Google Drive Takes Down Personal Copy Of “Plandemic”

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27-05-20 06:24:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

If there was ever a time in history to pay attention, it’s now.  It’s now obvious that we all need to keep our eyes and ears open to that which Big Tech and the government continue to censor to “save us” from “misinformation.” Google Drive, at the request of The Washington Post, has taken down a user’s personal copy of the movie “Plandemic.”

Ever since Big Tech platforms started cracking down on what they deem to be “coronavirus misinformation” (information they don’t want you to know about), the media has been willfully flagging alleged violations to social media companies and getting content taken down, reported News Break. 

In other words, they want us to remain in a panic-induced state of fear and only listen to the mainstream media’s official Operation Mockingbird narrative about the entire Plandemic.  And because you are not supposed to know anything else, Google drive has removed a user’s personal copy of Dr. Judy Mikovitz’s “Plandemic” after it was flagged by the Washington Post. 

It doesn’t get more blatant than this, folks.  We are being lied to and expected to stay fearful and obey the ruling class at all costs. It’s going to get ugly by the end of this year if tyrants don’t release their grip on power…and we know they won’t let go easily.

In an article reporting on the takedown, The Washington Post’s Silicon Valley Correspondent Elizabeth Dwoskin complained that after the coronavirus documentary Plandemic was censored on social media, some YouTube clips were telling users how to access “banned footage” from the documentary via Google Drive. She then notes that after The Washington Post contacted Google, Google Drive took down a file featuring the trailer for the Plandemic documentary.

Watch Plandemic on Bitchute, a decentralized, censorship-free platform by clicking here. 

As Big Tech ramps up censorship, we need to ramp up our exit and cease to use their products.  We said last month that the mainstream media was going to continue a smear campaign against anyone who stands up to the elitists and this tyrannical takeover and economic terrorism while using a virus as an excuse.

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Amazon, Google, and Apple have moved past monopoly status to competing directly with governments… and winning

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28-04-20 07:28:00,

US Senator Josh Hawley is demanding a criminal antitrust probe of Amazon as the e-commerce behemoth’s powers grow to rival the government’s own. Google and Apple, too, are now ordering governments around.

Amazon “abuses its position as an online platform and collects detailed data about merchandise so Amazon can create copycat products under an Amazon brand,” Hawley charged in a letter he sent to US Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday. The senator (R-MO) demanded a criminal probe of the e-commerce giant, accusing it of engaging in “predatory and exclusionary data practices to build and maintain a monopoly” – a textbook violation of antitrust law.

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Charging that Amazon has gained unprecedented monopoly power through the sheer wealth of data it has collected on its users, allowing it to clone sellers’ products and undercut them on price, the senator likened the company’s “capacity for data collection” to “a brick and mortar retailer attaching a camera to every customer’s forehead.” With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the lion’s share of commerce online, Amazon has assumed near-omnipotence.

Even if all of Hawley’s allegations – derived from a Wall Street Journal investigation published earlier this month – are proven 100 percent true, it’s questionable whether the Justice Department would be willing (or able) to punish Amazon.

In some ways, the company is at least as powerful as the government whose laws it goes through the motions of obeying. Amazon’s cloud servers host the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Department, and other US agencies, meaning if the company decided to throw a temper tantrum in response to legal penalties (as it threatened to do in France) government operations could be severely disrupted.

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Amazon files suit challenging Pentagon ‘war cloud’ contract with Microsoft, may argue Trump ‘meddled’ in process

Indeed, after losing the lucrative Pentagon JEDI contract to competitor Microsoft, it was Amazon that hauled the Trump administration into court and may yet force it to reconsider. If the trillion-dollar company can scupper the plans of the White House,

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Google Scientists Are Creating an Artificial Intelligence That Evolves on Its Own – Activist Post

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22-04-20 09:49:00,

By Jake Anderson

One of the biggest global players in artificial intelligence (AI) is Google and their high-tech Brain division has been pushing the envelope for years.

Now scientists working for their AutoML project have a new paper in which they claim to be developing algorithms that can evolve on their own without human input. Even more stunning is their claim that they can induce “mutations” into new generations of algorithms, which mimics principles of Darwinian evolution, namely “survival of the fittest.”

The team started with one of the most basic ideas in modern AI: machine learning. Machine learning tools allow us to use algorithms to search through massive troves of data and quickly identify patterns. But the traditional problem with this method is the element of human bias.

As the team paper states:

Human-designed components bias the search results in favor of human-designed algorithms, possibly reducing the innovation potential of AutoML. Innovation is also limited by having fewer options: you cannot discover what you cannot search for.

To bypass this problem, the team wanted to develop a system by which AI can grow on its own.

The team used simple math equations to develop machine learning algorithms that author 100 “candidate algorithms.” These candidates compete using basic machine learning tools like neural network image differentiation tests and the best-performing algorithms then mutated, or evolved, via random code alteration.

The system can cull through tens of thousands of algorithms each second in search of a solution while dismissing “evolutionary dead-ends” and duplicates. Over multiple generations, the process grows a library of high-performance algorithms. According to the Google team, these new algorithms have already reproduced decades worth of human-led AI discoveries in only days.

Perhaps most astonishingly, the new AI algorithmic evolution is able to eliminate the problem of human bias that is often introduced during data input. The AutoML-Zero can essentially “automatically discover” unknown algorithms and develop new previously undiscovered AI programs without any human intervention, using only basic mathematical concepts.

Haran Jackson, the chief technology officer (CTO) at Techspert,

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Apple and Google Announced a Coronavirus Tracking System. How Worried Should We be? – Global Research

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20-04-20 09:44:00,

Apple and Google last week announced a joint contact tracing effort that would use Bluetooth technology to help alert people who have been in close proximity to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Similar proposals have been put forward by an MIT-associated effort called PACT as well as by multiple European groups.

These proposals differ from the traditional public health technique of “contact tracing” to try to stop the spread of a disease. In place of human interviewers, they would use location or proximity data generated by mobile phones to contact people who may have been exposed.

While some of these systems could offer public health benefits, they may also cause significant risks to privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. If such systems are to work, there must be widespread, free, and quick testing available. The systems must also be widely adopted, but that will not happen if people do not trust them. For there to be trust, the tool must protect privacy, be voluntary, and store data on an individual’s device rather than in a centralized repository.

A well-designed tool would give people actionable medical information while also protecting privacy and giving users control, but a poorly designed one could pose unnecessary and significant risks to privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. To help distinguish between the two, the ACLU is publishing a set of technology principlesagainst which developers, the public, and policymakers can judge any contact tracing apps and protocols.

Technology principles that embed privacy by design are one important type of protection. There still need to be strict policies to mitigate against overreach and abuse. These policies, at a minimum, should include:

  • Voluntariness — Whenever possible, a person testing positive must consent to any data sharing by the app. The decision to use a tracking app should be voluntary and uncoerced. Installation, use, or reporting must not be a precondition for returning to work or school, for example.
  • Use Limitations — The data should not be used for purposes other than public health — not for advertising and especially not for any punitive or law enforcement purposes.
  • Minimization — Policies must be in place to ensure that only necessary information is collected and to prohibit any data sharing with anyone outside of the public health effort.

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Google und Apple wollen Nachverfolgung von Kontakten zu Corona-Infizierten ermöglichen

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11-04-20 01:21:00,

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Die US-Technologieunternehmen Apple und Google haben laut einer gemeinsamen Erklärung vor, ein gemeinsames Projekt zur Bekämpfung der Coronavirus-Ausbreitung in die Wege zu leiten.

Die Anbieter der beiden führenden Smartphone-Plattformen weltweit gaben am Freitag auf ihren offiziellen Webseiten bekannt, dass sie die Entwicklung von Apps zur Nachverfolgung von Corona-Infektionen erleichtern wollten.

„Da Covid-19 bei einer räumlichen Nähe zu einer infizierten Person übertragen werden kann, haben Gesundheitsbeamte die Nachverfolgung von Kontakten als wertvolles Instrument für die Eindämmung der Erkrankung bezeichnet.“

App-Projekte

Die Umsetzung des Plans erfolge in zwei Phasen. In einem ersten Schritt werde im Mai eine Programmierschnittstelle (API) veröffentlicht, die die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Android- und iOS-Geräten unter Verwendung von Apps der Gesundheitsbehörden ermöglichen.

