regulation as a means to secure their monopolies.
- The Chilling Censorship of the Christchurch Shooting (March 21, 2019)
Attempts to censor details of the Christchurch shooting may have the opposite of the intended effect by enabling denial and conspiracy theories.
- The Intercept Shuts Down Access to Snowden Trove (March 13, 2019)
First Look Media, owner of The Intercept, is shutting down access to Snowdens leaked NSA documents. Their reporters still have copies of all the documents and are looking to find a new outlet for them.
- Facebook Wants You to Know if Youre Getting Your News From the Wrong Government (March 1, 2019)
Media outlets owned by a company with ties to the Russian government are forced to disclose their affiliation on Facebook. Media outlets owned or funded by the US government are not held to the same standard.
- Face Surveillance Is a Uniquely Dangerous Technology (February 5, 2019)
Lightly edited transcript of an interview regarding face recognition technology and how it will impact people who are already over-policed.
- International undercover agents target Toronto-based digital rights group Citizen Lab (January 25, 2019)
Members of the internet watchdog group Citizen Lab have been contacted by men masquerading as investors who seem to be trying to dig up dirt on them.
- For Owners of Amazons Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too (January 10, 2019)
Amazon's Ring security cameras have a history of lax, sloppy oversight when it comes to deciding who has access to some of the most precious, intimate data belonging to any person: a live, high-definition feed from around -and perhaps inside- their house.
- Irony alert: Firm that warned Americans of Russian bots...was running an army of fake Russian bots (December 29, 2018)
The co-founders of cybersecurity firm New Knowledge warned Americans in November to "remain vigilant" in the face of "Russian efforts" to meddle in US elections. This month, they have been exposed for doing just that themselves.
- The World Google Controls and Surveillance Capitalism (December 17, 2018)
Google's encroaching powers over our lives, to include the freedom of expression protected by most national laws, not to mention EU and UN Charters, around the planet today.
- Washington using legal cover to conceal economic banditry (December 12, 2018)
The arrest of a Chinese telecom executive in Canada on behalf of the US is an abuse of the legal process and international law to pursue American economic interests. China's anger resonates with similar grievances against the US felt by Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and even American allies in Europe.
- Israeli spyware being used to monitor Indonesian LGBT community, religious minorities (December 3, 2018)
A look at the company and spyware product that is used by various institutions to monitor the activities of the LGBT community and religious minority groups in Indonesia.
- Twitter closes down my account for 'hateful conduct' (November 23, 2018)
Several Twitter accounts with pro-Palestinian content have been suspended. At the same time those making explicit threats against them have been found not to violate Twitter's terms of service.
- Google's 'Smart City of Surveillance' Faces New Resistance in Toronto (November 13, 2018)
A plan to develop 12 acres of the valuable waterfront just southeast of downtown Toronto
by the government agency Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, owned by Googles parent company Alphabet Inc. has sparked concerns about privacy and lack of public consultation. A recent slew of resignations from its board has made these concerns increasingly urgent and public.
- The Weaponization of Social Media (November 9, 2018)
How the online environment and social media is being used as a political weapon, notably through the use of 'Bots'.
- 'City of Surveillance': Google-backed smart city sounds like a dystopian nightmare (October 24, 2018)
A Google-backed project to build the interconnected, data-driven city of the future sounds like all George Orwells nightmares come true, and is now in the spotlight after a privacy expert resigned from the project in protest. Torontos Waterfront district used to be an industrial wasteland, but Sidewalk Labs a sister company of Google wants to turn that wasteland into a prototype city of the future, where data helps planners micromanage every aspect of urban life.
- Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer (August 13, 2018)
Google has admitted that its option to "pause" the gathering of your location data doesn't apply to its Maps and Search apps which will continue to track you even when you specifically choose to halt such monitoring.
- The Stasi Project: Solving the World's Biggest Puzzle (August 13, 2018)
In Germany, a small team virtually piece together the history of a surveillance state in the Stasi Puzzle Project.
- Inside Google's Effort to Develop a Censored Search Engine in China (August 8, 2018)
Google analyzed search terms entered into a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for a censored search engine it has been planning to launch in China, according to confidential documents seen by The Intercept. Engineers working on the censorship sampled search queries from 265.com, a Chinese-language web directory service owned by Google.
- Nine essential tools from ICIJ's data journalism and programming experts (August 8, 2018)
A look at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' favorite data journalism tools, including: spreadsheets, Datawrapper, Jupyter Notebook, OpenRefine, Python and R, Talend Studio, SQL, Pandas, Neo4j + Linkurious.
- It's not a conspiracy theory your phone really is watching you, research finds (July 4, 2018)
Scientists used an automated system to interact with apps, searching for any media files that had been sent from them -- particularly to a third party. It was in the course of searching for audio files that the researchers began to see that screenshots and video recordings were being sent to third parties instead.
