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Facebook, Google and Microsoft follow China’s Communist Business Model

While the Chinese work within a tightly controlled and impenetrable firewall, which allows them to build 5G networks and software platforms, Big Tech strives for dominating the markets for money, and not too long into the future, for complete control of the internet outside Chinese walls. The XXI century’s equivalent of fossil fuels is data, your data. The new wars being fought as we speak are for access and ...Read full article...

These are the tricks social media platforms use to trap you

When Twitter or Facebook notify us with a new notification, the brain’s reward circuit is activated, which gives us a pleasant dose of dopamine. You get your mobile to check the weather forecast but you end up checking out Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Slack before going back to Facebook. Immediately after checking all notifications, posts and comments, you begin to wonder why you picked up the device in the ...Read full article...

Mobile devices keep your private data, even after deleting it

Deleting files and history is not enough to maintain privacy. At least 100 mobile devices are an open window on user privacy. Files that are saved or passwords that are entered on multiple device platforms seem to have eternal life if the system is not restored or deleted properly. The National Association on the Destruction of Information of the United States (NAID) has analyzed the contents of 250 devices, ...Read full article...

Google’s despicable practices have no limits

Google workers accused the company of having developed an internal surveillance tool that, they say, will be used to control workers’ attempts to organize to debate and protest about labour rights, according to Bloomberg. Employees claim to have discovered a built-in device that was creating a new tool for a custom version of Chrome, the company’s browser that all employees have installed on their computers. These concerns were reflected ...Read full article...

Should governments break apart tech giants?

Too much power has been accumulated in the hands of people who own tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple, and that seems to be a growing reason for concern. Politicians, government officials and some experts have been sounding the fire alarms about the power Google and Facebook have to manipulate elections, search results and to censor content based solely on their vision of what is right ...Read full article...

Which technology companies are facilitating government surveillance?

Spying on citizens with artificial intelligence is not something that is done exclusively in China. A new report shows that at least 75 countries are actively using AI tools such as facial recognition for illegally surveilling their citizens. But that’s not the worst. There are countries that illegally monitor their citizens at the request of other governments. There are States that want to steal the property of their citizens, ...Read full article...

The Facebook Dossier: Accept our Conditions or Else

A new report gathers Facebook’s threats to its competition. If they did not accept their conditions, Facebook would copy their services and make it impossible for them to compete. This type of behavior does not come as a surprise. Facebook is a company that does not act cleanly, neither with its customers nor its competitors. In recent years, scandals, appearances of its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, investigations and ...Read full article...

Your smartphone generates a brutal volume of data that makes surveillance possible

Today, everyone is on the list, no matter how innocent. Systems of mass surveillance strive to record all people, in all places, at all times. The question is no longer “Am I on the list?,” it is “What’s my rank on the list?”   – Edward Snowden It is not the message you send, but to whom you send it, from where and with whom you are at that ...Read full article...

Digital Life: Nothing to hide, nothing to fear? It is not so simple

By openly exposing yourself you are also exposing others around you. You have endless things to hide and endless things to fear, and the fact that you don’t go around publishing your passwords or distributing copies of your house keys is proof of that. That doesn’t convince you? There’s still more. Privacy matters because the lack of it gives others power over you.  From this point of view, the ...Read full article...

5G makes users victims of hackers, spies, corporate and government control

Technology companies announce the advent of the “next big thing” that will change everything. With its arrival, they promise that new doors to worlds of augmented and virtual reality will finally open. But we must bear in mind the other side of 5G: in a hyperconnected planet, the chances of us being hacked, spied on and controlled by companies and governments will multiply. The enthusiasm for the advent of ...Read full article...

Big Tech censorship or government moderation?

For the most part, it is evident that expression should not be moderated, cured and certainly not censored, but both the great communication monopoly holders and the governments coincide in wanting to “edit” what their users say on internet platforms. The fact that some private companies have control over what happens on social networks is not good at all. But can government intervene? Should government intervene to level the ...Read full article...

Apple suspends spying: Hold the Cheers

Until now, none of the three major tech giants Google, Amazon and Apple have been transparent in explaining to users who listens to their conversations. For many privacy advocates, the day these companies are subdued in their attempts to learn everything about their users, could be around the corner. For starters, Apple says it has suspended the program for listening to user conversations which operates via Siri. The Cupertino ...Read full article...

There is no anonymity​ or privacy on the web

The Internet is full of personal information that many times we happily deliver to the big internet technology companies. There are also many data that, in principle, have been anonymized – which have been stripped of any detail that allows us to identify ourselves – and which we have given our consent to be public. We refer, for example, to medical information used for research purposes or census information. ...Read full article...

When blame is misdirected, everyone becomes the victim

Weapons of mass murder are blamed for the crimes committed by a few with the intention to disarm us all. In the same way, digital platforms are blamed for homophobia, racism and anti-feminism to censor us all. It is true, the Internet is not reality, but it is also true that it is cyber reality. Social networks are today’s public squares. Facebook and Twitter are platforms for dialogue, exchange of ...Read full article...