Archive | surveillance RSS for this section

Google Wants Internet “Driver License”… WTF

(SOURCE ARTICLE – The content below is an excerpt from the original. We do not claim to own this content. This content is for the purpose of preserving the news and preserving information that will benefit citizens.)

Google Wants Internet “Driver License” Includes Various Digital Scenarios and Tests to Browse Web
July 17, 2015
Articles, News, update, Video
Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

What if you needed a license to log-in and use the Internet? The idea is not to far-fetched and could be right around the corner depending on the outcome of the TPP. Dr Carr-Gregg has collaborated with Google to create an internet “drivers license”, which he believes is a defining example of “technology companies starting to recognize their responsibilities”.

The test for the license puts young people in random digital scenarios and tests their internet surfing skills on what they would believe, what they’d click and how they would behave. This will give you a form of “digital citizenship”.

digital drivers license

The  “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” has been testing a similar program.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation quickly responded pointing out concerns surrounding the NSTIC’s program.

According to the EFF website, “The White House recently released a draft of a troubling plan titled “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” (NSTIC). In previous iterations, the project was known as the “National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions” and emphasized, reasonably, the private sector’s development of technologies to secure sensitive online transactions. But the recent shift to “Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” reflects a radical — and concerning — expansion of the project’s scope.

The draft NSTIC now calls for pervasive, authenticated digital IDs and makes scant mention of the unprecedented threat such a scheme would pose to privacy and free speech online. And while the draft NSTIC “does not advocate for the establishment of a national identification card” (p. 6), it’s far from clear that it won’t take us dangerously far down that road. Because the draft NSTIC is vague about many basic points, the White House must proceed with caution and avoid rushing past the risks that lay ahead. Here are some of our concerns.


With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech



The following day, Ahmed was arrested and “charged with a racially aggravated public order offense.” The police spokesman explained that “he didn’t make his point very well and that is why he has landed himself in bother.” The state proceeded to prosecute him, and in October of that year, he was convicted “of sending a grossly offensive communication,” fined and sentenced to 240 hours of community service.

As demonstrators demanded he be imprisoned, the judge who sentenced Ahmed pronounced his opinions “beyond the pale of what’s tolerable in our society,” ruling: “I’m satisfied that the message was grossly offensive.” The Independent‘s Jerome Taylor noted that he “escaped jail partially because he quickly took down his unpleasant posting and tried to apologize to those he offended.” Apparently, heretics may be partially redeemed if they publicly renounce their heresies.

Criminal cases for online political speech are now commonplace in the UK, notorious for its hostility to basic free speech and press rights. As The Independent‘s James Bloodworth reported last week, “around 20,000 people in Britain have been investigated in the past three years for comments made online.””

Police force in the ‘most corrupt city in America’ is disbanded after speed trap scam that made up half of city’s revenue was exposed

Source link:

Excerpt from article:

The city that once covered half of its $1million budget with speeding ticket fines and other ‘police revenue’ is disbanding its department.

The Waldo City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to dissolve the police force after both the police chief and his replacement were suspended over allegations that included ticket quotas.

The decision to disband Waldo’s police is partly due to the estimated costs of modernizing the department’s facilities and computer systems, which investigations triggered by corruption allegations showed were outdated.

Until recently, Waldo - described as the 'most corrupt town in America' - had covered half of its $1 million budget by handing out an unusually high number of speeding ticket fines

Scandal: Former police chief Mike Szabo resigned following a scandal over a speeding ticket quota and an investigation into police misconduct

Waldo had been one of two towns designated by the American Automobile Association as a ‘traffic trap,’ meaning that it considered law enforcement practices to be more focused on generating revenue than enforcing safe driving behavior.

‘Looks like you have some work to do when you come in,’ Szabo wrote in an email after an officer recorded only four tickets one day, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Read more:

Alert! Police Using Radar to Scan Inside Homes, Raising Serious 4th Amendment Concerns!

Alert! Police Using Radar to Scan Inside Homes, Raising Serious 4th Amendment Concerns!

Source clip: