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Smartphone overuse increases loneliness and anxiety, and forms connections in the brain 'similar to how OPIOID addiction is experienced,' study warns
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5636451/Study-warns-smartphone-overuse-increases-loneliness-shows-similarities-substance-abuse.html





'Smartphone dependence may have similar effects on the brain to some of those seen in opioid addiction, according to a new study.

Researchers surveying college students about technology use have found a number of worrying trends among those who overly rely on their devices – and warn the behavior is much like any other type of substance abuse.

In addition to the neurological effects, the researchers found that people who are dependent on their phones tend to feel isolated, lonely, depressed, and anxious more so than their peers. Spam_A Spam_B ‘The behavioral addiction of smartphone use begins forming neurological connections in the brain in ways similar to how opioid addiction is experienced by people taking Oxycontin for pain relief – gradually,’ says Erik Peper, Professor of Health Education at San Francisco State University.

The researchers surveyed 135 students at the university, revealing a number of negative social affects among those who reported higher phone use.

The experts say loneliness may be linked to the absence of face-to-face interactions and the lack of visible body language.

And, they say students who use their phones more are constantly multitasking.

This, Peper says, gives the mind little time to relax, and dedicates less effort to each of the individual tasks as a person would if they’d focused on one thing at a time.'



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Social Media Behemoths Sweep Alternative News into the Memory Hole






'The squabbling between self-identified progressives and conservatives continues as social media transforms itself into a news, information, and opinion gatekeeper.

All information that contradicts the establishment narrative will either be downgraded into obscurity of excluded outright on social media.

Take for instance ThinkProgress, the Soros-financed news website, a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund welded to the infrastructure of the Democrat party. On May 2, it complained that a bias study at Facebook will be run by conservatives, that is to say establishment Republicans, notably former Arizona Congress critter Jon Kyl.

ThinkProgress believes there is no such thing as bias aimed at conservatives—it’s the liberals who are routinely downgraded at Facebook while so-called conservatives are free to post what progressives characterize as an evil and poisonous ideology.


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They Admitted Social Media Is Programming Us













'It’s one thing to think that something subversive is happening with social media, surveillance, and mind control. It’s quite another thing when it’s admitted to by the very people who created it. Melissa Dykes covers the wide-range of effects that the pervasive use of social media is already having on society.'

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Social media use taxed in Uganda to tackle 'gossip'
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/01/social-media-use-taxed-in-uganda-to-tackle-gossip





'Users of Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and other social media in Uganda will have to pay a daily tax from July, according to a new law that rights activists have criticised as a bid to stifle free speech.

Uganda’s parliament passed a law late on Wednesday imposing a tax of 200 shillings (five cents) a day on users of so-called “over-the-top” services which publish content bypassing traditional distributors. The new law did not spell out how the tax would be applied and collected.

Finance minister David Bahati said the aim of the legislation was only to raise revenue for public services. However, the president, Yoweri Museveni, wrote to the finance ministry in March urging the introduction of the tax as a way to deal with the consequences of online “gossip”. Spam_A Spam_B Journalist and activist Lydia Namubiru said Museveni saw online communication as a threat to his 32-year rule. “The president ... said it was to stop young people from gossiping but what’s ironic about that statement is that it comes after [popular musician] Bobi Wine became a member of parliament through an online campaign,” Namubiru said, referring to an opposition politician who has proved wildly popular with Uganda’s frustrated youth.

“It’s actually political speech and online organising which has real-life implications for him and his power. The overarching intention is to stifle free speech, especially now there is evidence that online organisation works.”'



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Re: Internet Giants : Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc..... advancing the New World Order



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Are Big Social Media Companies Being Used To Advance The New World Order's Agenda? Of Course they are!
http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/the-big-social-media-companies-are-being-used-as-a-weapon-to-advance-the-agenda-of-the-new-world-order





'In 2018, we have seen an unprecedented crackdown on anti-establishment voices on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. When they were first created, these social media platforms were essentially neutral, and they really did greatly contribute to the marketplace of ideas. But now there is a tremendous effort to censor voices that are a threat to the establishment, and in recent months we have witnessed the greatest purge of conservative voices in the history of the Internet. Anything that does not conform to the agenda of the elite is being labeled as “hate speech”, and countless anti-establishment voices have had social media accounts either “shadowbanned” or terminated completely. Needless to say, this could dramatically affect the outcome of the elections in November.