- John Pilger's speech at Sydney rally to free Julian Assange (June 19, 2018)
Video by Cathy Vogan & Liam Kesteven (https://www.facebook.com/liam.kesteven), for Politics in the Pub. http://politicsinthepub.org.au
- This e-waste evangelist got into a battle involving Microsoft - and is going to prison for it (June 2, 2018)
Recycling entrepreneur pleaded guilty, sentenced for copyright infringement dealing with computer discs.
- Surveillance Self-Defense (June 1, 2018)
A guide on how online surveillance works and the various tools and techniques the public can use to help protect themselves from spying.
- Defenders of Copyright Troll Victims Urge Congress to Reject the "Small Claims" Bill (April 26, 2018)
A dedicated group of attorneys and technologists from around the U.S. defend Internet users against abuse by copyright trolls.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 21, 2018 (April 21, 2018)
The Internet, which was at one time a free and open space for sharing information and ideas, has been privatized and twisted to serve the profit-making agenda of huge corporations, working hand-in-glove with governments which want to suppress opposition and alternatives. What can we do about it? Is it our Internet or theirs?
- Facebook says it tracks non-users but doesn't 'sell people's data' (April 18, 2018)
Facebook admits it also collects data on people who are not users of their service, yet what they do with that data is unclear.
- Facebook: A Cooperative Transformation (April 11, 2018)
Facebook represents a standard for a global model of concentration of wealth and power in the 21st century, joined by companies like Google, Amazon, and Uber. Entrepreneurs with computer skills and good or lucky timing have privatized and enclosed the global information commons and have enriched themselves by providing services for free or for reduced prices to the billions.
- Facebook and the Rise of Anti-Social Media (April 2, 2018)
For those who haven't thought about it, the internet is insidious because of the very capacity that Cambridge Analytica claims to be able to exploit: customization. Users have limited ability to confirm the authenticity of anything they see, read or hear on it. Print editions can be compared and contrasted-- technology limits print media to large-scale deceptions. With the capacity to create entire realms of deception -- identities, content, web pages and entire online publications, trust is made a function of gullibility.
- Beyond Implementation: Policy Considerations for Secure Messengers (March 30, 2018)
The importance of secure Messenger tools goes beyond just reliable technology, it must be developed and have its infrastructure maintained by a trustworthy group with a history of responsible stewardship.
- Israeli hackers reportedly gave Cambridge Analytica stolen private emails of two world leaders (March 22, 2018)
Israeli hackers reportedly gave information from the hacked emails of two world leaders to Cambridge Analytica, the political-research company at the centre of a massive Facebook-data scandal.
- Amazon's Initiative: Digital Assistants, Home Surveillance and Data (March 16, 2018)
A look at technological developments such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, which are less innovations than intrusive tools utilized by big data companies to mine personal information and condition human approaches to the way information is shared.
- Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones (March 6, 2018)
Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a move that set off a firestorm among employees of the technology giant when they learned of Google's involvement.
- 'NSA-proof' Tor actually funded by US govt agency, works with BBG, FBI & DOJ - FOIA docs (March 1, 2018)
Newly released documents reveal that The Tor Project, a supposed safeguard against a surveillance state, has received funding from US government agency the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), and cooperates with intelligence agencies.
- The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data (February 20, 2018)
As "smarter" vehicles provide storehouses of personal information, carmakers are building databases of consumer preferences that could be sold to outside vendors for marketing purposes, much like Google and Facebook.
- The Face Off: Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Technology (February 12, 2018)
Face recognition is poised to become one of the most pervasive surveillance technologies, and law enforcement's use of it is increasing rapidly. However, the adoption of face recognition technologies like these is occurring without meaningful oversight, without proper accuracy testing of the systems as they are actually used in the field, and without the enactment of legal protections to prevent internal and external misuse.
- How Apple is Paving the Way to a 'Cloud Dictatorship' in China (February 10, 2018)
Apple Inc. is set to hand over the operation of its iCloud data center in mainland China to a local corporation, but Apple has not explained the real issue. With the move a state-owned big data company controlled by the Chinese government will have access to all the data of its service users in China; this will allow the state apparatus to jump into the cloud and look into the data of Apple's Chinese users.
- Keep seeing Mondoweiss in your news feed following changes at Facebook (February 9, 2018)
As most of you by now know, Facebook has recently made big changes to how users see content from publishers like Mondoweiss.
- Propaganda! Pardon me, is mine really bigger than yours? (February 8, 2018)
They say Propaganda! In the West, both the mainstream media and even some of the so-called progressive outlets are shouting: "Those Russians and Chinese and the others like them, they are at it again! Their vicious propaganda is infiltrating our democratic, freedom-loving countries, spreading confusion and chaos!"
Yes, ban or at least curb RT, contain TeleSur, and if at all possible, throw Press TV to the dogs. And put the writers of NEO, Sputnik, Global Times and other foreign outlets on that proverbial Western mass media 'no fly list'.
- Science's pirate queen (February 8, 2018)
A profile of open access academic publishing activist Alexandra Elbakayan and the ongoing conflict between academics and for-profit academic publishing houses.
