September 07, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: What Zuckerberg won’t tell you about privacy

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Elon Musk says he’s worried about artificial intelligence, known as AI. He says it’s more dangerous than North Korea. 

Yeah, I’m not worried about violent robots who might kill us; I’m worried about what AI is already doing in our personal lives, peacefully.

Have you heard of Google Home, or the Amazon Echo? These are computer devices you put in your home, that are always listening to you. The ads for the Amazon Echo condition you to accept this invasion of privacy, in the name of fun and convenience.

Hey, you know who knows a lot about the Internet and privacy? Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.

He knows how to collect information about you. That’s how he and other Silicon Valley giants make their money: by selling your information to advertisers.

But did you know that, on Zuckerberg’s personal laptop, he tapes over his webcam and microphone?

So does former FBI director James Comey.

Gee, it’s almost like the deep state is listening in to you, even without a Google Home or an Amazon Echo…

I’ll tell you more about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook you might not have heard before.

But even those details are things he and the company admit to, even joke about.

What are they doing secretly?

And how long until Amazon Echo or Google Home hears you saying something politically unacceptable and maybe blocks you from websites or puts e-mails from “right wing” groups into your spam folder “by accident.”

How long until Uber doesn’t send you a car? Or your driverless car won’t take you to, say, a Trump rally?

Two years ago, Google’s senior executive talked about “a spell-check but for hate.” Something that would literally correct you if you had the wrong feelings.

Google fired its own employee and humiliated him internationally for the sin of writing a memo pointing out the lack of political diversity in the company.

Now imagine how they plan to treat you.

Because to them you're not a customer or a client, let alone an employee.

You're a product.

You are what’s for sale.

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commented 2017-09-09 12:52:14 -0400
These devices are creepy, invasive and controlling and it’s all with the consumer’s consent which is even more creepy and deranged. Smart phones must be subliminally brainwashing people into accepting whatever it tells them to do, like buying these invasive devices. I’m sure “they” have far worse in store at the next levels of control to the point where everyone will be a prisoner and/or must “do as they are told” or be destroyed.
commented 2017-09-08 22:04:52 -0400
They’ve been tapped into us for years. Ever since Obama sold us out to the UN last Oct they are on the fast track to destroy the internet.
commented 2017-09-08 19:41:06 -0400
Is this life imitating art or art imitating life?
Consider the whole euthanasia/assisted suicide subject. The more people eliminated, the greater control over humans. Expiry dates may become a reality.
commented 2017-09-08 17:38:30 -0400
I am 45. I got my first video game console at 10. Atari. My first computer in 1991. MY dad was an electrician so to him new tech was cool. It gave me the opportunity to grow up with tech and use it before most. I got my first cell phone in the late 90’s. I am a Tech Baby. Any new trend on the “puter” I took part of. Most do not exist today. I participated in everything they through at me like a sheep. I started to feel it taking priority.

I was a traveler, Been back and forth across this great country and I had thousands of pics with captions to prove it. It started to take over, I was no longer taking pics to show the amazing things I was doing, But taking stupid pics that would create the best headlines. Then came Twitter.

It was time to draw a line and take back my life. Twitter was the last straw, So I started cutting back. I never made a twitter account, and started to cut back on my social media. I seen the intrusion of my life and decided my friends did not need to see what I had for dinner or where I went for new shoes. People are slowly giving away there lives to feed the beast. I quit facebook, MSN or anything else that enslaves me to the idiot box. We have been conditioned long before Alexa, and it will only get worse. I do not know the end game, But it does not look good.
commented 2017-09-08 16:58:54 -0400
Apparently “Smart TV’s” have the ability to listen to and transmit your conversations out over your ISP. Might be the reason Shaw Communications kept refusing to dump my TV cable in favour of only internet. I have parted ways with Shaw for another ISP that would ONLY provide internet and disconnected any Shaw Cables at my home. Even if there is one I missed, I do not own a Smart TV anyways. Mine is old school LCD, purchased for the variety of connections such as RCA jacks etc. I notice that Shaw is now aggressively promoting “Voice Activated Television”. Hmmm. What could that possibly entail other than the obvious listening device? Truth can be stranger than fiction.
commented 2017-09-08 16:52:00 -0400
Ezra!
You’re comin’ out swingin’!
Yee Haw!

Zuckerberg and weird goes together like stink and a fresh turd!
Just start by looking at those weird alien eyes of his…or reptilian, or whatever.

