How Internet Companies Like Google and Facebook Have Helped The spread of extremism

Although the Westminster terror attack is still filling the print and broadcast news  and the usual conspiracy theories about it’s being a false flag incident start to circulate, attention is turning to the role of technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter in the process of radicalisation. Google stands accused of providing easy access to online terror manuals while Boris Johnson demanded social media platforms crack down on “corrupting and polluting” messages.  (Daily Telegraph

These companies are not ignorant of the dangers of unmoderated access to internet publishing facilities. All three have claimed their efforts to eliminate ‘hate speech’ have been increased and the response to violent and extremist material on their platforms in recent years – deleting posts, working with law enforcement and generating “counter-narratives”.

This is bollocks of course, what they have done is set up censorship of posts which criticize Islam, question the mainstream narrative on controversial issues like climate change, uncontrolled mass immigration or globalisation.  There has never been any effort to moderate the  incitement of Muslim hate preachers or thecalls by Muslim religious fanatics for a jihad to exterminate the infidels (that’s you and me) yet  people have been banned for asking why the police forces of secular nations are told by government to take no action on immigrant crime for fear of raising inter – racial tensions.And the internet companies have entered agreements with governments to take action against “Islamophobia” (whatever than means), “homophobia”, “transphobia” and so on, while critics of these politically correct idiocies can face online bullying and death threats simply for having opinions that differ from what the ‘liberal’ fascists are willing to allow.

All this has been done in collaboration with the regime of US President Barack Hussein Obama. And far from opposing the spread of extremism, furthering understanding of science and promoting tolerance and cooperation between nations and cultures, it actually achieves the opposite effect.

So what could internet companies be doing?

First, they could introduce identity verification requirements to deter users from publicly sharing violent and hateful material. Facebook and Twitter don’t demand users’ real names, while Google lets them use services such as Youtube without any account at all. Mandating that consumers create profiles using their actual identity and home address (with a legal requirement that this information is never published, sold or shared) would be controversial, but would dampen the spread of extremism by making anonymity more difficult. And finally, instead of being racist towards fair skinned people of European ethnicity, they could try experimenting with that most liberal of all principles and having one set of rules which apply to all equally. No special cases.

Or Google’s semi – autistic twins Page and Brin, Cocksuckerberg of Facebook, Bill Gates (the philanthropist who wants to eradicate poverty by reducing the population to ten per cent of its present level), Spiegel, Murphy and Brown of Snapchat and all the other Silicon Valley social media wankers could simply admit they are greedy, selfish, power crazed, misanthropic cunts who have happily collaborated with the CIA, NSA and GCHQ global surveillance projects and then fuck the fucking fuck off.

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Wikileaks Vault7 Release Reveals CIA Contamination Of Apple Devices

WikiLeaks latest from the Vault 7 documents which related to the CIA’s electronic espionage programs to monitor the electronic communications of everybody in the free world has been dubbed ‘Dark Matter,’ and reveals the specially developed techniques to enable hacking of Apple products. In a statement on ‘Dark Matter,’ WikiLeaks said Thursday’s release includes details of the ‘Sonic Screwdriver’ project, described by the CIA as a “mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting.” (Sonic screwdriver is named after a fictional high tech tool featured in the Doctor Who science fiction TV series.) The spy software was developed by the CIA Embedded development branch.

What makes Sonic Screwdriver far more sinister than other hacking tools used by security agencies is that it is embedded in the device’s firmware which means it is part of the operating system, thus it cannot be removed even by highly skilled users, it will simply reinstall itself every time the operating system is rebooted.

More sinister still, while mainstream commentators are saying that access to the firmware means the CIA have ‘assets’ in the Apple supply chain or are able to intercept shipments of devices and tamper with the system before the goods reach retailers, all coyly avoid mentioning the most obvious means of getting CIA spyware into Apple devices is by direct collaboration between Apple and the security services.

Outrageous as this may seem, it is widely known that high tech corporations in the electronic communications business owe much of their phenomenal success to collaboration with US government agencies. The ‘postern gates’ (back doors) installed operating systems and browsers are the best known examples of this.

