Opinion  -  Facebook and the Surveillance Society: The Other Coup - The New York Times

Opinion - Facebook and the Surveillance Society: The Other Coup - The New York Times

The revolutionary roots of surveillance capitalism are planted in this unwritten political doctrine of surveillance exceptionalism, bypassing democratic oversight, and essentially granting the new internet companies a license to steal human experience and render it as proprietary data.

Informational privacy: a precondition for democratic participation?

Informational privacy: a precondition for democratic participation?

Democratic theory accords five functions to the public sphere in general and citizen’s participation in particular: the aggregation of political opinions or individual interests; the public deliberation about values and policies; the translation of these public discourses for political institutions; the control of state actors and political officials; and finally a basic social integration of citizens in the sense of a feeling of being connected to a political community through a common democratic project.

Andrew Yang proposes that your digital data be considered personal property

Andrew Yang proposes that your digital data be considered personal property

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang may not be at the top of the race when it comes to polling (Politico currently has him ranked as the 7th most-popular Democratic contender), but his policies, including support for universal basic income, have made him popular among a subset of young, liberal-leaning, tech-savvy voters.

Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy

Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu of Oakland, CA has issued a subpoena to Twitter asking the social media platform to provide the IP address and account registration information used to create and operate the Twitter account that has been established as the first link to an allegedly forged FBI document which some say is the root of the conspiracy surrounding the death of Seth Rich – a Democratic National Congress staffer who died in 2016.

Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Fitbits on our wrists collect our health and fitness data; Apple promises privacy but lots of iPhone apps can still share our personal information; and who really knows what they’re agreeing to when a website asks, “Do You Accept All Cookies?” Most people just click “OK” and hope for the best, says former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Under the broadband heading--Biden has already committed to a $20 billion investment in rural broadband--the proposals included that "Democrats will restore the FCC's clear authority to take strong enforcement action against broadband providers who violate net neutrality principles through blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, or other measures that create artificial scarcity and raise consumer prices for this vital service.".

Senate privacy hawks score a win that delays surveillance renewal

Senate privacy hawks score a win that delays surveillance renewal

“My sense from my House counterparts was this is a carefully crafted compromise and that it could potentially unravel if it comes back with this amendment,” Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told POLITICO.

Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

The group’s board is set to include Susana Martinez, the former Republican governor of New Mexico; Bradley Smith, a former Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission; and Chris Carney, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who’s now at a consulting firm, two people said.

U.S. lawmaker says any COVID-19 contact tracing tech should be voluntary and limited

U.S. lawmaker says any COVID-19 contact tracing tech should be voluntary and limited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Edward Markey, a Democrat and online privacy advocate, said in a letter released Wednesday that any digital coronavirus contact tracing should be voluntary, transparent and collect only the information needed to identify who might be at risk of contracting the respiratory ailment that has killed more than 45,000 people in the United States.

Don’t be evil, just OBEY: After Covid-19 tech giants will have even more control over what you see & what you think

Don’t be evil, just OBEY: After Covid-19 tech giants will have even more control over what you see & what you think

Over the past two decades, democratic societies have been manipulated by Silicon Valley's unregulated big-tech behemoths, which now control the news flow and have weaponized Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Netflix, PayPal, Reddit, TikTok, Microsoft, Apple and the very dangerous Internet Of Things (sped along by 5G).Hard proof is difficult to come by since you can never catch the tech giants red-handed.

Democratic senators question Google over decision to release coronavirus location data

Democratic senators question Google over decision to release coronavirus location data

The senators sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai questioning the company’s new COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports, which involve the publication of anonymized and aggregated location data for individuals in 131 countries and regions to show movement trends.

FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers

FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers

Three lawmakers — Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren, and Republican senator Rand Paul — have sent letters to Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, expressing their “alarm” as to why the credit giants have failed to disclose the number of government demands for consumer data they receive.

Joe Biden's Record On Privacy May Give Democrats Pause – InsideSources

Joe Biden's Record On Privacy May Give Democrats Pause – InsideSources

Joe Biden’s record on privacy issues extends back to at least 1994 when, as a US Senator from Delaware, he introduced the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

This relatively innocuous language pushes back the sunset provision of the Patriot Act by three months, leaving its vast powers in the hands of a president who Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden charges with "failure to uphold basic democratic principles," who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused of "alarming connections and conduct with Russia" and, joined by Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, says is making an attempt to "shred the Constitution.".

