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    How Google’s China project undermines its claims to political neutrality
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    A leaked internal presentation about censorship frames the issue correctly — but the company’s work in China contradicts it
    https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/11/...e-speech-china
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    Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'
    Apple and its CEO have long touted personal privacy, distancing themselves from recent, growing scandals among tech companies — but the comments from Cook are some of the strongest to date.
    CEO Tim Cook said the business of selling ads against personal data has become a "data industrial complex" and stopped just short of naming tech giants like Facebook and Google in his criticisms.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/24/appl...vacy-laws.html
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    Default It's gonna be funny as hell when all the Chinese youts' go all cyperpunk

    BEIJING (AFP) -
    From virtual reality police training programmes to gun-toting drones and iris scanners, a public security expo in China showed the range of increasingly high-tech tools available to the country's police.

    The exhibition, which ran Tuesday to Friday in Beijing, emphasised surveillance and monitoring technology just as the Communist government's domestic security spending has skyrocketed.

    Facial-recognition screens analysing candid shots of conference attendees were scattered around the exhibition hall, while other vendors packed their booths with security cameras
    https://www.france24.com/en/20181026...curity-gadgets
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    Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

    Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, "gait recognition" is part of a push across China to develop artificial-intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concern about how far the technology will go.

    Huang Yongzhen, the CEO of Watrix, said that its system can identify people from up to 50 meters (165 feet) away, even with their back turned or face covered. This can fill a gap in facial recognition, which needs close-up, high-resolution images of a person's face to work.
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    Facial recognition software is already prevalent in a lot of mainstream technology products. You may even use a few of them, like Facebook photo tagging, Snapchat or Instagram face filters, or the iPhone’s Face ID, which uses facial recognition to unlock the phone.

    Future uses of the technology may not be so harmless.

    Microsoft President Brad Smith laid out a frightening scenario in which facial recognition technology, if left unchecked, could totally change the way we live and what privacy people are able to retain, if any.

    “It potentially means every time you walk into a store, a retailer knows when you were in there last, what good you picked out, what you purchased,” he said at Web Summit, a tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday. “I think even that frankly pales in comparison to what it could do to relationships between individuals and the state.”

    Smith went on to describe what sounds like a total doomsday scenario for facial recognition technology, a scenario on par with the idea that automation will replace all jobs, or Elon Musk’s projected AI apocalypse.
    https://www.recode.net/2018/11/7/180...air-web-summit
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    BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing’s municipal government will assign citizens and firms “personal trustworthiness points” by 2021, state media reported on Tuesday, pioneering China’s controversial plan for a “social credit” system to monitor citizens and businesses.
    The social credit system, which is being built on the principle of “once untrustworthy, always restricted”, will encourage government bodies to share more information about individual and business misdeeds in order to coordinate punishments and rewards.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-c...-idUSKCN1NP0FT
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    Millions of Chinese nationals have been blocked from booking flights or trains as Beijing seeks to implement its controversial “social credit” system, which allows the government to closely monitor and judge each of its 1.3 billion citizens based on their behaviour and activity.

    The system, to be rolled out by 2020, aims to make it “difficult to move” for those deemed “untrustworthy”, according to a detailed plan published by the government this week.

    It will be used to reward or punish people and organisations for “trustworthiness” across a range of measures.

    A key part of the plan not only involves blacklisting people with low social credibility scores, but also “publicly disclosing the records of enterprises and individuals’ untrustworthiness on a regular basis”.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a8646316.html
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    Uninvited, more than one million Han Chinese people have reportedly moved into the homes of Uighur Muslim families to report on whether they display Islamic or unpatriotic beliefs.

    Sent to homes in Xinjiang province by the Chinese government, American anthropologist Darren Byler said they were tasked with watching for signs that their hosts’ attachment to Islam might be “extreme”.

    The informants, who describe themselves as "relatives" of the families they are staying with, are said to have received specific instructions on how to get them to let their guard down.

    As devout Muslims would refuse cigarettes and alcohol. this is seen as one way of finding out whether they were extreme.

    “Had a Uighur host just greeted a neighbour in Arabic with the words ‘Assalamu Alaykum’? That would need to go in the notebook,” said Dr Byler, in research published by Asia Society's Centre on US-China Relations. “Was that a copy of the Quran in the home? Was anyone praying on Friday or fasting during Ramadan? Was a little sister’s dress too long or a little brother’s beard irregular?”
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a8648561.html
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    It starts with the Muslims because they can semi-credibly use the threat of Islamic Extremists as justification for the population control measures. Note the minimal backlash from world leaders outside reports in UK journals. However, this is should be a wake up call for what is coming next, in fact it has already started with their online monitoring and ongoing assessments to their citizens resulting in a social rating based on how well they conform to "correct thinking." The dictator Xi is scared to death of internal unrest, and is taking extreme measures to suppress it. After the Uighurs it will be Hong Kong, University campuses will become indoctrination centers (not unlike the U.S.), etc.. The technologies and tactics that enable this oppression will be exported to other countries that seek similar control. Most likely to countries where Xi has bought off the leaders and needs them to stay in power so he can exploit the country for economic gain.

    We ignored this threat too long, it is a form of political extremism not unlike Nazism, or Maoism enabled by state controlled capitalism. The oppression of the Muslims was the first wave, we're watching the second wave of oppression build (social credit system), and we need to anticipate what the third wave will be.

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    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A user of Amazon’s (AMZN.O) Alexa voice assistant in Germany got access to more than a thousand recordings from another user because of “a human error” by the company. The customer had asked to listen back to recordings of his own activities made by Alexa but he was also able to access 1,700 audio files from a stranger when Amazon sent him a link, German trade publication c’t reported.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-a...-idUSKCN1OJ15J
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    Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson believes a helmet placed on a human head in a laboratory will be able to project their thoughts in real-time. He spoke after researchers claimed they can tell what rats are thinking by analysing activity in their brains. But ex-cybernetics engineer Pearson believes humans are will be able to take it one step further. The Futurizon blogger believes either a TV or PC screen will display human thoughts as the person is thinking them live.
    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/wor...-tv-screens-pc

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    India has authorised 10 federal government agencies to intercept and monitor information from any computer, a move opposition parties said on Friday risked creating a "surveillance state".

    The interior ministry said the agencies could "intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer" under an Information Technology Act.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolo...-agencies/amp/
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    Chinese schools have begun enforcing "smart uniforms" embedded with computer chips to monitor student movements and prevent them from skipping classes. Eleven schools in the south-west province of Guizhou have introduced the uniforms, which were developed by local tech firm Guizhou Guanyu Technology. As students enter the school, the time and date is recorded along with a short video that parents can access via a mobile app.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-...china/10671604
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    Valid question
    FACEBOOK'S '10 YEAR CHALLENGE' IS JUST A HARMLESS MEME—RIGHT?
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    Shenzhen’s Futian station is demonstrating 5G-backed technologies including facial recognition and payments
    China’s consumers are used to mobile payments and facial recognition has been deployed to nab criminals
    https://www.scmp.com/tech/innovation...our-face-china
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