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How to stop Google tracking your every move

Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched or followed? OK, it could possibly be because you are paranoid but more likely you’ve noticed a few things that are just beyond creepy when you are using the web and particularly Google services.

For an example, has an advertisement for a product or service ever popped up on your screen just after you were talking to someone about it?

When security researcher Mustafa Al-Bassam popped into a McDonald’s for a halal burger last year, he was shocked when a prompt to download the fast food restaurant’s app popped up on his smart phone. Mustafa tweeted at the time:

Yesterday I almost had a heart attack when I entered McDonald’s and I had a notification on my phone asking me to install their app.

Your every move is being watched. Monitored. Analysed. Not just by creepy spooks like the NSA and GCHQ but also by corporate pirates determined to get their grubby mitts on your hard earned. Google, (don’t be evil, that’s our job) are probably the worst culprit and are known to collaborate with National Security agencies to gather data on citizens, not just suspected criminals or political activists but ordinary punters. The aim is to build a profile of you that will make it possible to predict your behaviour.

Around the time Mr Al-Bassam noticed he had a creepy stalker in his cellphone phone, other Google users began to realise that despite having deleted Google Maps, another Google-based app, Google Play, was “almost obsessive” in its need to check user’s whereabouts.

While location services on your smartphone are commonplace in modern society,  Google’s cosy relationship with the US government enables them to circumvent civil rights an privacy laws and accurately follow you, building a picture of where you go and what you do. Google Play passes on your location data to databases and installed apps via an API, whether Maps are installed or not.

For Android users, Google uses this information  in a service called Nearby, “which notifies you of things that can be helpful near you”, according to Google.

Google jovially tells you “The Play Store offers over one million apps — many of which are created to be used in specific locations or situations. The right app at the right moment lets you get more done.”

But one they are in your system, Google makes it particularly difficult to switch these features off.

Here’s how to get out of it.

Deleting or uninstalling the apps are helpful, or you could turn your phone’s location services on and off as you use each app. But this is irritating and time consuming. However News.com Australia have compiled some instructions to help you shake off the stalker in your smart phone. See below:

 

ANDROID

Tapping on ‘Your Timeline’, Google will ask you to turn on your Location history. This allows you to rediscover places you’ve visited in the past. But it also allows Google to create a complex profile of your personality.

Here’s how to stop Google Maps tracking you:

• Select ‘Your Timeline’ in Settings

• Tap the Burger Icon (the three dots on the top right-hand side of the screen) and select ‘Settings’

• Scroll down to Location Settings

• Tap “Location History is on”.

• A pop-up window will appear; tap the checkmark next to “On”. Swiping to the left should turn it off.

• Tap “OK” on the window that appears.

You can also turn location off and delete location history in the same settings. Google will issue a warning that says your services might be affected — but let’s be real, you’ll be fine.

Select ‘Your Timeline’.

Select ‘Your Timeline’.Source:Supplied

Find your location settings by clicking the Burger icon.

Find your location settings by clicking the Burger icon.Source:Supplied

Google will send you this notification if you decide to turn of Location History on Android.

Google will send you this notification if you decide to turn of Location History on Android.Source:Supplied

Swipe left to turn your location services off in Settings.

Swipe left to turn your location services off in Settings.Source:Supplied

APPLE IOS

The ‘Your Timeline’ feature doesn’t exist for Apple users, as they do Android. But there are ways to opt out.

• Make sure you’re signed in and go to your Settings

• Scroll down to Settings

• Tap ‘Location History’ and slide it off

• To erase your history, scroll down the Settings menu to ‘Maps History’.

• There is currently not an option to delete everything at once, but you can tap the ‘X’ next to the locations you want to delete.

• You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ by tapping ‘About, terms and privacy’ under Settings

— There is a sneaky way to allow Google to track your location while only using the App.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Google Maps and select ‘While Using the App’.

The Settings menu in Google Maps is where you’ll find location preferences.

The Settings menu in Google Maps is where you’ll find location preferences.Source:Supplied

iPhone users have the option to use location services on Google Maps only while using the app.

iPhone users have the option to use location services on Google Maps only while using the app.Source:Supplied

Google will warn you before you clear any data.