And it isn’t just political voices that are being silenced. As you will see at the end of this article, Facebook has been shutting down dozens and dozens of alternative health pages.

Why would they do that? Spam_A Spam_B Well, the New World Order absolutely hates when people start questioning conventional medicine, vaccines and the giant pharmaceutical companies. Rather than engaging in legitimate debate, they would rather shut down dissenting voices instead.

Before the Internet came along, the elite had a virtual monopoly over the flow of information in our society. They owned all of the television networks, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, etc.

But then the Internet happened, and all of a sudden ordinary people like you and I could communicate with one another on a mass scale without having to go through the gatekeepers. It was a wonderful thing, but we all knew that it wouldn’t be like that forever.

We can debate the extent to which the globalists are directly pulling the strings at these social media companies behind the scenes, but the end result of all of this censorship is evident to all of us. Anti-establishment voices are being silenced, and the agenda of the New World Order is being advanced.'



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Re: Internet Giants : Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.....
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How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations
http://theintercept.com/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/





'One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.” Spam_A Spam_B By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today:'



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Re: Internet Giants : Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.....
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Corbyn as PM would overhaul BBC & tax tech giants in bid to make media ‘hold power to account’
http://www.rt.com/uk/436658-corbyn-bbc-overhaul-tech-tax/





'Britain’s Labour Party would tax tech giants and shake up the BBC, as part of a media strategy to be announced by leader Jeremy Corbyn. It aims to build “a free and democratic media for the digital age” if the party wins power.

Corbyn is expected to outline the plan during a speech at the Alternative MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Thursday, where he will call for radical reform of the UK media landscape, and claim journalists are being “held back” by media tycoons or, in the case of the BBC, by excessive state influence.

“We need to set journalists and citizens free to hold power to account, by breaking the grip of tech giants and billionaires on our media,” Corbyn said Wednesday night on Twitter.
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">We need to set journalists and citizens free to hold power to account, by breaking the grip of tech giants and billionaires on our media.#ChangeTheMedia
https://t.co/k9y5Nu0cJ0</p>
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 22, 2018[/size][/quote]

Another measure would see Labour impose a digital top-up to the license fee, payable by tech giants or internet providers in order to supplement the existing licence fee with a view to reducing the cost for poorer households.

Public interest journalism would be supported by Labour, with Corbyn expected to say that without it, a “few tech giants and unaccountable billionaires will control huge swathes of our public space and debate.”

To this end Corbyn will advocate that not-for-profit news organisations, like the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, should be given charitable status while the creation of “news co-operatives” could be created with a remit to report on local government, private contractors operating public services, and regulated bodies.'



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Re: Internet Giants : Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.....
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Re: Internet Giants : Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.....
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No more dissident voices: Succumb to Facebook & Twitter’s demands or get banned (or both)
http://www.rt.com/op-ed/441311-facebook-twitter-ban-dissident/





'A recent purge by Facebook and Twitter of a host of independent media sites has pushed thousands of people out of work and has killed one of the most effective forms of expressing political dissent.

On Thursday last week, Facebook purged more than 800 pages and accounts, accusing them of engaging in “inauthentic behaviour” and violating Facebook’s anti-spam policies.

According to a statement released by Facebook on its website, many of these pages were:

using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names and posted massive amounts of content across a network of Groups and Pages to drive traffic to their websites. Many used the same techniques to make their content appear more popular on Facebook than it really was. Others were ad farms using Facebook to mislead people into thinking that they were forums for legitimate political debate.”

One of these pages was The Anti-Media, which I have worked for since mid-2016. Until the purge, we had some 2.17 million followers on Facebook. Supposedly, Facebook wants you to believe that 2.17 million people voluntarily signed up to our page just to receive all the spam content that we put out there (sounds realistic).

