After Assange’s Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material

5 June 2019 — Consortium News

Less than two months after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, and two weeks after his indictment under the Espionage Act, emboldened governments have sent the police after journalists who’ve challenged the state. Joe Lauria reports.

By Joe Lauria
in Sydney, Australia
Special to Consortium News

Continue reading

“Technotyranny”: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State By John W. Whitehead

31 May 2019 — Global Research

“There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me.’” ― Philip K. Dick

Red pill or blue pill? You decide.

Twenty years after the Wachowskis’ iconic 1999 film, The Matrix, introduced us to a futuristic world in which humans exist in a computer-simulated non-reality powered by authoritarian machines—a world where the choice between existing in a denial-ridden virtual dream-state or facing up to the harsh, difficult realities of life comes down to a red pill or a blue pill—we stand at the precipice of a technologically-dominated matrix of our own making.

Continue reading

Statewatch News Online, 30 May 2019 (13/19)

30 May 2019 — Statewatch

Also available as a pdf file: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2019/may/email-30-march-19.pdf

Please to support our work

ANALYSIS

Viewpoint: Why have the French police become the most violent in western Europe? by Salvatore Palidda:

STATEWATCH NEWS

1.    EU: Council of the EU wants data retention without cause – Germany joins in
2.    EU: European elections: results and commentary
3.    UK: Lessons from the past: the long history of political policing in the UK
4.    EU: Council discuss Member States the right to veto releasing trilogue discussions
5.    ITALY: UN special rapporteurs call for withdrawal of Salvini decree criminalising rescue activities
6.    FRANCE: We accuse! A statement against the criminalisation of protest in France
7.    EU: Frontex launches first formal operation outside of the EU and deploys to Albania
8.    FRANCE: Les Gilets Noirs: We are in the airport in France
9.    Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (14-20.5.19)
10.  ITALY: Ill-treatment and detention: investigation of the Lampedusa centre
11.  EU: Council discussing yet another small step towards full, open, democratic decision-making
12.  Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (30.4-13.5.19)

Continue reading

Microsoft’s ElectionGuard a Trojan Horse for a Military-Industrial Takeover of US Elections

24 May 2019 — Mintpress

A Bloodless Coup

“The fact that we are handing over the keys of American democracy to the military-industrial complex — it’s like giving the keys to the henhouse to a fox and saying, ‘here come in and take whatever you want.’ It’s obviously dangerous.” — Investigative journalist Yasha Levine

by Whitney Webb

Earlier this month, tech giant Microsoft announced its solution to “protect” American elections from interference, which it has named “ElectionGuard.” The election technology is already set to be adopted by half of voting machine manufacturers and some state governments for the 2020 general election. Though it has been heavily promoted by the mainstream media in recent weeks, none of those reports have disclosed that ElectionGuard has several glaring conflicts of interest that greatly undermine its claim aimed at protecting U.S. democracy.

In this investigation, MintPress will reveal how ElectionGuard was developed by companies with deep ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities and Israeli military intelligence, as well as the fact that it is far from clear that the technology would prevent foreign or domestic interference with, or the manipulation of, vote totals or other aspects of American election systems.

Read the rest here…

Britain: The Database State

23 May 2019 — True Publica

By TruePublica: Britain is a surveillance state, the worst in the democratic West. In a short period of time, it has amassed a rather sordid history of citizen surveillance – and it continues to be unlawful. Last September’s damning judgement of British security operations against its own people saw the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rule that the government had unlawfully obtained data from communications companies and didn’t put in place safeguards around how it did it.  But what does the state really know about us and what about the future?

Continue reading

France hosts “Christchurch call” summit to intensify internet censorship By Will Morrow

16 May 2019 — WSWS

The international “Christchurch call” summit held Wednesday in Paris, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern, marked a further step in the drive by the world’s capitalist governments and the corporate technology giants to censor social media and muzzle rising social opposition in the working class and among young people.

Continue reading

Government forced to delete millions of illegal citizen biometric voiceprints

14 May 2019 — True Publica

Last year, TruePublica published an article about how the British government were now going ‘full Orwellian‘ in their attempt to build a national biometric database. The opening line to the article was – “We said that the government would eventually take the biometric data of every single citizen living in Britain and use it for nefarious reasons.  DNA, fingerprint, face, and even voice data will be included. But that’s not all.” 

Continue reading