Google will warn you before you clear any data.Source:Supplied

You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ under Settings.

You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ under Settings.Source:Supplied

— youngma@news.com.au

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Google Now Has Access To Millions Of Patient’s Health Records

Those naughty leakers at The Antimedia have revealed a controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) which will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has been involved in a ‘scientific research project’ which attempts to ‘understand human health’, but a new leak reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated – well now there’s a surprise.

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May 3, 2016

United Kingdom — A controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has partnered with several scientists in an attempt to understand human health, but a new report reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated.

According to documents obtained by the New Scientist, the data sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust gives access to the sensitive healthcare data of millions of NHS patients. The chilling and wide-reaching deal allows DeepMind access to the medical records of the 1.6 million people passing annually through the three London hospitals owned by the Trust — Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.

The Google-owned A.I. firm announced in February it was working with the NHS to build an app called Streams — intended to help hospitals monitor patients with kidney disease. However, the new information has revealed that the extent of the data being shared goes much further and includes logs of day-to-day hospital activity, records of the location and status of patients, and even logs of who visits them and when.

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German Government Smartphone Spyware Monitors Citizens’ Calls, Typing AND Sees Through Their Cameras


The shadow government is employing shadow spied Image source: middlemarketcenter.org

The German Interior Ministry has formally revealed that they have created a new “Bundestrojaner” or government trojan horse software that will enable security agencies to track the smartphone activities of anyone that inadvertently downloads it according to German media. We understand Chancellor Merkel’s government has also adopted an “off the shelf” tool from a company which is said to help authoritarian regimes track their citizens.

(Well we have tried to warn you of the direction the German government was travelling in when we started referring to The Chancellor as Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel, drawing a parallel with comedian Barry Humphrey’s character, “Housewife – Superstar Dame Edna Everidge. Though Dame Edna is not real, Merkel seems to have become similarly deluded.

The Trojan Horse software the German government is using disguises itself as something innocent like a free screen saver or game. Once the user opens the file the malicious code infects the target computer, often allowing a third party access to all kinds of information and enabling them to record keystrokes, browse files and even remotely control the computer.

The Federal Data Protection Commissioner Andrea Vosshoff has said that the testing of the software has been completed and that it will be used to follow the movements and actions of suspected criminals and others.

The government tried to reassure concerned citizens by saying that the software only has the capacity to monitor communications and not have access to sensitive files. Critics of the project, aware that the government has openly discussed the possibility of criminalising opposition to the government’s ‘open doors’ immigration policy and opponents of EU political integration, fear the malware could theoretically gain access to anyone’s computer files, personal sensitive information without the person ever being aware that they had been infected with the malware.

Green Party deputy head Konstantin von Notz said, “We do understand the needs of security officials, but still, in a country under the rule of law, the means don’t justify the end.”

This is not the occasion on which the German government has used a trojan horse program. In 2011 the government created similar malware in secret without the knowledge of the public. A hacker group called “Chaos Computer Club” discovered the plan and leaked details to the press causing a scandal. The lawyer of a person whose computer was infected by the trojan told the German press the government had planted it on his client’s computer as he was going through customs at Munich airport.

FinFisher Gamma-International is the company that has developed the latestsoftware called FinFisher or FinSpy. They are based in the UK and in Germany and specialise in developing spyware for governments and law enforcement agencies.

They have been at the centre of many civil liberties scandals when oppressive regimes have used their software to spy on political opponents and human rights activists. Egypt used the software during the Arab spring to help identify and ‘neutralise’ people critical of the Mubarak regime. Germany, which presents itself as a liberal Social Demoracy now joins countries like Bahrain and Indonesia who are alleged to use the software, according to a report by University of Toronto based Citizen Lab(but as anarchist intellectual Mikhail Bakunin warned Karl Marx in the 1870s, socialist governments will always become more oppressive that the old despotic monarchies).

Re-Branding Dissent – The Quiet Destruction Of Democracy

Many people, all the contributors to this publication among them, fear that democracy is being destroyed. OK, OK, hipsters will say but ‘we’ve never had democracy’, or, ‘it was destroyed long ago’, but left wing deceit aside, I think its worth actually thinking about how, many forms of democratic expression, effective dissent and peaceful self-determination are being outlawed and abolished in a sustained attack on free speech and civil rights.

