The Rise of the Automagicians

by John Steppling edited by O Society August 29, 2019 “In the case of both Big Tech and governmental surveillance agencies, undergirding a commitment to the inevitable and imminent time after-Earth is the appeal of science fiction aesthetics, concepts and projects, all aimed toward the new goal of having new places and opportunities to conquer, colonize … Continue reading The Rise of the Automagicians

Vicious Cycle: The Pentagon Creates Tech Giants and Then Buys their Services

by TJ Coles CounterPunch edited by O Society May 22, 2019 The US Department of Defense’s bloated budget, along with CIA venture capital, helped to create tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and PayPal. The government then contracts those companies to help its military and intelligence operations. In doing so, it makes the tech giants … Continue reading Vicious Cycle: The Pentagon Creates Tech Giants and Then Buys their Services

Surveillance Capitalism Is Destroying Our Freedom and Our Intimacy

Surveillance capitalism is doing to human nature what industrial capitalism has done to our planet. LAUREN WALKER / TRUTHOUT by Eve Ottenberg Truthout edited by O Society April 12, 2019 For Google, Facebook, Twitter and their ilk, ad revenues are sacred. As Shoshana Zuboff observes in her new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, users are not tech companies’ … Continue reading Surveillance Capitalism Is Destroying Our Freedom and Our Intimacy

How Big Tech Built the Iron Cage

Shoshana Zuboff’s “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” explains how Big Tech came to dominate our lives. written by Alex Ross  New Yorker edited by O Society April 9, 2019 A decade ago, the residents of the English village of Broughton, in Buckinghamshire, formed a human chain to block an intruder. A car with a camera … Continue reading How Big Tech Built the Iron Cage

The Panopticon Perplex – Waking up Watched and Behaviorally Modified in Surveillance Society

https://youtu.be/OMOGaugKpzs Every breath you take Every move you make Every bond you break Every step you take Every single day Every word you say I'll be watching you. ~ The Police by James Heddle Ecological Options Network Reader Supported News Feb 8, 2019 Digital Domination Back in the 1780’s British social theorist Jeremy Bentham and his entrepreneur … Continue reading The Panopticon Perplex – Waking up Watched and Behaviorally Modified in Surveillance Society

How a Neoconservative “Fact Checker” Called NewsGuard is Set to Insert Itself into Everything

As Newsguard’s project advances, it may soon become impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site’s ranking systems on any technological device sold in the United States. by Whitney Webb MintPress News Jan 11, 2019 Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie … Continue reading How a Neoconservative “Fact Checker” Called NewsGuard is Set to Insert Itself into Everything

Power Lies in the Coding at Tech Firms

Power lies with those who control technology, not necessarily those who own it. As technological advances begin to integrate into our everyday lives at an exponential and almost seamless rate, how will our system of politics respond? In this excerpt of Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, Jamie Susskind attempts to … Continue reading Power Lies in the Coding at Tech Firms