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Secrets and Lies of the Bailout – Rolling Stone
So what exactly did the bailout accomplish? It built a banking system that discriminates against community banks, makes Too Big to Fail banks even Too Bigger to Failier, increases risk, discourages sound business lending and punishes savings by making it even easier and more profitable to chase high-yield investments than to compete for small depositors. The bailout has also made lying on behalf of our biggest and most corrupt banks the official policy of the United States government. And if any one of those banks fails, it will cause another financial crisis, meaning we’re essentially wedded to that policy for the rest of eternity – or at least until the markets call our bluff, which could happen any minute now.
finance  crash  crisis  bailout  banks  FRB  deception  BernankeBen  PaulsonHank  SummersLarry  reform  regulation  viability  corruption  fraud  secrecy 
2 days ago by petej
The Box That AI Lives In
Podcast episode about an 18th-century device called the Mechanical Turk, which convinced Europeans that a robot could play winning chess, and how companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have applied a similar framework to trick us into believing AI is doing all sorts of automated things for us when it's actually ourselves doing all the work for them.
AI  intelligence  Turk  Internet  chess  deception  technology  data  privacy  crowdworking  future  Slate  Economist  machines  chatbox  economy  work  Amazon 
7 days ago by hrmeaner
Academic publishing is a mess and it makes culture wars dumber / Boing Boing
Sokal was a scientist deliberately trolling the pompous appropriation of scientific terminology by sociologists. In these new papers, the authors sincerely believe in their work, but face accusations of shoddiness and inappropriate abstraction. Sokal was presented as evidence of academic fraudulence; the recent examples as evidence of academic censorship.
publishing  university  science  research  failure  deception 
8 days ago by basemaly
Politicalprof
Apparently, QAnon has mapped out every conspiracy and how they all work to make Donald Trump awesome. See: it all makes sense! If you’re smart enough …
infographic  conspiracy  deception 
8 days ago by basemaly
Facebook's War on Bullshit Is Not Going Well—We Talked to the Fact Checkers on the Front Lines
Facebook’s program currently includes 17 countries. They are all certified by the International Fact-Checking Network, a non-partisan unit of the Poynter Institute launched in September 2015. Several fact-checkers participating in the program confirmed to Gizmodo that Facebook is paying them as part of the agreement. Factcheck.org, for instance, breaks down the funding it receives in a financial disclosure, which reveals that Facebook paid the organization $188,881 during the 2018 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2018.
socialnetwork  deception  business  privacy 
22 days ago by basemaly
The consequences of indecency | TechCrunch
The goal was to protect the unique ability of the internet to be the proverbial marketplace of ideas while ensuring that mainstream sites could reflect the ethics of society as a whole. In general, this has been a success — with one glaring exception. I never expected that internet CEOs would fail to understand one simple principle: that an individual endorsing (or denying) the extermination of millions of people, or attacking the victims of horrific crimes or the parents of murdered children, is far more indecent than an individual posting pornography.
speech  socialnetwork  politics  deception 
25 days ago by basemaly
How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump - MIT Technology Review
To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.
socialnetwork  politics  deception  media 
25 days ago by basemaly
A browser extension that checks web-pages for misleading and hoax images / Boing Boing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osPL8b-nTeg Surfsafe is a browser extension that compares all the images you load in your browser to images that appear on "trusted news sites," fact-checking services, and Snopes, and pops up a tool-tip warning when you hover over known hoax images with links to more information. The tool comes from Robhat Labs, who created the…
truth  deception  browser  plugin 
29 days ago by basemaly
(1) Astroturfing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - YouTube
Organizations can hire fake advocates who create the illusion of real support for their message. It’s a shady practice called astroturfing that can warp the public perception of anything...even astroturfing.
deception  politics  media  business  capitalism  truth 
5 weeks ago by basemaly
dragoninahat comments on "I eat less than 800 calories a day."
"I have three or four people poking me to remind me to eat" rang some real bells for me. I have seen this a few times - women who take extreme pride in "forgetting to eat" and will get a lot of emotional fulfilment of having friends tell them "oh, you have to eat!" Because it is telling them that they are cared for, while also giving them a boost of "you eat so little!" which is a competition we can get into with each other. It's the same type of person who posts constant memes to facebook about how they suffer in silence and are the one who is always there for their friends but nobody sees their quiet struggle. There's a real performative martyr thing going on. If they really didn't eat that much their friends would likely not notice if they didn't draw attention to it, and if they suffered in silence nobody would know, because it would really be silent.
gender  fatlogic  psychology  deception 
6 weeks ago by ramitsethi
34 years ago, a KGB defector chillingly predicted modern America | Big Think
A chilling interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
deception  espionage  russia  truth  reality  politics 
8 weeks ago by basemaly
Why is America so bad at information wars?
JULY 18, 2018 | Financial Times | Gillian Tett.