Diese offiziellen Apps würden den Benutzern über ihre jeweiligen App-Stores zum Download zur Verfügung stehen.

In den kommenden Monaten wollen die IT-Riesen dann eine Software lancieren, die auf dem Kurzstreckendienst Bluetooth basieren werde. Die Apps sollen nach dem Willen der Unternehmen freiwillig sein und einer expliziten Einwilligung bedürfen.

Coronavirus

Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation hatte am 11. März den Ausbruch des neuen Covid-19-Erregers als Pandemie eingestuft.

Weltweit wurden nach WHO-Angaben bereits mehr als 1,5 Millionen Menschen in 213 Ländern mit dem Virus SARS-CoV-2 infiziert. Bisher wurden demnach 95.269 Todesopfer registriert.

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Google Publishing Location Data To Monitor Social Distancing

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03-04-20 05:12:00,

Google has launched a website which uses anonymized location data to show where people are taking social distancing more seriously than others.

Collected from their various products and services, the COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports site will show changes in behavior – such as shopping and recreation, from a top-down look at entire countries – to individual states.

The website will track changes over several weeks – for time periods as recent as 48-to-72 hours prior, and will include 131 countries and certain counties within several states.

Google says the data will be collected in aggregate, rather than at an individual level, and it won’t show absolute numbers of people showing up at parks or grocery stores. The idea instead is to outline percentages, which highlight potential surges in attendance. For example, its first reports states that San Francisco County has seen a 72% drop in retail and recreation, a 55% decline in parks’ population, and a 21% increase in residential population between Feb. 16 and March 29. –CNBC

[below data since updated]

According to the report, public health departments may find this data useful in detecting the next potential coronavirus hotspot when used in conjunction with data collected at the local, state and federal level such as symptoms patients are reporting in emergency rooms. It may also help officials to target residents of certain areas with messaging about social distancing.

“This information could help officials understand changes in essential trips that can shape recommendations on business hours or inform delivery service offerings,” reads Google’s announcement.

That said, the project is bound to raise privacy concerns. While the new site says that it uses anonyized information from people’s “location history” setting in Google Maps and other services – which the company says is “turned off by default,” their location tracking has been the subject of controversy in the past.

April 2019, CNBC’s Todd Haselton found that Google had been tracking his location for years without him realizing it, and explained how to turn tracking off. In October 2019, Australian officials accused Google of misleading consumers in 2018 and earlier about the settings necessary to turn off location tracking.

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Lernen für Google. Wie die Digitalisierung der Schulen unsere Kinder systematisch und vorsätzlich entmündigt.

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02-04-20 10:07:00,

Der vor einem Jahr beschlossene Digitalpakt ist ein echter Rohrkrepierer. Bis zuletzt wurde nur ein Bruchteil des milliardenschweren Förderprogramms abgerufen. In Zeiten der Pandemie soll nun alles besser werden. 100 Millionen Euro wollen Bund und Länder ganz unbürokratisch locker machen, damit der Auf- und Ausbau von Online-Lernplattformen rascher vonstatten geht. Das wäre bitter nötig, um die Kinder in den Zwangsferien aus der Ferne fachgerecht unterrichten zu können, heißt es. Der Pädagoge, Medienwissenschaftler und Buchautor Ralf Lankau sieht die Entwicklung mit Sorge. Die Corona-Krise sei ein Einfallstor für IT-Industrielle, Privatisierer und Bildungsökonomen in den Schutzraum Schule, erläutert er im Interview mit den NachDenkSeiten. Das Gespräch führte Ralf Wurzbacher.

Ralf Lankau

Zur Person: Ralf Lankau, Jahrgang 1961, ist Professor für Mediengestaltung und Medientheorie an der Hochschule Offenburg. Er leitet dort die grafik.werkstatt an der Fakultät Medien und Informationswesen, forscht zu Experimenteller Medienproduktion in Kunst, Lehre und Wissenschaft und publiziert zu Design, Kommunikationswissenschaft und (Medien-) Pädagogik. Lankau betreibt das Projekt „futur iii – digitaltechnik zwischen freiheitsversprechen und totalüberwachung“ (futur-iii.de) und ist Mitinitiator des „Bündnisses für humane Bildung – aufwach(s)en mit digitalen Medien“ (aufwach-s-en.de). Von Lankau erschien 2017 im Beltz-Verlag: „Kein Mensch lernt digital: Über den sinnvollen Einsatz neuer Medien im Unterricht“ und vor einem Jahr gemeinsam mit Paula Bleckmann: „Digitale Medien und Unterricht: Eine Kontroverse“.

Interview:

Herr Lankau, wegen der Corona-Krise sind seit mittlerweile drei Wochen Deutschlands Schulen flächendeckend dicht. In der Medienberichterstattung zum Thema taucht seither immer wieder die Wendung von plötzlich sichtbaren „Versäumnissen“ in der Schul- und Bildungspolitik auf. Davon gibt es bekanntlich reichlich, ohne dass dies bisher in der Öffentlichkeit wirklich breit diskutiert, geschweige denn politisch dagegen vorgegangen worden wäre. Jetzt aber schon, wobei die Sache auf eine einzige vermeintliche Baustelle verengt wird, nämlich die Digitalisierung. Nun, da der Unterricht quasi im Homeoffice stattfinden müsse, räche sich, dass die Bundesländer und Kommunen bei der Umsetzung des „Digitalpakts Schule“ noch nicht richtig vorangekommen wären, lautet der einhellige Vorwurf. Haben Sie andere Sorgen?

Alles was für interessierte Kreise jetzt zählt, ist doch, die Kinder und Jugendlichen möglichst schnell an die Bildschirme und ins Netz zu bringen. So eine gute Gelegenheit der Frühdigitalisierung ohne Widerrede kommt nicht so schnell wieder. Die Kritiker sind sprachlos, die Bevölkerung paralysiert, die Eltern überfordert und die Online-Anbieter plötzlich die Retter in der Not.

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UK Google Data Transfer To US Is Just The Start: “Possibilities For Abuse Are Enormous”

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28-02-20 01:58:00,

Via TruePublica.org,

Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under US jurisdiction instead, the company confirmed on 19 February. The shift, prompted by Britain’s exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions with less protection and within easier reach of British law enforcement. But it won’t end there.

Alphabet Inc’s Google intends to require its British users to acknowledge new terms of service including the new jurisdiction.

Nothing about our services or our approach to privacy will change, including how we collect or process data, and how we respond to law enforcement demands for users’ information,” Google said in an emailed statement. “The protections of the UK GDPR will still apply to these users.” If that was true, they would leave it where it was and not go to the expense. This is just the start of much more to come.

Unsurprisingly, a spokesman declined to answer questions.

Mission creep

The British state is the West’s worst offender for breaches of privacy, mass surveillance and using its secretive 360-degree architecture of civilian supervision and control. For the government, more surveillance and gathered data is better, not worse. But Google’s announcement will be followed by the other big tech firms and digital startups will look upon the UK as an increased opportunity to make money from fewer safeguards.

It was only a two months ago that the Times reported that a leading British trade economist had warned that NHS patient data will be exploited by US technology companies under a trade deal with America. Alan Winters, director of the Trade Policy Observatory at Sussex University, said clauses on data sharing and algorithms that US negotiators want inserted into a deal will be used to capture the value in NHS patient records, estimated at £10 billion a year.

Last month, it was reported that the Department of Health and Social Care has been selling the medical data of millions of NHS patients to American and other international drugs companies having misled the public into believing the information would be “anonymous.”

Then just a few days ago it was reported that a US healthcare firm (praised by Donald Trump) has been handed £millions of taxpayers money to help the NHS identify its most “expensive” patients.

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Google admits it let random strangers download your videos… as it seeks monthly fee for rifling through your photos

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07-02-20 01:38:00,

Google has admitted some users’ private videos were sent to “unrelated users” who downloaded data through its Takeout service for a few days in November – but wants you to pay the company to dig through your photos itself.

The search behemoth has quietly notified users of its Google Takeout service, which downloads a user’s Google Data archive, that an unspecified number of their private videos ended up in random users’ Takeout archives. The emails, sent a mere three months after the fact, are ominously vague, merely letting the user know that “one or more videos in your Google Photos account was affected” by the bug between November 21 and 25 of last year. Nowhere are users told which videos, or in whose hands they ended up – a fact that will no doubt keep some users awake at night. The company did say that still photos were not affected in a statement to 9to5Google on Monday.