Congressional Democrats demand details on Google's use of patient data by Dec. 6

Congressional Democrats demand details on Google's use of patient data by Dec. 6

CNBC later reported, and the companies confirmed, that they had signed an industry-standard agreement that allows for some sharing of protected health information under the current health privacy rules, known as HIPAA, but forbids either company from using that data for any purpose but to provide patient care.

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four Democratic leaders on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee on Monday wrote Alphabet Inc’s Google and Ascension Health demanding briefings by Dec. 6 on how patient data the hospital chain is storing on the cloud is used.

Andrew Yang wants you to make money off your data by making it your personal property

Andrew Yang wants you to make money off your data by making it your personal property

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang released his comprehensive plan to regulate the tech industry in a blog post Thursday.Regulating the tech industry has become a popular talking point among Democrats in the 2020 primary race, with candidates like Elizabeth Warren proposing breaking up tech giants.

Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica

Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica

Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica.Mark Zuckerberg faced a grueling examination from the Democratic lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday, with questions over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Facebook’s reluctance to police political advertising.

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that Departments of Motor Vehicles should not profit from drivers' personal information after a Motherboard investigation found DMVs across the country selling data to a wide array of companies, including private investigators.

Facebook admits app made to keep kids safe actually introduced them to adult strangers

Facebook admits app made to keep kids safe actually introduced them to adult strangers

"We are in regular contact with the FTC on many issues and products, including Messenger Kids," Facebook Vice President Kevin Martin wrote in a letter to two Democrats, which was reported by Reuters.

Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee are asking Facebook to put its cryptocurrency plans on hold

Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee are asking Facebook to put its cryptocurrency plans on hold

Maxine Waters, Carolyn Maloney, Lacy Clay, Al Green, and Stephen Lynch wrote to the $556 billion social network's top executives to ask it to impose a moratorium on Libra until regulators and Congress have had time to explore concerns, including the risk of hacking, data security, and global financial security.

Ajit Pai Is Still Withholding Facts About Location-Data Abuse From Fellow Commissioners

Ajit Pai Is Still Withholding Facts About Location-Data Abuse From Fellow Commissioners

At an oversight hearing last month, House lawmakers pressed Chairman Ajit Pai to respond to charges that his office had refused to provide the Democratic commissioners with access to requested documentation, including any letters of inquiry the FCC might’ve sent to companies under suspicion of illegally selling location data derived from consumers’ cellphones.

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

"Given the company's troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a crypto-currency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action," said Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democratic leaders Frank Pallone and Jan Schakowksy did an oversight review of Facebook’s regulator, the Federal Trade Commission, with all five commissioners, including Chairman Joe Simons, advancing ideas on how to address privacy rules in America today.

San Francisco Takes a Historic Step Forward in the Fight for Privacy

San Francisco Takes a Historic Step Forward in the Fight for Privacy

The Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance also takes an important step toward ensuring a more informed and democratic process before the San Francisco Police Department and other city agencies may acquire other kinds of surveillance technologies.

Elizabeth Warren applauds Facebook cofounder's call to break up the tech giant into 3 companies

Elizabeth Warren applauds Facebook cofounder's call to break up the tech giant into 3 companies

Sen. Elizabeth Warren , the Massachusetts Democrat who is running for president in 2020, has celebrated the Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes' call to break up Facebook two months after she rolled out her own plan to break up the largest US tech companies, including Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

Worried about Huawei? Take a closer look at Tencent

Worried about Huawei? Take a closer look at Tencent

International civil society groups can assist users and democratic governments by maintaining up-to-date digital security guides available in Chinese, documenting the extent to which content outside China is censored or monitored on WeChat and exploring legal recourse for those whose rights may have been violated by Tencent’s practices.

LOKI: Can the “Trickster” Crypto Help Restore Democratic Order to the Internet?

LOKI: Can the “Trickster” Crypto Help Restore Democratic Order to the Internet?

LOKI If you are new to LOKI, the Australian project is self described on their landing page as a “privacy network which will allow users to transact and communicate privately over the internet, providing a suite of tools to help maintain the maximum amount of anonymity possible while browsing, transacting and communicating online”.

Senators want to know when they've been hacked

Senators want to know when they've been hacked

In a letter signed by Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, and Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, the senators ask Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger to provide an annual report on the number of times Senate computers have been hacked, and incidents where hackers were able to access sensitive Senate data.

'Save the Internet Act of 2019' Aims to Restore Net Neutrality

'Save the Internet Act of 2019' Aims to Restore Net Neutrality

Democrats in the House and Senate introduced companions bills aimed at reinstating the Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibited broadband providers from blocking or throttling websites or offering preferred businesses higher-quality service for additional fees.

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