Shortly after Facebook unpublished our page, Twitter suspended our account as well.

Twitter did one better than Facebook, though, as it went one step further and suspended the accounts of our editors and many influential people who work on our team. Carey Wedler, Anti-Media’s editor-in-chief’s Twitter account was suspended and yet Twitter could not even provide her with a valid reason for doing so.'



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Re: Internet Giants : Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.....
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Social media makes you lonely and depressed, study says
https://www.rt.com/usa/443598-social-media-makes-you-lonely/





'A University of Pennsylvania study has proven that reducing social media use to 10 minutes a day (like that’s even possible) can help reduce depression and loneliness.

Feeling depressed, lonely, disconnected? A new study from the University of Pennsylvania suggests prolonged exposure to social media might be the cause – which for some will come as little surprise, even though it seems to be the exact opposite of what social networks are supposed to do.

While similar studies have been conducted in the past, the researchers at Penn say that none have attempted to show in such a comprehensive and realistic way how social media use can actively harm a user’s well-being. The study entitled “No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression” was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Instead of simply running hour-long tests in a lab, or asking participants to forego social media use altogether, the researchers at the University of Pennsylvania decided to tap into the usage data automatically tracked by iPhones.

All 143 student participants submitted screenshots showing their average time on the three most popular social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. The participants were then split into a control group which maintained their average normal social media habits, and an experimental group which was limited to 10 minutes on each of the three platforms every day. The study considered several outcome measures regarding the users’ well-being including fear of missing out, anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

During the following three weeks the participants kept sharing screenshots of their social media time. The data was then compared to surveys by participants which tracked their mood and well-being. The conclusions were clear: decreased social media use significantly improved both.'


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.....Internet Censorship: We Clicked YES
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Internet Censorship: We Agreed
John Mannifield
http://davidicke.com/article/504364/internet-censorship-agreed






We all can agree, global censorship of the internet is one of the biggest infringements on free speech in human history. With the advent of Microsoft's Windows 95  Operating System released in August 24 1995, the internet become a household lifestyle for many around the world. For the first time in human history we began signing up to E-mails, signing up for this service and that service, installing Windows based software programs by the bucket loads. The internet has changed a lot since then and the censorship is just the tip of the iceberg.

The freedom of speech is one of the most frequently cited constitutional rights online. Too frequently, it is cited to justify a person's right to say something that others find offensive or upsetting. However, while most understand that there actually are limits to free speech, just as many are shocked to learn the freedom of speech doesn't actually apply to any of the websites they are likely using. For starters, the First Amendment only protects people from the government restricting their speech unreasonably. For instance, it does not protect people in real life, or on the internet, who incite violence; nor does it protect people making credible threats of violence.

In some countries, if you post something online that is not true, is deceptive or fraudulent, or is viewed as a credible threat of violence or a criminal act. Not only is the First Amendment not going to apply as nearly all websites, web hosts, servers, etc., that allow the public to post anything are privately owned, you can be censored, and you could also face civil liability. Worse than censorship is the legal liability a person can face for posting untrue speech. Defamation can occur via an internet post, which could expose a person to monetary damages. Violations of trademark and copyright laws are also not protected and can also land a person in some legal hot water. Also, credible criminal threats, even those made anonymously online, can land someone in the slammer.

What we often forget is the fact that for every time we install software on one of our devices, we are nine times out of ten, expected to click a "Terms of Service" agreement check box. Of course, we have grown complacent over the years and we just click away as fast as possible at the site of these prompts. We click the OK agreement button like it's just another click away from eternal bliss, expecting the next best story, latest trends and the best gossip once we login to our virtual world. Watching online movies is always entertaining, but leave it to the Shekel Sheikhs to monetize everything we do on the internet and making us agree to policies that lack any real inalienable rights

Anyone who has used a PC for a decade or longer has had to agree to all kinds of binding contracts, disguised as a little input Check Box waiting for input. We click it, a icon fills the input field, we click OK and we are off to the races. However these buttons and prompts are contractual agreements we must choose to accept in order to run or login to the intellectual property of Big Tech. We call it software, the internet, E-mail, social media, E-commerce, entertainment, gaming and never really give a hoot about what we have to agree to in order to get "Connected".

