Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

In December, the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of states filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, alleging that as the company grew more dominant and faced less competition, it reneged on its promises to protect user privacy.

How workplace surveillance is entering our homes and driving through our streets

How workplace surveillance is entering our homes and driving through our streets

As images in the Netradyne presentation show, the forward camera high resolution captures the license plates of surrounding vehicles with sufficient clarity to allow them to be read easily.

HELP LBRY SAVE CRYPTO

HELP LBRY SAVE CRYPTO

Big tech and Wall St. would have more power and many people could lose their jobs.Classifying all actively-developed blockchain tokens as securities will be a bureaucratic nightmare for United States residents and businesses operating in the US.Under this new standard, almost any token is a security, including the previously safe Ethereum.

AVIAME – Your life. Your data. Your future.

AVIAME – Your life. Your data. Your future.

In the last two years, 90% of the world’s data was created.Aviame’s mission is to advocate for and create Data Justice , giving people power over their data and their lives.

The Allure of Audience, The Illusion of Influence

The Allure of Audience, The Illusion of Influence

What happens when the message is not exactly what the farmer wants the audience sheep to hear?

An Antitrust Exemption for News Media Won’t Take Us Back to the Time Before Big Tech

An Antitrust Exemption for News Media Won’t Take Us Back to the Time Before Big Tech

The fundamental innovation behind Australia’s law is that it would create a direct conduit of revenue from (explicitly) Google and Facebook to media institutions, who could engage in collective bargaining to set rates for the tech companies use of their material.

Some of Additional States Sign On to Texas-Led Lawsuit Against Google

Some of Additional States Sign On to Texas-Led Lawsuit Against Google

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Google in December, claiming the company was too large and the competition was fierce.Nevada was the first state to be signed by a Democratic Attorney General.

Police Surveillance Can't Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished

Police Surveillance Can't Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished

The CCOPS scheme aligns in this way with other policing reforms, like community “advisory” boards and “community policing” that police use to work with people and organizations who they know will compromise in their favor.

DeFi — what is the power?

DeFi — what is the power?

DeFi is a digital financial structure, where instead of a central regulator, is a smart contract on the blockchain.DeFi implements various financial instruments, among of them the most popular are: Lending, Payment Services, Stablecoins, Decentralized Exchanges (DEX), Insurance, Prediction Markets.

The Facebook news ban revealed how problematic it is to rely on corporations to provide fundamental public services

The Facebook news ban revealed how problematic it is to rely on corporations to provide fundamental public services

That surplus data is then fed into machine intelligence which turns the data into "prediction products" that "anticipate what you will do now, soon and later".According to Professor Zuboff, social media companies trade those "prediction products" in a new kind of marketplace for behavioural predictions which she calls "behavioural futures markets".

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

Likewise, just because there are people who are hiding destructive things that the people in charge should ultimately know about doesn’t suddenly mean they should allow the police to check EVERYONE.

What Does Privacy Really Mean Under Surveillance Capitalism?

What Does Privacy Really Mean Under Surveillance Capitalism?

Too many of those acquiring our data want it for nefarious purposes: to betray our secrets to insurance companies, employers, and governments; to sell us things it’s not in our interest to buy; to pit us against each other in an effort to destroy our society from the inside; to disinform us and hijack our democracies.

Capella Space's new satellite is eerily observant

Capella Space's new satellite is eerily observant

Like other hunks of metal currently orbiting Earth, The Capella-2 satellite's onboard radar system makes it capable of producing ludicrously high-resolution visuals from its data.

Privacy matters even if "you have nothing to hide"

Privacy matters even if "you have nothing to hide"

The overwhelming majority of people do not seem to care about privacy.The question about privacy is not about hiding, it is about sharing.Increasingly, Big Tech, the likes of Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, are sharing more and more information with governments.

