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"Meanwhile, a list of Google Policy Fellows for 2014 included individuals from a range of nonprofit organizations whom one would expect to be leading the fight against the corporation's concentrations of information and power, including the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Future of Privacy Forum, the National Consumers League, the Citizen Lab, and the Asociacion por los Derechos Civiles."

- Shoshana Zuboff
pg. 126, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism


@aral called this "institutional corruption". It seems more like infiltration to me. It is more consistent with their government lobbying efforts and swapping of employees between the US government agencies and Google.

This doesn't mean that EFF is corrupt as a whole, but Google infiltrates some of their employees into it, Facebook hires some EFF employees as privacy specialists etc.

But given a long enough time span, it might even lead to institutional corruption once the employees appointed by surveillance capitalists rise in ranks at these institutions.

Dear Googles: I hope you’re giving a lot of hard thought to Brownshirt-proofing your vast troves of personal data.

Just sayin’.

#Kristallnacht #surveillanceCapitalism #google

89% of EU Government Sites Infiltrated by Ad Tracking Scripts

(Note: The Register talks of 82%.)

#BleepingComputer #TheRegister #Tracking #Privacy #SurveillanceCapitalism #EU

89% of EU Government Sites Infiltrated by Ad Tracking Scripts

(Note: The Register talks of 82%.)

#BleepingComputer #TheRegister #Tracking #Privacy #SurveillanceCapitalism #EU

89% of EU Government Sites Infiltrated by Ad Tracking Scripts

(Note: The Register talks of 82%.)

#BleepingComputer #TheRegister #Tracking #Privacy #SurveillanceCapitalism #EU


We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

Filtered word: nsfw


Why does a vegan get ads for ice cream?

My friend, let’s call him Jake, has been a #vegan for years, long before it was trendy.

He said the other day, “Okay, Bill, you’re the one who keeps telling me about the terrible things the #internet can do (he usually ignores most of my advice) so how come I get #ads for Ben & Jerry’s in my emails on my Mac? They keep screaming at me “Hey, Jake! Buy Ben ‘n’ Jerry’s now!”

I try to ignore the irritation I feel that he hasn’t even installed an #adblocker... show more


Harvard professor says surveillance capitalism is undermining democracy
#surveillancecapitalism #democracy
Harvard professor says surveillance capitalism is undermining democracy

Harvard Gazette: harvard professor says surveillance capitalism is undermining democracy (Harvard Gazette)


Which websites featured on the Federation have the worst privacy?

My last post highlighted how ticking the OEmbed box to add a website picture to a post can compromise Federation users if it contains a tracker.



I also mentioned tools, like Disconnect, we could use to detect websites which track their users. In this post I reveal some of the most popular reference websites on the Federation with low privacy and high tracking rates.

I believe Federation users should consider not embedding, or at least warning their readers about the surveillance techniques carried out by these sites.

A Princeton University study identified almost a million websites that track their users. Here are just 5 examples of websites whose stories are commonly quoted on the Federation:


Wired is a popular web... show more

#Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search

"...there are still some 100 workers allocated to the “cost center” associated with Dragonfly, meaning that the company is maintaining a budget for potential ongoing work on the plan."

#FuckOffGoogle #FuckCensorship #SurveillanceCapitalism #China


How can Federation users post more safely?

You know how it goes. We find a great story online and we want to share it with our supporters or feature it in our feed with appropriate hashtags for maximum reach.

But do we check the website featuring the story for privacy before we post?

When we embed a link by selecting the OEmbed box (often ticked by default) this displays an image or video on our post from the website we’ve featured.

They may look cool, but these images can contain beacons or other trackers. Embedded trackers also load into the browsers of any user who scrolls down the public feeds.


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"Smart City", n: Local administration corrupted by Google to let them deploy mass-surveillance within the fabric of the city and its public services.

"Sidewalk Labs, sister company to Google, won a bid in late 2017 to be part of the development of the Port Lands, a part of Toronto's waterfront, roughly the size of downtown Toronto. This project is called Sidewalk Toronto. "

#BlockSidewalk #FuckOffGoogle #FuckOffAlphabet #FuckOffGoogleAndCo #SurveillanceCapitalism


Freedombox , Freedombone and The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

I look at the #Freedombox and #Freedombone projects with interest as I think these will be what the future #Internet will be built on, if we want to move away from #SurveillanceCapitalism. The book written by #ShoshanaZuboff , The Age of Surveillance Capitalism , is a brilliant snapshot of how bad things have got with today's Internet. We need to rebuild a decentralised web if we are to take back control of what was built for the people and not against the people.

Projects like Freedombox and Freedombone have noble intents but how widely are they de... show more

Kashmir Hill continues cutting out #BigTech: "I do have a computer, one that I can use for the final two weeks of the experiment: a Librem 13, made by a company called Purism that is fiercely opposed to the tech giants..." #SurveillanceCapitalism

Facebook just hired a handful of its toughest privacy critics

*worriedly checks self* Oh, phew, you mean the ones who were up for sale and never really its critics to begin with.

Also see:

#SurveillanceCapitalism #WhiteWashing #Corruption Via @foggy

#FuckGoogle #FuckFacebook #SurveillanceCapitalism
via @Aral Balkan
Google’s also peddling a data collector through Apple’s back door

our @diggity of @privacylab on Google surveillance: “Google’s the biggest threat in sheer size and the amount of data they have. And they’re really good at crunching that data...” #SurveillanceCapitalism

Gotta love free and open source folks who care so much about privacy and freedom and who love Google so damn much and can’t get enough of Google and oh my goodness do you think one day if I’m ever so good I will get to maybe work at Google?


How apps on Android share data with Facebook...

At least 61 % of apps automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment people open the app, whether they have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not.

#FuckFacebook #FuckAndroid #SurveillanceCapitalism

World: Google, you are so smart, impartial, and benevolent, please write all our protocols and standards.

Google: Oh yeah, btw, we don’t think you should be able to protect yourself from being tracked on our browser.

Google to break uBlock Origin on Chromium.

#SurveillanceCapitalism #Google

#facebook by another name. Just upload data, act as an informant of the #nsa while enriching #Zuckerberg and his ilk. One account, two account, they don't care! Just post, upload, do the intelligence gathering for them. #surveillanceCapitalism

What @conservancy is doing here is unconscionable:

Just wrote to RMS to try and understand what the fuck is going on and why the FSF logo is being used to whitewash Google and Microsoft.

#InstitutionalCorruption #SurveillanceCapitalism


Dust in my eye

...In 2014, Facebook filed a patent application for a technique that employs smartphone data to figure out if two people might know each other. The author, an engineering manager at Facebook named Ben Chen, wrote that it was not merely possible to detect that two smartphones were in the same place at the same time, but that by comparing the accelerometer and gyroscope readings of each phone, the data could identify when people were facing each other or walking together. That way, Facebook could suggest you friend the person you were talking to at a bar last night, and not all the other people there that you chose not to talk to....
Not just dust.

Not just Facebook.

A critical point about social media -- or any public or trackable posting of data, is that it leaves identifiers which can be traced back. And these are creating records which are accessible and can be processed at rates and volumes n... show more

Future #apple radars (most people call these "phones") will have more #surveillance features; "will have three cameras." On one side, there are more on the other side. #surveillanceCapitalism #NSA #PRISM

So I wrote a thread on birdsite on the #Six4Three Facebook files confiscated and released by UK Parliament. Enjoy + feel free to RT the crap out of it:

#SurveillanceCapitalism #Facebook

Protip: no organisation that actually values your privacy will have a popup that says “we value your privacy” on their web site.