In an article titled “The Next Crisis” the author argues that The Controllers, The Global Elite, call them what you will, have decided that Democracy is a threat to their wealth and power and have more than likely given some thought to how best to neuter it while appearing to do no such thing. It is expedient to retain the outward appearance of democracy in order to avoid frightening the frail of spirit, but there is a move to eradicate any substance from it, leaving us with an empty but colourful stage show.

The idea of a meritocratic global governance is about a hundred years old now, when first floated it was unworkable but now internet technologies offer government the ability to control information and thus manipulate opinion so that enough people can be persuaded to surrender their individual rights and liberties in return for protection from ‘existential threats’ that in reality, if dealt with properly, pose no greater danger to human life than a smelly fart.

And yet the elites keep pushing the idea that we are threatened by global warming, Islamic extremism, food and water shortages and a host of other problems from which only Big Government can save us. For example

3) professionalized Governance. Democracy can be and must be neutered, and an effective way of doing this is to insist that amateur, elected officials MUST take the advice of professional (read corporate) advisors. Expand current law to enforce this.

If this seems monstrous now, their argument, I suspect, will be that in an increasingly crowded, interconnected and globalised world we can no longer leave critically important decisions in the hands of the uneducated, in-expert and amateur. We must, of course, still be free to choose but must, from now on, be helped to choose ‘wisely’. And how can we choose wisely if we aren’t given wise choices to choose from? Oh, the Orwellian beauty of it! No prizes for guessing who will decide what is and what is not wise.

We cannot any longer allow you to choose unwisely! There is so much at stake and so much you and your representatives simply do not fully understand.

You only need think how much legislation is already written by these ‘advisors’ and how many ‘experts’ are routinely seconded from corporations in order to ‘help’ the government departments regulate those same corporations to appreciate how far towards this we have already come. Two examples of ‘expert advice’ spring readily to mind. Back in May 2014 Citi drafted, word for word, many of the ‘amendments’ to the Frank Dodd financial regulation law. While professional experts from J PM Morgan did the same for the new derivatives trading law which puts the US tax payer back on the hook for any really serious losses. In an essay <br />

<h4>The Next Crisis – Part two – A manifesto for the supremacy of the 1%</h4><br />

the author, award winning documentary film maker David Malone presents a likely manifesto for the subversion of democracy by a bureaucratic dictatorship appointed by political and wealthy oligarchs.

Interesting reading …

 

 

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Facebook begins Europe-wide censorship campaign against free speech.

Facebook Inc (FB.O) has commenced the Europe-wide censoring of posts and comments the ruling elite do not like, thus making good the promise given to Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel by the social media and data theft site’s founder Mark Zuckerberg. The campaign began on Monday 18 January to prevent ‘extremist’ posts on social media, after German extremist anti – European politicians raised concerns about a rise in public opposition to a policy of uncontrolled mass immigration their critics claim is aimed at destroying German ethnicity and culture and turning Germany into an Islamic theocracy.

The left wing coalition politicians have also suffered a public backlash over their efforts to conceal the truth about the increased level of rape and sex crimes committed by Muslim immigrants against European women and directly linked to the influx of refugees from uncivilised parts of the middle east and Africa where women are still though of as chattels.

Facebook launched its pretentiously and dishonestly named “Initiative for Civil Courage Online” in Berlin, pledging over 1 million euros (1 million pounds) to support non-governmental organisations in their efforts to promote pro – Islamic, anti – European propaganda and any posts defending free speech opposing the politically correct cowardice of the ruling elite and corporate fascists like Zuckerberg and his Thought Police organisation.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said hate speech “has no place in our society”, including in the Internet. In Facebook’s wrapped world view something like “I think there should be some limit on the number of migrants we let in,” or “It is known there are many jihadists trying to enter western nations to do harm, so making sure new arrivals have proper travel documents and entry visas”. Far from being hate speech, such comments are aimed at preventing those who carry hate in their should from harming innocent people in civilised society.