With social media giants being the biggest facilitator of their "Terms of Service" agreements, they have made it fast, painless and easy to agree to their terms. While we ignore the agreement and click continue  or press OK, we somehow forgot that 90% of the end user, don't sit and read a binding contract containing on average 2000 words of legalese. We just download, click, click boom! Now we are on social media getting involved in current events, checking and sending messages from almost every platform available to playing our favorite games - all having their subversive agreements we must agree with.

We have to agree to every policy from every provider, publisher, community, social platform and on their terms, under their control with a binding contract that holds you responsible to a myriad of policies that are subject to their respective corporate personal beliefs. We are all so use to clicking the little "Terms of Service Agreement" check box to continue installation, without a second thought. Signing up to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many others requiring contract agreement via one simply easy to use click button. Clicking past the Terms of Service/Agreement boxes has become an auto-pilot response by millions, giving consent away like candy for the sake of using their software.

What this has done, because we enter into contract with all these different software entities, it allows the corporations to set a precedence by challenging any regulations that can be used against them. Big Corp can now say "Look we have 140 million people worldwide agreeing with our policies - 140 million people have agreed to have their privacy violated, they agreed to be subverted and agreed to our prohibition on free speech - it's the will of the people and they have spoken". Spam_A Spam_B The facts are, we the people have agreed to having our privacy invaded and our free speech subjugated. All condoned by the simple act of clicking a check box agreement to continue installation and or use of someone else's software. Contracts are binding and set a precedence in Contract Law. We gave up our rights when we agreed to installing intellectual property such as software or the use of social media platforms. A class action law suite can no longer be a viable punishment because we all agreed to it, they literally have 140 million signatures (arbitrary figure) showing we agreed to the "infringement" when we clicked the little square box and gave up our rights.

While censorship is a huge problem for free speech advocates (the world) we have grown to ignore the endless supply of policy, terms and condition and end user license agreements on the internet. We the people tend to click anything like flushing a toilet just to experience internet content. We just don't really care what we agree to as long as we can jump on enjoy our smart devices or personal computer. We don't really read these agreements, we aren't concerned with them, we just want to use the technology.

It's this mind set that made the world forget, that while some cry foul, some claim subversion, calling it racist, bigoted, the end of free speech as we know it and all these other claims, we actually gave them permission to do so. We simply cannot use their software and platforms unless we agree to their demands. Sorry folks, but we need to realize we inadvertently agreed to our own subversion. Whether or not attention to detail should be used when clicking internet agreements, one thing is certain, we might have signed up, but we didn't sign up to be subverted and de-platformed just because we have a difference of opinion.

Lastly, we need to understand the ramifications of checking an agreement box when combined with the information about our personal life, phone numbers and proper names needed to sign up to social media. These necessities combined, is considered a signature and a binding contract. The problem stems from the fact that in order to install most software, we must agree to having no rights, no privacy, no freedom of expression, no rights to what we post and say, no rights to do anything but lose our god given rights while lining corporate pockets as they monetize everything online. Oh, but we get to chat with family, share a picture or a video and be served a Fuhk-Ton of marketing advertisements as a fringe benefit.

With all the tyrannical agreements, 40 million private account data breaches and hacking of personal finances, passwords and identity theft of personal information to the likes of  social media - Not to mention the 24/7 tracking and advertisements, I'm over it.  When social media becomes social engineering, dictating what I can watch, say or do within reasonable expectations and starts telling me, I must conform to someone else's ideologies or I need to be careful not to offend 7 billion different personalities walking on the planet, it's time to unplug. So, effectively immediately, I have deleted all social media platforms and will make my voice be heard, by my lack of not having one on platforms that insist I operate as a fictional online puppet with the puppet master rules and regulations that are far reaching and grossly over indulgent.



