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Noahpinion β€’ 18882 implied HN points β€’ 27 Feb 24
  1. The rise of new technologies like smartphones and social media has presented democracies with a formidable opponent in the form of techno-totalitarian regimes.
  2. China employs a strategy of 'sharp power' to manipulate foreign entities and influence global affairs, utilizing tactics like espionage, social media manipulation, and economic coercion.
  3. China's unique totalitarian approach extends beyond its borders to control the narrative about China, influence the diaspora, and emphasize supremacy of ethnicity over citizenship, posing a new challenge for democracies and liberal principles.
TK News by Matt Taibbi β€’ 9504 implied HN points β€’ 16 Feb 24
  1. Many reporters who covered the Russiagate story faced backlash and criticism for their reporting.
  2. Various journalists and media figures who exposed illegal surveillance and manufactured intelligence in the Trump-Russia investigation were targeted and discredited by mainstream commentators.
  3. Despite facing pushback, these reporters like Glenn Greenwald, John Solomon, and Lee Smith continued to investigate and report on the inaccuracies surrounding the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
TK News by Matt Taibbi β€’ 8813 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. Financial institutions are using transaction data to monitor for 'extremism indicators' like certain purchases or travel patterns.
  2. Financial surveillance, enhanced by AI, allows institutions to create detailed profiles of individuals and potentially restrict their access to financial services.
  3. The rise of 'political credit scores' may lead to non-illegal behaviors being punished effectively, similar to how speech is censored.
2nd Smartest Guy in the World β€’ 3950 implied HN points β€’ 20 Jan 24
  1. The global elite at Davos aim to 'Rebuild Trust' through censorship and surveillance.
  2. Davos lacks real debate as participants are vetted for conformity to agenda narratives.
  3. Davos 2024 focused on familiar topics like climate change and stakeholder capitalism.
Odds and Ends of History β€’ 2278 implied HN points β€’ 12 Feb 24
  1. AI technology, like the one used in TfL's Tube Station experiment, is rapidly changing and being implemented in various sectors.
  2. AI cameras at stations can have a wide range of uses, from enhancing security to improving passenger welfare and gathering statistical data.
  3. While AI technology offers numerous benefits, there are also concerns about privacy, surveillance, and potential misuse of the technology.
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The Dossier β€’ 903 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jan 24
  1. The conference theme was 'Rebuilding Trust' but no one acknowledged any wrongdoing.
  2. There was no real debate at Davos, just a gathering for the global ruling class to unite behind shared agendas.
  3. China took the spotlight at Davos, while the event faced low American representation and criticism from outside sources.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 842 implied HN points β€’ 15 Jan 24
  1. Orbis Operations, led by former CIA officials, accidentally published confidential data agreements.
  2. Anomaly detection techniques used by intelligence agencies and corporations focus on detecting anomalies and insider threats.
  3. National security data brokers like Orbis fuse various data sources for surveillance and intelligence gathering.
eugyppius: a plague chronicle β€’ 493 implied HN points β€’ 17 Feb 24
  1. Germany is implementing wide-ranging measures to restrict speech, travel, and economic activity of political dissidents to control the thought patterns of its people.
  2. The political establishment in Germany is using strategies to maintain power, including targeting opposition groups like Alternative fΓΌr Deutschland (AfD).
  3. The government in Germany is expanding its control over dissent by planning to use various tools like financial investigations, travel restrictions, and internet censorship to combat right-wing extremism.
Public β€’ 665 implied HN points β€’ 24 Jan 24
  1. Trudeau government allegedly used false intelligence to crack down on protesting truckers
  2. Information was shared with English-speaking nations in the Five Eyes alliance
  3. This contributes to a pattern of intelligence agencies abusing power to persecute political enemies
Discourse Blog β€’ 648 implied HN points β€’ 16 Jan 24
  1. RFK Jr. is criticized for defending the Kennedy administration's role in FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. RFK Jr.'s comments are seen as ignorant and tone-deaf, considering the context and historical significance.
