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Everything within the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State. –Benito Mussolini Whether the State seizes Business, or Business seizes the State, the result is still Fascism. –The Random Texan BIG BIZ Amazon employees are listening in on your conversations with the Alexa device. No potential for abuse there, is there? BIG STATE Automated license plate readers: threat or menace? xx BIG ED X BIG MED In Singapore, police can use COVID-19 contact tracing data to investigate crimes. If used here in the States, experts say the practice may cause people to avoid tracing. Ya think? ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA … Continue reading HTML Testing

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

The Cyberfascism Bulletin #1: Spring Break Edition

This is the first in a continuing series of “callouts” detailing the onslaught of the ubiquitous surveillance and behavioral influence state. Remember, whether the state seizes industry, or industry seizes the state, the result is still fascism. BIG BIZ Volvo wants to spy on you while you drive. Two thoughts immediately came to mind: (1) Isn’t Volvo owned by those “social credit” folks, the Chinese? and (2) I find it impossible to utter the phrase hot-rod Volvo without laughing. Google tracks users’ phones–even when their location history is turned off. If you want to keep your movements to yourself, you … Continue reading The Cyberfascism Bulletin #1: Spring Break Edition

The War Against Big Brother

Today I begin a series of posts of observations and comments about what I call cyber fascism, the harnessing of ubiquitous information technology to impose political, commercial, and social control over much of the developed and developing world. My first real inkling of the enormity of our situation came as I prepared material for a course I teach in statistical methods, where we discuss the ethics of experiments with human subjects, informed consent, and data protection and privacy.  I quickly learned that despite well-intentioned efforts like The Belmont Report or the ASA’s Ethical Guidelines, the world of data privacy is … Continue reading The War Against Big Brother