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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Democracy Hollowed Out Part 38 - C2PA

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“Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical minority views… The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that the right to anonymous free speech is protected by the First Amendment.”
- Electronic Frontier Foundation

“Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . . It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society.”
- McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission 514 U.S. 334 (1995) - and 514 U.S. 334 (1995)

“History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
- George Orwell, 1984

Microsoft heads Big Tech project to judge truthfulness of online information
Critics view the Big Tech coalition’s ‘content provenance specifications’ as the makings of a dystopian future in which free thought is effectively banned.

By Michael Haynes
Lifesite News
February 23, 2021

Several of the world’s largest tech and media companies have joined forces in a new globalist effort to combat “disinformation, misinformation and online content fraud” in a move that has raised concerns about the complete governance of the internet.

A PRESS RELEASE issued February 22 by Microsoft stated that the computer and software company would be joined by ADOBE, ARM, BBC, Intel, Microsoft, and Truepic, who would together form the “Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity” (C2PA). The C2PA would have as its aim the tackling of what Microsoft termed the “prevalence of disinformation, misinformation and online content fraud through developing technical standards for certifying the source and history or provenance of media content.”

In order to effect this, the C2PA announced its plan to “establish a standardized provenance solution with the goal of combating misleading content.” Under the “solution” mentioned, the C2PA seeks to enable vast numbers of internet users to take part in locating any piece of information deemed “misinformation.” The statement reads: “C2PA member organizations will work together to develop content provenance specifications for common asset types and formats to enable publishers, creators and consumers to trace the origin and evolution of a piece of media, including images, videos, audio and documents.”

C2PA’s announcement pointed to the nature of the internet necessitating such an organization to build “trust” and stressed the need for collaboration among companies, whose purview extended to nearly all corners of the digital world: “Collaboration with chipmakers, news organizations, and software and platform companies is critical to facilitate a comprehensive provenance standard and drive broad adoption across the content ecosystem.”

The C2PA is not a novel idea, as Microsoft acknowledges that it builds upon the similar, pre-existing CONTENT AUTHENTICITY INITIATIVE (CAI) and PROJECT ORIGIN. The latter is a joint effort of Microsoft, the BBC, CBC/Radio Canada, and the New York Times. These four organizations referred to the “growing threat” of “misinformation” and wrote that Project Origin would “establish a foundation for trust in media.”

“With the foundation of the C2PA, technical standards will be unified while these two entities [CAI and Project Origin] continue to pursue adoption, prototyping and education within their respective communities,” Microsoft announced.

Microsoft’s chief scientific officer and Project Origin executive sponsor Eric Horvitz mentioned that there was a “critical need to address widespread deception in online content.” In a BLOG POST about the C2PA, Horvitz revealed that the organization is a brain child of the 2019 DAVIS MEETING, the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting to organize and promote globalist agendas and social engineering.

Horvitz wrote that a key part of the “fight against disinformation is to develop and field technologies for certifying the origin, authenticity and history of online media.” With the arrival of the C2PA, headed by the U.K. news group BBC and software company Microsoft, online media looks set to be subject to the certifying, and authentication of organisations which are part of the C2PA, or merely conform to its directives and standards.

Such news of the formation of C2PA MET WITH BACKLASH from some online, as PEOPLE were quick to comment on the potential dangers of the new organization. “Combat ‘disinformation’ = ‘information we deem fit to be released to the pleb,’” WROTE one Twitter user.

Irish media outlet Gript NOTED THAT the plans to vet information on the internet raise “all sorts of potential issues surrounding the accuracy and trustworthiness of so-called ‘official’ information.” Gript noted the example of the World Health Organization’s messages in early January 2020 claiming that there was no evidence of any person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 before having to change its “official” statements shortly after.

