Media Articles from 2018
WikiLeaks Exposes How Council on Foreign Relations Controls Most All Mainstream Media
By Matt Agorist
Posted March 14, 2018
It is no secret that over the last 4 decades, mainstream media has been consolidated from dozens of competing companies to only six. Hundreds of channels, websites, news outlets, newspapers, and magazines, making up ninety percent of all media is controlled by very few people—giving Americans the illusion of choice.
While six companies controlling most everything the Western world consumes in regard to media may sound like a sinister arrangement, the Swiss Propaganda Research center (SPR) has just released information that is even worse.
The research group was able to tie all these media companies to a single organization—the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). More…
Stop SESTA/FOSTA: Don’t Let Congress Censor the Internet
By Elliot Harmon
Posted March 13, 2018
The U.S. Senate is about to vote on a bill that would be disastrous for online speech and communities.
The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865) might sound appealing, but it would do nothing to fight sex traffickers. What it would do is silence a lot of legitimate speech online, shutting some voices out of online spaces.
This dangerous bill has already passed the House of Representatives, and it’s expected to come up for a Senate vote in the next few days. If you care about preserving the Internet as a place where everyone can gather, learn, and share ideas—even controversial ones—it’s time to call your senators. More…
Our politicians just keep coming at us with an alphabet soup of laws trying to censor and change the Internet as we know it. We sucessfully defeated CISPA, SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA, and now we have SESTA and FOSTA. All in the name of protecting people of course. How clever they are with their language and naming of the bill in order to obfuscate the real intent. It seems that they keep trying and trying in the hope that eventually one of them will stick. Get to know how “your” elected officials vote on these and remember them in the next election.
Thought Police for the 21st Century
by Chris Hedges
Posted March 10, 2018
The abolition of net neutrality and the use of algorithms by Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter to divert readers and viewers from progressive, left-wing and anti-war sites, along with demonizing as foreign agents the journalists who expose the crimes of corporate capitalism and imperialism, have given the corporate state the power to destroy freedom of speech. Any state that accrues this kind of power will use it.
While the Internet has brought about a revolution in people’s ability to educate themselves and others, the resulting democratic phenomena has shaken existing establishments to their core. Google, Facebook and their Chinese equivalents, who are socially, logistically and financially integrated with existing elites, have moved to re-establish discourse control. This is not simply a corrective action. Undetectable mass social influence powered by artificial intelligence is an existential threat to humanity. While still in its infancy, the trends are clear and of a geometric nature. The phenomena differs in traditional attempts to shape cultural and political phenomena by operating at scale, speed and increasingly at a subtlety that eclipses human capacities. More…
New documents reveal FBI paid Geek Squad repair staff as informants
By Zack Whittaker
Posted March 9, 2018
The relationship between the FBI and employees of Best Buy’s computer and device repair unit Geek Squad is more complex than first thought, according to newly released documents.
Records posted Tuesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation following a freedom of information lawsuit filed last year reveal that federal agents would pay Geek Squad managers who pass on information about illegal materials on devices sent in by customers for repairs.
The relationship goes back at least ten years, according to documents released as a result of the lawsuit.
The aim of the FBI’s Louisville division was to maintain a “close liaison” with Geek Squad management to “glean case initiations and to support the division’s Computer Intrusion and Cyber Crime programs,” the documents say. More…
Rural Broadband-Boosting Bills Would Enshrine Towns’ Rights to Build Their Own Internet
by Kaleigh Rogers
Posted March 3, 2018
Run like a utility, municipal networks allow for community control, high speeds and, because the local government isn’t out to turn a profit, more affordable options. But multiple states, egged on by Big Telecom, have enacted legislation to try to prevent towns from building their own internet. The CBA, which has been introduced before but never gained much traction, would restore town’s rights by prohibiting lower levels of government from blocking municipal networks.
Big telecom companies see municipal networks as a threat (perhaps because they actually provide affordable internet) and will be no fans of this kind of legislation. As one of the most powerful lobbies on the hill, it will be important to watch who stands up for this legislation and who stays quiet. More…
Yet Another Senseless Mass Killing: Women and Children Among 25 Dead
by Carey Wedler
Posted March 3, 2018
This week, 25 people were slaughtered in yet another mass killing, and half of those deaths were women and children.
But you won’t see these murders broadcast relentlessly on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, nor discussed at length in social media threads. That’s because the U.S. military committed them in their crusade against the Islamic State’s “last enclave on the Euphrates in Syria,” Reuters reported Monday.
It is for this reason that many Americans will dismiss comparisons between this type of mass killing and school shootings and other domestic mass atrocities. Their grossly overfunded (yet somehow financially irresponsible) military is fighting the good fight. If some innocent people have to die in the process Americans can feel safe in their homes and shopping malls, so be it. More…
Julian Assange Addresses Public Concerns Regarding Riseup Canary Statement
by William Craddick
Posted March 2, 2018
Historically, canaries have been famously used in mines as a way to warn miners when oxygen levels are dangerously low. In the modern world, a “canary” is a method that programmers have devised as a way to get around legislation that allows intelligence and regulatory agencies to legally silence private individuals and organizations. Programmers and IT workers love metaphors. The main screen of one’s computer is called a “desktop” when it is clearly not, the device one uses as a pointer on a computer is known as a “mouse” when it is clearly not a rodent. A “canary” is no different and merely serves as a metaphoric way to describe how the entity functions.
Before explaining exactly how a canary works, it is necessary to explain why they are needed at all. In the United States, the canary was developed in response to the actions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which was founded under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). The Court has greatly expanded the power and control of U.S. intelligence agencies and has been accused by the New York Times of becoming “a parallel Supreme Court.” The FISC is generally what activists and whistleblowers refer to when talking about “secret courts” in the United States. More…
Assange Keeps Warning Of AI Censorship, And It’s Time We Started Listening
by Caitlin Johnstone
Posted March 1, 2018
Throughout the near entirety of human history, a population’s understanding of what’s going on in the world has been controlled by those in power. The men in charge controlled what the people were told about rival populations, the history of their tribe and its leadership, etc. When the written word was invented, men in charge dictated what books were permitted to be written and circulated, what ideas were allowed, what narratives the public would be granted access to.
This continued straight on into modern times. Where power is not overtly totalitarian, wealthy elites have bought up all media, first in print, then radio, then television, and used it to advance narratives that are favorable to their interests. Not until humanity gained widespread access to the internet has our species had the ability to freely and easily share ideas and information on a large scale without regulation by the iron-fisted grip of power. More…
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