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Surveillance cams, face scans help China make thousands vanish
"The facial scanner is made by China Electronics Technology Group (CETC), a state-owned defense contractor that has spearheaded China’s fast-growing field of predictive policing with Xinjiang as its test bed. The AP found 27 CETC bids for Xinjiang government contracts, including one soliciting a facial recognition system for facilities and centers in Hotan Prefecture.

Hours after visiting the Hotan bazaar, AP reporters were stopped outside a hotel by a police officer who said the public security bureau had been remotely tracking the reporters’ movements.

“There are tens of thousands of cameras here,” said the officer, who gave his name as Tushan. “The moment you took your first step in this city, we knew.”"
surveillance  police  china  grim_meathook_future  2017 
4 weeks ago by mechazoidal
André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how
"The following analysis is an extrapolation for the future, based on the current state of the Web and strategies made public by executives at GOOG-FB-AMZN."
"The next wave of walled gardens might look different: less noticeable, but nonetheless disruptive to the Web."
"It wouldn’t conceptually be anymore a “network of networks”, but just a “network of three networks”, the Trinet, if you will. "
"On the Trinet, if you are permanently banned from GOOG or FB, you would have no alternative. You could even be restricted from creating a new account. As private businesses, GOOG, FB, and AMZN don’t need to guarantee you access to their networks. You do not have a legal right to an account in their servers, and as societies we aren’t demanding for these rights as vehemently as we could, to counter the strategies that tech giants are putting forward."
grim_meathook_future  web  internet  facebook  google  amazon  monopoly 
11 weeks ago by mechazoidal
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
"Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention"
grim_meathook_future  from:guardian  attention_economy  stacks  technology 
october 2017 by mechazoidal
Millions of Facebook users have no idea they’re using the internet | Quartz
"Facebook is “often the only accessible application,” as Orriss puts it, but that’s because Facebook—which did not respond to requests to comment on this story—has worked to ensure that it is the easiest and cheapest to access. The company backs, an initiative to “bring the Internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it.” Yet’s showpiece, an app now available in nearly half a dozen countries, provides free access only to Facebook, Facebook messenger, and a handful of other services (the precise lineup varies by country). [...] Telecom operators across the developing world also contribute to the confusion—though this is something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Mobile web users spend a lot of time on Facebook and WhatsApp (also owned by Facebook). Mobile networks see this and offer these customers social-only plans."
internet  facebook  2017  grim_meathook_future  culture  from:quartz  report 
september 2017 by mechazoidal
What Is CamperForce? Amazon's Nomadic Retiree Army | WIRED
This is either the new generation of Walmart greeter retirees, or something out of Greenfield's "The Subprimes". Per @bruces: "That's pretty much the definition of American precarity #favelachic".
An excerpt from Jess Bruder's "Nomadland".
grim_meathook_future  us  2017  employment  excerpt  from:wired 
september 2017 by mechazoidal
Zeynep Tufekci‏@zeynep: ohai a machine learning system that can identify ~69% of protesters who are wearing caps AND scarfs to cover their face. h/t
"The authors claim the system works about half the time even when people wear glasses. And this is just the beginning; first paper."
"Let me say: too many worry about what AI—as if some independent entity—will do to us. Too few people worry what *power* will do *with* AI."
"Back to this. Worry not about chess or conscious toasters. Threat is AI at the hands of power: gov'ts, corporations."
"Also—AI threat isn't to protest since gov'ts know well anonymous protests very easy to to disrupt/subvert/misdirect. Threat is to *dissent*."
"There is a reason many movements that face deep state violence go public and away from anonymity—anonymity plays to gov't strengths. BUT +"
"For a dissent *ecology* to exist, people need a basic right to privacy, dignity and autonomy. AI in the hands of power threatens all that."
tweets  machine_learning  grim_meathook_future  authoritarianism 
september 2017 by mechazoidal
How to Deal With North Korea - The Atlantic
"From these conversations, I learned that the U.S. has four broad strategic options for dealing with North Korea and its burgeoning nuclear program.
All of them are bad."
2017  korea  grim_meathook_future  from:theatlantic 
july 2017 by mechazoidal
Russia's Cyberwar on Ukraine Is a Blueprint For What's to Come | WIRED
"Where better to train an army of Kremlin hackers in digital combat than in the no-holds-barred atmosphere of a hot war inside the Kremlin’s sphere of influence? [...] “Cyberspace is not a target in itself,” Yasinsky says. “It’s a medium.” And that medium connects, in every direction, to the machinery of civilization itself."
security  grim_meathook_future  from:wired 
june 2017 by mechazoidal
The RNC Files: Inside the Largest US Voter Data Leak
"That such an enormous national database could be created and hosted online, missing even the simplest of protections against the data being publicly accessible, is troubling. The ability to collect such information and store it insecurely further calls into question the responsibilities owed by private corporations and political campaigns to those citizens targeted by increasingly high-powered data analytics operations. [...] Despite the breadth of this breach, it will doubtlessly be topped in the future—to a likely far more damaging effect—if the ethos of cyber resilience across all platforms does not become the common language of all internet-facing systems."
politics  security  us  grim_meathook_future  data  privacy 
june 2017 by mechazoidal
The network of global corporate control
@cstross points out the money shot: "Remarkably, the existence of such a core in the global market was never documented before and thus, so far, no scientific study demonstrates or excludes that this international “super-entity” has ever acted as a bloc. However, some examples suggest that this is not an unlikely scenario. For instance, previous studies have shown how even small cross-shareholding structures, at a national level, can affect market competition in sectors such as airline, automobile and steel, as well as the financial one [14, 13]. At the same time, antitrust institutions around the world (e.g., the UK Office of Fair Trade) closely monitor complex ownership structures within their national borders. The fact that international data sets as well as methods to handle large networks became available only very recently, may explain how this finding could go unnoticed for so long."
paper  pdf  networks  grim_meathook_future  finance  capitalism  2016_populism 
may 2017 by mechazoidal
Charlie Stross on Twitter: "Key point: UK/USA think cyberwar is hacking. Russia, China, etc. think cyberwar is social media propaganda attacks:"
"Can't emphasize this point enough: the cheapest way to wage 21st century war is to convince your enemies to shoot themselves in the foot."
"We're like ghost shirt wearers, convinced our purity of belief in free speech will protect us from deliberate black propaganda attacks."
tweet  politics  grim_meathook_future  2016_populism 
april 2017 by mechazoidal
Tweet from Charlie Stross (cstross)
a response to a thread about immigration control:
"Anti-immigrant propaganda is being used to justify the modern recreation of serfdom."
"If immigration clampdown is global, everyone is trapped in their own nation. Except the ultra-rich (google "investors visa" for details)."
"This allows free movement of capital to pursue profits wherever (captive) labour is cheapest. (Imperialism, per Marx, in its purest form.)"
"Brexit, Trumpism, etc—is part of an economic imperialist push to maximize profit extraction from labour units (us), avoiding accountability."
"If you vote for restrictions on immigration you are, in the long term, potentially cutting your throat."
"Those "filthy immigrants" on the TV are people like you, trapped by a country where the rulers fucked up and started shooting people."
tweets  politics  grim_meathook_future  2016_populism 
april 2017 by mechazoidal
Divided we stand - The Long and Short
Tim Maughan pens a tale of two generations of a family coming together over a Facebook Super Bowl ad.