  3. Despite familial loyalty, there is value in acknowledging and admitting when family members have done wrong.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 361 implied HN points β€’ 15 Feb 24
  1. Orbital Insight CEO Kevin O'Brien moved to the cryptocurrency surveillance firm Chainalysis, leaving behind the collapse and financial struggles of Orbital.
  2. Orbital Insight faced challenges leading to financial decline, including defaulting on rent, a nonfunctional main phone line, and failed attempts at a merger with Privateer Space.
  3. Despite substantial funding and strategic partnerships, Orbital's downfall was partially attributed to market changes, such as Apple's privacy measures affecting their commercial data analysis business.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 742 implied HN points β€’ 18 Dec 23
  1. CEO of Gig-work Surveillance Firm, Maury Blackman, resigned after years of court battles and exposure of clandestine surveillance.
  2. Premise Data, an analogue of Uber for data-gathering, faced revenue stagnation despite investments and high-profile board members.
  3. Blackman's resignation led to Matt McNabb taking over as CEO, revealing a history of controversial events and legal issues within Premise.
The Glenn Meder Newsletter β€’ 530 implied HN points β€’ 09 Jan 24
  1. Artificial intelligence has advanced rapidly, blurring the line between human and AI interactions.
  2. Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook use AI to manipulate public opinion and influence elections.
  3. AI, in the hands of those seeking power, can be a dangerous tool for control and manipulation of individuals and society.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 481 implied HN points β€’ 06 Jan 24
  1. Premise Data settled a lawsuit against a whistleblower who exposed the company's covert surveillance.
  2. The lawsuit involved Premise's use of data collectors for military intelligence purposes.
  3. The settlement followed the replacement of Premise's CEO and a series of bizarre events involving the former CEO.
eugyppius: a plague chronicle β€’ 113 implied HN points β€’ 18 Mar 24
  1. German domestic intelligence services are targeting political dissidents for 'delegitimising' the state, resembling oppressive practices of the past.
  2. The concept of 'Delegitimisation of the State' has been introduced, restricting certain political dissent akin to past authoritarian regimes.
  3. Criticism and comparisons between the Federal Republic and the DDR are now being monitored by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV).
Natto Thoughts β€’ 79 implied HN points β€’ 27 Mar 24
  1. Chinese hacker groups have historically displayed poor operations security, making mistakes and leaving evidence, despite successfully targeting critical infrastructure.
  2. The leaked i-SOON documents reveal the extensive involvement of private cyber security companies in China, indicating the government's reliance on external expertise.
  3. The effectiveness of the 'name-and-shame' strategy in compelling or deterring behavior of exposed Chinese threat actors appears limited, as seen with cases like Chengdu 404 and Goldsun.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 842 implied HN points β€’ 22 Sep 23
  1. Defense Information Systems Agency has a new $2.5 million social media surveillance contract with Dataminr.
  2. Dataminr, associated with Twitter, has been careful to avoid the 'surveillance' label and instead presents itself as an 'alerting' platform.
  3. Despite past commitments, Dataminr continues to provide access to social media data for surveillance purposes.
Geopolitical Economy Report β€’ 797 implied HN points β€’ 21 Sep 23
  1. The US government admitted that the Chinese balloon incident was not related to spying, but likely due to strong winds, debunking the initial accusations.
  2. The media and US government exaggerated the situation, using it to create a Cold War-like propaganda against China, though evidence later proved otherwise.
  3. Despite the claims of surveillance capabilities, subsequent analysis showed that the balloon's sensors were never activated over US territory, making the entire scandal a manufactured crisis.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 581 implied HN points β€’ 16 Oct 23
  1. Orbital Insight's main income is from tracking West Papuan phones.
  2. Orbital Insight pivoted to wiretapping for Indonesian intelligence.
  3. Orbital Insight's Project Alpha involves mass surveillance tool for Indonesian security services.
Zero Day β€’ 1259 implied HN points β€’ 06 Apr 23
  1. Kim Zetter is working on various projects that are taking longer than expected.
  2. She is co-teaching a course about government surveillance and classified leaks at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
  3. Students in the course show a deep understanding of surveillance nuances and the importance of balancing security with civil liberties.
eugyppius: a plague chronicle β€’ 159 implied HN points β€’ 01 Feb 24
  1. Former CDU politician Hans-Georg Maaßen is under extensive surveillance for criticizing globalism, the Green Party, mass migration, and state media.
  2. German domestic intelligence services are closely monitoring Maaßen's activities, including his social media posts and press statements.
  3. Criticism of the government, Greens, mass migration, and state media can lead to being labeled a 'right-wing extremist' and attract attention from political police.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 521 implied HN points β€’ 15 Sep 23
  1. The Pentagon is transferring its whistleblower-hunting system to Palantir's cloud.
  2. Palantir's Gotham software has been crucial in assisting the Pentagon in finding whistleblowers.
  3. The U.S. military views whistleblowers as insider threats, with Palantir playing a key role in identifying them.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 344 HN points β€’ 18 Oct 23
  1. Lockheed Martin and HawkEye 360 are partnering to track phones and walkie-talkies from space
  2. The UAE military is reportedly a significant customer of this phone tracking technology
  3. HawkEye 360's satellite surveillance capabilities extend to monitoring electromagnetic emissions worldwide
Natto Thoughts β€’ 219 implied HN points β€’ 27 Oct 23
  1. A lawsuit revealed potential business ties between Chengdu 404 linked to APT41 and Sichuan i-SOON, shedding light on the ecosystem of IT companies in which these hackers operate.
  2. Sichuan i-SOON has strong connections with universities, offers training programs, and possesses qualifications to work for state security, raising questions about its potential involvement in APT activities.
  3. The similarities between Sichuan i-SOON and Chengdu 404, along with i-SOON's capabilities in surveillance-related technologies, suggest a possible link to APT41 activities and other Chinese APT groups like RedHotel/Earth Lusca.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 220 implied HN points β€’ 14 Sep 23
  1. CEO of Premise Data, Maury Blackman, was arrested for felony domestic violence after a Christmas party.
  2. The incident involving the CEO and his girlfriend was not publicly reported as the victim recanted her initial statements.
  3. Premise Data, Blackman's company, has been accused of covert surveillance activities for U.S. defense and intelligence agencies.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 200 implied HN points β€’ 19 Sep 23
  1. Orbital Insight, a surveillance firm backed by Google and CIA, allegedly defaulted on $370,000 per month rent
  2. Orbital Insight was sued by its landlord and subtenants for failing to pay rent for its Silicon Valley HQ
  3. The company had significant investments, including from Google Ventures and the U.S. Intelligence Community
Who is Robert Malone β€’ 19 implied HN points β€’ 15 Mar 24
  1. American capitalism has transformed into corporatism where government and large corporations have intertwined interests, blurring the lines between the public and private sectors.
  2. Tech companies and big corporations now cater to government demands and hold immense power over various aspects of daily life, such as information dissemination, consumer choices, and even surveillance.
  3. The shift from a consumer-driven economy to one dominated by corporatism has led to economic disparities and challenges in identifying true power dynamics, presenting a significant contemporary societal challenge.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 140 implied HN points β€’ 18 Sep 23
  1. Premise Data's CEO is trying to keep the names of the military and spy agencies the company works for a secret.
  2. There is a legal battle over disclosing intelligence clients, with requests for documents to be clawed back and redacted.
  3. The legal dispute involves claims of national security reasons and maintaining marketplace competitiveness for secrecy.
Who is Robert Malone β€’ 22 implied HN points β€’ 13 Feb 24
  1. Elections are vulnerable to manipulation through search engine rankings, influencing undecided voters significantly.
  2. Google's extensive surveillance through various platforms raises privacy concerns, including features like microphones in smart devices.
  3. Google's dominance in online platforms allows for manipulation, censorship, and bias in content dissemination, impacting political campaigns, elections, and public opinions.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion β€’ 100 implied HN points β€’ 02 Sep 23
  1. Premise Data revealed secret military and intelligence contracts in a court filing.
  2. Premise Data requested protection against further disclosure of their military and intelligence contracts.
  3. Despite revelations, influential outlets have portrayed Premise Data as a neutral polling platform.