Facebook’s ground rules forbid bullying harassment and threatening language, except by Zuckerberg and his fascist staff, but critics say it does not enforce them properly. The critics are wrong here. The nerd Zuckerberg is so completely out of touch with reality he believes computer intelligence is equal to human intelligence, so any subtly worded post that avoids the ‘racist’ or ‘xenophobic’ words defined by Facebook’s sad little script kiddies is going to get past the software apps they employ as censors.

In November, prosecutors in Hamburg launched an investigation into Facebook on suspicion of not doing enough to prevent the dissemination of hate speech. German politicians and celebrities opposed to democracy and free speech have expressed concern about the rise of ‘anti-foreigner’ comments on Facebook (like, “a bunch of foreign guys shouting Allahu Akbar raped and sexually assaulted women on News Years Night in Cologne, which Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel thinks people should not be allowed to write even though it is true. Merkel’s neo Nazi government are also going after other social media sites where they fear Germans may learn the truth about what is going on in their country in order to cover up the government’s failure to cope with a tide of new migrants that amounted to 1.1 million last year alone.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged social networks and Internet service providers to do more to identify criminal posts (i.e. those which question or criticize government policy, more quickly and taking them down.
Here’s an example of the kind of criminal posts Merkel, Obama and Zuckerberg would criminalise. You will see it is not racist, xenophibic or offensive in any way other than in the way it exposes a lie told by Barack Obama.

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The rejoinder in question appeared on my own Facebook page in a thread about my recent Pando article. That piece looked at President Obama’s blatant lie about his power to reschedule marijuana under federal law. I was responding to an Obama apologist who mindlessly repeated the lie, and insisted that “you know damned well the Republicans would accuse him of being an Imperial President” if he does anything on any issue.

This agitprop is standard — and infuriatingly mindless — apologism from die-hard Democratic Party loyalists. To them, every instance of overt hypocrisy or dishonesty from their preferred politician is justified because the GOP inevitably will criticize him. Of course, the GOP will criticize Obama no matter what he does, which means that this tautology is designed not to make a factual point, but instead to rationalize anything and everything the White House does regardless of the facts.

It means, in other words, that yes, those who use this self-serving crap to deliberately distract from inconvenient truths are being willfully stupid and are, hence, willful ignoramuses.

Soi there you have it, under The New World Order we are no longer allowed to question our leaders or their governments. And that suppression of free speech is one of the basic tools of fascist regimes from Ancient Rome to modern Germany and Obama’s USA.

 

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Drinking from a firehose – internet

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/alexisdormandy/100007532/getting-info-from-the-internet-is-like-drinking-from-a-fire-hose-but-efficient-word-of-mouth-can-fix-that/

The pioneers of the web saw the internet as a democratising force – empowering the under-informed consumer against an omnipotent corporation. People imagined a perfect market where we could find the thing we wanted at the best price at the click of a button. The hot web properties around the turn of the millennium of the day were comparative price engines, which took off on the assumption that as finding what you wanted became easy, the key differentiator would be price.

It’s turned out a bit more complicated than that.

If anything, the connection of people to information has been too successful. Technology has transformed the amount we are able to do each day, but it has also transformed how much we are expected to do.

We are deluged by information at work; from people we know, from people we don’t; from companies that want to sell us something; from media companies, advertisers and spammers.

In a paper published in Science last year, Dr Martin Hilbert calculated that the amount of data in the world was increasing by 23 per cent per annum …. and moreover that each of us is consuming the equivalent of 174 newspapers …. every day.

We are drinking from a fire hose.

It’s clear that technology has not made our lives easier – it’s just allowed us to do more in the same amount of time, not all of it useful. The ability to compute, store, and share information instantaneously around the globe has meant expectations have risen.

We are expected to do more, do it better and do it quicker. This is patently unrealistic, and it’s not surprising that stress related illnesses are so prevalent. We have infinitely more options, but much less time to understand them.

Bill Joy, the chief scientist at Sun Microsystems, described it like this:

“Technological evolution has exponentially surpassed the speed of human evolution. Technological evolution is doubling every eighteen months. Biological entities, only progressing at the speed of biological evolution, are left behind”.

In other words, a human being can’t consume, understand, collate and usefully process 174 newspapers of information a day. In our efforts to do everything, we frequently do nothing.

