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Facebook Buys a Drone Company

March 5, 2014

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Facebook is set to acquire drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace, ostensibly so that Africans can share memes, family photos and  enjoy targeted advertising like the rest of us. Seriously, what could go wrong with the owner of the largest facial recognition database buying a drone company? From the BetaBeat blog, Jordyn Taylor writes: The social media […]

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Conservatives, Privacy and Propaganda

February 21, 2014

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The phrase “our new happy life” recurred several times. ~1984 Inside Google: Keeper of the statistics “The fabulous statistics continued to pour out of the telescreen. As compared with last year there was more food, more clothes, more houses, more furniture, more cooking pots, more fuel, more ships, more helicopters, more books, more babies — […]

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The Public Should Be Concerned about License Plate Tracking; UPDATED DHS Cancels Plans

February 19, 2014

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Updated: After significant outcry from privacy advocates, the DHS has ordered the cancellation of a plan by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to develop a national license-plate tracking system. At Hot Air, Allahpundit doesn’t think it’s because they have decided that they actually care about privacy or something: If they’re dropping the license plate […]

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Way Past “A little snooping”

December 20, 2013

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Above the fog. A few months ago during our home remodel I searched for a toilet via Google. After that, for a month at least, every time I got on Facebook, there was an endless stream of ads for toilets on my news feed.  You could say then, for sure, that Facebook had gone to […]

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Google Loses and Considers Its Next Steps

September 11, 2013

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“We are disappointed in the Ninth Circuit’s decision and are considering our next steps,” Google said in a statement Tuesday. Oh….that’s toooooo bad.  The Google legal team’s defense of “accidental and unintentional”  collection of private information by its Street View fleet has been kicked to the curb by a federal appeals court: The U.S. Court […]

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List Making and Keeping and Public Shaming

October 16, 2012

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Super Secret Google builds its servers in the dark. (Wired.com) Which box is yours? The Zumba prostitute in Maine kept a list of all her johns. Now that the names have been released to the public, fantasized images of the men paying for sex with someone other than their wives will help feed the 24/7 “news” cycle. […]

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The Years of Trusting Nobody

June 25, 2012

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Imagine what you can do with the real thing! I read this article aloud to my husband. A day when everyone is Big Brother will dawn as people start wearing Google glasses, or a slew of competing augmented reality spectacles, that throw the Web up on a lens and also record the world. —- Mr. […]

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The Government and Google, Transparency Pals

June 15, 2012

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Eric Cantor’s office just tweeted out this: Which linked to this: In Support of Legislative Transparency Google believes that policy-making should be grounded in sound analysis of data. We take this to heart — it’s why we launch tools like the Transparency Report, which shows when and what information is accessible on Google services around […]

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Google, The Almighty

June 14, 2012

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Knowledge is power, if you know it about the right person. ~Ethel Watts Mumford It’s not just God up there, watching you On Tuesday, Rep. Lamar Smith spoke to the Kendall County Republican Women’s PAC at its monthly luncheon.  I asked him his thoughts about this: Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back […]

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Google Glasses and the New Surveillance State; Updated

April 11, 2012

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Turning our lives into a “Dystopian commercialist nightmare”. ~Conor Friedersdorf Happy pretty girl + Google Glasses = So Much Fun? Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, various forms of active and passive coercion. Ideas and works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and humans individually and collectively […]

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Thanks to Google, We’re All Terminators Now

February 22, 2012

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Augmented Reality Hardened warriors on the verge of losing touch with our own humanity Google insists that its newest focus, Android-based “Heads Up” glasses that send data to the wearer about the surrounding area, are not about potential revenue streams. Of course not! The project is just an “experiment that anyone will be able to […]

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Are Google’s Intentions Good, or Evil?

February 9, 2012

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Google knows a whole lot about you. How much do you know about it? The Battle Between Good and Evil; Our History and Our Future Lest I sound like a broken record on this topic, I’ll let someone else sound the warning: Here’s what Google knows about you, what it stores right there on its […]

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