Bigger Brother

by Tim Wu edited by O Society March 20, 2020 In the 1970s, when Shoshana Zuboff was a graduate student in Harvard’s psychology department, she met the behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner. Skinner, who had perhaps the largest forehead you’ll ever see on an adult, is best remembered for putting pigeons in boxes (so-called Skinner boxes) and inducing … Continue reading Bigger Brother

Your online activity is now effectively a virtual social ‘credit score’

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes a photo op in the outback with massive anthropogenic fire victims by Violet Blue edited by O Society Jan 19, 2020 Kaylen Ward's Twitter fundraiser for the Australian bushfire relief ended. The Los Angeles-based model says she raised $1 million (by comparison Jeff Bezos donated $690,000). At the start of Ms. … Continue reading Your online activity is now effectively a virtual social ‘credit score’

How the CIA Made Google (part 2)

by Nafeez Ahmed edited by O Society Jan 17, 2020 Google captures the Pentagon In 2003, Google began customizing its search engine under special contract with the CIA for its Intelink Management Office, “overseeing top-secret, secret and sensitive but unclassified intranets for CIA and other IC agencies,” according to Homeland Security Today. That year, CIA … Continue reading How the CIA Made Google (part 2)

How the CIA Made Google (part 1)

Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet by Nafeez Ahmed edited by O Society Jan 16, 2020 In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, western governments move fast to legitimize expanded powers of mass surveillance and controls on the internet, all in the name of fighting terrorism. US … Continue reading How the CIA Made Google (part 1)

Dopamine Fast

https://youtu.be/vl-44jDYDJQ by O Society November 29, 2019 When I first heard "Dopamine Fast," I figured they're finally giving people an IV and a pole to wheel it around behind you where ever you go. Get rid of your phone, skip the middleman, and get yer Dope fast, faster, fastest - Thanks for playing! Seems what's … Continue reading Dopamine Fast

“Be Water, My Friend:” 7 Tactics to Win Our Democracy Revolution

78 Nothing in the world is soft and weak as water. But when attacking the hard and strong Nothing can conquer so easily.  Weak overcomes strong, soft overcomes hard. Everyone knows this, no one attains it. Therefore the Sage says: Accept a country's filth And become master of its sacred soil. Accepts country's ill fortune … Continue reading “Be Water, My Friend:” 7 Tactics to Win Our Democracy Revolution

Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids

https://youtu.be/YR5ApYxkU-U by Lois Beckett in Oakland edited by O Society October 25, 2019 For Adam Jasinski, a technology director for a school district outside of St Louis, Missouri, monitoring student emails used to be a time-consuming job. Jasinski used to do keyword searches of the official school email accounts for the district’s 2,600 students, looking … Continue reading Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids