Big Brother is watching you (from afar): US spies seek long-range facial recognition capabilities

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18-09-19 07:18:00,

US intelligence agencies are looking to enhance their facial recognition capabilities with technology that can identify people from hundreds of meters away, potentially transforming drones into biometrically accurate spy cameras.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) wants any and all information that could help current biometric surveillance tech overcome the inaccuracy that comes with distance, according to a request for information posted by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) – the intelligence community’s even-more-secretive-than-usual research arm.

The agency is hungry for anything that could be “useful in planning a program focused on advancing the state-of-the-art biometric recognition and identification at altitude and range (BRIAR)” – from “biometric research datasets” captured using drones, to datasets captured from long distances or unusual angles, to research on fusing multiple types of biometric identification to overcome faults in one mode or another.

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IARPA appears particularly interested in long-distance facial recognition that factors in other biometric identifiers such as gait, allowing for accurate matching even when a subject’s face is partially obscured so long as their walk matched an existing profile – a major boon to a technology that can be thwarted by sudden movement or “atmospheric turbulence,” especially at a distance. The information request laments that “there remains challenges in diverse face detection, verification and identification when dealing with low-resolution or noisy imagery” or images shot from aerial view, thanks to “a lack of authorized and sharable research data.”

Further research in the area of biometric recognition and identification at altitude and range may support protection of critical infrastructure and transportation facilities, military force protection, and border security,” IARPA reassures any contractor who might be worried about high-powered surveillance turned against innocent citizens, though contractors are (one hopes) aware that surplus military technology frequently ends up in the hands of domestic police forces, and the legal definition of the “border” includes any area within 100 miles of the US’ “external boundaries” – leaving two thirds of Americans living in what the ACLU and civil liberties groups have termed “Constitution-free zones.”

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IARPA has previously deployed machine learning to assist facial-recognition surveillance,

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Big Tech & Big Brother Are Going To Join Forces To “Secure Elections”

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10-09-19 07:35:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Security teams for Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft met with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence’s office to coordinate a strategy to “secure” the 2020 elections. And by “secure” they mean to manipulate the results of the election in any way possible to get the outcome they desire.

According to a report by RT, the big tech platforms met with government officials at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters on Wednesday, the company has confirmed, boasting that Big Tech and Big Brother have developed a “comprehensive strategy” to get control of previous election-related “vulnerabilities” while “analyzing and getting ahead of new threats.” Those vulnerabilities and threats are the free thinkers who don’t buy the official narrative and dissent against the ruling class.

This is quickly escalating.

Expect the censorship, social credit scores, and gun control talk to ramp up as the political class realizes people may not be as easily enslaved as they have imagined. Facebook has scrambled to get in front of the 2020 election after being blamed for Trump’s 2016 electoral victory over merely allowing the “Russian trolls” to buy a bunch of ads. Most of those ads appeared after the vote and had nothing to do with the election. Google, on the other hand, actively attempted to manipulate and rig the election in favor of Hillary Clinton, and the evidence of that indiscretion is rapidly becoming overwhelming.

Google’s potential to sway elections has been the subject of Senate hearings, and yet the company has remained silent on addressing the problem. Subsidiary YouTube, meanwhile, conducted another round of mass censorship last month even while declaring it was an open platform for controversial ideas.

Facebook insisted last week it had tightened its rules for verifying purchasers of “political” ads, for real this time, after the 2018 contest showed they could still be duped into running obviously-fake ads “paid for by” the Islamic State terror group and Cambridge Analytica.

For all intents and purposes, this meeting was to make sure certain ideas are censored so that only government-approved opinions can be made available as information. 

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Big Tech & Big Brother meet at Facebook HQ to discuss how to ‘secure’ US elections

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05-09-19 10:08:00,

Security teams for Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft met with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence’s office to coordinate a strategy to secure the 2020 elections.

The tech platforms met with government officials at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters on Wednesday, the company has confirmed, boasting that Big Tech and Big Brother have developed a “comprehensive strategy” to get control of previous election-related “vulnerabilities” while “analyzing and getting ahead of new threats.”

Facebook has scrambled to get in front of the 2020 election after being blamed for Trump’s 2016 electoral victory over merely allowing the “Russian trolls” to buy a bunch of ads, most of which appeared after the vote and had nothing to do with the election. But the company insisted last week it had tightened its rules for verifying purchasers of “political” ads, for real this time, after the 2018 contest showed they could still be duped into running obviously-fake ads “paid for by” the Islamic State terror group and Cambridge Analytica.

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Aside from the occasional purge of accounts accused of being linked to countries like Russia, Iran, and China on the US’ ever-lengthening enemies’ list, however, it’s hard to tell what exactly any platform has done to make itself immune to ‘manipulation’. Twitter banned state-owned media from buying ads on its platform last month, holding the move up as a victory against the dreaded “foreign meddling,” but its own founder’s account was hacked last week, suggesting it has bigger security issues than a few wrongthink-prone advertisers.