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Google concluded its ‘mea culpa’ missive with the advice to “perform another export of your content and delete your prior export at this time” – you know, in case you have private videos from another “unrelated user” lurking in your archive. The megacorporation’s promise that “we fixed the underlying issue and have conducted an in-depth analysis to help prevent this from ever happening again” is cold comfort to users who still don’t know exactly which of their videos were leaked, and Google’s claim that “less than .01 percent of Photos users attempting takeouts were affected” is only likely to irritate anyone who receives the email – clearly, they were affected, and don’t need to be reminded of how unlucky they were. Knowledge that Google is depending on the honor system to ensure “unrelated users” delete the videos they didn’t ask to download is especially unlikely to reassure anyone receiving the message.

For some unfathomable reason, Google dropped this bombshell just a few days after launching a subscription-based service in which the user pays $7.99 per month to have the company pick their “best” 10 photos from the previous month and print them out on paper.

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Google Whistleblower Suggests Wife’s Fatal Car Crash May Not Have Been Accidental

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20-01-20 09:18:00,

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

Google whistleblower Dr. Robert Epstein has suggested that his wife’s fatal car crash may not have been accidental.

Last month, Misti Dawn Vaughn’s Ford Ranger spun out of control on a slippery road in California and veered into the path of a tractor trailer. She died from her injuries days later.

Police concluded that drugs or alcohol were not factors in the crash.

In a tweet posted last night, Epstein appeared to suggest that the crash was not accidental and Vaughn’s vehicle could have been tampered with.

“Last year, after I briefed a group of state AGs about #Google’s power to rig elections, one of them said, “I think you’re going to die in an accident in a few months,” wrote Epstein.

— Dr. Robert Epstein (@DrREpstein) January 20, 2020

“A few months later, my beautiful wife #Misti died a violent death. Makes you wonder,” he added.

Through his exhaustive studies, Epstein has exposed how algorithm manipulation by Big Tech can shift millions of votes during elections.

After the 2016 presidential election, Epstein surmised that search engine bias shifted 2-3 million votes in Hillary Clinton’s favor.

Epstein has also repeatedly savaged the idea that Big Tech platforms are just “private companies” and can therefore do what they like.

“Who on Earth gave these private companies the power to make decisions about what everyone in the world is going to see or not see?” asked Epstein, adding, “These companies shouldn’t have that power, period.”

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Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla Named in Child Cobalt Mining Deaths and Injuries Lawsuit – Activist Post

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23-12-19 05:24:00,

By B.N. Frank

Cell phones, computers, and other digital, electronic, and wireless technology require ingredients often referred to as “conflict minerals” in order to operate (see 1, 2).  There are reasons why they are referred to that way – mining for them is dangerous, sometimes deadly, and frequently involves exploited children.

Thanks to Annie Kelly for investigating and The Guardian for publishing details about another tragic situation involving “conflict minerals”:

A landmark legal case has been launched against the world’s largest tech companies by Congolese families who say their children were killed or maimed while mining for cobalt used to power smartphones, laptops and electric cars, the Guardian can reveal.

Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla have been named as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Washington DC by human rights firm International Rights Advocates on behalf of 14 parents and children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

[…]

The families and injured children are seeking damages for forced labour and further compensation for unjust enrichment, negligent supervision and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

It is the first time that any of the tech companies have faced such a legal challenge.

[…]

In the court documents, the Congolese families describe how their children were driven by extreme poverty to seek work in large mining sites, where they claim they were paid as little as $2 (£1.50) a day for backbreaking and dangerous work digging for cobalt rocks with primitive tools in dark, underground tunnels.

Activist Post reports regularly about the many issues associated with digital, electronic, and wireless technology.  For more information, visit our archives.

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Google lust vakbonden rauw | Uitpers

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03-12-19 09:44:00,

‘vakbonden buiten’ (boingboing.net)

Google houdt van zijn 100.000 personeelsleden, maar dan liefst zonder vakbond. Daarom heeft Google Iri Consultants onder de arm genomen. Dat is een onderneming gespecialiseerd in het weren van vakbonden uit bedrijven. VS-ondernemingen doen al jaren massaal een beroep op Iri Consultants om te beletten dat een vakbond bij hen binnenkomt. Wie daar bij Google niet tevreden mee is, riskeert aan de deur te vliegen.

Bedrijfscultuur

Afgedankt worden, dat is wat vier personeelsleden vorige maand overkwam omdat ze de bedrijfscultuur van Google niet respecteerden. Althans de nieuwe bedrijfscultuur. Want tot voor kort ging de Google-directie prat op een beleid van openheid, van volledige transparantie.

Tot personeelsleden daar “misbruik” van maakten om enkele toestanden aan te klagen. De wekelijkse “Thanks God it’s Friday” waarbij het personeel in alle openheid kon discussiëren met de bedrijfsleiding, werd onlangs maandelijks. En gedaan met openheid, voortaan mag de discussie nog alleen over de organisatie van het werk gaan.

Dat heeft een goede reden, want personeelsleden snijden onderwerpen aan die de leiding liever niet hoort. Een jaar eerder al waren er grote acties van personeelsleden geweest tegen de omertà rond ongewenste intimiteiten, tegen discriminatie van vrouwen en tegen “ethisch onverteerbare” activiteiten. Op 1 november 2018 hadden 20.000 personeelsleden in verscheidene plaatsen deelgenomen aan een ”walk out” tegen die opgelegde stilte rond taboes. Google wil onder meer dat alle klachten over seksueel wangedrag binnenshuis worden geregeld, er mag niets naar buiten komen. Transparantie op zijn Google’s.

Immigratie

Een van die onverteerbare activiteiten gaat over de samenwerking van Google met het Pentagon en met de immigratiediensten. Vorige zomer had personeelslid Rebecca Rivers, ingenieur bij Google in Boulder (Colorado) een petitie gelanceerd tegen de samenwerking met de politie tegen immigratie.

In de door 1500 personeelsleden ondertekende petitie werd gevraagd geen medewerking te verlenen aan het programma waarbij kinderen aan de grens met Mexico van hun familie gescheiden worden, en aan het programma om mensen zonder papieren uit te wijzen. Ze klaagden ook de aanwerving aan van Miles Taylor, een hoge ambtenaar uit de omgeving van president Trump die in 2017 meewerkte aan diens beruchte “Travel Ban” om burgers uit sommige moslimlanden de toegang tot de VS te ontzeggen.

Rivers voerde onlangs, 22 november, het woord tijdens een actie in San Francisco tegen het feit dat zij en een andere ingenieur,

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«Google» manipuliert Ergebnisse der Suchmaschine

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26-11-19 10:55:00,

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Neue Recherchen zeigen: Die Suchergebnisse auf «Google» werden auch händisch bearbeitet.

Tobias Tscherrig / 26. Nov 2019 –

«Google» behauptete stets, seine Algorithmen seien objektiv. Recherchen zeigen: Der Internet-Riese greift in Suchergebnisse ein.

Immer wieder stand «Google» in der Vergangenheit wegen problematischen Suchergebnissen wie etwa Falschinformationen oder ethisch und moralisch fragwürdigen Einträgen, die die Suchmaschine nach einer Anfrage auf den ersten Plätzen ausspuckt, in der Kritik. Oft beteuerte der Tech-Konzern, ihm seien die Hände gebunden. Der Algorithmus bestimme die Reihenfolge der Suchergebnisse, er sei objektiv – ein menschliches Einwirken ausgeschlossen.

Nun belegen Recherchen des «Wall Street Journal» das Gegenteil: Sie zeigen, wie «Google» in der Vergangenheit immer wieder in die Suchergebnisse eingegriffen hat – auf Druck von Werbepartnern oder Regierungen.

«Google» behandelt nicht alle gleich

Die Journalisten vom «Wall Street Journal» stützen ihre Recherchen auf über hundert Gesprächen mit Insidern, Zeitarbeiterinnen und -Arbeitern sowie Geschäftspartnern von «Google». Dabei ergab sich das Bild eines Unternehmens, das grosse Webseiten wie zum Beispiel «Facebook» oder «Amazon» in den Suchergebnissen weiter oben listet und damit bevorzugt. Wie «netzpolitik.org» berichtet, habe «Google» im Fall des wichtigen Anzeigekunden «ebay» gar Suchergebnisse geändert, nachdem dieser Druck aufgebaut hatte. Ein Vorgehen, das «Google» bisher stets bestritten hatte.