The formation of the C2PA comes shortly after an OPINION PIECE in the New York Times, one of the four members of the C2PA’s parent group Project Origin, advocated for the appointing of a “reality czar,” who would “ tackle disinformation and domestic extremism.” The author, Kevin Roose, called for U.S. president Joe Biden to appoint someone who would solve what Roose styled a “reality” crisis, particularly with regard to COVID-19 and the recent U.S. presidential election.

One of the “experts” Roose appealed to in making his self-confessed “dystopian” argument mentioned how a “centralized task force” would join with “tech platforms” and thus “push for structural changes that could help those companies tackle their own extremism and misinformation problems.”

Only days before, Fox News host Tucker Carlson had WARNED that a “profound change” was taking place due to moves by the Biden regime to eradicate “forbidden ideas” - namely, those held especially by conservatives. “Your mind belongs to you. It is yours and yours alone,” stated Carlson. “Once politicians attempt to control what you believe, they are no longer politicians. They are by definition, dictators. And if they succeed in controlling what you believe, you are no longer a citizen. You are not a free man. You are a slave.”

BIG TECH is INCREASINGLY CENSORING CONSERVATIVE and pro-life voices, PARTICULARLY since the November presidential election. LifeSiteNews itself was recently COMPLETELY BANNED from YouTube, resulting in the deletion of all videos from the channel, which had over 300,000 followers.

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Monday, February 08, 2021

Democracy Hollowed Out Part 37 - Facebook Censoring

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Click on the image above and see if the follow up is still on FACEBOOK

Whether it is or not - NET NEUTRALITY and CENSORSHIP from GOOGLE to INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS isn’t the only thing we lost in the free expression of speech over the internet.

Now it looks like a distingusished professor/economist’s posts are being blocked by ONE OF THE BIGGEST SOCIAL NETWORKS around.

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Facebook Blocks Sharing of the Indypendent’s Coverage of Hunts Point Produce Market Strike

By Indypendent Staff
February 5, 2021

In a troubling sign of where Facebook’s crackdown on political extremism may be headed, the social media giant recently blocked acclaimed Marxist economist Richard Wolff from sharing an article by the Indypendent about the striking workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market.

Big, giant Facebook is getting into it.

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For years, Facebook happily served as a breeding ground for violent far-right extremist groups and conspiracy theories including Q-Anon. Its algorithms steered “Q-curious” viewers in that direction because it was great for business. More reader engagement, more clicks, more eyeballs delivered to advertisers. MORE PROFITS - $32.7 billion in 2020 pre-tax earnings, a 36% increase over 2019.

The social media giant has come under intense scrutiny since the January 6 Capitol Hill insurrection and has vowed to root out these same extremist groups. But in a troubling sign of where Facebook’s crackdown on political extremism may be headed, on Wednesday night it blocked a post by RICHARD D. WOLFF, one of America’s foremost Marxist economists, from being read or shared by his 56,000 Facebook followers.

Wolff’s post highlighted an Indypendent STORY on the recent strike by workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market and in his caption he approvingly noted, “US political winds are shifting left. Key example is Hunts Point food market for New York City. First labor union strike since 1986: strong, solid, supported by socialists and much public opinion. Victorious and widely celebrated.”

The story by the Indy’s Amba Guerguerian featured five of the 1,400 striking workers speaking in their own words about how disrespected they felt by their bosses and how essential they felt it was to be unionized.

“All workers should be unionized,” explained Francisco Flores who has worked in the Bronx market for 27 years. “Take care of the working man. We are the ones that make this country move. So just throw us a little crumb. You guys are still gonna be rich.”

When Wolff’s Facebook followers went to click on the article, they were redirected.

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When they went to share it, they received this notice

image: redirected social media post

Some of Wolff’s readers cried foul in the comment thread.

“I can’t share this specific post,” Jennifer Watson wrote. “I was able to post a NPR post right after getting this pop-up. I have shared other posts from Wolf today tho. Its this specific topic.”