And Google’s potential to sway elections has been the subject of Senate hearings – yet the company has remained silent on addressing the problem, suggesting it doesn’t see it as a bug at all, but a feature. Subsidiary YouTube, meanwhile, conducted another round of deplatforming last month even while declaring it was an open platform for controversial ideas.

The electoral meeting of the minds came less than a week after the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) declared war on deepfakes and other potentially discord-sowing information,

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The Real Big Brother

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30-08-19 07:53:00,


It’s a billionaire’s world and the biggest of them all is in the thick of it, as Eric Zuesse explains.

By Eric Zuesse
Strategic Culture

Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post, which leads America’s news-media in their almost 100 percent support and promotion of neoconservatism, American imperialism and wars. This includes sanctions, coups, and military invasions against countries that America’s billionaires want to control but don’t yet control — such as Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Russia, Libya, and China.

These are aggressive wars against countries which have never aggressed against the United States. They are not, at all, defensive, but the exact opposite. It’s not necessarily endless war (even Hitler hadn’t planned that), but war until the entire planet has come under the control of the U.S. Government, a government that is itself controlled by America’s billionaires, the funders of neoconservatism and imperialism — in both major American political parties, think tanks, newspapers, TV networks, etcetera.

Bezos has been a crucial part of neoconservatism, ever since, at the June 6-9 2013 Bilderberg meeting, he arranged with Donald Graham, the Washington Post’s owner, to buy that newspaper, for $250 million. Bezos had already negotiated, in March of that same year, with the neoconservative CIA Director, John Brennan, for a  $600 million ten-year cloud computing contract that transformed Amazon corporation, from being a reliable money-loser, into a reliably profitable firm.

That caused Bezos’s net worth to soar even more (and at a sharper rate of rising) than it had been doing while it had been losing money. He became the most influential salesman not only for books, but for the CIA, and for such mega-corporations as Lockheed Martin. Imperialism has supercharged his wealth, but it didn’t alone cause it. Bezos might be the most ferociously gifted business-person on the planet.

Some of America’s billionaires don’t care about international conquest as much as he does,

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China’s Big Brother Social Control Arrives In Australia

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08-05-19 08:45:00,

Authored by Joshua Philipp via The Epoch Times,

Australia is preparing to debut its version of the Chinese regime’s high-tech system for monitoring and controlling its citizens. The launch, to take place in the northern city of Darwin, will include systems to monitor people’s activity via their cell phones.

The new system is based on monitoring programs in Shenzhen, China, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is testing its Social Credit System. Officials on the Darwin council traveled to Shenzhen, according to NT News, to “have a chance to see exactly how their Smart Technology works prior to being fully rolled out.”

In Darwin, they’ve already constructed “poles, fitted with speakers, cameras and Wi-Fi,” according to NT News, to monitor people, their movements around the city, the websites they visit, and what apps they use. The monitoring will be done mainly by artificial intelligence, but will alert authorities based on set triggers.

Just as in China, the surveillance system is being branded as a “smart city” program, and while Australian officials claim its operations are benign, they’ve announced it functions to monitor cell phone activity and “virtual fences” that will trigger alerts if people cross them.

“We’ll be getting sent an alarm saying, ‘There’s a person in this area that you’ve put a virtual fence around.’ … Boom, an alert goes out to whatever authority, whether it’s us or police to say ‘look at camera five,’” said Josh Sattler, the Darwin council’s general manager for innovation, growth, and development services, according to NT News.

The nature of the “virtual fences” and what type of activity will sound an alarm still isn’t being made clear.

The system is being promoted as mostly benign. Sattler said it will tell the government “where people are using Wi-Fi, what they’re using Wi-Fi for, are they watching YouTube, etc. All these bits of information we can share with businesses. … We can let businesses know, ‘Hey, 80 percent of people actually use Instagram within this area of the city, between these hours.’”

The CCP’s smart city Social Credit System is able to monitor each person in the society,

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New Big Brother? India’s ‘Project Insight’ in full force, searches social media for unpaid taxes

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01-04-19 07:44:00,

A new computer system, which will monitor the social media activity of people for signs that they don’t pay their taxes, goes online in India on Monday. Those who like to brag about their wealth may now think twice.

The system dubbed ‘Project Insight’ is coming into full force on April 1, but it may be no joke for those who get flagged as tax cheats by it. Commissioned by the nation’s Income Tax Department a few years ago at a cost of US$150 million, it’s meant to centralize data from various sources available to the government and crunch it to identify individuals who live beyond their declared means.

The government touts the system as a highly complicated tool, using machine learning and big data analysis to create something called a “360-degree profile” of each taxpayer. Instagram pics designed to spark envy – strike that – share the joy of life and inspire followers are only part of what is meant to be analyzed.

