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Silicon Valley Stalinists

Silicon Valley Stalinists

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Published by Ian Thorpe
A strange thing links many of the people who have grown rich from the internet. Unlike people who do well in other areas of commerce, the cyber billionaires seem to share a belief that "If we can do it, that makes it OK to do it. None, with the exception perhaps of Oracles Larry Ellison, seem to understand where the ethical boundaries lie, or even that there are ethical boundaries.
"Hey, we've got an app that will stalk users."
"Kool, can't wait to try it."
There can be no other explanation for the authoritarian attitudes displayed by corporate chiefs to justify the involvement of their company's in levels of government surveillance that would have made Uncle Joe Stalin's KGB envious and evoked admiration from Orwell's Thought Police.

A selection of short articles on cyber snooping and surveillance.
A strange thing links many of the people who have grown rich from the internet. Unlike people who do well in other areas of commerce, the cyber billionaires seem to share a belief that "If we can do it, that makes it OK to do it. None, with the exception perhaps of Oracles Larry Ellison, seem to understand where the ethical boundaries lie, or even that there are ethical boundaries.
"Hey, we've got an app that will stalk users."
"Kool, can't wait to try it."
There can be no other explanation for the authoritarian attitudes displayed by corporate chiefs to justify the involvement of their company's in levels of government surveillance that would have made Uncle Joe Stalin's KGB envious and evoked admiration from Orwell's Thought Police.

A selection of short articles on cyber snooping and surveillance.

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Published by: Ian Thorpe on Jun 10, 2013
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Posted asedbutton Bubblews, June 09th, 2013When news broke of the U S Government's massive surveillance of e-mails, web transactions andcell phone activity the power crazy billionaires of Silicon Valley were quick to deny that their organizations had any involvement. Given the track record of these creeps on honesty, nobodyshould have needed to be told they were all in up to their nacks on the scam. I mean, Bill Gates, puh! He's the guy you may remember who has told us that every new generation of Windows wasgreat. And they were all not fit for purpose from our POV.From the perspective of Microsoft and their business partners however these packages did exactlythe job they were intended to. Each was so clunky and full of bugs Microsoft has to load millions of  patches and fixes so that our systems quickly became so bloated we had to but new, more powerfulhardware. Every generation was so full of loopholes for hackers and malware merchants to exploitwe needed new security software. And by the time we had all that, our desktop was so incompatiblewith legacy software we had to buy later versions of our favourite packages.I admit to having an advantage here, having been a computer consultant I thought ahead and simplykept my old drives which I slot into a docking station and thus I can load up Win 98 if I wish anduse my old software. (the latest Windows I have is XP, I went Linux after that).The whole Windows / Internet thing has been the biggest scam ever, with a decent operating system90 per cent of people could do everything they will ever want to do on a Pentium 2. I know, I runLinux on a ten year old system for my photo, music and movie editing.
 
Given that the whole scam has been pulled off with the complicity of governments it was obviousthat at some stage government would call in the favours. It is not a new thing, have a look at whatProject Echelon (set up in the 1990s) is about.www.character-education.us/echelon.htmOf course the internet companies were in on it. Government (your tax money) bought them thehugely expensive infrastructure for their search and social networking businesses.So when Facebook's Zuckerberg and Google's Larry Page stepped forward to deny having givenyour private data to government agencies, apart from the fact that neither of the semi autistic littlenerds would recognise the truth if it ran up and kicked them in the cobblers, it was obvious theywere lying. Well it was obvious to someone like me, if the Pentagon can't keep British and Dutchgeeks out of their servers, let alone Chinese, Russian and Iranian spies, Facebook andGoogle, withtheir clunky sites built by script kiddies rather than veteran programmers who know how computer systems and networks work are not going to be able to keep the Government out.Zuckerberg and Page caught out in PRISM data mining liesBut as I said, these companies would not try to resist the government, they are all far too cosy witheach other. The reason governments have sunk so much money into building the internetinfrastructure is because the technology, even before the www was launched, offered the potentialfor total monitoring and total control of the information we see.RELATED POSTS:Slaves To The Machine(Keynote Article)Facebook's evil empire Google's surveillance societyInternet privacy theft Them (poem)
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Posted on Bubblews asedbutton May 30th, 2013 Not long ago I posted a report here about the near - criminal Payday Loans industry, their usuriousinterest rates and implacable pursuit of defaulters. I have never had any dealings with loan sharks so
 
a little research was necessary, a few clicks and I was ready to write.Since then, although I gave no personal details to anybody I have received a steady stream of invitations to apply for payday loans, to apply for credit cards available to people with bad creditrecords and other financial services. How do they know me? Well I might have given no details butfinancial businesses are big time miners of private data from our computers, and they shareinformation, sometimes with very unpleasant people. This trend for stealing our privacy is growingand is becoming institutionalized.At the most recent meeting of the G-20 group, central bank chiefs, finance ministers, and a motleycrew of other international bureaucrats were promoting what they hoped would be a new "globalstandard" of the automatic sharing of financial information.The USA and the EU led the way as they always seem to on this forced march back to fascism. TheUS version is the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) This sounds reasonable enough,we all hate those super rich hiding their money offshore to avoid tax don't we. The EU version of this law is more obfuscatory but amounts to the same thing so we'll just talk about FATCA. The problem with both is they put the burden of proof on the accused. We have to prove we do not havean offshore account rather than the tax authority being required to show grounds to suspect that wedo and that we are using it illegally.This particular bit of bureaucratic nastiness came from the UK Inland Revenue, now the Revenueand Customs Dept. which has always worked on the principle of guilty until proved innocent. It isan approach that echoes the style of justice meted out by medieval witch hunters.Through FATCA and other financial reforms, the America government and European Unioncommission are aggressively seeking new ways to undermine financial privacy.Financial privacy should not be viewed in a negative light, as it is often portrayed. The Swiss viewit as a fundamental human right to preserve dignity, akin to medical privacy. How would you feel if the government snooped into your medical records and automatically shared those records withforeign governments? Tough, they do.The stated aim of this new "global standard" is to rake in more money for bankrupt governments but if we step back and look at the bigger picture it there is a hidden agenda. FATCA will not raisesignificant funds for governments, estimates predict it will bring in for the USA around $9 billionover 10 years or $900 million on average per year. European financial institutions have provided noinformation on anticipated returns.With the deficit in 2012 for the US federal government at $1.1 trillion, the expected $900 millionfrom FATCA is about as significant as a little child weeing in the ocean (actually around one-tenthof one percent).So, it begs the question: Why would the US and European Union governments go to trouble of implementing FATCA if it's going to bring in such a piddling amount of money?Here's where the hidden agenda begins to emerge; the primary motivation here is control. The"global standard" is a path that will put governments around the world one step closer to being ableto track and control every penny you earn and every penny you spend. Think about the recentlegalized robbery in Cyprus when the EU raided savers banks accounts to fund a bailout of failing banks. FATCA also fits comfortably with the global . war on cash.

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