John Mannifield

John has a BA in Computer Science and in Business Branding and Marketing. With over 25 years experience in Information Technology - from network engineering to web based development to social media marketing, he has literally grown up with the x86 architecture and has used his talents in many areas of this technology. Other areas of interest include OFULOGY, astronomy, ancient history, theoretical physics and spiritual enlightenment. In his spare time, John can be found enjoying motocross, guitars, music and the boating lifestyle. With a strong vocabulary and analytical research he has recently used his prowess as a research journalist, stemming from years as a copywriter, content creation management and author/editor of computer hardware for several top tier technology websites.



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MPs urge advertisers to BOYCOTT tech giants like Google and Facebook to force them to tackle 'scandal' of terrorist material posted online
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6420195/Advertisers-boycott-social-media-giants-dont-stop-extremist-material-online.html





'Internet giants should face a boycott from advertisers if they continue to host vile extremist material online, a report into the 2017 terror attacks says.

Social media and web companies have not made sufficient changes to ‘stop their systems being used as a safe haven for extremists and terrorists,’ according to the Intelligence and Security Committee.

The parliamentary watchdog said appealing to the ‘social responsibility’ of web giants had not worked.

It said the government should lobby business leaders to pull on ‘financial leavers’ by threatening to pull out of advertising in order to get online platforms to listen. Spam_A Spam_B The report said: ‘We strongly consider that action which affects the Communications Service Providers’ profits will hit home harder than an appeal to them to “do the right thing” and could force them to take action on this crucial issue.’

The report described the problem of terrorists using social media as ‘vast’.

Manchester Bomber Salman Abedi reportedly learned how to make explosive devices after watching online tutorials. Extremist material online may also have been a factor in radicalising the attackers at London Bridge and Westminster.

The report acknowledged that - since the problem was first raised four years ago - web giants have started to ‘engage more with this issue’.

But it said that efforts have led to ‘little tangible progress.’

MI5 and counter-terror police are unable to tackle the problem alone, and web giants must take the lead in identifying and removing material from their platforms, it said.

While giving evidence to the committee, the security services said this would enable them to concentrate on investigations rather than ‘spending all of our time effectively being an editor for someone else’s publishing house.’'



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Is NOTHING private any more? Shocking extent of how big firms harvest your data – from children's voice recordings, passport info and even pregnant mothers' due dates
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6465037/Shocking-extent-big-firms-harvest-data.html





The disturbing scale of the personal data harvested and traded by multinationals can be revealed today.

Health details, children's voice recordings and copies of passports can be at risk when customers tick an online consent box.

Analysis by the Mail found that Marriott International, Facebook, Asda, Paypal, BT and Tesco engaged in hidden data harvesting and sharing. Spam_A Spam_B Giant firms can use personal data to build a profile of customers for targeted adverts or to pass to other organisations.

Examples include:


  • Pregnant women's due dates being farmed out by Asda to mystery third-party companies for marketing;

  • Children's voices recorded on the YouTube Kids app being used by Google to promote other apps;

  • Passport copies given to PayPal for account verification purposes being shared with Microsoft for facial recognition products;

  • Health details, ethnic origin and political views of Facebook users being used by the social network for targeted advertising;

  • Viewers of BT television being profiled for advertisers according to profiles of their television watching and telephone call records.




Emails detailing how Facebook accepted cash in exchange for access to its users' data were published by Parliament last night.

The firm's staff discuss whitelisting companies including AirBnB, Tinder and Netflix – allowing them to retain access to Facebook user data if they placed enough advertising.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, wrote in a private email that access to user data could be licensed to advertising buyers.

But he adds: 'If the revenue we get from those doesn't add up to more than the fees you owe us, then you just pay us the fee directly.'



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Re: Internet Giants : Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.....
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Why it’s time to break up the oppressive tech giants: Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple
https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-12-16-time-to-break-up-the-tech-giants.html





'Wealth, power, and influence are concentrated in the hands of an elite few in American society. It’s time to get serious about breaking up these monopolies to allow real competition in the marketplace. Never before have four companies (Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook) hoarded so much wealth, stifled so much competition, and controlled so many aspects of people’s lives.