The system is part of a wider government effort to eradicate so-called ‘black money’ from the economy and boost tax collection. India is estimated to have over 1.35 billion people now, but less than 70 million taxpayers filed tax returns last year. The figure includes both individuals and entities and is actually a big boost from 38 million in 2014, when the ongoing effort was launched.

The comparatively small number is explained by India’s tax laws, which exempt people with income lower than a certain limit. But evasion through under-reporting or not reporting taxable incomes is an old and serious problem. An amnesty scheme offered by the government in 2016 brought a reported $9.5 billion into the treasury.

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How much money the insights gathered by the new social media system will manage to net is yet to be seen. New Delhi says it is following in the footsteps of countries like Great Britain, which launched a similar computer system called ‘Connect’ a decade ago. It helped generate additional tax revenue amounting to 37 times its $100 million cost over the first five years of operation,

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THE PRISONER SAYS NO TO BIG BROTHER

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04-03-19 08:06:00,

THE PRISONER SAYS NO TO BIG BROTHER
4 March 2019

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John Pilger invokes George Orwell in calling on his compatriots to stand up for the freedom of ‘a distinguished Australian’, the founder and editor of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and for ‘real journalism of a kind now considered exotic’.

Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air is still and fetid.

This is Room 101.

Before I enter Room 101, I must surrender my passport and phone. My pockets and possessions are examined. The food I bring is inspected.

The man who guards Room 101 sits in what looks like an old-fashioned telephone box. He watches a screen, watching Julian. There are others unseen, agents of the state, watching and listening.

Cameras are everywhere in Room 101. To avoid them, Julian manoeuvres us both into a corner, side by side, flat up against the wall. This is how we catch up: whispering and writing to each other on a notepad, which he shields from the cameras. Sometimes we laugh.

I have my designated time slot. When that expires, the door in Room 101 bursts open and the guard says, “Time is up!” On New Year’s Eve, I was allowed an extra 30 minutes and the man in the phone box wished me a happy new year, but not Julian.

Of course, Room 101 is the room in George Orwell’s prophetic novel, 1984, where the thought police watched and tormented their prisoners, and worse, until people surrendered their humanity and principles and obeyed Big Brother.

Julian Assange will never obey Big Brother. His resilience and courage are astonishing, even though his physical health struggles to keep up.

Julian is a distinguished Australian, who has changed the way many people think about duplicitous governments. For this, he is a political refugee subjected to what the United Nations calls “arbitrary detention”.

The UN says he has the right of free passage to freedom,

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Big Brother: Geen privacy op straat, elke GSM wordt actief gevolgd door gemeentes – Lang Leve Europa!

01-03-19 02:24:00,

Zo leer je nog eens wat, met terugwerkende kracht, over je privacy en je lokale overheid:

Gemeenten stoppen met het wifi-tracken van hun winkelpubliek

Tilburg verkocht jarenlang alle wifi-gegevens van personen die binnen het bereik bevonden van de ‘gratis’ wifi hotspots van de gemeente. Dit betrof zowel actieve gebruikers van de Wifi ‘dienst’, als ook mensen met een smartphone die gewoon (passief) langsliepen.

De data die werd opgeslagen was inclusief identificerend MAC-adressen (elk apparaat met netwerk heeft een uniek en herkenbaar nummer) en de datum, tijd én locatie dat die MAC-adressen gezien werden. Je wordt dus actief gevolgd over straat.

Ofwel, als jij een GSM bij je hebt, traceert de gemeente precies al je bewegingen. En verkoopt die data aan derden!  Gemeente Tilburg is in het nieuws, verkreeg voor jouw privacy €17.000 per jaar. En je data werd vervolgens door diverse partijen geanalyseerd met commerciële doeleinden. En wie weet wat die derde partijen daarna weer hebben gedaan met data over jouw bewegingen binnen de gemeente.

En dit (gestoorde) gedrag blijkt dus heel ‘normaal’ voor gemeenten, dit gebeurt kennelijk overal.

En dat ‘stoppen’ blijkt ook nog eens heel relatief (dat wil zeggen: men gaat dus gewoon door). Trouw schrijft:

Zo zette het bedrijf Locatus, dat naar eigen zeggen op basis van mac-adressen tellingen uitvoert in twintig tot dertig gemeenten, alles voorlopig op zwart. Dat betekent volgens directeur Peter Nieland dat er nog wel data worden verzameld, maar die zijn voorlopig niet meer beschikbaar voor klanten. Stefan van Aarle verwacht dat er snel nieuwe technieken volgen die wel aan de regels van de AP voldoen. “Ik heb al regelmatig e-mails van bedrijven die dat claimen in mijn inbox.”

Nadruk die van LLE, men gaat dus gewoon verder met het schenden van je privacy.