Relevant ist das, weil der Grossteil der Internet-Nutzer die Suchmaschine von «Google» als Eingangstüre ins weltweite Netz nutzt: Die Mehrheit der täglich rund 3,45 Milliarden Suchanfragen laufen über die Suchmaschine von «Google» – auch wenn diese längst nicht das gesamte Internet, sondern nur einen Teil davon durchsucht.

Und auch die Rangliste der Suchergebnisse ist wichtig – da fast neun von zehn Internet-Nutzern nur die erste Seite der «Google»-Suchergebnisse berücksichtigt. Zwei Drittel aller Nutzer geben sich gar ausschliesslich mit den ersten fünf Suchergebnissen zufrieden, der Rest wird ignoriert.

Eingriffe in Suchvorschläge

Die Journalisten führten auch Tests durch, die zeigen das «Google» auch in die automatischen Suchvorschläge eingreift, die die Suchmaschine bei einer Eingabe ins Suchfeld automatisch ergänzt. Bei dieser Ergänzung wird der Nutzerin oder dem Nutzer während dem Tippen eine Suchanfrage vorhergesagt, die sich auf alle bisherigen Suchen, auf die persönliche Suchhistorie und auf den Standort stützt.

In der Vergangenheit musste sich «Google» immer wieder Kritik gefallen lassen,

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Google wades into banking even as it faces new federal probe into shady medical data collection

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13-11-19 08:49:00,

Google wants you to trust it with your money, even as its latest privacy scandal, where millions of Americans’ medical records were covertly slurped up to power a secret AI project, has triggered another federal investigation.

Google is rolling out a consumer finance division, currently codenamed Cache, in partnership with Citigroup and a Stanford University credit union, the Wall Street Journal revealed on Wednesday. The search behemoth will begin offering checking accounts to customers next year, muscling into yet another market, despite a mounting stack of federal investigations targeting potential antitrust abuses.

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Google sucks up & analyzes healthcare data on millions of Americans in secret AI project… after voluntary opt-in flops

And the number of federal probes is growing, thanks to the revelation that Google had secretly obtained millions of Americans’ medical records through its partnership with healthcare giant Ascension. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has opened a probe into whether Google respected federal privacy law in collecting the massive trove of healthcare data from 21 states without patients’ permission for its top-secret Project Nightingale. A loophole in the law allows healthcare providers to share patient records without an individual’s consent – so long as the sharing “helps” the provider “carry out its healthcare functions.

With Project Nightingale, Google says, it hopes to use data on tens of millions of Americans to program machine-learning AI capable of tracking patients and prescribing treatments. But given Google’s history of using everything from search terms to email content for targeted marketing, the project unsettled many after it was revealed earlier this week – especially combined with Google’s purchase of wearable device maker Fitbit, which monitors vital signs like pulse.

Google tried asking patients for their health data over a decade ago with Google Health, only to close up shop when patients balked at handing their records to the insatiable data-miner. Users seem far less reluctant to hand over their financial data, though – 58 percent of respondents in a recent survey said they’d trust Google for financial products. That’s higher than either Apple or Facebook, other Big Tech behemoths who have already made similarly direct moves for their customers’

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Dr. Google? Healthcare venture collecting data on millions of patients raises privacy concerns – Boom Bust

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13-11-19 05:21:00,

Tech giant Google has partnered with hospital system Ascension to collect detailed personal health information from millions of Americans without their knowledge, in an initiative that has been named “Project Nightingale.”

RT’s Boom Bust talks to Dr John Dombrowski of the Washington Pain Center about the privacy concerns surrounding the partnership.

“This data has tremendous value, multi-million-dollars. Who is going to get the benefit of that?” he says, adding that “Information is power and that creates a lot of money.”

Dombrowski suggests that maybe this information will be used for good, but “obviously it’s a double-edged sword, we have to be cautious with that.”

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Google has merged with Big Pharma to become its own pharmaceutical company

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11-11-19 11:21:00,

Image: Google has merged with Big Pharma to become its own pharmaceutical company

(Natural News) As you’re probably aware, honest and accurate information about natural health and wellness is increasingly hard to come by on Google now that the tech platform is altering autocomplete results and even banning entire websites in an effort to prevent users from pulling up anything on the web other than Big Pharma propaganda.

While it might appear that this is just another manifestation of Big Tech’s collusion with Big Pharma, which has deep pockets and thus plenty of influence, the truth is that Google has actually morphed into its own pharmaceutical conglomerate, which means it now has a vested interest in censoring the truth about superfoods, dietary supplements, and other non-pharma approaches to healthy living that threaten drug and vaccine profits.

As recently reported by Gary Null and Richard Gale, Google actually now has a pharmaceutical division that’s headed up by none other than the former chairman on global vaccine business for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a multinational drug giant that’s repeatedly been implicated for criminal fraud.

As it turns out, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has launched not just one but two separate pharmaceutical companies within the past six years. The first was Calico, founded in 2013 and run by Arthur Levinson, the former CEO of Genentech, whose Rituxan drug for lymphoma has been implicated in multiple patient deaths.

The second Google-founded pharmaceutical company is Verily Life Sciences, previously known as Google Life Sciences, which we reported had released 20 million mosquitoes infected with a fertility-destroying bacteria into the heart of California.

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Both Calico and Verily Life Sciences are actively partnering with other drug companies, including GSK, to create even more new drug companies, as well as new classes of drugs like “bioelectronic medicines” that they hope will become “blockbusters” that reap maximum profits. Google recently formed a $715 million partnership with Galvani Bioelectronics,

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Google And IBM Are At Odds Over “Quantum Supremacy” — An Expert Explains What It Really Means

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25-10-19 06:36:00,

By Toby Cubitt, UCL

Google claims to have demonstrated something called “quantum supremacy”, in a paper published in Nature. This would mark a significant milestone in the development of a new type of computer, known as a quantum computer, that could perform very difficult calculations much faster than anything possible on conventional “classical” computers. But a team from IBM has published their own paper claiming they can reproduce the Google result on existing supercomputers.

While Google vs. IBM might make a good story, this disagreement between two of the world’s biggest technology companies rather distracts from the real scientific and technological progress behind both teams’ work. Despite how it might sound, even exceeding the milestone of quantum supremacy wouldn’t mean quantum computers are about to take over. On the other hand, just approaching this point has exciting implications for the future of the technology.

Quantum computers represent a new way of processing data. Instead of storing information in “bits” as 0s or 1s like classical computers do, quantum computers use the principles of quantum physics to store information in “qubits” that can also be in states of 0 and 1 at the same time. In theory, this allows quantum machines to perform certain calculations much faster than classical computers.

In 2012, Professor John Preskill coined the term “quantum supremacy” to describe the point when quantum computers become powerful enough to perform some computational task that classical computers could not do in a reasonable timeframe. He deliberately didn’t require the computational task to be a useful one. Quantum supremacy is an intermediate milestone, something to aim for long before it is possible to build large, general-purpose quantum computers.

In its quantum supremacy experiment, the Google team performed one of these difficult but useless calculations, sampling the output of randomly chosen quantum circuits. They also carried out computations on the world’s most powerful classical supercomputer, Summit, and estimated it would take 10,000 years to fully simulate this quantum computation. IBM’s team have proposed a method for simulating Google’s experiment on the Summit computer, which they estimated would take only two days rather than 10,000 years.

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Google proclaims ‘quantum supremacy’ with new supercomputing breakthrough

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23-10-19 08:53:00,

Google has claimed the mantle of ‘quantum supremacy’ after its 53-bit quantum computer named Sycamore took just 200 seconds to perform a calculation that would have taken the world’s top supercomputer 10,000 years to crack.

The tech giant made the initial claim back in September, which was fiercely disputed by competitors, but now the company has shown its hand by publishing its research in the journal Nature and on its own blog on Wednesday.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai praised the company’s AI division and likened Sycamore’s “big breakthrough” to the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

Very proud that our @GoogleAI team has achieved a big breakthrough in quantum computing known as quantum supremacy after over a decade of work, as published in @Nature. Thank you to our collaborators in the research community who helped make this possible.https://t.co/yZUUbZsyA0

— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) October 23, 2019

“The first plane flew only for 12 seconds, and so there is no practical application of that,” he said. “But it showed the possibility that a plane could fly.”