The five major media companies that control most of your information, (Disney, 21st Century Fox, CBS, Time Warner, and Viacom) are not nearly as powerful as Facebook and Google. Even if you merged the five major media companies with the five major communication companies (AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Charter, and Dish) and the world’s top five advertising agencies (WPP, Omnicom, Publicis, IPG, and Dentsu) their total net worth is only 90 percent of that of Facebook and Google, which together are worth $1.3 trillion. Facebook and Google are gatekeepers of the news media online, with the power to censor content that challenges the status quo and progressive ideologies.

Meanwhile, Apple is the most valuable publicly traded company, valued at $900 billion. Raking in $46 billion in profits in 2016, Apple has more power than big banks like Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase. Amazon is another monopoly with unchecked power. With a market cap of $591 billion, Amazon has more stock market value than Wal-Mart, Costco, T.J. Maxx, Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Ulta, Ross, Saks/Lord & Taylor, Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, JC Penny, and Sears combined. Amazon won’t be held accountable by a free press because they can buy influence. For example, they purchased the Washington Post, a protection that leverages the news in their network’s favor. These big four monopolies are valued nearly as great as every stock traded on the Nasdaq in 2001, with $2.8 trillion in market capitalization.

Are these four companies really making life easier for all of us, or are they dominating in ways that threaten American values?'

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Happy New Year, big tech! France starts taxing Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon
https://www.rt.com/business/447865-france-tax-google-facebook/





'Tech giants will now pay more tax in France, after the country decided not to wait for the rest of the EU to introduce the measure. The so-called GAFA tax targeting major digital firms comes into force on January 1.

The French government hopes to raise €500 million ($572 million) with levies specifically aimed at multinational tech firms, including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said, announcing the move in December. He stressed that “the tax will be introduced whatever happens.”

Paris has been pushing for what it sees as fairer taxation of the big-tech firms in the European Union. Progress on the issue has stalled in Brussels, as the 28-member bloc is divided on imposing the levies on Silicon Valley giants. Any changes must receive unanimous approval by member states.


Critics say that the big-tech firms are making money from European countries’ economies, but use their complex structure to route some of their profits to low-tax member states.

The opposing block is led by Ireland, which has become a sort of Mecca for US tech companies, and hosts many of their headquarters. Estonia and Sweden are also among those who do not favor France’s bid, fearing that the taxes could trigger US retaliation.

The EU has been discussing plans for a three-percent tax on the revenues of large internet companies that make money from user data or digital advertising. However, the last round of talks on the matter in November resulted in no significant progress, apparently pushing France to move forward with it alone.

Separately, France and Germany reached a consensus on a three-percent levy on digital ads after Paris agreed to water down its initial proposals on a broader tax on data. The two EU powerhouses plan to introduce a new joint measure in 2021, unless the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) members have agreed on a global approach by then.

France might have its own domestic reasons – like the consequences of the massive Yellow Vest protest – to impose the GAFA tax, named after Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. The recent nationwide demonstrations will cost the French economy a hefty sum and have already resulted in lowering the country’s economic growth forecast for 2018 and 2019, while its budget deficit for next year rose to 3.2 percent, breaching EU rules.'

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Parents overwhelmingly want Duty of Care for tech giants, poll reveal
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Parents overwhelmingly want Duty of Care for tech giants, poll reveal
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/12/public-overwhelmingly-supports-duty-care-tech-giants-comres/





'Nine out of ten parents want social media companies to be subject to a legal duty of care to keep children safe on their platforms, a NSPCC poll has revealed.

A ComRes poll of more than 2,700 people, conducted for the children's charity, showed that 92 percent of parents with children aged 11 to 18 backed a duty of care, while 89 percent of the wider public also support the measure.

The survey also found that the majority did not think social networks were safe for children age 11 to 12, with 70 percent saying they felt Facebook was unsafe.

