China’s Chilling ‘Social Credit System’ Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It’s Already Switched On

“According to China’s Communist Party, the system will “allow the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step”.

To pull this off, the unprecedented scheme will harness the immense reach of China’s technological infrastructure: some 200 million CCTV cameras, according to a report by Australia’s Foreign Correspondent.

The idea is these ever-watchful eyes will be hooked up to facial recognition systems, and cross-checked with financial, medical records, and legal records – with the whole apparatus regulated and interpreted by advanced, big-data-crunching AI networks.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/china-s-dystopian-social-credit-system-science-fiction-black-mirror-mass-surveillance-digital-dictatorship

‘Generation being born now is the last to be free’ – Assange in last interview before blackout

“This generation being born now… is the last free generation. You are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is known to all major world powers.”

https://www.rt.com/news/438968-assange-last-interview-blackout/

Adware Mac App That Sends Users’ Browsing History To China Has Been Removed

Wardle, who shared his findings with TechCrunch, found that Adware Doctor requested access to users’ home directory and files — not unusual for an anti-malware or adware app that scans computers for malicious code — and used that access to collect Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsing history, and recent App Store searches. The data is then zipped in a file called “history.zip” and sent to a server based in China via “adscan.yelabapp.com.” Two independent security researchers confirmed to Motherboard that Wardle’s report was accurate.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/apple-removes-adware-doctor-browsing-history

IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage to Develop Technology That Lets Police Search by Skin Color

Civil liberties advocates contend that New Yorkers should have been made aware of the potential use of their physical data for a private company’s development of surveillance technology. The revelations come as a city council bill that would require NYPD transparency about surveillance acquisitions continues to languish, due, in part, to outspoken opposition from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD.

https://theintercept.com/2018/09/06/nypd-surveillance-camera-skin-tone-search/

Army veteran tried helping a stranded driver — a hitman who’d been hired to kill him, cops say – Orlando Sentinel

“By the end of the month, investigators identified McFoley as a suspect in the road-rage case. He was arrested June 1, 2017.

McFoley, a convicted felon with more than two dozen previous charges, knew he would have faced a severe prison sentence had he been convicted of the crime, Capt. Brian Henderson said.

He said McFoley was willing to do anything to avoid prison.

On Oct. 23 — about three weeks before Cruz-Echevarria’s death, McFoley’s attorney filed a court notice indicating Cruz-Echevarria was set to testify against McFoley in December, authorities said. It included Cruz-Echevarria’s home address.”

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-murder-for-hire-volusia-county-20180906-story.html