However, Sycamore’s test has no practical applications as yet; it marks only the first step toward a potentially revolutionary technology. 

Quantum computers are expected to be particularly good at some of the most time-consuming chores, like crunching vast amounts of numbers and other data, for applications like investment banking to pharmaceutical development, artificial intelligence, materials science and random number generation.

However, the everyday browsing, online shopping and gaming will likely still fall to our consumer electronics like laptops, smartphones and tablets. Quantum computers require an environment just above absolute zero to operate, so they’re not exactly easy to operate and maintain outside of the global tech giants.

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Google Rolls Out “Orwellian Nightmare” Technology To Spy On You In Your Home

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27-09-19 06:53:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Google’s new Nest Hub Max is a smart display unit that comes equipped with a 6.5-megapixel facial recognition camera that identifies you and monitors all your actions – inside your own home.

And the Orwellian icing on the cake is that it is not equipped with a physical shutter to forcibly prevent it from monitoring what’s happening in your home.

It’s the first smart home product from Google to include a camera so you can make video calls. It looks like a tablet propped up on its side, and it works similarly to smart speakers, such as Amazon Echo. …

The Nest Hub Max is essentially a smart speaker that lets you control connected smart home devices, and comes with a display and camera.

It’s the first smart home product from Google to include a camera so you can make video calls. It looks like a tablet propped up on its side, and it works similarly to smart speakers, such as Amazon Echo. …

The Nest Hub Max is essentially a smart speaker that lets you control connected smart home devices, and comes with a display and camera.

It’s not too dissimilar from the Google Home Hub, which Google just rebranded as Nest Hub. The new device has a 10-inch HD screen. It looks like a tablet in landscape orientation that’s propped up on a base. The base contains a speaker. At the top of the device are a camera and microphones. The Daily Dot

The device allows you to check in on what’s happening in your home when you’re out, and because of its facial recognition capabilities, will detect when you enter the room and provide personalized information to you, such as your day’s appointments, the weather forecast, and so on, reported Natural News.  The camera also enables two-way video calls over Google Duo and comes loaded with the Google Assistant (which has been the focus of a huge number of privacy issues). While all these functions might sound super convenient and fun, the privacy issues raised by the camera and audio functionality cannot be overlooked.

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Facebook, Google and suspicious callers try to stop Ole Dammegård’s lecture | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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23-09-19 10:15:00,

Unknown callers try and succeed in stopping Ole Dammegård’s lecture while Facebook shuts down pages promoting the lectures.

Unknown callers try and succeed in stopping Ole Dammegård’s lecture while Facebook shuts down pages promoting the lectures. That’s what Johnny “Cash” Smith says, who organizes Dammegård’s tours. Despite the resistance, the tours are a success. Soon Dammegård will return to Sweden.

Ole Dammegård has grown to become one of the West’s most sought after speakers. Dammegård has been rewarded with the “Prague Peace Prize” and he talks about state terrorism, shadow governments and about death patrols that eliminate threats against the power elite’s agendas.

Dammegård began around 1980 to investigate the murders of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kenndy, which later led to the Olof Palme case and the Estonia disaster. During this extremely time-consuming work, very serious information emerged about how society is governed.

Dammegård believes that terrorist acts outside the world rarely indicate religiously motivated violence. Instead, it is usually about state terrorism. He says scaring is a very old principle that has been used throughout history to gain control over populations. The result of created terror and “false flags” is that citizens of pure fear therefore both demand and accept increased control in society.

Subtle hints

Given Dammegård’s influence through his books and lectures, it is no wonder that he is offered resistance. When NewsVoice met Dammegård in Stockholm in 2015, he talked about one of the reasons why he chose to leave Sweden was about two of his close friends among the so-called private teams dying under mysterious circumstances. He also got an unwanted and unpleasant home visit.

The signs that he was unwanted in Sweden and that there was a real threat picture directed at him were clearly evident. The murder of Olof Palme and the Estonia disaster are Swedish affairs and the official versions should not be disrupted, is an interpretation of these “signs”, or as Palmermord’s first investigative leader Hans Holmér said shortly after the alleged murder:

“If the true truth ever comes, it will shake the country in its foundations.”

What kind of truth could affect our nation in such a powerful and negative way? Hardly the official version with the addict Christer Pettersson in the lead.

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Ghost post! Google creates world’s most powerful computer, NASA ‘accidentally reveals’ …and then publication vanishes

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21-09-19 08:54:00,

Google’s new quantum computer reportedly spends mere minutes on the tasks the world’s top supercomputers would need several millennia to perform. The media found out about this after NASA “accidentally” shared the firm’s research.

The software engineers at Google have built the world’s most powerful computer, the Financial Times and Fortune magazine reported on Friday, citing the company’s now-removed research paper. The paper is said to have been posted on a website hosted by NASA, which partners with Google, but later quietly taken down, without explanation.

Google and NASA have refused to comment on the matter. A source within the IT giant, however, told Fortune that NASA had “accidentally” published the paper before its team could verify its findings.

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In the research, Google reportedly claimed that it takes their new quantum processor just around 200 seconds to make calculations that existing supercomputers would require around 10,000 years to perform. They also said the processor requires mere 30 seconds to complete a task the Google Cloud server would need 50 trillion hours to do.

Quantum computing allows evaluating multiple possibilities at once and performing complex calculations not possible on normal computers. So, if proven true, Google’s new processor would be a real breakthrough, propelling the firm way ahead of giants like Microsoft, IBM and Intel, all of whom compete in building quantum processors.

Quantum processors will help create new, advanced chemicals and develop next-level artificial intelligence, among other things.

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Google bestraft voor werknemer-sensorship..!

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13-09-19 04:56:00,


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De werknemers van Google, die zich niet kunnen vinden in de ultra-liberale monocultuur van Silicion Valley, die ook bij Google karakteristiek is, hebben in een prachtige overwinning binnen gehaald. Deze werknemers van Google dienen volgens the National Labor Relations Board de vrijheid van meningsuiting terug krijgen. Deze dienst heeft met Google daarover al een regeling getroffen. Deze regeling houdt in, dat Google haar werknemers niet meer straft, voor het zich publiekelijk en in interne berichten uitspreken over politieke kwesties en werkgerelateerde zaken. Onderwerpen, die volgens de directie van Google, niet met de agenda van het bedrijf verenigbaar zijn.

Deze regeling, die volgens de WallStreetJournal (WSJ), door een personeelsdirecteur van Google werd geaccordeerd, komt als vonnis op de klachten die door conservatieve Google-werknemers werden ingediend over hoe het bedrijf werkplaatsverschillen behandelt. In het kader van deze schikking zal Google haar werknemers wel moeten informeren dat zij vrij zijn om met de media te spreken over arbeidsomstandigheden, lonen en andere werkgerelateerde zaken. Gelukkig voor Google is de schikking niet veel meer dan een stevige tik op de vingers: het bedrijf hoeft niet toe te geven dat er sprake is van een misstand in het kader van de schikking

Één aanklager, vroegere ingenieur Kevin Cernekee, beweert dat hij is ontslagen om zijn uitingen van rechts-georiënteerde politieke ideeën op een intern communicatie-platform van Google. En Google op haar beurt, had hem ontslagen voor.. ‘het misbruiken van bedrijfsmateriaal’! De NLRB verplicht Google niet, dat het haar relatie met werknemer Cernekee herstelt, met een achterstallige loonbetaling, zoals hij had geëist.

Google zal daarnaast ook worden verplicht om haar laatste waarschuwingsbrief aan Cernekee in te trekken, waarin werd gemeld, dat Cernekee een clausule uit de gedragscode van het bedrijf had geschonden; hierin staat dat Google eist, dat werknemers elkaar ‘respecteren’ in hun berichten op het interne forum.

De andere klager is een huidige Google-werknemer die beweert dat hij door werkgever Google gestraft werd, voor het delen van ‘onflatteuze opmerkingen’ over een Google-manager op Facebook. Volgens dezelfde WSJ, hebben rechts-georiënteerde Google-medewerkers lang volgehouden, dat het uiten van hun geloofsovertuiging van hen een soort ‘lepralijders’ heeft gemaakt onder hun Google-collega’s, evenals onder de personeelsmanagers van het bedrijf.