The minimum age for most large social networks is 13 but the NSPCC has argued that the lack of any effect age verification system means the companies need to ensure their platforms are not harmful for children. The poll findings come as the Government faces mounting calls to impose a legal duty of care on tech companies, a measure the Telegraph has been campaigning for.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive, said: “The support for statutory regulation of social networks is now overwhelming.

“It is clear that society will no longer tolerate a free-for-all under which tech firms allow children to operate in a precarious online world with a myriad of preventable risks.

“The Government’s Online Harms White Paper must impose a legal duty of care on social networks.”

The plan has also been backed by Ruth Moss, whose daughter Sophie took her own life in 2014 age 13 after viewing graphic suicide and self-harm images on social media.'



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Google and Amazon use smart home data to learn your daily habits
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Privacy fears as report reveals Google and Amazon use smart home data to learn your daily habits - including when you go to sleep
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6696631/Privacy-fears-Google-Amazon-use-smart-home-data-learn-daily-habits.html





'Voice assistants made popular by Amazon and Google are seemingly everywhere in the home - from internet-connected refrigerators, to toilets and lightbulbs.

They bring with them the benefit of convenience as a growing number of users can now complete everyday tasks, like locking their door or turning on the light, with just their voice.

But the always-on nature of internet-connected devices has raised some concerns over just how much data these applications are collecting and what they're doing with it, according to Bloomberg.

In the past, if users asked Alexa to turn on their smart bulb, Alexa would transmit code to the device to check if it was on or off, receive confirmation that it was off and then tell it to turn on, Bloomberg noted. However, increasingly, Google and Amazon are requiring devicemakers to make it so that their appliances are continuously transmitting data around whether they're off or on.

It likely extends to many internet-connected devices around the home, like smart TVs, smart locks, smart thermostats and more.

The practice has thrown into question whether or not users are totally aware of this.

What's more concerning is that it raises the possibility of Google and Amazon using the data for the purpose of targeted marketing.'



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The Age of Tyrannical Surveillance: We’re Being Branded, Bought and Sold for Our Data
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Uncle Sam wants you.

Correction: Big Brother wants you.

To be technically accurate, Big Brother—aided and abetted by his corporate partners in crime—wants your data.

That’s what we have been reduced to in the eyes of the government and Corporate America: data bits and economic units to be bought, bartered and sold to the highest bidder. Those highest bidders include America’s political class and the politicians aspiring to get elected or re-elected. As the Los Angeles Times reports, “If you have been to a political rally, a town hall, or just fit a demographic a campaign is after, chances are good your movements are being tracked with unnerving accuracy by data vendors on the payroll of campaigns.”

Your phones, televisions and digital devices are selling you out to politicians who want your vote.

Have you shopped at Whole Foods? Tested out target practice at a gun range? Sipped coffee at Starbucks while surfing the web? Visited an abortion clinic? Watched FOX News or MSNBC? Played Candy Crush on your phone? Walked through a mall? Walked past a government building?

That’s all it takes for your data to be hoovered up, sold and used to target you.

This is the age of surveillance capitalism.

Incredibly, once you’ve been identified and tracked, data brokers can travel back in time, digitally speaking, to discover where you’ve been, who you’ve been with, what you’ve been doing, and what you’ve been reading, viewing, buying, etc.

Once you’ve been identified in this way, you can be tracked endlessly.'



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The Curators: Culling “Fake News” or Controlling the Narrative? — Sharyl Attkisson



We’ve entered a brave, new world in the information age. Where it can be tough to know what’s real. Now there are movements to help us sort through it all— to teach our kids media literacy, to “curate” our information and cull out “fake news.” Sounds like a good idea. After all, who doesn’t want their news straight up?

But what if some of those efforts are actually attempts to control the narrative? Today’s cover story examines The Curators.











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British advertising guru is calling for Google and Facebook to be broken up for 'sucking the life out of the UK'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6843515/British-advertising-guru-calling-Google-Facebook-broken-up.html





'One of Britain’s most influential advertising gurus has called for internet giants to be broken up, accusing them of ‘sucking money out’ of the economy and damaging business and society.

