Councils’ “hidden algorithms” profile millions on benefits, Big Brother Watch investigation finds

20 July 2021 — Big Brother Watch

Big Brother Watch Team

Big Brother Watch’s new report “Poverty Panopticon: the hidden algorithms shaping Britain’s welfare state”, published today, reveals:

  • 540,000 benefits applicants are secretly assigned fraud risk scores by councils’ algorithms before they can access housing benefit or council tax support.1
  • Personal data from 1.6 million people living in social housing is processed by commercial algorithms to predict rent non-payers.2
  • 250,000+ people’s data is processed by a range of secretive automated tools to predict the likelihood they’ll be abused, become homeless or out of work.3
  • Campaigners file complaint with data watchdog

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U.S. Takes Down Israeli Spy Software Company

19 July 2021 — Moon of Alabama

A number of international papers report today on the Israeli hacking company NSO which sells snooping software to various regimes. The software is then used to hijack the phones of regime enemies, political competition or obnoxious journalists. All of that was already well known but the story has new legs as several hundreds of people who were spied on can now be named.

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BREAKING: Vaccine passes to be mandatory!

19 July 2021 — Big Brother Watch

URGENT: BREAKING NEWS

The Prime Minister has just announced that vaccine passports are to be mandatory from September for nightclubs and large events.

This means that not only will the NHS Covid Pass be mandatory – but tests will no longer be an option on them. Only the vaccinated will be admitted entry to events.

This is dangerously coercive, counter-productive and wrong. 

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Statewatch: Call for expressions of interest

19 July 2021 — Statewatch

State databases, biometrics, policing and migration control

As part of our ongoing work on the development and deployment of biometric technologies for policing and migration control, we are organising two workshops in October this year.

These training and collaborative learning sessions will involve:

  • Teaching about EU databases and information policy in the field of policing and migration;
  • Learning from others working on similar and related topics; and
  • Discussion of relevant issues with peers in the field.

To find out more and to express your interest in attending, please see our call, available in:


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Trying to Put All America Behind

19 July 2021 — Edward Curtin

Sixty years ago this summer, on August 7, 1961, President John Kennedy signed the bill creating The Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts.  It consists of forty miles of immaculate sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and upland along the Atlantic Ocean, with some portions stretching across the land to Cape Cod Bay in the west.  Henry Thoreau walked this wild Outer Atlantic Beach in 1849.  He said you can stand there and look out to sea and “put all America behind” you.

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Politicians, Journalists, HR Activists And Others Spied Upon Using Pegasus Spyware

19 July 2021 — Counter Currents

NSO Group, a private Israeli firm that sells surveillance technology to governments worldwide, insists that its Pegasus spyware is used only to “investigate terrorism and crime.” Leaked data, however, reveals that the company’s hacking tool “has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale.”

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Cuba News links 17-19 July 2021

19 July 2021 • 14:45 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

What do you really know about U.S.-Cuba relations?
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/07/what-do-you-really-know-about-u-s-cuba-relations/

What They Don’t Say About Cuba
https://popularresistance.org/what-they-dont-say-about-cuba/

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Do drug trials underestimate side effects?

19 July 2021 — Dr Sebastian Rushworth

by Sebastian Rushworth, M.D.

One commonly used trick in drug trials is to exclude any group that might make the drug look worse, such as those that are more likely to experience side effects. A good recent example of this is the covid vaccine trials, which largely excluded people with auto-immune diseases (more likely to develop an auto-immune disease after vaccination), people with allergies (more likely to have an allergic reaction to the vaccine), and, of course, the elderly (less likely to develop immunity after getting the vaccine, and more likely to become seriously sick from it).

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Cuba News Links 15-17 July 2021

17 July 2021 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

Gaza: A Vision Of What Capital & Empire Intend For The Rest Of The Globe
https://seeyouin2020.blogspot.com/2021/07/gaza-vision-of-what-capital-empire.html

Cuba Proves US Involvement In Destabilization Actions
https://popularresistance.org/cuba-proves-u-s-involvement-in-destabilization-actions-against-the-cuban-people/

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A Senseless Cathedral of Doom: The Twenty-Eighth Newsletter (2021)

15 July 2021 — Tricontinental

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Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

In early June 2021, the United States military led a major military exercise on the African continent: the African Lion 21.  Major General Andrew Rohling of the US Army’s Southern European Task Force said it was the ‘largest US military exercise ever conducted on this continent’. The African Lion military exercise, which was first held with the Kingdom of Morocco in 2002, is – in the words of US Africa Command – an annual ‘joint, all-domain, multi-national exercise … to counter malign activity in North Africa and Southern Europe, and increase interoperability between US, African, and international partners to defend the theatre from adversary military aggression’. African Lion 21, which included the armed forces of 21 countries including Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Italy, Libya, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, took place in Morocco and in the occupied territory of Western Sahara as well as in Senegal and Tunisia. The overall military exercise – with over 7,000 soldiers – was conducted under the leadership of the US Africa Command with the assistance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

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