Ondertussen hebben sommige linkse werknemers geklaagd dat het bedrijf vergeldingsmaatregelen tegen hen heeft genomen,

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Google & Facebook are meddling in Russia’s affairs with political ads on election day – watchdog

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08-09-19 08:06:00,

US tech giants have been disseminating political advertising during local election day in Russia, despite having being warned that it would be illegal to do so, telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor has said.

“Those actions can be viewed as interference in the sovereign affairs of Russia and obstruction of the democratic elections,” Roskomnadzor said, slamming the behavior of the foreign companies as “unacceptable.”

The violations by Google, Facebook and YouTube were committed not only on Election Day on Sunday, but also on the Day of Silence, a media moratorium that precedes the day of the vote.

Earlier this week, Roskomnadzor warned the respective services, as well as Instagram, against publishing political ads during this time and promised an “adequate reaction” if the calls were ignored.

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Earlier, a high-ranking member of Russia’s Civic Chamber, Aleksandr Malkevich, said that Google displayed ads for the so-called ‘Smart Voting’ system promoted by opposition figure and video blogger Aleksey Navalny.
These ads are said to have been shown to users who were searching for data on the local elections in Moscow.

Facebook blocked two posts that Moscow’s Election Commission had tried putting up on its account. They detailed how violations during the ongoing vote are being verified, he added.

The disregard for Russian law by Google and Facebook has been a frequent source of tension between the authorities and the multinational tech giants in recent years.

Roskomnadzor has even warned Google that it may be blocked in the country over its unwillingness to connect its search engine to the federal database of banned websites. Facebook has faced similar threats, due to its storing of Russian citizens’ personal data on servers located abroad. But, so far, Google and Facebook have been able to escape with minor fines.

The information regarding interference in the Russian election by Google and Facebook will be “thoroughly examined” by the relevant commission in the Russian Parliament, the head of the body stated.

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Google Accused Of Intentionally Breaking EU Data-Privacy Laws; YouTube Pays $170M Fine For US Violations

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04-09-19 06:15:00,

Markets have only just opened in the US, and already Wednesday is shaping up to be a difficult day for Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube.

First, the FT published a report based on leaks from the Irish data regulator, which has jurisdiction over Google’s European operations since the company’s European headquarters is based in Dublin. Google has allegedly been using ‘hidden’ web pages to feed personal data gleaned from its users to paying advertisers, circumventing the EU’s GDPR privacy regulations in the process.

Google rival Brave said it submitted evidence of this arrangement to the company’s regulators. Google collects sensitive user data, like the race, health status and political leanings of its users, then secretly harvests this data for use in targeting ads, something that’s illegal in Europe.

Johnny Ryan, Brave’s chief policy officer, told the FT that he discovered the secret web pages as he tried to monitor how his data were being accessed and used on Google’s advertising exchange, which is the largest marketplace for ad sales space across the web.

Ryan said he discovered that Google had labelled him with an identifying tracker that it fed to third-party companies, which logged on to a hidden web page. The page showed no content, but it tracked Ryan’s browsing activity.

This appears to violate Google’s own rules prohibiting ad buyers from matching different social media profiles for the same user, in addition to EU laws and regulations.

A spokesperson for Google said the company hadn’t seen the details of Ryan’s independent “investigation”, but added that it was cooperating with any and all investigations carried out by European regulators.

In other news, YouTube agreed to pay $170 million to the FTC and the AG of New York State to settle allegations that it illegally collected data from children younger than 13 who watched children’s content on the platform, according to  the Washington Post.

Regulators alleged that certain YouTube knew certain channels were popular among younger viewers, and that it touted this fact to brands and advertisers. To gather more data, YouTube tracked kids’ viewing histories for the purpose of serving them targeted advertisements, ultimately raking in “millions of dollars”

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Google, YouTube Forced to Pay $170 Million Fine for Illegally Monitoring Children Online

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04-09-19 06:13:00,

By Matt Agorist

As YouTube, Google, and Twitter crack down on peaceful channels, censor alternative media, and allow child exploitation videos to flourish, the Federal Trade Commission has slapped the tech giant with a $170 million fine and other sanctions for unscrupulously and illegally tracking children.

The fine was the result of a lawsuit against the company for violating the rights of children under 13 years old by tracking them online without their parents’ consent.

As Politico reports, under a consent decree, YouTube will require users to self-identify whether videos they upload are meant for children, obtain parental consent before collecting personal information about kids and provide its employees with annual training on how to comply with the children’s privacy law. Google and YouTube have also agreed to no longer use personal data previously collected from kids. YouTube will pay $34 million of the $170 million fine to New York.

“This settlement achieves a significant victory for the millions of parents whose children watch child-directed content on YouTube,” Republican FTC Chairman Joe Simons and fellow GOP Commissioner Christine Wilson said in a joint statement. “It also sends a strong message to children’s content providers and to platforms.”

During the lawsuit, YouTube made it clear that their platform is not intended for children, even pointing it out in their terms of service. However, the New York attorney general’s office said it found evidence that a “well-known” YouTube channel repeatedly informed Google that their videos were meant to target children under the age of 13.

“Google and YouTube knowingly and illegally monitored, tracked, and served targeted ads to young children just to keep advertising dollars rolling in,” New York AG Letitia James, a Democrat, said in a statement. “These companies put children at risk and abused their power, which is why we are imposing major reforms to their practices and making them pay one of the largest settlements for a privacy matter in U.S. history.”

This lawsuit is certainly landmark and could pave the way for more. As TFTP reported last year, New Mexico filed a lawsuit against them and several app developers for illegally collecting data from children under the age of 13 without parental consent.

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Hoe Google uw denken kan beïnvloeden – ongemerkt, onverantwoordelijk en onverbiddelijk – Stichting Vaccin Vrij

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29-08-19 08:22:00,

De Stichting Vaccinvrij heeft recentelijk ervaren dat het mogelijk om van de ene op de andere dag op bijna alle zoekwoorden (behalve Vaccinvrij) in Google naar beneden te kelderen van pagina 1 naar 10 of nog lager. En het probleem gaat nog veel verder dan wij konden bevroeden.

 
Google manipuleert actief het denken en het gedrag van zijn gebruikers. De Google ‘zoekmachine’ maakt het voor gebruikers lastig, of onmogelijk, om natuurlijke alternatieven te kunnen vinden voor medische behandelingen en kritische informatie te vinden met betrekking tot de veiligheid en de werkzaamheid van vaccins. De door de consument ingetypte zoekwoorden worden beïnvloed via het Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME). Dit is misschien wel het belangrijkste effect op menselijk gedrag dat ooit is ontdekt, en het beïnvloedt het denken en handelen van miljarden mensen over de hele wereld. De ongemakkelijke, onvoorstelbare en onacceptabele realiteit is kennelijk dat de massa gemakkelijk door het bedrijfsleven in een bepaalde hoek te drukken valt.

 
SEME is zo krachtig dat een onderzoek uit 2015 dat voorkeuren van stemmers evalueerde – uitgevoerd door Epstein et al. – ontdekte dat bevooroordeelde zoekmachine-resultaten de voorkeuren van zoekende kiezers die nog niet hadden besloten op wie zij gingen stemmen met 20 procent konden verschuiven. Uit onderzoek van Epstein en zijn collega is zelfs gebleken dat SEME van Google mogelijk een bepalende factor is geweest in een kwart van de recente verkiezingen ter wereld.

 
Wij hebben voor u het onderstaande filmpje vertaald. Censuur en manipulatie betekent in feite het einde van een gezonde democratie. Dit filmpje geeft een duidelijke uiteenzetting over hoe het denken en gedrag van de (wereld)bevolking, zonder dat de mensen het in de gaten hebben, wordt gestuurd. En of SEME nu ten behoeve van verkiezingsresultaten of vaccinatiekeuzes wordt ingezet (hierover zullen wij u later nog meer berichten), maakt niet zo veel uit. SEME is een techniek die door Google wordt misbruikt om haar eigen belangen te behartigen.

 
Wij tonen u eerst het filmpje zodat u het principe van SEME kunt begrijpen. Daarna leest u in een notendop hoe Google verstrengeld is geraakt met de farmaceutische industrie. De consequenties hiervan hebben wij ondervonden.