The lack of time, overload of information and lack of trust for things we haven’t tried ourselves has made our lives dull. We live in vibrant and constantly evolving societies, and yet we visit the same restaurants, cook the same recipes, buy the same clothes labels, read the same authors, and use the one bank, builder and garage we’ve always used.

We should aim higher.

The solution is nurtured in the people we trust. It’s called word of mouth. Because 21st century humans have confused it with telling everything to everyone, we’re not very good at it.

Bees have a brain the size of a seed, and their longest conversation is seven seconds, but even they are much better at word of mouth than your average human.

When a bee finds a new source of nectar, they fly in a figure of eight pattern. The axis of the eight directs the other 40,000 bees in the hive to the flowers, to gorge on the nectar and spread pollen. Everyone benefits. That’s word of mouth at its simple best.

Efficient word of mouth would allow us to remember things friends we trust have told us about, let us pass that on to other friends who trust us. It would allow us revel in the new, rather than living our lives on repeat.

If word of mouth was efficient, the company with the best product wins. A small business that offers great service operates on the same playing field as the large corporate. Innovative small businesses that go the extra mile would succeed more quickly, and provide more jobs, and better products.

If word of mouth was perfect, the CEO in every business would be as fixated on improving his company’s product, as they are on sales or finance; because winning and losing would be defined by it. That means product people becoming CEO, which happens very rarely unless you’re Apple.

The challenge is in making it simple to pull the precious needles out of the haystack of your life, save them, and share them with your friends.

But whatever the technology, word of mouth is about selectivity and trust. It’s about you helping yourself and helping your friends. It’s about finding a bed of roses in a sunny corner, flying in a figure of eight, and getting your friends to join you in the feast.
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simiangeorge
4 hours ago
This back to basics theme sounds great, but won’t work. Like communism, it’s a good idea on paper, but then encounters the wider world and it becomes something else. For example, Facebook started life as a simple proposition where you would log your friends and close acquaintances and keep in touch. Look what the money men have turned it into; an over-complex behemoth of a marketing man’s (almost) wet dream. It is now rammed down society’s throat at every turn. Also, look at all the novel ways people have been using it beyond a simple contacts forum – there’s a Facebook page for everything, from fundraising to “liking” the latest brand of hair straighteners to forming petitions/ focus groups. So; the Web- simple in concept, bewilderingly complex when applied, used and modified by billions of individuals.
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Q46
7 hours ago
Tripe!

There were no “pioneers of the web” the usual fallacy that a group of clever coves get together to make all our modern wonders possible.

This notion of prescience encourages politicians to believe they can tell the future and set up committees to direct “investment” (aka squandering taxpayers’ money) in areas we shall all need or desire in the future.

The web happened serendipitously because of the cross-fertilisation of thousands of ideas, trial and error, amid many failures and a few successes and the wider mass of people deciding what they liked, didn’t like.

To reduce this accidental technological revolution to some planned campaign to liberate the Masses against their evil overlords and monied intersts, is out of the pages of the writings of Marx and is absurd.

Inundated with information? So building a library and filling it with books inundates us with information all of which we cannot process?

Of course not, you only get inundated if you take every book out and try to read them all at once.

The alternative is selecting only what you want to read. On computers its called a delete button
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Frank Fisher
7 hours ago
Jeez. I wrote about his years ago – why aren’t I a billionaire. I remember talking to Arthur C Clarke about it (yes), okay, talking by fax, he didn’t like to communicate any other way, dunno why, and the issue of the torrent of voices came up. Everyone gets a voice, but what value has one voice in a screaming crowd? How do you *know* what you need to know? Answer: you don’t. Just try to get by day by day.

At that point 15 years or so back, I think we needed to be consuming 600 books a day to keep abreast of increasing knowledge – but this isn’t new. I figured at the time that the last person who would have been able to know everything that was known at that time, through his lifetime, would have been Leonardo da Vinci – famous for his extensive library and web of connections. He was the last man who knew everything.

