The rage against the algorithm, and the belief that no behavioural pushing is taking place in search technology, is misplaced on a few fronts. On a certain level, all accept how such modes of retrieving information work. Disagreement arises as to their consequences, a concession, effectively, to the Google user as imbecile.
Surveillance is merely a variant of violent voyeurism, the human behind the camera or visual apparatus observing behaviour in a setting, often private. Its premise is privacy’s violation; its working assumption is privacy’s irrelevance; officially tolerated such a concept is unofficially repudiated. Studies on surveillance do as much to reveal […]
Don’t believe the chorus of headlines implying that the NSA is shutting down its bulk surveillance program. Far from it. The agency is merely evolving and recalibrating, and as usual, very few in the press, Congress and US government are asking the awkward questions that urgently need to be asked.
It’s difficult to imagine the government cracking down on these firms by breaking up their monopolies in advance of the public interest if they’re so dependent on their current internal organizational model for carrying out military-related tasks.
While the European country insincerely pretends to be a “democracy”, the East Asian one makes no such pretenses and is proud of having a different organizational model, which should be doubly disturbing for any British citizen because it means that their “democratically elected government” is actually less forthcoming about its nationwide surveillance strategy than comparatively more centralized China’s is.
It’ll remain to be seen whether the questions surrounding China’s “social credit” system are answered in the coming future, but what’s known for sure is that the world’s largest country is entering an unprecedented era of “algorithmic governance”.
The US’ newest National Security Strategy warns about how Russia is supposedly “exploit[ing] marketing techniques to target individuals based upon their activities, interests, opinions, and values”, but that’s actually what US intelligence agencies and now even private “deep state”-linked companies are doing in order to manipulate the masses.
The US Department of Homeland Security’s decision to set up a media monitoring database represents the next step in the Orwellian takeover of the global information space and will assuredly be abused for Hybrid War purposes.
This whole affair goes to show the growing influence that technology companies are having in today’s post-modern society, but the only reason why it’s coming under the Mainstream Media’s microscope is because it was one of the reasons why the “wrong side” won.
Sputnik published an article over the weekend about how the Silicon Valley tech leader gave the UK Press Association $800,000 as part of Google’s three-year $170 million “Digital News Initiative”, which includes as one of its many goals the creation of automated, or robot-written, “news”. This specific program is formally […]
Brazil is in the midst of a prolonged regime change operation, as documented step-by-step by Pepe Escobar in his articles for Sputnik, RT, and the Strategic Culture Foundation. The author’s intent isn’t to get into the situational specifics of each and every detail behind the US’ techniques, but to provide […]
The alleged “Russian threat” bugaboo is used by Washington to control and harass the political establishment in Europe, keeping its sheep within the fold.