 

 

 

 

De achtergrond in een notendop

 
Google, ’s werelds meest gebruikte internetzoekmachine,

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Google sluit zich aan bij de farmaceutische industrie – Stichting Vaccin Vrij

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29-08-19 08:22:00,

Het hierna volgende artikel is een vertaling van “Google Joins the Pharmaceutical Industry” van onze Amerikaanse collega Katie Reines. We zijn met stomheid geslagen. Privacy? Belangenverstrengeling? Het bedrijf dat uw zoekopdrachten afhandelt, en dus beschikt over privé-gegevens, heeft een divisie die wordt geleid door het voormalig hoofd van GlaxoSmithKline?

 

 

Google sluit zich aan bij de farmaceutische industrie

 
Google heeft de afgelopen jaren steeds nauwere banden gekregen met de farmaceutische industrie en is recentelijk zelf deels een farmaceutisch bedrijf geworden. Dit is onomstotelijk vastgesteld met de bekendmaking van de nieuwe farmaceutische divisie van Google die – het kan geen toeval zijn, wordt geleid door het voormalige hoofd van de wereldwijd opererende vaccin-afdeling van GlaxoSmithKline. De waarschuwing van journalisten Gary Null en Richard Gale op alternatieve radio-netwerken is uitgekomen: “Google is heden ten dage niet alleen een wapen voor het promoten van de farmaceutische agenda, maar zelf ook een farmaceutisch bedrijf geworden.”[1]

 

 

Google is veel meer dan een zoekmachine

 
In 2015 besloten twee van de oprichters van Google, Larry Page en Sergey Brin dat de meerdere activiteiten omvattende kolos die Google was geworden, baat zou hebben bij een drastische reorganisatie. Dientengevolge splitsen zij hun “core-internet business” af van alle hier minimaal (of niet-) aan gerelateerde projecten zoals X Lab en het levensverlengingsproject genaamd Calico. Samen met Google zelf werden die secundaire bedrijven gegroepeerd onder de paraplu van een nieuw bedrijf genaamd ‘Alphabet’.[2]

 
Google werd het bezit van Alphabet, alhoewel de belangrijkste spelers in het geheel niet veranderden. Page en Brin zijn nu respectievelijk CEO en President van Alphabet, en voormalig Google-productleider Sundar Pichai is nu CEO van Google.

 
De reorganisatie van Google van zijn vorige naar zijn huidige structuur betekende dat alle internetentiteiten onder de vleugels van Google kwamen, en daarmee onder één “kant” van de alfabetparaplu verblijven. Dit zijn Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome en Android. Google is en blijft de grootste en financieel meest robuuste onderneming van Alphabet.

 
Andere semi-onafhankelijke bedrijven onder de naam Alphabet omvatten een gevarieerde verzameling bedrijven die is gericht op uiteenlopende gebieden zoals biomedische of wetenschappelijke vooruitgang, investeringsactiviteiten, ‘smart home’-toepassingen, dronetechnologieën en stedelijke infrastructuur.[3]

 

 

 

De vele gezichten van Alphabet/ Google

 
Terwijl alles op zijn plek begon te vallen bij Alphabet/ Google,

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Monsanto Paid Google To Censor Results; Operated Fusion Center To Discredit Journalists And Activists

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10-08-19 10:17:00,

By Aaron Kesel

Monsanto (Bayer) operated an intelligence-gathering “fusion center,” to discredit journalists and activists, including singer Neil Young, and paid Google to bury results in its search engine, The Guardian, reported.

Activist Post previously reported that Bayer/Monsanto — the formerly merged company of potentially two of the evilest businesses in history — had kept a file of 200 names, including journalists and lawmakers in hopes of influencing their positions on pesticides according to French prosecutors.

Now, The Guardian has an exposé on Monsanto going a step beyond by spying on journalists through use of a Fusion Center type operation and paying Google to hide negative results.

The Guardian reports:

The records reviewed by the Guardian show Monsanto adopted a multi-pronged strategy to target Carey Gillam, a Reuters journalist who investigated the company’s weedkiller and its links to cancer. Monsanto, now owned by the German pharmaceutical corporation Bayer, also monitored a not-for-profit food research organization through its “intelligence fusion center”, a term that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies use for operations focused on surveillance and terrorism.

The documents, originating from 2015 to 2017, were disclosed as part of one of numerous ongoing court battles on the health hazards of the company’s Roundup weedkiller.

According to The Guardian report, Monsanto also paid Google to promote search results for “Monsanto Glyphosate Carey Gillam” that criticized her work. Further, Monsanto PR staff internally talked about putting pressure on the Reuters news agency, stating they should “continue to push back on [Gillam’s] editors very strongly every chance we get,” and were hoping “she gets reassigned.”

As this author reported for Activate Now, Bayer/Monsanto was recently faced with a jury concluding that its Roundup product causes cancer. The finding was according to a second U.S. jury who ruled its Roundup weed killer was a carcinogenic substance that caused plaintiff Edwin Hardeman’s disease.

Another California man, Dewayne Lee Johnson, was awarded $289 million in August last year after a state jury found Roundup caused his own cancer.

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Not Just Alexa: Google Employees Eavesdropping On People Via ‘Smart Speakers’

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12-07-19 05:52:00,

In April we reported that thousands of Amazon contractors have been eavesdropping on customers who own the company’s Alexa devices. 

Now, thanks to a whistleblower, we find out that Google is doing it too via their Google Home smart speakers, despite repeatedly claiming that they don’t eavesdrop, according to Dutch broadcaster VRT – which notes that the recordings are happening whether or not the speakers are activated. 

VRT NWS was able to listen to more than a thousand excerpts recorded via Google Assistant. In these recordings we could clearly hear addresses and other sensitive information. This made it easy for us to find the people involved and confront them with the audio recordings. –VRT

“This is undeniably my own voice,” said one man tracked down by VRT based on recordings obtained by the outlet. Another couple from Waasmunster, Belgium said they immediately recognized the voices of their son and grandchild. The recordings include conversations and quarrels between people, confidential business calls, conversations with children and ‘bedroom activities.‘

Speech recognition automatically generates a script of the recordings. Employees then have to double check to describe the excerpt as accurately as possible: is it a woman’s voice, a man’s voice or a child? What do they say? They write out every cough and every audible comma. These descriptions are constantly improving Google’s search engines, which results in better reactions to commands. One of our sources explains how this works. 

Most recordings made via Google Home smart speakers are very clear. Recordings made with Google Assistant, the smartphone app, are of telephone quality. But the sound is not distorted in any way. –VRT

Sex and violence

According to more than a thousand sound clips reviewed by VRT, 153 of them included conversations which should have never been recorded due to a clear lack of an activation command. Many of those include sex and violence according to the outlet’s sources. 

One of our three independent sources says he had to describe a recording where he heard a woman who was in definite distress.

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Wie Google Politik macht und die öffentliche Meinung beeinflusst | Anti-Spiegel

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30-06-19 10:28:00,

Google ist längst zu einem politischen Instrument geworden und beeinflusst die öffentliche Meinung massiv.

Google kann über seine Algorithmen beeinflussen, welche Seiten Ihnen bei einer Suchanfrage gezeigt werden und welche nicht. Das zeigt sich besonders bei politischen Fragen. In Deutschland wurde darüber kaum berichtet, aber in den USA hat eine Enthüllungsplattform mit versteckter Kamera Gespräche leitender Google-Mitarbeiter gefilmt, die offen sagen, dass Google im nächste US-Wahlkampf eine wichtige Rolle spielen will, indem es bei Suchanfragen positive Nachrichten über Trump unterdrückt und stattdessen negative Meldungen zeigt.

Im Gegensatz zu deutschen Medien haben englischsprachige Medien darüber berichtet. In Deutschland fand ich lediglich auf RT-Deutsch einen Artikel dazu. Offensichtlich finden die deutschen Medien die Manipulation der öffentlichen Meinung gut, da sie nicht darüber berichten und es schon gar nicht kritisieren.

Interessant ist, dass die mit versteckter Kamera gefilmten Videos auf YouTube gelöscht wurden. Die Begründung von YouTube ist, dass sie die Privatsphäre der Betroffenen verletzen. Die Betroffenen sind leitende Mitarbeiter von Google, die bei einem Mittagessen ganz offen über die politischen Ziele von Google sprechen.