In a withering attack, Sir John Hegarty – the man behind the famous 1980s Levi’s laundrette advert and Audi’s ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ slogan – said companies such as Google and Facebook must be regulated more strictly because they have ‘turned into monopolies’ and are not putting enough back into the economy.

Google and Facebook have become so powerful that experts believe they account for as much as 90 per cent of all new digital advertising spending in the UK. Sir John, a legend in the advertising industry who helped set up giants Saatchi & Saatchi and Bartle Bogle Hegarty, believes it is inevitable the Silicon Valley firms will be broken up. ‘They’re sucking money out [of the economy], not paying tax on it, and destroying what they’ve left behind,’ he told The Mail on Sunday.

‘All corporations will want to monopolise. It’s in their nature. They’ll grow as fast and as big as they can, exclude competition, dominate the market, keep it where it is.’ But he believes there will be a break-up, with the possibility of Facebook being forced to sell Instagram.

His criticism follows the release of a damning review into digital competition for the Government by Jason Furman, a former adviser to Barack Obama.

Mr Furman called on the UK to lead a global crackdown on the tech giants’ dominance and accused the firms of ‘bullying tactics’. He said the Competition and Markets Authority should be given powers to block takeovers of smaller rivals.'



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Re: Internet Giants : Spain to push ahead with tax on digital firms
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US big tech under attack: Spain to push ahead with tax on digital firms
http://www.rt.com/business/464465-spain-tax-us-tech/





'The global hunt on large technology firms continues, with now another country, Spain, seeking to force the companies to pay more in the markets where they operate.
The country’s acting Economy Minister Nadia Calvino told news radio network Cadena Ser that the government's “intention is to put (the tax) back on the table as soon as there is a government.”

Spain’s parliament will vote next week on acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's bid to form a new government. His Socialist party won an early general election in April but without an absolute majority.

According to Calvino, it is necessary “to find a global solution” in regards to the big tech “because it is a global problem.”

“We must take action because the impact on our economies cannot be minimized,” she said. Asked about the possibility of the US imposing sanctions on Spain if it goes ahead with the tax, Calvino said it was “very risky” to predict its reaction because of Washington's “erratic behavior.”

The minister said she believes the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin “sees the need for a global solution, he is very interested in finding a format for taxation that is fair for big internet firms.”

In January, Madrid introduced a draft law which would slap a 3.0 percent tax on revenues generated from some services to Spanish consumers by the largest tech firms such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

In its intention to tax the tech firms, Madrid follows France which has also accused them of exploiting global tax loopholes. Last week, the French parliament passed a law levying a three-percent tax on sales generated in France by multinational firms. In accordance with the new law, any digital company with a revenue of more than €750 million ($850 million) – of which at least €25 million is generated in France – would be subject to the levy.

The law was passed despite Washington claiming it will ‘unfairly’ target Silicon Valley giants and the threats of imposing sanctions.'



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Israeli security company reportedly has tool that spies on Apple, Google and Facebook cloud data

https://cnbc.com/2019/07/19/nso-malware-can-spy-on-apple-google-and-other-cloud-data-report.html

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An Israeli cybersecurity company has developed spyware that can scrape data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft products, according to The Financial Times.

The report says NSO Group’s proprietary smartphone malware, Pegasus, harvests not only data stored on a device, but also any information stored in the cloud, including a user’s location data, archived messages and photos.

NSO Group, who previously installed malware in Facebook’s WhatsApp, denied that it markets software capable of capturing data in the cloud. It’s unclear if it has developed the tools internally.



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NSO Group is also known for its alleged role in assisting the FBI in opening the phone of the San Bernardino mass shooter after Apple fought an FBI request to do so.

After the malware is installed on a device, the new capability can copy authentication keys from services including Google Drive, Facebook Messenger and iCloud, according to the FT. A separate server then mimics the device, including its location.

In turn, the malware allows for open-ended access to the cloud data of those apps, without triggering additional security layers like “2-step verification or warning email on target device,” the FT reported, citing an NSO sales document.



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