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A Digital Observatory...

Spain sets up an internet censorship system in the name of monitoring 'fake news'


Link Here11th December 2020
Full story: Internet Censorship in Spain...Age verification debated in Parliament
More details have emerged on the censorship apparatus operated by Spain's Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government. A new cyber-monitoring tool, known as ELISA, has been rolled out across the country, which will scour the internet for supposed instances of disinformation and report them to Spain's central government for further action.

ELISA began by monitoring only a few dozen web pages. However, its surveillance operation has now expanded to around 350 sites. It has been described as a Digital Observatory, designed to facilitate the monitoring of open sources, as well as the profiling of media and social networks.

To avoid any judicial oversight, ELISA will supposedly only monitor open source data, rather than private communications. It will nonetheless mine vast quantities of information on online sources, social media usage, news platforms and other internet content.

ELISA's development and implementation is the latest in a series of internet-monitoring and censorship measures recently made public in Spain.  Revelations about the CCN's ELISA tool come hot on the heels of a new protocol, the Procedure for Intervention against Disinformation. It allows the state to monitor and suppress internet content, under the pretext of combatting fake news and disinformation.

This gives the Spanish government full decision-making power to determine what is or is not fake news, and makes legal provision for constant state surveillance of social media platforms and the media more broadly to detect disinformation and formulate a political response.

 

 

Censorship chit chat...

The EU's anti-terrorist coordinator calls for the censorship of in-game chat


Link Here30th November 2020
The EU's anti-terrorist coordinator Gilles de Kerchove, is urging the censorship of internet game chat lest it could be used to propagate extremist ideologies and even prepare attacks.

The official commented ahead of a proposed Digital Services Act that aims to address US dominance of the internet and to propose censorship measures targeting speech that the EU does not like. De Kerchove commented:

I'm not saying that all the gaming sector is a problem. There are two billion people playing online, and that's all very well ...BUT... you have extreme-right groups in Germany that have come up with games where the aim is to shoot Arabs, or (George) Soros, or Mrs Merkel for her migration policy, etc.

That can be an alternative way to spread ideology, especially of the extreme right but not only them, a way to launder money -- there are currencies created in games that can be exchanged for legal tender

He also suggested the Digital Services Act include a provision forcing providers of encrypted communication to give police and prosecutors unencrypted versions of the messages sent on their services when ordered to do so by a judge.

 

 

Seeking those to lock up in lock down...

Local councils sift through all their personal data to seek out covid dissenters and those in need of support


Link Here28th November 2020
Town halls are harvesting millions of highly personal details about residents using Covid software, the Daily Mail has revealed.

A private firm Xantura has signed lucrative deals with local authorities to garner the data which can be used to identify people in need of support or else predict who is likely to break lockdown.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, a joint partner with Xantura in the scheme, said OneView aimed to build on Operation Shield, which identified 1.5million individuals at high risk of Covid.

The information is culled from council records and includes family debt levels, living arrangements, income, school absences and exclusions. It is fed into a profiling system called Covid OneView to create a risk analysis for households and individuals who are believed to be vulnerable.

Town halls say the aim is to help identify those most at risk from coronavirus. But a council presented slides at a video conference last month showing the information could be used to predict who might break isolation rules.

The Daily Mail investigation found that the information Covid OneView can gather included notes on: Unfaithful and unsafe sex, emotional health and wellbeing, sleep issues and dangerous pets Anger management issues and socially unacceptable behaviour Financial details, including debt, low income and tax arrears School attendance, low school commitment and free school meals

Jake Hurfurt of Big Brother Watch, a privacy campaigning group, said:

This underlines the shift toward mass surveillance and data harvesting that has been triggered by the pandemic. It's scandalous that councils are using huge amounts of personal information and experimental algorithms to assign people 'risk scores and predictions behind closed doors. People have a right to know how their data is used and how decisions are made about their lives.'

 

 

 

 

Offsite Article: Oppressive CCTV...


Link Here21st November 2020
Full story: Facial Recognition...An end to privacy and anonymity
Video Analytics User Manuals Are a Guide to Dystopia. By Dave Maass and Matthew Guariglia

See article from eff.org


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