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  • Amazon Sidewalk - "Sharing" your network bandwidth with the neighbors

    11/24/2020 9:38:43 AM PST · by rxsid · 66 replies ^ | 11.24.2020 | Amazon
    Frequently asked questionsWhat is Amazon Sidewalk? Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that helps devices work better. Operated by Amazon at no charge to customers, Sidewalk can help simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices, and help devices stay online even if they are outside the range of their home wifi. In the future, Sidewalk will support a range of experiences from using Sidewalk-enabled devices to help find pets or valuables, to smart security and lighting, to diagnostics for appliances and tools. "Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network, coming later this year, that helps devices like...
  • Postal Service Photographs Every Piece of Mail in the U.S., Shares With Agencies That Request It

    11/12/2020 8:16:21 AM PST · by Marcell · 34 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10-28-2014 | Lauren Walker
    The USPS uses a program called Mail Imaging, which takes a photograph of the outside of every piece of mail sent in the U.S. While the primary purpose of taking the pictures is to process the mail, law enforcement agencies are able to request images of mail sent and received by a target they are investigating.
  • Future Forward USA Action TV Commercial, 'Voting Record'

    10/31/2020 12:06:11 AM PDT · by \/\/ayne · 3 replies ^ | 2020 | Future Forward USA Action
    Future Forward USA Action wants you to know that who you vote for may be a secret, but whether or not you voted is public information, so your friends, family and community will know if you voted in this election. You're encouraged to vote on or by November 3.
  • Will Conservatives Finally Awaken to the Big Tech Threat?

    10/16/2020 5:51:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | October 16, 2020 | Josh Hammer
    As the American right continues to sort through its identity crisis, four years after the earth-shattering election of a heterodox Republican Party presidential standard-bearer, battle lines are hardening on the issue of Big Tech's hectoring censorship and its monopolistic corporate misbehavior. The increasing brazenness with which the various Big Tech behemoths distort their search algorithms to hide conservative viewpoints, undermine conservatives through "shadow banning" and weaponize the sanctimonious and self-serving "fact-checking" cottage industry to suppress conservative voices has long been clear to those of us who, to use the parlance of the day, are "very online." The 2017 dismissal of...
  • How Much Does the Government Know About You?

    10/06/2020 5:11:15 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6 Oct, 2020 | Larry Alton
    If you think instances of government surveillance are isolated, you need to think again. It’s not a matter of if your online and offline activities are being tracked, it’s just a matter of when. And while you only have so much control over this fact, educating yourself can help you make wiser and more informed decisions. American Concerns Over Privacy If you feel like Big Brother is watching, you aren’t alone. It’s no longer just crazy old guys in tinfoil hats that are convinced the government is tracking and analyzing their every move. Thanks to recent developments and discoveries over...
  • Lessons on COVID and Logic from Sweden

    09/12/2020 12:51:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | September 11, 2020 | Greg Maresca
    Lessons on COVID and Logic from Sweden It was one of those stories that should have headlined across our fruited plain, but in this age of COVID-19 and Trump Derangement Syndrome, it wouldn’t suit the narrative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their website regarding COVID-19’s deaths and the numbers have been greatly reduced of those who died strictly from the virus. “For 6 percent of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned,” the CDC’s latest report revealed. “For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per...
  • Kamala Harris: Mask Mandate Not About "Big Brother," It Is Making A "Sacrifice For The Collective"

    09/07/2020 9:16:57 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 117 replies
    RCP video ^ | 9-7-2020 | Tim Hains
    ... Kamala Harris strongly rebuked President Donald Trump for politicizing the issue of wearing a pandemic mask during an interview Sunday with CNN's Dana Bash. Harris, minutes earlier in the same interview, said she would be skeptical of a coronavirus vaccine distributed by the Trump administration but said a big part of the problem with pandemic response " is that we have a president of the United States who made this a partisan issue and made it a political issue." BASH: Would a Biden/Harris administration support a federal mask mandate? HARRIS: So it's about a national standard. Everyone should wear...
  • Michigan College Will Digitally Track Students’ Movements At All Times

