Police fine man £90 after he covers his head to avoid facial recognition technology

2 February 2019 — The Canary

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The police have fined a man £90 after he covered his head with his jumper to avoid a police trial of facial recognition technology (FRT). Other people were stopped by police during the trial for trying to hide their faces to avoid the cameras.
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Twitter Bans 2,000 Pro-Maduro Accounts As Demands For Regime Change Escalate by Tyler Durden

1 February 2019 — ZeroHedge

On the evening before National Security Advisor John Bolton reiterated that “all options [including, presumably, military intervention] are on the table” regarding the situation in Venezuela, Twitter announced that it had joined the US-backed coup by taking down 2,000 accounts that it said were engaged in a “state-backed influence campaign”, according to RT.

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Twitter takes down hundreds of accounts linked to Venezuela amid US calls for regime change

1 February 2019 — RT

Twitter has announced that it took down about 2,000 accounts in Venezuela, most of which it claimed were “engaged in a state-backed influence campaign.” This comes amid accusations of a US-led coup attempt.

The San Francisco-based social media giant released a blog post on Thursday saying that it removed 1,196 accounts located in Venezuela which it deemed to “appear to be engaged in a state-backed influence campaign targeting domestic audiences.” It also removed another 764 accounts, however, noted: “We are unable to definitively tie the accounts located in Venezuela to information operations of a foreign government against another country.”

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Facebook’s censor Nick Clegg outlines plans for European elections By Robert Stevens

2 February 2019 — WSWS

Just two months after joining Facebook as its vice-president of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg gave his first main speech this week outlining sweeping censorship measures to be imposed during the European elections. These are to be carried out in the name of combatting “disinformation” and “fake news.”

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Julian Assange issues “urgent” legal challenge against US extradition plans By Mike Head

24 January 2019 — WSWS

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose web site is continuing to expose war crimes, coup plots and mass surveillance by Washington and its allies, has made a new legal bid to block a concerted operation to extradite him to the US, where he could be imprisoned for life, or even sentenced to death.

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UK: Police Pre-Crime ‘Minority Report’ Systems Announced

18 January 2019 — True Publica

Police Pre-Crime 'Minority Report' Systems Announced

TruePublica Editor: Back in May 2017, I predicted that the police would be doing just that – predicting. I warned that Britain already has a reputation for deploying the most intrusive surveillance systems against its own people in the Western world. I warned that our civil liberties are being systematically dismantled, driven through the false narrative of security.
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Richard Dearlove Helped Blair Kill Millions. The Security Services are a Danger to Our State and Society

11 January 2019 — Craig Murray

When Sir Richard Dearlove was Head of MI6, the Blairites adored him as he approved the lying Dossier on Iraqi WMD which led to wars, invasion, the death of millions and the destabilisation which continues to wreck the entire Middle East. Now, as he writes to Tory constituency chairman advocating the hardest of hard Brexits, had they any capacity for self-reflection the Blairites would probably be thinking it was after all not such a great move of Tony to appoint the hardest of hard right nutters to head our overseas intelligence service.

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How a NeoCon-Backed “Fact Checker” Plans to Wage War on Independent Media by Whitney Webb

9 January 2019 — Mint Press

Newsguard Exposed

As Newsguard’s project advances, it will soon become almost impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site’s ranking systems on any technological device sold in the United States.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was “just the beginning” of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence online dissent within the United States and beyond.

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