- A library without books? OSU and other universities purging dusty volumes (February 7, 2018)
A library without books? Not quite, but as students abandon the stacks in favour of online reference material, university libraries are unloading millions of unread volumes in a nationwide purge that has some print-loving scholars deeply unsettled.
- Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing "local news" (February 6, 2018)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media giant will prioritize news from 'local sources' in the News Feed displayed to users. This is the third move this year in a roll-out of updates by Facebook aimed at censoring online information.
- Is political pressure behind YouTube's video labeling? (February 6, 2018)
YouTube has started labeling videos by government-funded media after their recommendation program was the subject of a Guardian investigation and a letter from the Senate Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat.
- How the internet 'punishes' Palestinians (February 2, 2018)
Multinational tech companies, including Google, Facebook and PayPal are being accused of complicity in rights violations and in shaping false narratives with regard to policies in Palestinian territories.
- If you're going to blame a cyberattack on North Korea, you'd better show your work (January 24, 2018)
Transit operator Metrolinx says it was hit by North Korean hackers. Experts want evidence
- An Inside Look At The Accounts Twitter Has Censored In Countries Around The World (January 24, 2018)
BuzzFeed News has identified more than 1,700 Twitter accounts that have been blocked in at least one country. The list provides an unprecedented glimpse into Twitter's collaboration with national groups and governments -- democratic and authoritarian alike -- and provides new details about a surge in blocked accounts in Germany, France, and Turkey.
- For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship (January 23, 2018)
In this open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, the threat and consequences of internet censorship and reduction in access to information is highlighted.
- The War Against "Fake News" is a War on Us (January 23, 2018)
Barely a day passes without a new development in the war on social media -- that is, the war on us. Today, it is a report that Twitter has emailed hundreds of thousands of its users, warning them that they shared "Russian propaganda".
- The data war behind net neutrality (January 18, 2018)
The fight for the enormous volume of information the public generates with every search and click is the most precious commodity for big data companies, and the winner stands the most to gain with the end of Net Neutrality.
- Bitcoin's energy usage is huge - we can't afford to ignore it (January 17, 2018)
A look at the use of cryptocurrency, its astonishingly high use of electrical power and why there is a need to take it seriously as a climate threat.
- Uber Used Clandestine Technology Tool To Thwart Police Raids (January 17, 2018)
Uber uses a number of technological tools for tax evasion, undermining competition and monitoring customers and drivers.
- Facebook will soon filter out RT news, so this is how you fix it
probably (January 16, 2018)
In light of recent changes to Facebook's news feed, this RT article demonstrates what is needed to secure access to RT content.
- Surveillance Self-Defense (2018)
Modern technology has given those in power new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF's guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices.
- Apple sued for deliberately slowing down older iPhones (December 22, 2017)
A lawsuit was filed in California against technology giant Apple after the company admitted to slowing down their older iPhone models.
- The Internet is Already Broken (December 20, 2017)
Nick Pemberton's article on the already broken internet.
- Adapt or Die: Millennials, Technology, and Net Neutrality (December 18, 2017)
The Internet is changing the way we think, concentrate, and process information. Studies are showing the Internet is lowering our concentration because the Internet offers constant distractions. Its reducing our attention span, and its ruining our interpersonal communication skills. Basically this technology is dehumanizing us.
- Broadband monopolies to censor Internet content (December 5, 2017)
The recently released plan by the American Federal Communications Commission to abolish net neutrality has evoked mass opposition across the US and around the world.
- Internets Past (December 1, 2017)
This article discusses the Internet and the problems with prevailing public concern over Net neutrality. The author advocates for an alternate way forward, and a need to bring political economy back to the agenda by viewing corporations as political actors and the technology corporations as powerful commercial players with their own agendas.
- Cutting Cords to Kurds: Facebook's Foreign Policy (November 28, 2017)
The recent deletion and suspension of Facebook accounts of Kurdish supporters provides further troubling evidence that the popular social media company has been censoring the Kurdish resistance for the past five years.
- Google's de-ranking of RT in search results is a form of censorship and blatant propaganda (November 26, 2017)
A commentary on the recent admission by an executive of Google's parent company (Alphabet) that special algorithms are being created to filter RTs news in order to make it appear less prominently in Google's search results.
- From an Open Internet, Back to the Dark Ages (November 22, 2017)
Can anyone still doubt that access to a relatively free and open internet is rapidly coming to an end in the west? In China and other autocratic regimes, leaders have simply bent the internet to their will, censoring content that threatens their rule. But in the "democratic" west, it is being done differently. The state does not have to interfere directly -- it outsources its dirty work to corporations.
- Google's Eric Schmidt admits political censorship of search results (November 22, 2017)
Recent remarks by the Executive Chairman of Google's parent company confirm charges that the company has been deliberately altering its search algorithms and taking other measures to prevent the public from accessing information that is critical of the US government.
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