Wednesday, August 25, 2021

How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism

In the beginning, there were ABC, NBC, and CBS, and they were good. Midcentury American man could come home after eight hours of work and turn on his television and know where he stood in relation to his wife, and his children, and his neighbors, and his town, and his country, and his world. And that was good. Or he could open the local paper in the morning in the ritual fashion, taking his civic communion with his coffee, and know that identical scenes were unfolding in households across the country.

Bad News By Joseph Bernstein Selling the story of disinformation

Justin Myatt of Randwick is feeling the repetitive strain of elevenses: “We are seeing so much of Gladys Berejiklian and Brad Hazzard on TV that, in my mind, they are beginning to merge into a single amorphous shape. What would we call that? Why Bradys Hazzardjiklian, of course. Just be careful how you say that surname.”

Move over Brangelina, Hazzardjiklian is in town

 Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 21, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Protect Yourself From Abuse: How to Find and Remove Stalkerware on Your Phone and PC; 10 Ways to Protect Your Personal Information; How to protect digital citizen identities through identity management; and Which Social Media Platforms Are Banning the Taliban?

  Eight Days in Kabul: If you think this has a happy ending, you’re not paying attention. “I would be hard pressed to outline a greater failure of the United States national security infrastructure – all of it – than what we are seeing now. We need to accept that fact right in front of our face and decide what we need to do to make a system that better serves our nation. The one we have today does not.”

ALL THIS AND WORLD WAR II: Italian student, 22, who tattooed Covid certificate barcode on ARM becomes TikTok star after scanning into McDonald’s.

The pass gives proof of coronavirus status — that you are vaccinated, have recovered from the virus, or tested negative in the last 48 hours.

It has been required in Italy since August 6 to get into cinemas, museums and indoor sports venues or to eat indoors at restaurants.

Colonnetta, from the southern city of Reggio Calabria, told Corriere della Calabria newspaper: “It’s certainly something original, I like to be different.”

How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism": an anti-monopoly pamphlet analyzing the true harms of surveillance capitalism and proposing a solution. (print edition: (signed copies:

This day in history (permalink)

#20yrsago IP and scientific journals

#15yrsago British air travelers kick brown “terrorists” off their planes

#10yrsago “Probability neglect”: why policy-makers are constitutionally incapable of formulating evidence-based anti-terrorism policy,AT,HK_PolicymakersDilemma.pdf

#10yrsago The Onion (seriously): We did a paywall because British people like paying for the Web

#10yrsago TSA can’t explain why “enhanced patdowns” are legal

#1yrago Austerity breeds Nazis

#1yrago Yale admin: "Prepare for death"

#1yrago Orwell prize winner trapped in orwellian nightmare

#1yrago Thomas Hawk's Talking Heads

#1yrago Amazon's Monopoly Tollbooth