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.

Michaela Whitton, ANTIMEDIA
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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Quality Content? The New Is Anti – Quality

American activist site Alternet posted a story with the interesting headline

7 Surprising Ways Porn Is Changing

Users of Internet pornography are probably familiar with the site YouPorn. And maybe RedTube. There’s also Tube8, XTube, ExtremeTube, and PornHub. The list goes on. These sites, often referred to as the “tube sites,” host a wide array of free (and largely pirated) user-generated content that’s starting to change the porn industry. Listed below are seven of the most surprising ways porn is changing.

1. There’s a lot less content.

Industry insiders will confirm that porn production is at an all-time low. Colin and Angie Rowntree have been in the porn business for over 20 years. Back in 1994, the AVN Hall of Fame inductees founded the BDSM website Wasteland.com. In 1999, Angie started Sssh.com, a porn site “for women, by women.” Colin estimates that at least 50% of the small studios have gone under in the past 10 years. Angie told me, “A lot of the little tiny mom-and-pop ones are gone, and those were the ones that had original ideas.”

Colin added, “If you want to get new content, quality content that’s actually well made, somebody has to pay the performers. Somebody has to pay the cameraman. Somebody has to pay the editors. Somebody has to pay for all this stuff. And if nobody is paying to buy it, the whole thing comes tumbling down — which it currently is.”

Colin is right of course and his words apply to everything on the net, not just porn. It was inevitable that the hippy ideology of the founding beardies would lead to this, all that caring, sharing, join-hand-and-sing-kumbafuckingya bollocks could never work. It takes time and resources to make video content, be it porn, comedy, documentary or highbrow drama.

It takes time and dedication to write good fiction and articles, make good video, compose and record good music, or create good artwork. Yet because of the way Google works, the net wants new content every day, and yet people who want to, and have the skills and talent to create good new content are frustrated by the way their work is ‘shared’ (pirated) by people who are just attention seekers or stolen by rip off merchants.

If we want to avoid the net becoming nothing more than an advertising medium we need to get our heads round the idea that people who entertain us have to eat and pay their rent.

I Told You Google Were Evil

Dr. Evil’s even more evil twin, Dr. Google (source)

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

I was always puzzled by they way Google became so dominant in the internet search market, OK Google would return a million results on your search and nerdy types are always impressed by big numbers but really, nerds aside, who would consider ‘most linked’, ‘most viewed’, ‘most recent’ and likely to earn most advertizing revenue as the best criteria foe grading the quality of content?

When however I learned beyond reasonable doubt last year that Google is really a subsidiary of the United States Department Of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) things made sense. Almost anything can be made to happen if you have unlimited money to throw at making it happen.

It also explains why Google (corporate motto – Don’t be evil) are the most evil corporate business on the planet (well, apart from Monsanto maybe, but they are the only serious contenders.

So how evil are Google? Have a read at this from The Guardian:

Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.

First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google’s Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users.

It was designed to support Chrome’s new “OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it – but was installed, and, some users have claimed, it is activated on computers without their permission.

“Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room,” said Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder, in a blog post. “Which means that your computer had been stealth configured to send what was being said in your room to somebody else, to a private company in another country, without your consent or knowledge, an audio transmission triggered by … an unknown and unverifiable set of conditions.”
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The spyware feature is installed by default as part of Google’s Chrome browser. But open source advocates are up in arms about it also being installed with the open source variant Chromium, because the listening code is considered to be “black box”, not part of the open source audit process.

“We don’t know and can’t know what this black box does,” said Falkvinge.

READ FULL ARTICLE at The Guardian

Google and the Government Will Collect data On Your Farts

Levi’s and Google working on interactive, internet device-linked fabric, how effing insane are these people? Are they gathering data on your fart and logging how often you scratch you belly?

Actually the claims they make for this new fabric are even crazier. I’m not saying the stuff will not do what they say, but FFS who apart from total nerds would want it. Throughout the day we all do stuff we don’t want to share with the internet.

Project Jacquard – named after the inventor of a type of loom – was revealed during the internet giant’s annual developers’ conference in San Francisco on Friday.

“We are enabling interactive textiles,” ATAP’s Emre Karagozler said while showing off the new smart textiles. “We do it by weaving conductive threads into fabric.”

To answer one of the key questions around the material itself, Karagozler explained: “It is stretchable; it is washable … It is just like normal fabric.”

The new type of threads used for the material can be woven into any shape, size or pattern and be made either to stand out or be invisible. The interactive material would be able to understand various gestures like crossing your legs or swiping your sleeve with your fingers.

The special fabric would also be capable of sending the data wirelessly to smartphones and other devices, opening up an array of new types of applications, aside from the most basic communication commands like placing a phone call and sending a text message.

“It becomes a home to new forms and applications we haven’t thought of yet. The potential is that the input is the gesture – crossing your legs, swiping, saving, lifting,” Vice President of Innovation for Levi’s said.

While not exactly an option for everyone, the interactive fabric would even be capable of notifying its wearer if they were gaining weight and be ready to suggest gyms, yoga classes and offer other health-related tips, founder of software development company FocusMotion, Grant Hughes noted.

Source: Russia Today

It sounds to us like a new advance in creepiness from the world’s creepiest corporation. Steer well clear of Google in future.

Google: I told you they were evil

Nobody who reads Boggart Blog or Little Nicky Machiavelli can say they have not been warned about how evil Google are, but if you need reminding this story from govtslaves.info has all the information you need.