    08/18/2020 6:12:47 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 37 replies
    freebeacon ^ | AUGUST 17, 2020 | Chrissy Clark
    A Michigan college is requiring students to download a phone application that tracks their location and private health data at all times in an attempt to protect them from the coronavirus. Albion College, located in Albion, Mich., is one of the first schools in the country to tackle contact tracing. The school is working to create a "COVID-bubble" on campus, and asking students stay within the school's 4.5-mile perimeter for the entire semester; if a student leaves campus, the app will notify the administration, and the student could be temporarily suspended. The move comes as universities grapple with how to...
  • Scientists Say Lithium Should Be Added to Drinking Water to Prevent Suicides

    08/11/2020 3:19:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 82 replies
    Vice ^ | Max Daly
    Part funded by King’s College London, the study is a meta-analysis of three decades of research in Austria, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, UK, Japan and USA. It concludes that lithium’s “protective” abilities could be further tested by “randomised community trials of lithium supplementation of the water supply” in communities with high prevalence of mental health conditions and risk of suicide. Deliberately lacing the water supply with a mind-altering chemical in some zones might seem like something out of a science fiction novel [duh], but the authors of the report...think it’s an idea worth experimenting. You cannot blame scientists for thinking outside...
  • Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you.

    08/01/2020 3:37:29 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 55 replies
    Chron ^ | 07/31/2020
    Operating in the shadows of the online marketplace, specialized tech companies you've likely never heard of are tapping vast troves of our personal data to generate secret "surveillance scores" - digital mug shots of millions of Americans - that supposedly predict our future behavior. The firms sell their scoring services to major businesses across the U.S. economy. People with low scores can suffer harsh consequences. CoreLogic and TransUnion say that scores they peddle to landlords can predict whether a potential tenant will pay the rent on time, be able to "absorb rent increases," or break a lease. Large employers use...
  • City Board Ends Partnership with Christian Church Over Pastor ‘Liking’ Conservative Memes

    07/19/2020 5:59:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/16/20 | Martin Burger
    Senior pastor Chris Hodges had liked tweets by Turning Point USA founder and president Charlie Kirk.BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Local government authorities ended a partnership with a Christian church in Alabama offering outreach programs at public housing communities after a senior pastor was criticized online for liking several conservative-based memes. The church also was banned from leasing public high schools for its worship services. According to a report by, senior pastor Chris Hodges was first denounced by high school English teacher Jasmine Faith Clisby, who pointed out on Facebook that “Hodges, founder of the Church of...
  • Ohio county starts hotline to report people not wearing masks

    07/11/2020 3:52:39 PM PDT · by lightman · 127 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 11 July A.D.2020 | Courtney Astolfi
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County’s enforcement of Gov. Mike DeWine’s mask order will largely rely upon complaints filed by the public, rather than proactive policing, County Executive Armond Budish announced Friday. Individuals who see others failing to abide by the mask requirement should call in complaints to the county’s new hotline at 216-698-5050, or file complaints online at County workers will then contact the subject of the complaints — either individuals or businesses — to let them know a complaint has been filed, Budish said. Complaints also will be forwarded to the Board of Health, and the relevant city...
  • TikTok Teens Are 'Going to War' Against the Trump Campaign After Republicans Call to Ban the App

    07/10/2020 7:22:41 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 59 replies
    TikTok fans are retaliating for Trump’s threats of banning the app, which is owned by China’s Bytedance Ltd. and is hugely popular in the U.S., especially among teens. The thought of taking away a key social and entertainment hub in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to outrage. “For Gen Z and Millennials, TikTok is our clubhouse and Trump threatened it,” said Yori Blacc, a 19-year-old TikTok user in California who joined in the app protest. “If you’re going to mess with us, we will mess with you.” Blacc said the movement gained steam Wednesday when a popular...
  • 'Forced' vaccinations will control your life, warns religious-liberty group

