The Cyberfascism Bulletin #2: April Fool’s Edition

I wish I was foolin’. All this stuff’s real, so the joke’s on us. BIG BIZ An oldie but goodie: Kim DuToit discovers that the Weather Channel app is selling his location data in near real time. He is not amused. Heck, I didn’t even realize that drunken online shopping was a thing. How naive of me. Of course, the Amazonians and Googleoids would never try to reinforce or exploit this behavior pattern, would they? BIG STATE Life’s a bitch for a “discredited individual” under China’s social credit system. Two US state Teachers’ Retirement Systems are investing pension funds in … Continue reading The Cyberfascism Bulletin #2: April Fool’s Edition

Cyberfacsism, Canadian-Style

Big Mountie is watching you, eh? Documents obtained by Motherboard from Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) through an access to information request show that at least two provinces—Ontario and Saskatchewan—maintain a “Risk-driven Tracking Database” that is used to amass highly sensitive information about people’s lives. … Information about people believed to be “at risk” of becoming criminals or victims of harm is shared between civilian agencies and police and is added to the database when a person is being evaluated for a rapid intervention intended to lower their risk levels. Interventions can range from a door … Continue reading Cyberfacsism, Canadian-Style

Sorry, you’ve reached your social credit limit

China has blocked millions of “discredited” travellers from buying plane or train tickets as part of the country’s controversial “social credit” system aimed at improving the behaviour of citizens. This is where ubiquitous surveillance by the state (directly or via contractors) eventually leads.  This is why you shouldn’t trust the folks who want to dispossess you of your car; their motives are not what they professs. Tip from the Instapundit, who predicts some Chinese people will find their social credit card inoperable in the bread lines of the near future. Continue reading Sorry, you’ve reached your social credit limit

You’re not just web surfing, you’re participating in an A/B test

Pretty much every time you log on to Facebook or use Google, you’re participating, as a subject, in an A/B test.  Unknowingly.  Without informed consent.  This is how privacy and human rights are eroded, one click at a time.  Worse yet, the folks who do this brag about it!  Don’t believe me?  Type “A/B testing internet” into your favorite search engine (I avoid Google) and see what you get. There’s a friggin’ geek army of snoops out there. Continue reading You’re not just web surfing, you’re participating in an A/B test

I smell a rat…

…in the records disposition of this twin study.  Yale pulls this kind of stuff Neubauer conceived the experiment to compare the development of separated sets of twins and triplets with fellow psychiatrist Viola Bernard, to explore one of psychology’s most pressing questions — that of nature versus nurture, or whether human behavior is more affected by environment or genetics. Researchers did not obtain the consent of participants or their adoptive families. They also failed to inform families that their child had been separated from a twin during the adoption process or in their later observation of the children, according to … Continue reading I smell a rat…

“Security concerns”

But today there are reports that the British government has said that it will not offer asylum to Asia Bibi. The reason being “security concerns” — that weasel term now used by all officialdom whenever it needs one last reason to avoid doing the right thing. Thanks to Douglas Murray, writing in the National Review, for explaining the term.  I see university officials using it quite frequently. Continue reading “Security concerns”