(spooky twist music)
story  us  archive_it  grim_meathook_future  advertising 
march 2017 by mechazoidal
Arcfinity — We've been having URBAN NIGHTMARES
Maughan on why 1984, Alphaville, and even Robocop(1987) are still valid SF stories in this day and age of Big Data. Notes the disturbing example of Camden, NJ: "It is, truly, the core of Robocop’s premise being played out in the real world. A city that can no longer afford to pay its police force is becoming a testing ground for unregulated, oppressive, smart city technologies"
futurism  sf  grim_meathook_future  cities 
january 2017 by mechazoidal
​Flyover Country | Motherboard
Tim Maughan. "Welcome to a future where undocumented migrants are rounded up and penalized, private prisons overflow into labor camps, and iPhones are made in America. Cheers. -The editor"
sf  story  dystopia  grim_meathook_future  from:motherboard 
november 2016 by mechazoidal
Apocalypse Nation: Nowhere to Run - Kameron Hurley
"Heading for the hills during violent political upheavals only works if you’re in good health and have someone with mad medical skills with you, and it means leaving everyone else down in the valley to die."
"And after examining all the options, I’ve come to realize that there is no running away from this. There is no “better place” in this global economy. Countries are shifting far-right faster than we can keep up, and with the US and Russia both moving together now, we’re looking at powers with huge numbers of nuclear weapons who will be spreading this agenda outward. There is no where to run that they cannot reach."
grim_meathook_future  2016  us 
november 2016 by mechazoidal
Tweet from Conor Sen (conorsen)
"Interesting thing about this era is the big guys (FB/GOOG/NFLX/few others) can afford to keep their workers in SF. Startups get squeezed. So SF, rather than remaining an innovation town, may end up more like a digital Detroit supported by ad revenues."
tweet  business  grim_meathook_future 
november 2016 by mechazoidal
Nanolaw with Daughter
"Why privacy mattered."
"I was of a generation where one group sued and a much larger group was named. But perhaps her generation sees this as part of the traffic of daily life, a territory to explore. Every one a little lawyer."
story  sf  privacy  legal  hahaonlyserious  2011  grim_meathook_future 
august 2016 by mechazoidal
"Get ready for companies that run themselves. But will the autonomous economy set us all free, or just make the rich richer?"
(the answer is probably the latter)
Also, hello: this is the path of Economics 2.0 / Vile Offspring from Stross' "Accelerando)
from:aeon  article  blockchain  libertarianism  grim_meathook_future 
june 2016 by mechazoidal
The dark side of Dubai | Johann Hari | Voices | The Independent
"I think Dubai is like an oasis. It is an illusion, not real. You think you have seen water in the distance, but you get close and you only get a mouthful of sand."
article  cities  grim_meathook_future 
january 2016 by mechazoidal

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