“I tried to share this, and found another shadow-ban on my account,” Richard Beresford added. “FB may be over as a place to share any idea outside of the mainstream before too long/snip of my ban/first i have heard?”

When contacted by the Indypendent, Wolff responded via Twitter message.

After many years of Facebook posts, a typical posting of ours is suddenly censored. “Private property” on a “social media” platform is a contradiction now exposed glaringly every day. Our comment on a well-known, publicly reported labor-management dispute gets silenced by some anonymous Facebook employee. Wow. Will such obstacles to freedom of expression continue?

The Indypendent left a message with the Facebook “help desk” demanding the company reverse its block on Wolff sharing of our article and that it provide an explanation for why this incident occurred. We have not received a response.

“Facebook arbitrarily denied Professor Wolff and his readers the opportunity to share their views on an important labor battle. It also denied the workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market the chance for their words to be heard,” said the Indypendents Editor-in-Chief John Tarleton. “We must be vigilant to ensure that Facebook and other Big Tech companies don’t use their monopoly power to marginalize independent media voices reporting on labor struggles and other vitally important issues in our communities.”

The story that Facebook censored is titled WHAT I WANT FOR ME, I WANT FOR YOU” - HUNTS POINT PRODUCE MARKET WORKERS TALK ABOUT WHY THEY WENT ON STRIKE. In that same spirit of solidarity, we are asking for our readers to stand up for free speech and share this article and/or the original story about the Hunts Point workers on Facebook, Twitter, etc. When we fight back, we win!

For more about the Indypendent and how it became “diary of the New York Left” over the past two decades, CLICK HERE.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Toyota’s Connected Car

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New Toyotas will upload data to AWS to help create custom insurance premiums based on driver behaviour
Connected car vision has been in first gear for years, cloudy scale could jump-start plans

By Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor
The Register
August 18, 2020

Toyota has expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services in ways that will see many of its models upload performance data into the Amazonian cloud to expand the services the auto-maker offers to drivers and fleet owners.

Toyota already operates a “Mobility Services Platform” that it says helps it to” develop, deploy, and manage the next generation of data-driven mobility services for driver and passenger safety, security, comfort, and convenience.”

That data comes from a device called the “Data Communication Module” (DCM) that Toyota fits into many models in Japan, the USA and China.

Toyota reckons “the data could turn into new contextual services such as car share, rideshare, full-service lease, and new corporate and consumer services such as proactive vehicle maintenance notifications and driving behavior-based insurance.”

The company has touted that vision since at least the year 2016, but precious little evidence of it turning into products is available.

Which may be why Toyota has signed with AWS for not just cloud tech but also professional services.

The two companies say their joint efforts “will help build a foundation for streamlined and secure data sharing throughout the company and accelerate its move toward CASE (Connected, Autonomous/Automated, Shared and Electric) mobility technologies.”

Neither party has specified just which bits of the AWS cloud Toyota will take for a spin but it seems sensible to suggest the auto-maker is going to need lots of storage and analytics capabilities, making AWS S3 and Kinesis likely candidates for a test drive.

Whatever Toyota uses, prepare for privacy ponderings because while cheaper car insurance sounds lovely, having an insurer source driving data from a manufacturer has plenty of potential pitfalls.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Shadow Gate

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INFOWARS reporter MILLIE WEAVER was just ARRESTED moments before releasing her new documentary on Shadowgate/Obamagate… AFTER Millie was arrested, one of the other whistleblowers involved, TORE, released it anyways.
- NOX and Friends, August 15, 2020

Back in 2006 we found out AT&T PUT ALL ITS INTERNET TRAFFIC INTO A SPLITTER AND SENT ONE OF THOSE FEEDS TO THE NSA:

AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers phone calls, and shunted its customers’ internet traffic to DATA-MINING EQUIPMENT installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, according to a former AT&T worker cooperating in the Electronic Frontier Foundations lawsuit against the company

The next year AT&T LET US KNOW IT CAN SHARE OUR PHONE RECORDS WITH WHOEVER THEY PLEASE:

The new privacy policy basically lets AT&T do anything it wants with your information. (Remember, according to the company, its its information.) The specific claim is that AT&T can do whatever it wants with your/its data “to protect [the companys] legitimate business interests.”

