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You snooze, you lose: insurers make the old adage literally true • ProPublica
Marshall Allen:
<p>[Tony] Schmidt, 59, has sleep apnea, a disorder that causes worrisome breaks in his breathing at night. Like millions of people, he relies on a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine that streams warm air into his nose while he sleeps, keeping his airway open. Without it, Schmidt would wake up hundreds of times a night; then, during the day, he’d nod off at work, sometimes while driving and even as he sat on the toilet.

“I couldn’t keep a job,” he said. “I couldn’t stay awake.” The CPAP, he said, saved his career, maybe even his life.

As many CPAP users discover, the life-altering device comes with caveats: health insurance companies are often tracking whether patients use them. If they aren’t, the insurers might not cover the machines or the supplies that go with them.

In fact, faced with the popularity of CPAPs, which can cost $400 to $800, and their need for replacement filters, face masks and hoses, health insurers have deployed a host of tactics that can make the therapy more expensive or even price it out of reach.

Patients have been required to rent CPAPs at rates that total much more than the retail price of the devices, or they’ve discovered that the supplies would be substantially cheaper if they didn’t have insurance at all.

Experts who study health care costs say insurers’ CPAP strategies are part of the industry’s playbook of shifting the costs of widely used therapies, devices and tests to unsuspecting patients.</p>

It would be OK to check whether people are using them - but pricing them out of reach? Truly, US health insurers are the problem, not the solution.
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2 hours ago by charlesarthur
Opt out of global data surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore, and Tempora - PRISM Break - PRISM Break
Opt out of global data surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora. Help make mass surveillance of entire populations uneconomical! We all have a right to privacy, which you can exercise today by encrypting your communications and ending your reliance on proprietary services.
mt  tooled  privacy  software  initiative  opensource  links  resource  alternatives  optout  surveillance  internet  services  cool  tools  use  reference 
6 hours ago by orlin
The End of Trust | Electronic Frontier Foundation
a collection of essays and interviews focusing on issues related to technology, privacy, and surveillance
privacy  surveillance  technology  culture  politics 
6 hours ago by grantpotter
White Paper Outlines Potential Uses of AI – @CDT
"In September, the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), a think tank under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), published an artificial intelligence security white paper [http://www.caict.ac.cn/kxyj/qwfb/bps/201809/P020180918473525332978.pdf] that outlined development areas describing how Beijing aims to use AI to automate censorship and control public opinion, and improve public security." China Digital Times has translated a few excerpts from the report into English. Among them:

> "Artificial intelligence can predict the development trajectory for internet incidents, strengthen early warning capabilities as events evolve, preemptively intervene in and guide public sentiment to avoid mass online public opinion outbreaks, and improve social governance capabilities. Currently, the main system for monitoring public opinion online has built upon a pre-existing base of big data analytics with natural language processing, machine reading comprehension, and other related technologies to improve the system’s intelligence level."

- MIT Technology Review sketched out a flowchart to help you figure you out if something is using AI: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612404/is-this-ai-we-drew-you-a-flowchart-to-work-it-out/

- Read about SenseTime, "the world’s most valuable AI startup" and one of the bigger makers of the tech behind China's surveillance state: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-19/this-company-is-helping-build-china-s-panopticon-it-won-t-stop-there?srnd=businessweek-v2
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23 hours ago by dmcdev
Is Interpol being manipulated by authoritarian regimes? | Financial Times
Those requests are dealt with by a chamber comprising member-elected representatives from five countries: currently Russia, Angola, Moldova, Argentina and Finland
interpol  russia  angola  authoritarianism  surveillance 
yesterday by yorksranter
Sousveillance
Sousveillance is the recording of an activity by a participant in the activity, typically by way of small wearable or portable personal technologies. The term "sousveillance", coined by Steve Mann, stems from the contrasting French words sur, meaning "above", and sous, meaning "below", i.e. "surveillance" denotes the "eye-in-the-sky" watching from above, whereas "sousveillance" denotes bringing the camera or other means of observation down to human level, either physically (mounting cameras on people rather than on buildings), or hierarchically (ordinary people doing the watching, rather than higher authorities or architectures doing the watching).
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yesterday by terry
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Why are some member states opposing stricter control on export of technologies to authoritarian r…
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yesterday by freerange_inc
Ford CEO frankly admits that the car of the future is a surveillance device that you pay to spy on you
The extractive model has shown itself to be a loser for businesses that do things that people value: Toys R Us was looted into bankruptcy; so was Sears.

But the dream of extractive rentierism still haunts the managerial classes.

Take Ford CEO Jim Hackett, whose recent Freakonomics Radio appearance celebrated his company's shift from a car business to a debt-issuance business, with Ford Credit now accounting for a third of the company's profits.
2018  surveillance  capitalism 
yesterday by bignose
Ford CEO frankly admits that the car of the future is a surveillance device that you pay to spy on you / Boing Boing
The issue in the vehicle, see, is: We already know and have data on our customers. By the way, we protect this securely; they trust us,” Hackett said. “We know what people make. How do we know that? It’s because they borrow money from us. And when you ask somebody what they make, we know where they work, you know. We know if they’re married. We know how long they’ve lived in their house because these are all on the credit applications. We’ve never ever been challenged on how we use that. And that’s the leverage we got here with the data.”
cars  driverless  data  surveillance 
yesterday by jomc

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