In his new book Messing With the Enemy, Clint Watts, a former FBI agent, describes this exchange as the first “international-terrorist-versus-counter-terrorist Twitter battle”......One way to make sense of today’s extraordinary cyber battles with the Russians is to look at how jihadi groups developed such campaigns years earlier — not least because this oft-ignored parallel shows how the US government has done a poor job fighting its enemies in cyberspace. “America sucks at information warfare,” Watts laments. “Absolutely sucks.”.....US officials attempted to fight back against Isis’s social media campaigns. Watts reveals that in 2013 while at the FBI — and later as a security consultant — he engaged in a long Twitter duel with American-born terrorist Omar Hammami. Other US intelligence groups tried to develop psychological-operations campaigns to fight the extremists. Some of the experimental techniques used to profile social media users were later deployed in the ad-tech industry by companies such as Cambridge Analytica.

However, the US military was simply too bureaucratic, slow moving and rule-laden to match its enemies. And the country that seemed to learn the most from the social media extremists was Russia: Watts describes how he inadvertently witnessed Russian-backed groups populating American social media from the autumn of 2015 onwards, copying some of the tactics of the Islamists....Watts’s proposed remedy is just as startling: he believes that US government agencies are now so ill-equipped to fight in these type of social media wars that it is time for non-government groups to take the lead instead.....many leading figures in Silicon Valley furtively express similar views. Indeed, some appear to be quietly funding civilian “volunteers” to do exactly what Watts suggests: namely, hunt for ways to counter Russian attacks by infiltrating enemy cyber groups.

Who knows whether this type of grass-roots action will work, or how widespread it might be — everything is deeply murky in the arena of cyberspace and information wars.
Gillian_Tett  information_warfare  U.S.  security_&_intelligence  Twitter  al-Shabab  books  cyber_warfare  Russians  hackers  Russia  disinformation  persuasion  trolls  politics  delegitimization  destabilization  deception 
8 weeks ago by jerryking
Sandia National Laboratories: News Releases : HADES creates alternate reality to mislead hackers
Sandia National Laboratories cyber researchers go with that second option when it comes to foiling a hacker. Rather than simply blocking a discovered intruder, Vince Urias, Will Stout and Caleb Loverro deploy a recently patented alternative reality, dubbed HADES for High-fidelity Adaptive Deception & Emulation System, which feeds a hacker not what he needs to know but what he wants to believe.

“Deception is the future of cyber defense,” said Urias. “Simply kicking a hacker out is next to useless. The hacker has asymmetry on his side; we have to guard a hundred possible entry points and a hacker only needs to penetrate one to get in.”
sandia  cybersecurity  deception 
9 weeks ago by bwiese
Defending the Indefensible: A New Strategy for Stopping Information Operations - War on the Rocks
As a cyber-intelligence analyst with a degree in modeling & simulation, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to fit information operations into a cyber-attack model. Information operations, sometimes referred to as information warfare or political warfare, have been used for centuries by many different entities but have recently regained prominence. According to the RAND Corporation, “Information operations and warfare, also known as influence operations, includes[…]the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent.” Historical information operations include Soviet propaganda blaming the United States for creating AIDS as a biological weapon and ISIL falsely claiming responsibility for attacks such as the 2017 massacre in Las Vegas. And of course, contemporary observers are familiar with Russia’s use of information operations in an effort to influence democratic processes around the world.
deception  informationoperations  cybersecurity  lockheedmartin 
9 weeks ago by bwiese
Splunk at Sandia National Labs
At Sandia National Labs, Vincent Urias, cybersecurity research strategist, supports both externally-focused organizations including the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, as well as internally-focused cybersecurity research and development efforts. According to Urias, “We do a lot of test and evaluation. We also look at where the market is, what the gaps are, and try to fill those gaps with proofs of concept and R&D to understand where we need to invest energy, technology and people to mitigate threats or security issues in a broader fashion.”
sandia  splunk  cybersecurity  deception 
9 weeks ago by bwiese

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