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A Trojan Horse? PathCheck’s Contact Tracing App Coming to Minnesota and the World

    A Trojan Horse? PathCheck’s Contact Tracing App Coming to Minnesota and the World

Almost as soon as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic in March, contact tracing apps seem to have sprouted everywhere. Last May, MintPress News reported on a Bluetooth-enabled sports fans tracking app, which was later repurposed to push COVID-19 contact tracing methods. The app, called Care19, was one of the first publicly known…

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With Microsoft Purchase of TikTok, US Tightens Grip Over International Media

    With Microsoft Purchase of TikTok, US Tightens Grip Over International Media

Following Donald Trump’s Friday announcement that he would ban the popular Chinese-owned video platform, Microsoft has today swooped in to hoover up TikTok after it received “personal assurances” from the president himself that he would back such a move. Trump has given the two parties up to 45 days to hash out a deal. ByteDance, TikTok’s parent…

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Mass-Tracking COVI-PASS Immunity Passports Slated to Roll Out in 15 Countries

    Mass-Tracking COVI-PASS Immunity Passports Slated to Roll Out in 15 Countries

Through the magic of Internet meme culture, most Millennials will be familiar with the famous opening scene of the 1942 film, “Casablanca,” where two policemen stop a civilian in the “old Moorish section” of Nazi-occupied French Morocco and ask him for his “papers.” The subject is taken away at once after failing to produce the required…

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The High-Tech Profiling of Native Americans Under COVID-19 Could Be Headed Your Way

    The High-Tech Profiling of Native Americans Under COVID-19 Could Be Headed Your Way

By now it is no secret that COVID-19 is being used to justify profiteering, power grabs, and the incremental decimation of our right to privacy. It is also serving to perpetuate age-old practices of oppression against Native peoples and other minority groups in the United States, as evidenced by a secret policy enacted by a neonatal women’s…

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Amazon Unveils Augmented Reality to Enforce Social Distancing in New Norm for Corporate America

  Amazon Unveils Augmented Reality to Enforce Social Distancing in New Norm for Corporate America

Should you be one of the dozens of people working minimum ten-hour shifts at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Kent, Washington these days, you might very well be at the vanguard of the “new normal” for American blue collar workplaces. The 1 million-square-foot facility located about 20 miles south of Seattle is the site of a new…

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North Dakota Governor Delivers Testing Ground for Mass Tracking Tech

  North Dakota Governor Delivers Testing Ground for Mass Tracking Tech

College football is deeply ingrained in popular American culture and represents one of the most important mechanisms to foment social cohesion in the country. Owing to the close ties between the government and military and America’s institutions of higher learning, often through research grants and recruitment programs, it will come as no surprise that the…

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Google’s Dystopian Crisis Tracking Could Be Straight out of George Orwell’s 1984

  Google’s Dystopian Crisis Tracking Could Be Straight out of George Orwell’s 1984

In the fight against COVID–19 (coronavirus), Google has announced it is partnering with dozens of governments around the world, sharing its users’ location history, and, in the process, giving us an insight into how much the Silicon Valley company knows about us. “As global communities respond to COVID-19, we’ve heard from public health officials that…

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More Gov’t Hooks in Social Media: Facebook Hires Patriot Act Co-Author While Trump Jawbones Twitter CEO

  More Gov’t Hooks in Social Media: Facebook Hires Patriot Act Co-Author While Trump Jawbones Twitter CEO

The U.S. government-social media nexus appears to be tightening. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump held a closed-door meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Just days prior, the other top social-media network, Facebook, hired Jennifer Newstead, a former legal adviser to Trump’s state department who had previously co-authored the controversial Patriot Act, known for its…

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With New Patents Facebook Brings Us One Step Close to a Dystopian Future

  With New Patents Facebook Brings Us One Step Close to a Dystopian Future

This year Facebook filed two very interesting patents in the US. One was a patent for emotion recognition technology; which recognises human emotions through facial expressions and so can therefore assess what mood we are in at any given time-happy or anxious for example. This can be done either by a webcam or through a…

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CIA-Backed Firm Touted Social Media Surveillance of Students to Sell Services to Police

  CIA-Backed Firm Touted Social Media Surveillance of Students to Sell Services to Police

Emails obtained by Lucy Parsons Labs reveal that Geofeedia touted social media surveillance of middle and high school students by its suburban Chicago police customers in an effort to sell their services to Evanston police. Geofeedia provides law enforcement with tools to monitor social media use by mapping location and other data. It has received funding from…

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