YouTube ist also besorgt wegen der Privatsphäre von Menschen. Wo war eigentlich diese Besorgnis, als es um das Strache-Video ging? Schon an diesem Vergleich sieht man, dass Google bzw. YouTube seine Regeln entsprechend seiner politischen Agenda auslegt und nicht etwa anhand objektiver Kriterien. Jedenfalls hat YouTube, eine Tochterfirma von Google, diese Videos entfernt, wogegen nun die Anwälte der Enthüllungsplattform „Project Veritas“ vorgehen.

Generell ist YouTube längst zu einer Waffe im Informationskrieg geworden. Ich kenne YouTube-Blogger, die berichten, dass ihre Videos bei ihren Abonnenten nicht in der Timeline gezeigt werden, wenn sie bestimmte Themen behandeln. Und zwar nicht etwa nur das entsprechende Video, sondern danach werden noch wochenlang alle neuen Videos unabhängig von ihrem Inhalt in der Reichweite beschränkt.

So berichtete mir ein russischer Blogger, dass er selbst auf Russisch nicht über die Flüchtlingsthematik in Deutschland berichten kann, ohne hinterher von Google „bestraft“ zu werden, indem Google seine Reichweite reduziert. Das kann er anhand seiner Statistiken belegen, weshalb er Themen wie „Flüchtlinge in Europa“ nicht mehr behandelt, da er seinen Kanal hauptberuflich betreibt und auf die Einnahmen angewiesen ist. Da kann er es sich nicht erlauben, wochenlang in seiner Reichweite beschränkt zu werden,

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GOOGLE: “Organic is a Lie, Supplements are Dangerous, Chiropractic is Fake,” and Other Thoughts They Want You To Think

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30-06-19 10:16:00,

By Sayer Ji, GreenMedInfo

Recently, a shocking discovery was made: Google is autocompleting the search fields of billions of users with false information (topics ranging from natural health to candidates for election), based not on objective search volume data, but an extremely biased political and socio-economic agenda — one that is jeopardizing the health and human rights of everyone on the planet. 

On June 3rd, 2019, it was discovered that Google had scrubbed their search results clean of natural health sites, resulting in some losing as much as 99% of their traffic. Soon after, it was discovered that Google also manipulates users with their autocomplete function into thinking that natural approaches to health are fraudulent and even harmful. This is Part 2 of our ongoing series exposing these practices. Part 1 can be found here.

Google manipulates your search results in a very specific way. For instance, if you start your search out with “supplements are,” Google will autocomplete your search field with the following suggestions:

“SUPPLEMENTS ARE BAD, USELESS, NOT REGULATED, DANGEROUS, SCAMS”

Most Google users believe that its suggestions reflect the volume of searches others are doing on the topic — a reasonable assumption, given Google says their algorithm is “Based on several factors, like how often others have searched for a term.” In fact, Google goes out of their way to say they are not making subjective suggestions, but objective predictions based on real searches:

Predictions, not suggestions

You’ll notice we call these autocomplete “predictions” rather than “suggestions,” and there’s a good reason for that. Autocomplete is designed to help people complete a search they were intending to do, not to suggest new types of searches to be performed. These are our best predictions of the query you were likely to continue entering.

How do we determine these predictions? We look at the real searches that happen on Google and show common and trending ones relevant to the characters that are entered and also related to your location and previous searches. [italics and bold added] Source: Google

But Google Trends data show the “supplements are” autocomplete results above to be inaccurate,

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Eilmeldung: Google entfernt Websites über Naturheilkunde aus seinen Suchergebnissen – ein Whistleblower sagt, wie und warum

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28-06-19 02:14:00,

Anfang dieses Monats entfernte Google in einem vernichtenden algorithmischen Schlag viele der wichtigsten Websites über natürliche Medizin und Entscheidungsfreiheit in Gesundheitsfragen aus seinen organischen Suchergebnissen – einige verloren bis zu 99 Prozent ihrer Besucher. Eigentlich sollte der Begriff »organisch« (organic) für die Suchergebnisse von Google nicht mehr verwendet werden – so die Ergebnisse einer Undercover-Untersuchung durch Project Veritas, bei denen einem die Sprache wegbleibt: Google manipuliert heimlich seine Suchergebnisse und automatischen Textergänzungen, um sich an eine sehr spezielle Reihe gesellschaftspolitischer und wirtschaftlicher Agenden anzupassen, die darauf abzielen, die Trefferauswahl zu manipulieren und private Interessen zu fördern.

Wir leben in einer ganz erstaunlichen, wenn auch intensiven Zeit mit unglaublichen Dunkel- und Lichtzonen.

Doch dank der Macht des Internets genießen wir einen Grad der Informationsfreiheit, den vor uns keine Generation hatte – und diese Informationen sind das Lebenselixier demokratischer Ideale und notwendig für informiertes Einverständnis und freie Entscheidungen in Gesundheitsfragen, unsere wichtigsten Fürsprecher.

Aber was passiert, wenn die Torhüter der Informationen, die durch diese unglaubliche Erfindung fließen, wie Facebook und Pinterest, bestimmte Nutzer oder Inhalte zensieren oder sperren – oder es unmöglich machen, via E-Mail-Marketing-Plattformen wie Mailchimp Nachrichten zu verschicken, wie wir vor Kurzem bei GreenMedInfo.com erleben mussten? Wohin wenden wir uns dann, um uns zu informieren?

Warum nicht die Filterung der Social Media und die Zensur der E-Mail-Plattformen umgehen und zu Google zurückkehren?, könnten Sie sich fragen. Ist Google nicht der Archetyp und das moderne Orakel von Fairness? Ist Google nicht längst zum Synonym für das Suchen und Finden objektiver Antworten geworden?

Würden Sie nicht erwarten, dass GreenMedInfo.com an erster Stelle erscheinen würde, wenn Sie nach »Kurkuma« suchen, da wir über die weltweit größte Open-Access-Ressource zu diesem Thema verfügen, die über 2700 Peer-Review-Studien zu diesem Thema enthält, die wiederum für über 800 Krankheiten relevant sind? Doch während vor einigen Jahren noch unser Such-Traffic wuchs, ist es heute so, als ob wir im Internet nicht mehr existieren (es sei denn, Sie suchen gezielt nach uns mit Namen).

Stattdessen finden Sie heute an erster Stelle der Google-Ergebnisse über Kurkuma z. B.: »Kurkuma ist vielleicht doch kein Wundergewürz« von Time.com oder »Kurkuma: Anwendungsgebiete, Nebenwirkungen, Wechselwirkungen, Dosierung und Warnhinweise« von WebMD.com, die einen Großteil der Forschungsarbeiten,

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Google Just Scrubbed Natural Health Websites From Its Search Results; Whistleblower Explains How and Why

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26-06-19 05:57:00,

By Sayer Ji, GreenMedInfo

Earlier this month, in one devastating algorithmic stroke, Google removed many of the top natural health and health freedom websites from their organic search results — some losing as much as 90% of their traffic. In fact, the term “organic” should no longer be used to describe Google’s referral traffic, as a jaw-dropping undercover investigation by Project Veritas reveals: Google surreptitiously manipulates its search results and auto-suggestions to conform to a very specific set of sociopolitical and economic agendas intended to manipulate elections and promote private interests.

We live in amazing times, albeit intense, filled with incredible darkness and light.

But thanks to the power of the internet, we have a level of freedom of information never enjoyed before by any previous generation on Earth — and that information is the very life’s blood of democratic ideals, and the necessary ingredient for informed consent and health freedom, our primary advocacies.

But what happens when the gate-keepers of the content that flows through this incredible invention, like Facebook and Pinterest, censor and shadow ban certain of its users or content, or their ability to send you messages via email service provider platforms like MailChimp, as we’ve recently experienced on GreenMedInfo.com? Where do we go for information then?

Why not skip the social media filtering and email platform censorship and go back to using Google, you might ask. Aren’t they the very archetype and modern-day oracle of fairness, having become synonymous with looking for and finding objective answers.

After all, wouldn’t you expect that if you typed in turmeric research, GreenMedInfo.com would come up on the first page, given we have the world’s largest, open access resource on the topic which curates over 2,700 peer-reviewed studies relevant to over 800 diseases, on the topic? Whereas a few years ago, our search traffic was growing, today it’s as if we don’t exist on the internet any longer (unless you specifically search for us by name).

Instead, today, you find first page google results on turmeric like: “Turmeric May Not Be a Miracle Spice After All” from Time.com, or “Turmeric: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions,

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