To back it up, government started SHREDDING PEOPLES’ PRIVACY RIGHTS:

The new law gives the attorney general or the director of national intelligence the authority to APPROVE SURVEILLANCE of suspected terrorists overseas.

Over the years things have gotten much worse regarding privacy and rights.

Take PRISM FOR EXAMPLE:

This program, code-named PRISM, allowed the NSA and FBI to tap directly into the servers of major U.S. Internet companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and AOL.

Then came Assange and WIKILEAKS, followed by SNOWDEN and all the stuff his whistle blowing revealed:

Some people take Snowden at face value. Others simply cannot believe a 29 year old could have stolen so many documents from the most advanced spying agency on Earth without getting caught or being secretly sanctioned to do so.

The theory is that it was a NWO (New World Order) tactic to intimidate the public by letting them know they are surveilled slaves and that there’s nothing they can do about it. Then, after the initial shock and explosion, this became a drip-drip-drip disclosure of just how egregiously your privacy and rights are being violated, with the subliminal message that youd better be afraid, because you’re being monitored 24/7.

Who owns The Intercept? First Look Media, owned by Pierre Omidyar, a rich oligarch who founded eBay. So now, the entire trove of leaked NSA documents are in the hands of a private billionaire, probably never to see the light of day again. Was this the plan from the start?

It looks like we don’t just have a internet feed going to the NSA. We got another going to CORPORATE AMERICA.

IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT this new documentary “Shadow Gate” [ ONLINE | DOWNLOAD ] picks up where SNOWDEN LEFT OFF:

Weaver also claimed these contractors were responsible for creating the fake news in mainstream media. She alleged that the “shadow government” was responsible for spurring the recent nationwide protests and promoting the defund the police movement.

Weaver goes on to accuse Republicans and Democrats of working together in a plot to bring down President Trump. Both parties are equally guilty of covering up what should turn out to be an even bigger scandal.

Shadow Gate: the tactical and operational role the shadow government played behind the scenes carrying out the coup against President Trump. We’re going to be looking behind the puppets at who the real puppet master, string-pullers are.

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Shadow Gate documentary released after “Millennial Millie” Weaver gets arrested
There are a lot of questions surrounding what’s going on, but one thing is certain: THE DOCUMENTARY is a must watch.

By Scott Boyd
NOQ Report
August 15, 2020

Independent journalist ”MILLENIAL MILLIE” Weaver and her husband were arrested at their home yesterday just prior to the release of their documentary. TORE SAYS, one of the main sources in the documentary, released the video on her YouTube channel, seen above.

Very little has been reported about the arrests, but her name trended on Twitter and HER GOFUNDME PAGE collected well more than the goal for her emergency legal fund. Here’s the VIDEO OF HER ARREST.

According to MEAWW:

In a shocking piece of news, investigative reporter Millie Weaver and her husband were arrested at their home. The arrest comes in the wake of her documentary release on the topic of the US “shadow government” which was all set to be screened on YouTube as she had teased in her last tweet. While there seems to be no confirmation as to why she was taken by the officers, a string of speculative theories seem to have popped up on social media.

Born on February 6, 1991, in San Bernardino, California, United States, Weaver was an aspiring actress and singer who went on to be a political activist and reporter. She is a mother to a four-year-old son and a nine-month-old daughter, as per a report from YHStars.com. Not just that, the same report says that the 29-year-old was named as one Newsmax’s “30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30.”