    06/08/2020 8:27:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 6/7/2020 | WND staff
    Planned programs for mass vaccinations to combat the coronavirus pandemic may appear to be voluntary, but they will determine where people are allowed to travel and shop and even whether or not they can leave their homes, warns the religious-liberty legal group Liberty Counsel. "Before being allowed into any building, including offices, grocery stores and even pharmacies, users must display their COVID app status to officials or their deputies monitoring the doors," Liberty Counsel says. Billionaire Bill Gates is "touring the world" promoting the idea of a "digital health certificate," which the European Union already is considering.
  • Second City Cop gone? (no new posts, comments aren't accepted)

    06/04/2020 6:38:58 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    here ^ | 6-4-20 | me
    no comments allowed? Or is this some sort "sign up for google" thing?
  • Arizona sues Google over tracking user location data without consent

    05/28/2020 10:24:39 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 28, 2020 | Alex Swoyer
    Arizona sued Google this week, alleging the big tech company engaged in deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain users’ location data for advertising purposes in order to gain a profit. The 50-page complaint alleges Google tracks the location of its users even if the consumer had disabled the tracker. After a roughly two-year probe, Arizona says Google also makes it confusing and increasingly difficult for a consumer to opt-out of the tracking and information collection. “While Google users are led to believe they can opt-out of location tracking, the company exploits other avenues to invade personal privacy,” Arizona Attorney...
  • Tens of thousands of Americans apply for contact tracing jobs: 5 things to know

    05/19/2020 10:29:42 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 27 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | May 19, 2020 | Kelly Gooch
    As the U.S. aims to reduce the spread of COVID-19, tens of thousands of Americans have applied for contact tracer roles to help track cases and exposure, according to The New York Times. Five things to know about these workers: 1. At least 11,142 contact tracers are working now in the U.S., according to a survey conducted in late April by NPR. The number may be higher since figures for all states in the late April survey have not been updated. 2. Estimates of how many contact tracers are needed nationwide range from 100,000 to 300,000, according to NPR and...
  • How to Disable COVID-19 Exposure Notifications in iOS 13.5

    05/21/2020 3:11:30 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 60 replies
    MacRumors ^ | 4/29/2020 | Juli Clover
    Apple in iOS 13.5 is introducing an exposure notification API designed to allow apps created by public health authorities worldwide to notify people who come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 about their exposure to the virus. Apple's Exposure Notification feature is privacy focused and shares no personally identifiable information or location data with the public health authorities creating the apps, but some users may want to opt out of the feature, which is enabled by default when upgrading to iOS 13.5. Apple in the iOS 13.5 update added a toggle to disable COVID-19 Exposure Notifications for those who...
  • Gretchen Whitmer: State Police ‘Monitoring All of the Conversations’ of Capitol Protesters

    05/14/2020 10:49:36 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 101 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 13,2020 | KYLE OLSON
    Michigan state police are “monitoring all of the conversations” of protesters planning to descend on the capitol Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told reporters. “I don’t know the group, I’ve not vetted the data, I can’t vouch for it,” she admitted. Whitmer was then asked if she “wants to see” the Michigan State Police ticket protesters who are violating social distancing orders. “I think the Michigan State Police is monitoring all of the conversations around this event tomorrow – that they are prepared and are working with the attorney general,” she said. She said they are prepared to ticket protesters “if...
  • Illinois hospital responds after video seen of nurse at crowded Wisconsin bar

    05/16/2020 5:38:34 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 77 replies
    WGN ^ | 14 May 2020 | Dana Rebik
    A hospital based in Illinois has responded after a video was seen of one of their nurses at a crowded Wisconsin bar after the state lifted their stay-at-home orders. Crowds of people, most without masks, packed bars in Wisconsin hours after the state’s supreme court knocked down their stay-at-home order. Among the revelers was a nurse with ties to a local health organization. I’d like to express my regret for not wearing a mask or practicing social dista...