Amazon-CIA Partnership Critics Launch Ad Campaign, Includes Billboard In Front Of Amazon HQ

By: Friday October 31, 2014 7:48 am

  Amazon’s $600 million contract with the CIA related to cloud computing services has caused alarm throughout the civil liberties community. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed raising concern that the CIA could be using its access to Amazon’s massive data to conduct intelligence work rather than simply storing data. In light [...]

Silicon Valley Makes Another Attempt To Dodge Taxes With G20

By: Monday January 20, 2014 8:29 am

Silicon Valley likes to present itself as some hub of boot strapping entrepreneurs, nothing could be further from the truth. The entire economy is built on government subsidies and protection. As Steve Blank notes in his famous presentation The Secret History of Silicon Valley the place would not even exist without the Department of Defense [...]

CIA: We ‘Try To Collect Everything And Hang On To It Forever’

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 5:48 am

Ira “Gus” Hunt, the CIA’s Chief Technology Officer, gave a revealing presentation at GigaOM’s Structure: Data conference where he outlined the CIA’s approach to collecting data from the public. The approach as outlined is a recipe for a police state. “The value of any piece of information is only known when you can connect it [...]

Mike Daisey, Apple, and Why Inquiry of Factory Conditions Everywhere Matters

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 12:18 pm

We’re finally getting over the hoopla of the This American Life retraction of Mike Daisey’s Apple claims, which has led to a new emerging trend that wouldn’t be possible without the false claims Daisey made. I think Daisey did significant damage to raising awareness on labor standards around the world, particularly in China, for political [...]

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