On August 11, 2020, she posted the trailer with the caption: The ObamaGate scandal only scratches the surface. This may the biggest whistleblowing event to date. Official Trailer - Shadow Gate. After the shocking news, the tweet went viral with over 7,000 retweets and 8,000 likes in a few hours. The narration in the trailer says, “Both parties are equally guilty in what should turn out to be an even bigger scandal.” Shadow Gate the tactical and operational role the shadow government played behind the scenes carrying out the coup against President Trump. The trailer also detailed that the documentary would detail who the real puppetmasters and string-pullers are.

This video is a must-watch. Millie Weaver takes us all down the rabbit hole of Deep State corruption that is far worse than weve seen in the past. The timing of her arrest cant be a coincidence.

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Saturday, August 08, 2020

Splinternet

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One of the unifying themes I seek to emphasize here is the importance of the Internet and the many media that feed into it as the most influential shaper of current events. When are we being played by experts in psyops and deception and when are we dealing with spontaneous developments that could not have been planned or spun to advance predetermined political agendas? What is the role of the Internet?
- Battle for the Internet, June 8, 2020, American Herald Tribune

Is the US about to split the internet?

By James Clayton - North America technology reporter
BBC
August 7, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a “clean” internet.

What he means by that is he wants to remove Chinese influence, and Chinese companies, from the internet in the US.

But critics believe this will bolster a worrying movement towards the breaking up of the global internet.

The so called “splinternet” is generally used when talking about China, and more recently Russia.

The idea is that there’s nothing inherent or pre-ordained about the internet being global.

For governments that want to control what people see on the internet, it makes sense to take ownership of it.

The GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA is the best example of a nation putting up the internet equivalent of a wall around itself. You won’t find a Google search engine or Facebook in China.

What people didn’t expect was that the US might follow China’s lead.

Yet critics believe that is the corollary of Mr Pompeo’s statement on Thursday.

Mr Pompeo said he wanted to remove “untrusted” applications from US mobile app stores.

“People’s Republic of China apps threaten our privacy, proliferate viruses, and spread propaganda and disinformation,” he said.

The first question that sprang to mind was: what are the Chinese apps that Mr Pompeo does trust? The assumption is very much that he’s talking about ALL Chinese apps.

“It’s shocking,” says Alan Woodward, a security expert based at the University of Surrey. “This is the Balkanisation of the internet happening in front of our eyes.

“The US government has for a long time criticised other countries for controlling access to the internet and now we see the Americans doing the same thing.”

That might be a slight exaggeration. Mr Pompeo’s reasons for “cleaning” the US network of Chinese companies is very different to authoritarian government’s desire to control what is said online.

But it’s true that if Mr Pompeo were to go down this road, it would be reversing decades of US cyber-policy.

If there is one country that has championed a free internet, based on the constitutional tenets of free speech, it is America.

President Donald Trump’s administration has taken a different approach though, in part because of the legitimate security concerns that some Chinese companies operating in the US raise.

WeChat warning

Alex Stamos, former chief security officer at Facebook, told me that much-mentioned TikTok was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Chinese apps to worry about.

“TikTok isn’t even in my top 10,” he told me.

The app Mr Stamos suggests the US should be more wary of is Tencent’s WeChat.

“WeChat is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world - people run companies on We Chat, they have incredibly sensitive information.”

Mr Pompeo has also namechecked WeChat as a potential future target.

It’s hard not to view this through the prism of the US elections in November. Mr Trump’s anti-China rhetoric isn’t limited to tech.

Policy or posture?

So is this a policy position - or simply posture?

Mr Trump may also of course lose in November. The Democrats would probably take a more moderate position on Chinese tech.

But, as it stands, Mr Trump’s vision of the US internet - an internet in the main free of China - makes it a far more divided place.

The great irony is that the internet would then look a lot more like China’s vision.

Just look at TikTok itself. If Microsoft does buy the US arm there will be three TikToks.

A TikTok in China (called Douyin). A rest of the world TikTok. And a TikTok in the US.

Could that be a model for the future of the internet?

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