De overheid schendt dus reeds jarenlang de privacyregels en normaal fatsoen, en dat mag in Nederland kennelijk gewoon. Je kan structurele privacyschending zelf omdopen tot bedrijfsactiviteit. Mag allemaal. En zelfs doorgaan nadat blijkt dat het illegaal is. Mag ook.

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Big Brother Digital License Plates Coming To A State Near You | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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26-01-19 03:13:00,

By MassPrivateI

Michigan became the second state in the country to roll out the world’s first digital license plate.

According to an article in The Car Connection, the state of Michigan just approved Reviver Auto’s digital license plates called the “Rplate.”

Reviver Auto boasts that a total of five states have already approved their digital license plates.

Our innovative, multi-functional digital license plate, the Rplate Pro, will be on the road in California, Florida, Arizona and Texas in 2018. (Source)

George Orwell could never have dreamed of a world where license plates became a tool for more government surveillance.

Digital license plates are a privacy nightmare for motorists.

No longer will law enforcement have to run your license plate to see if you paid your taxes and insurance, because now your license plate will display a big “X” notifying everyone that you are a violator.

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Digital license plates are the epitome of Big Brother surveillance

According to an article in WIRED, Rplates will turn vehicles into rolling Big Brother billboards that display Amber Alerts and much more.

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Ready for Big Brother? Americans increasingly accept unrestricted facial recognition tech

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09-01-19 08:22:00,

Americans are increasingly embracing Big Brother, according to a recent survey that found only one in four want restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology by governments – a marked change from two months ago.

Just one in four Americans want strict government limits on the use of biometric technology – with opposition shrinking further if such technology would help law enforcement, reduce shoplifting, or speed up security screenings at the airport, according to a national poll conducted last month by the Center for Data Innovation. Opposition to biometric surveillance decreases with age, and women are more accepting of the technology than men, the poll results show.

Half of respondents oppose restrictions on biometric tech if the scanners are used to stop shoplifting. Just three months earlier, half of Americans were still against facial recognition for theft prevention purposes, according to the Brookings Institute. Only a quarter of them would oppose retail use now.

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What changed? Have Americans chosen convenience over dignity? Biometrics executives put their heads together in November to figure out how to sell biometric surveillance to the citizens, worried about numbers that revealed as many as half of Americans opposed use of the tech in the retail sector and believed law enforcement’s use of the technology should be strictly limited. But only three percent of the population were “vocally opposed,” even then – meaning everyone else could be convinced to stop worrying and love Big Brother.

Almost two-thirds of respondents support the use of biometrics when the software is right 100 percent of the time, but that number drops to 39 percent if the results are incorrect for one out of five scans. Perhaps unsurprisingly, coverage of the government’s adoption of biometric surveillance has focused on its accuracy: US Customs and Border Protection has caught 26 “imposters” in airports using the technology, and stories of Chinese authorities catching fugitives in the middle of large concerts using biometric tech paint a picture of an accurate – if dystopian – crime-fighting tool.

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How Big Brother Grips Americans’ Minds To Support Invasions

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10-12-18 08:48:00,

Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

On November 29th, Gallup headlined “Democrats Lead Surge in Belief U.S. Should Be World Leader” and reported that “Three-fourths (75%) of Americans today think the United States has ‘a special responsibility to be the leading nation in world affairs,’ up from 66% in 2010. The surge is driven by Democrats, whose belief in this idea has increased from 61% eight years ago to 81% now.”

This finding comes even after the lie-based and catastrophic U.S. invasions of Iraq in 2003, and of Libya in 2011 (and of so many others, such as Afghanistan, where the U.S. and Sauds created the Taliban in 1979). Americans — now even increasingly — want ‘their’ (which is actually America’s billionaires’) Government to be virtually the world’s government, policing the world. They want this nation’s Government to be determining what international laws will be enforced around the world, and to be enforcing them. Most Americans don’t want the United Nations to have power over the U.S. (its billionaires’) Government, but instead want the U.S. Government (its billionaires) to have power over the United Nations (which didn’t authorize any of those evil, lie-based, U.S. invasions). 

Not only would doing this bankrupt all constructive domestic functions (health, education, infrastructure, etc.) of the U.S. federal Government, but it would also increase the global carnage, as if the U.S. Government hasn’t already been doing enough of that, for decades now.

The leadership for this supremacist craving comes straight from America’s top, not from the masses that are being sampled by the Gallup organization, who only reflect it — they are duped by their leaders. Here is how U.S. President Barack Obama (a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2009, for nothing at all but his ‘kindly’ but insincere verbiage when he had been a candidate) stated this widespread delusional American belief in American global moral supremacy, when addressing the graduating class at West Point Military Academy, on 28 May 2014: 

The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. [Every other nation is therefore ‘dispensable’;

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