Back on topic – word of mouth does indeed work perfectly online, with user reviews etc, so long as those users are indeed real. Astroturfing and sock puppetry cock it all up, which is why we need another human talent… intuition. Firstly to recognize who is real and who is a persona. But also, for more complex info, newspaper articles etc. I long ago gave up on facts, expert opinion, recommendations, statistics – in a sea of everything, everything can be ‘proven’ – all studies and thesis can be argued for. So now I distrust everything except my own intuition. If something seems like bullshit, it is

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M T Bucket
7 hours ago
What utter tosh. Just because someone I know ‘likes’ something on facebook doesn’t mean it is suitable for me. I don’t shop for my groceries oin the basis of which brand of baked beans most of my friends like (among 100 other items in my basket). I might however ask a friend whether his Porsche is any good or not. On the other hand, people do go to extremes to justify what they have purchased, lest they look foolish (post-purchase justification anyone?).

The bee analogy is also false. Bees are a community that depend on collective survival. The hive is king. Humans on the other hand almost always act in their own best interests.

Web 1.0 was meant to be an information sharing tool. Social media or Web 2.0 was invented for WoM and companies are still working out how to use it to more effectively screw consumers, not to provide them with the ‘best possible service’.
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Simon_Stephenson
6 hours ago
itzman

I think maybe you underestimate people’s ability to recognise quality. For things that they are not particularly fussed about, they respond to being bombarded with claptrap and false information by bypassing the quality-judgment process, and substituting for it a process of choosing whatever it is that their section of society has made its most popular. In effect, they’ve re-defined quality as “preferred by people like me”, in order to keep some personal control over it, rather than having to rely on the word of people in whom they have no faith.

For things that they are fussed about, they have to go through the rigmarole of discarding all the deceptive crap with which things are surrounded, and I’m sure that the frustration of having to go through this experience must have the effect of discouraging future attempts at discernment.

So maybe people do still have the ability to assess quality, it’s just that the environment in which they live discourages them from using it
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speymk1901
8 hours ago
You still cannot get anything done which is useful from an information processing standpoint without a library card and a visit to said presumably obsolescent institution.

This is a good thing.

It amazes me that so little work has been done to differentiate instantaneous media from print media. The former is an instantly expendable and use-by-dated tool for negotiating mazes. The latter is all about memory, retention, contemplation and genuine information reduction and compression (not as in LZW either LOL).

Why people waste so much time futilely attempting to substitute the psychic paradigm of the book with that of IT-derived tools is also a source of wonder and amusement. They are their own entities unto themselves as different from each other as aliens from platypuses (platypae ? LOL). They can be used to reinforce each other; one without the other much less substituted for the other therefore is Fahrenheit 451 with no political object in sight and therefore self-lobotomising
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Simon_Stephenson
8 hours ago
“word of mouth is about selectivity and trust. It’s about you helping yourself and helping your friends”

Mmmm. I think word of mouth has to be about reciprocity. It’s about imparting information which you would be happy to receive, were the situation to be reversed, and about not imparting information which you wouldn’t be happy to receive.

You use the analogy of bees, but the thing about bees is that the one which discovers the source of nectar isn’t going to send all the others off on a wild-goose chase so that it can keep the whole of the source to itself. Nor is it going to turn the source into a nice little earner for itself by demanding an entry fee. Nor, indeed, is it going to create a false source by salting dry flowers with nectar brought less comfortably from farther afield. And it’s not going to claim ownership of the source for its community and fight bees from other hives who come across it in the course of their travels.

Humans, on the other hand, have a predilection for doing all these things, and more, and until such time as double standards and deliberate deception revert to being socially unacceptable, in contrast to being the epitome of cleverness and smart behaviour, as they have become, the advances we can make from the development of communication will be very limited.


Judge Denies Attempt To Block Obama’s Transfer Of Internet Oversight To UN

October 2016: In a last ditch effort to block Obama’s plan to allow the US Commerce Department to hand over oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a multi-stakeholder community – which includes the technical community, businesses, civil society and foreign governments – 4 state attorneys went to a Texas federal court alleging that the transition, in the absence of congressional approval, amounts to an illegal forfeiture of U.S. government property. Confirming once more that under Obama’s Presidency the judiciary and legal system have been totally politicised, their case was thrown out on a technicality.