I shut my mic and camera off on my lap-top and later taped the camera, but I figured since everybody was forced to buy a new TV in 2009 (analog to digital) and likely those TVs have the capacity to pick up and send sound and pictures…like many new so-called smart appliances – so I took the tape off and regularly threaten the mook watching and listening on the other end, whomever they are…the silver lining in that cloud is, it acts as a great vent for all the frustration and rage building up over the realization of being an oppressed slave…and not knowing it.
Believe me this sounded much crazier eight years ago…not so much now!
And then there’s this:
https://www.theverge.com/2017/2/2/14488608/4k-tv-broadcasts-ajit-pai-atsc-3-hdr
commented 2017-09-08 14:05:32 -0400
Well Ezra,
You’re about 15 years behind but you have finally AWAKEN.
Glad to hear it.
commented 2017-09-08 12:06:56 -0400
I’d like to allay some fears so that everyone can be involved in the direction of society with all modern advantages. Google Home, Amazon Echo and your cellphone do some voice recognition on device. That means they transmit to the respective services (cloud/matrix) only when recognizing the wake keyword. On Echo for example, your recording is transmitted only if the lights turn blue on the device when you say “Alexa”. The device listens to you all the time (unless you turn off the mic) but Amazon doesn’t. Amazon doesn’t know your home drama unless it can deduce it somehow from your explicit requests. I don’t own Echo nor have stock in Amazon.

I know companies love to collect data. But you have to give it to them voluntarily. The fallout if it is discovered they listen to you without consent can destroy them – and it will always be discovered. It’s prudent to cover your webcam on the laptop because so many computers/connected devices are being hacked.

Isn’t it better that you use social platforms to share your viewpoints with the world rather than hide off the grid? If a political social platform doesn’t like your data it will just ban you anyway. I understand not wanting to be physically targeted by some Internet crazies, or even a government agency. You have a digital footprint online. Just be responsible about the data you put out there if you want to contribute, the same way you’d be if you were standing in-front of a crowd.
commented 2017-09-08 09:36:18 -0400
Further to this, I’d like to add that I was speaking to an engineer recently, and he told me that our appliances in our home already communicate with each other. And he also told me that even woven in the fabric of our clothing is the ability to track us. We used to laugh about big brother when we were younger, but I certainly don’t laugh about it anymore. It’s creepy thinking and knowing that the walls really do have ears!
commented 2017-09-08 09:16:25 -0400
Exactly. The more you program AI, the more it can learn about you and your habits and beliefs, which is a scary thought-as if we don’t have enough to be scared about now.

Amazon Echo and Google Home, you can go to the scrap heap-but not before I cannibalize you for spare electric parts.
commented 2017-09-08 01:23:45 -0400
Liza Rosie too many people are too smitten with laziness to care.

William Elder this may actually be a good thing as it will weaken those who are already thinking challenged.
commented 2017-09-08 01:22:02 -0400
The real threat is from people letting something else think for them. Your mind needs exercise like your muscles do.
commented 2017-09-07 22:34:29 -0400
It is all becoming so intrusive. I cannot imagine people opting for more intrusion by getting Alexa or the other AI system for their houses. It’s pretty creepy all right, and Tammie you are right about Zuckerberg. My phone lives in a drawer under a pile of socks. My monitor has been taped up for years.

Geoff Meek are you sure, isn’t there somewhere in the settings where you can shut off the microphone? My phone recorded me cursing at an article I was reading, I am not sure how, I may have done it without knowing or it was set that way when I bought it. I can’t remember where exactly but somewhere in the settings I ‘think’ I shut it off. There is a place in there somewhere where you can listen to all recordings, that’s how i learned it had caught me cursing! However it still lives in a drawer under a pile of socks when I am not using it.
commented 2017-09-07 22:18:36 -0400
A good cure for AI enslavement is to go off grid. There’s the hook – essentially you enslave yourself by dependence on AI.AI will never rival human reason or our capacity to find solutions through abstract thought..
commented 2017-09-07 22:15:01 -0400
Pure coincidence, today, journalists on the radio talked about self-driving cars, which they said, will know your race, age, religion, identity, etc. In case of an imminent accident, how do you think the car will react if you are an older person, or a sick person and the AI has to make a choice and sacrifice someone or something for a better politically correct choice. I refuse to be on Facebook and Twitter and will never buy those Amazon echo. However, I found out that Facebook follows me everywhere on the web and I can’t stop it. This is total infringement on our lives and freedom.
commented 2017-09-07 22:14:01 -0400
I’ve never been able to bring myself to even watch the movie about Zuckerberg. Nor the Matrix.
This is a very scary thought.
But you know, if Mark feels he’s a lizard, then he is a lizard. God? He doesn’t think he’s God, he thinks he’s better than God.
commented 2017-09-07 22:07:04 -0400
I am no longer on face book.
commented 2017-09-07 22:04:31 -0400
Good show, Ezra. Something people need to be aware of.
commented 2017-09-07 20:10:20 -0400
My cell phone is voice activated. It doesn’t seem you can turn it off. Scary.
commented 2017-09-07 18:43:45 -0400
I have never and will never participate in social media. That term ‘social’ struck me as Orwellian when was applied to media. Clicking like is data to be used.

Realistically, even posting under a pseudonym on a web-site like Rebel is no privacy protection, because you register under an e-mail, and even having an e-mail under a pseudonym is no protection. All is cross referenced, such is the glory of data.

There is also on line purchasing, banking and enquiries, which includes using ATMs and debit cards at a store. Data. Even the anti-virus,worm,spy- ware requires personal information. Data.

So, yes, the identity of the little old mongrel writing this post is known to those curious enough about who supports Rebel. Data.