Tech giants may face billions of pounds in fines from new UK watchdog

Tech giants may face billions of pounds in fines from new UK watchdog

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which will host the new dedicated Digital Markets Unit (DMU), has advised the government that the new regulator must have the power to impose huge fines as a final “backstop” or it will be unable to ensure tech companies abide by the new rules, which are designed to create a fairer market for smaller rivals, newspaper and magazine publishers, and consumers.

DuckDuckGo's privacy abuses-- current, historic, and by proxy

DuckDuckGo's privacy abuses-- current, historic, and by proxy

A place to discuss privacy and freedom in the digital world.In this community everyone is welcome to post links and discuss topics related to privacy.

Make Amazon Pay

Make Amazon Pay

The growth of CEO Jeff Bezos’s astronomical wealth — up $100 billion since March, now surpassing that of any other human in history — is directly proportional to Amazon’s human and environmental costs: his corporation mistreats its workers, wrecks the climate, and undermines the public institutions underpinning our democracies along the way.

Facebook Is Going After Its Critics in the Name of Privacy

Facebook Is Going After Its Critics in the Name of Privacy

Facebook has threatened legal action against the Ad Observatory team, claiming that the Ad Observer plug-in violates its terms of service.Even more of a stretch: Facebook's claims that it is only acting to protect its users' privacy.

Why privacy matters - Glenn Greenwald

Why privacy matters - Glenn Greenwald

The "Nothing to hide" argument follows the idea that there are two kinds of people: good and bad.The only people who care about privacy are by definition "bad people".An implicit bargain: if you're untreatening and harmless to those who have political power, then and only then can you be free of the dangers of surveillance.

Interacting With Non-Privacy People

Interacting With Non-Privacy People

I often see people ask “how do I get my family/friends/significant other/coworkers/etc to care about privacy,” but I rarely see anyone ask “should you get them to care at all?” It’s an important question.

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Once that clear purpose is defined, it’s helpful to think about how information can be governed in a way that balances both the benefits and the risks.

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives antitrust report on Big Tech firms contains a “thinly veiled call to break up” the companies, Republican Congressman Ken Buck said in a draft response seen by Reuters.

The EU wants to limit which apps Apple and Google pre-install on your phone

The EU wants to limit which apps Apple and Google pre-install on your phone

Draft rules would force the tech giants to share their data with rivals, and limit how many of their own apps they pre-install on devices.

How China surveils the world

How China surveils the world

The CCP doesn’t only collect data through invasive surveillance technologies like cameras that employ facial recognition.A: GTCOM is a big-data and AI company that is controlled by China’s Central Propaganda Department, which is deeply involved in Party attempts to shift the global narrative around China’s power.

The Big Tech Extortion Racket

The Big Tech Extortion Racket

To understand this power and its implications, consider Uber, whose service was designed to manipulate both buyer and seller using personalized price discrimination, as the company has admitted.

China Is What Orwell Feared

China Is What Orwell Feared

Having set up beachheads in Asia, Europe, and Africa, China’s AI companies are now pushing into Latin America, a region the Chinese government describes as a “core economic interest.” China financed Ecuador’s $240 million purchase of a surveillance-camera system.

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

In Australian Federal Court, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accused Google of not explicitly getting consent or properly informing consumers of a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with browsing activities on non-Google websites.

Uber drivers are suing for their data and it has big implications for the $200 billion gig economy

Uber drivers are suing for their data and it has big implications for the $200 billion gig economy

Understanding the data and how it is used by the algorithms is the first step in addressing the asymmetric power between gig economy workers and tech giants like Uber, according to Farrar.

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google An internal team that tracks the worldwide usage of Google's first-party apps "also has used Lockbox data on third-party apps to show executives how Google services were performing compared to rivals," sources told The Information.

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

During a panel on technology and surveillance hosted by Motherboard and Mijente, Snowden was asked by Mijente campaign organizer Jacinta González what needs to be done to get workers within the tech industry to take a stronger position in the dismantling of oppressive systems.