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Anonymous Conservative -- Your Favorite Team May Be Spying On You
'What is scary is how the amount of technology around us that is technically capable of capturing conversations, sensitive data, and imagery is growing every day. I suspect there will come a time where there will be so many microphones and cameras around us, on TV’s, laptops, cell phones, digital assistants, house phones, cars, GPS, Bluetooth headsets, climate control systems, refrigerators, coffee makers, and everything else – all of which is going to be voice-activated for convenience and connected to the internet to get regular software updates, that securing them all will be impossible. Probably the cheaper things, like voice activated, variable cushioning sneakers will be Chinese made, with nearly zero security installed. At the same time, the number of people out there snooping will grow exponentially, because once some people begin grabbing that spook-like advantage, everyone will need it to even the playing field. -- Private eyes, government, industrial espionage, bored network systems guys who figure out how to listen to random houses using their company’s hardware to pass the time, teenagers who downloaded kits to hack into intelligent voice-activated light systems in homes so they could hop from one home’s IP to another listening to what is going on inside, political espionage, fraudsters, identity thieves, and more we can’t even imagine. Spying will be everywhere, and when you are spied on, the urge will be to spy back. Neighbors will be pointing thru-wall radar and thermal imaging cameras at each other’s houses, aghast that their neighbor is looking right back at them through their wall as they are looking at him through his. -- I see a very hostile, very low-trust society emerging at some point, at least where people live around each other – assuming the society doesn’t collapse long before then from the economic mess or a pandemic.'
telescreen  surveillance  equiveillance  anonequiveillance  espionage 
13 days ago by adamcrowe
Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media | Technology
The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

The project has been likened by web experts to China's attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.

He said none of the interventions would be in English, as it would be unlawful to "address US audiences" with such technology, and any English-language use of social media by Centcom was always clearly attributed. The languages in which the interventions are conducted include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto.

The multiple persona contract is thought to have been awarded as part of a programme called Operation Earnest Voice (OEV), which was first developed in Iraq as a psychological warfare weapon against the online presence of al-Qaida supporters and others ranged against coalition forces. Since then, OEV is reported to have expanded into a $200m programme and is thought to have been used against jihadists across Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.
war  MilitaryIndustrialComplex  socialmedia  propaganda  espionage 
15 days ago by campylobacter
Spies Like Us: A Conversation With John le Carré and Ben Macintyre - The New York Times
B.M. I was flattered and interested, and David was probably responsible for my interest. I just thought that the characters seemed so complicated and fascinating and corrupted. I mean, there’s something very louche about British intelligence, something very unmoored. I don’t know whether it creates people who go off the rails, or whether you have to be slightly off the rails to want to do it.

J.L.C. I think it’s because hypocrisy is the national sport. For our class in my era, public school was a deliberately brutalizing process that separated you from your parents, and your parents were parties to that. They integrated you with imperial ambitions and then let you loose into the world with a sense of elitism — but with your heart frozen.
espionage  england  cambridge  fiction  interview 
16 days ago by mike

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