“Google has managed to boost its revenues by billions of dollars this year by attacking thousands of smaller businesses who make money from affiliate programs. It does this by deliberately favoring large brands in its search results.

“This war is largely secret because very few people understand this shift. Google manages to deflect attention through publicity about projects such as Google+, or its self-driven cars — none of which are revenue generating businesses.

“Yet in its core business, under the renewed leadership of CEO Larry Page, Google has launched an incredibly aggressive strategy targeting mostly small firms. You can see how effective this has been in the following numbers culled from its financial reports.

“For example, for the whole of last year, Google’s revenues from its own sites could barely keep pace with growth in revenues from its AdSense partner network — mostly small firms.”

Read all at govtslaves.info

I’ve been out of action for a few days, nothing to do with election aversion, just a little medical problem. Back to full speed soon.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking earlier this week in South Korea, said that the Internet “needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly.” This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for “a technology founded on freedom.” Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet.

I’ve been trying to warn you for years but would you tech heads and science heads listen?

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Know for sure Google earth is following me. Went to the Dentist in Mufreesboro this AM. When I got back to my sons house and got online with my Kindle, first thing I saw was a Dental ad.

I knew they followed my online moves, and now I know they follow me physically. Is Google the Big Brother in 1984?

Well yes mary of course it is. The fairy story about two semi autistic nerds getting together in college and deciding the world needed a new way of organising information is bollocks, Google was funded, set up and promoted by the US Government and their security agency, the CIA, with the intention of spying on the people.

Which is why its search results are shite as far as relevance goes, but produce far greater numbers of results than other search technology.

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Google Meets White House Officials Every Week Why?

Google is massive. Its dominant position in the internet seach market was achieved with little apparent effort and in a relatively short period. Just over ten years ago Google trailed Yahoo although many self styled experts insisted iut was the best search engine (this was never true, unless you agree that the most viewed or most linked to item must automatically be the best quality information available). That was just over a decade ago.

Since then, while web journalist (who had enjoyed Google’s lavish hospitality or just had sheep like tendencies) continued to insist on google’s superiority even while Google carried on a battle with people who were trying (and often succeeding) in bumping their web sites up the listings by dubious means such as link spamming.

Now Google does everything it seems (but still delivers crap search results based on commercial considerations rather than quality of content). From running the most powerful web ads network in the world (and rigging its search results to ensure the pages that will bring it most revenue get the most traffic) to building “terminator” robots for the government.

Soon, as we have reported Google will use a new algorithm to determine search engine position. This new algorithm is supposed to weed out “false” data. Essentially, at least within the Google world Google is seeking to determine what is “true” online and what is not.

Given the close relationship the company has with the Obama administration, an administration which has shown itself to be severely “truth challenged,” in its dealings with the public, this is of some concern.

(From Venture Beat)

Google’s relationship with the administration runs deeper than mere money. Google chairman Eric Schmidt helped design a get-out-the-vote system for the Obama campaign in 2012, and personally oversaw it on election night. Google employees helped dig Healthcare.gov out of its painful and glitch-ridden launch phase. Former Google VP Megan Smith is now the CTO for the White House. And, as the WSJ notes, Obama has mentioned Google in half of his State of the Union speeches to date.

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How Much Power Does Google Wield In Washington?

The question asked by the title is an obvious one in the light of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article linked in part one of this investigation. Supporters of the Obama administration predictably insist that Google are merely providing technical advice on internet matters.

Were that true, it would be bad enough. The possible conflicts on interests in obtaining advice from a commericial organisation that enjoys a near monopoly position in internet search should be completely unacceptable in a democratic nation.

Information we have acquired however suggests the links between Google and Washington are far deeper and more sinister. Because Obama’s sycophantic supporters will try to discredit the WSJ report so we dug a little deeper by looking at the investigatins of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) into the cosy, crony relationship between Gooogle and The White House.

Here are some significant snippets quoted from the FTC report:

1) The FTC investigated whether Google was unlawfully giving preference to its own products. This document shows that the FTC staff found evidence of monopolistic behavior by Google when it comes to its prize search engine, but recommended not pursuing an antitrust lawsuit. “…we do not recommend that the Commission issue a complaint against Google for this conduct” (Read Read original text, P18 – We cannot link you to the full official report as it is not released into the public domain so links to screenshots of the pdf pages are provided. The WSJ artile is available HERE with material supporting it HERE and HERE and HERE. Should be enough for reasonable people.)

2)While the FTC staff recommended not filing an antitrust case against Google for its search engine business, it uncovered evidence that Google promoted its own search results and demoted those of its rivals. Google “adopted a strategy of demoting or refusing to display, links to certain vertical websites in highly commercial categories.” (Read Original – p28)

3)FTC staff concluded that Google’s conduct harmed consumers and competitors. “Staff concludes that Google’s conduct has resulted – and will result – in real harm to consumers and to innovation…” (Read Original -p116)

4) In a footnote to its report, the FTC staff detailed precisely how Google promoted its own search results over rivals. “Although Google originally sought to demote all comparison shopping websites, after Google raters provided negative feedback to such a widespread demotion, Google implemented the current iteration of its so-called ‘diversity’ algorithm.” (Read Original – p132)

In this footnote, the FTC staff quotes Google’s top economist, Hal Varian, saying that its market share was being underestimated. He added that the artificially low market share estimate could help Google steer clear of antitrust regulators. “From an antitrust perspective, I’m happy to see them underestimate our share.” (Read Original – p144)

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