Big Tech Shareholder Calls For Reports On Government Censorship Collusion

The National Legal and Policy Center (NPLC), a non-profit that is also a shareholder in Amazon, Alphabet, and Meta, says it is sponsoring proposals asking these corporations to look into the way free speech is suppressed on their platforms. According to an announcement from NPLC, what prompted this action are the Twitter Files revelations into the depth and breadth of the Big Tech/government collusion. The organization wants more transparency around the subject of removal of content at the behest of the US government and its agencies. The proposals will be sponsored as the three corporations hold their annual meetings between May 24 and June 2. We obtained a copy of the request to Meta for you here. NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project Director Paul Chesser explained the move by saying that the Twitter Files showed there was “an epidemic” of unconstitutional government censorship, with Big Tech as willing “enforcers.” That is why NPLC considers it vital and in the interest of both the shareholders and the country for the likes of Amazon, Alphabet, and Meta, to be transparent about which federal officials are coming up with requests to take down content – requests which Chesser suspects are not only “improper” but also likely illegal. This NPLC representative, who will be present at the three giants’ annual meetings to present the proposals, also noted that these corporations will be asked to reveal specifically what the government has asked them to censor. Amazon and Meta will be asked to itemize requests coming from…Big Tech Shareholder Calls For Reports On Government Censorship Collusion

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Dateline: Dubai, 25th May 2023.Visa have launched their “Visa+” service, initially through partners PayPal and Venmo, with the admirable aim of helping people to send money between different payment apps. The basic idea is to create a directory of unique addresses so that you can send money to (eg) dgwbirch without having to know whether dgwbirch is using this app or that app, this network or that network. Think how much easier life will be when you can just put a pay name on your business card so that anyone can send you money without having to know your routing code and account number or your Venmo handle or your Visa card number.SharePay NamesThis idea of using some kind of unique personal identifier to route payments (a “pay name”) is not new and there are different kinds of pay names out there now. I set up $dgwbirch on Square Cash, for example (although I’ve forgotten the password), and you can pay my invoices through if you want to, and if you want to donate to my favourite charity (the Dave Birch Holiday Home in the South of France Emergency Appeal Fund) then you can give generously to dgwbirch.eth rather than having to copy and paste a long and complicated Etherum address from somewhere.Subscribe nowSome instant payment systems already have identifiers rather than the routing codes and account numbers that we continue to use in the U.K. In Australia, you can send instant payments from your bank to an account…Pay @dgwbirch £10

Adobe Is Adding Generative AI Tools To Photoshop

I know it was coming and I’m still not sure how I feel. Adobe Has Added New A.I. Capabilities to Photoshop, Allowing Users to Edit Images Using Text Prompts Artists who use Photoshop have a new tool on their drop-down menus: artificial intelligence. Adobe yesterday introduced the A.I. capabilities of its six-week-old Firefly software into the photo-editing program, allowing users to use text prompts to edit existing images. The software is now in beta release.Brian Boucher, May 24, 2023, The post Adobe Is Adding Generative AI Tools To Photoshop appeared first on Mason Pelt.Adobe Is Adding Generative AI Tools To Photoshop

Ruling Against Meta May Signal How Companies Must Rethink Data Traceability and Storage

The design of platforms increasingly needs to be re-engineered from the ground up for the emergent requirements of different data protection regimes around the world, says David Carroll. Shutterstock The pressure valve on the free flow of data across borders hit the red zone this week, with the latest EU ruling and fine against Meta by the data protection regulator in Ireland. Indeed, the fine is large ($1.3 billion) but as we know by now, the sum is just the cost of doing business for such a large tech firm, and it is not the most interesting element of this story. Perhaps far more significant is what the company is being ordered to do in less than six months: to stop sending data on Facebook users from the EU to the US.  Stepping back from the specifics of this particular ruling, it’s also possible to regard this moment in time as about the convergence of larger forces and narratives that have shaped the way nations think about data protection and privacy. In one possible reading, this is the saga of three young men that are about the same age: Edward Snowden, Max Schrems, and Mark Zuckerberg. Each of their destinies intersect and clash in in various ways, and each are tied to why the free flow of data across the Atlantic to the United States is increasingly at risk:  Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor, revealed the gory details of how social media platforms like Facebook are hacked with ease by…Ruling Against Meta May Signal How Companies Must Rethink Data Traceability and Storage

TikTok Sues Montana After Statewide Ban

TikTok has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Montana over a recently passed law that would ban TikTok on all devices in the state. The lawsuit alleges that the law is a violation of the First Amendment and other freedoms. The suit also notes that national security, a concern that was cited in passing the law, is not under the purview of state governments. We obtained a copy of the complaint for you here. A similar lawsuit was filed by content creators last week. “We are challenging Montana’s unconstitutional TikTok ban to protect our business and the hundreds of thousands of TikTok users in Montana,” TikTok said in a statement. “We believe our legal challenge will prevail based on an exceedingly strong set of precedents and facts.” “The state has enacted these extraordinary and unprecedented measures based on nothing more than unfounded speculation.” Lawmakers have raised concerns about TikTok’s ownership by a Chinese company, ByteDance. Under Chinese law, companies may be compelled to hand over user data for reasons like national security. US legislators fear that the platform could be used to spy on or manipulate Americans, especially given that TikTok admitted that employees based in China have access to the user data of US users. To address some of the concerns, TikTok launched Project Texas, a partnership with Austin-based technology company Oracle to store US user data on servers in the US. The Biden administration is pushing for the company to sell TikTok to an American company…TikTok Sues Montana After Statewide Ban

China Has Told Parents To Report Their Children To The Police If They Use Telegram Or WhatsApp

Chinese authorities are encouraging parents to check their children’s devices for encrypted messaging services like Telegram, which facilitate the organization of protests. The government noted that the apps have “the ability to erase content immediately after reading, which facilitates the destruction of criminal evidence.” If they find these apps, parents have been encouraged to take their children to the nearest police station “to find out whether their children had engaged in crime.” “School and family education should play an important role in deterring juvenile crimes,” stated the police, in a statement to state media. Telegram, and other encrypted messaging apps, played a crucial role in the organizing of the protests against the country’s zero-Covid policy last year, some of the largest protests recorded in the country since the Tiananmen Square demonstrations of 1989. Telegram was also used by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong in 2019. Most foreign messaging and social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp are banned in China. While users can circumvent the ban using virtual private networks, the government routinely monitors the platforms for dissent and other crimes. The domestic equivalents, like WeChat and Weibo, are also highly monitored. The post China Has Told Parents To Report Their Children To The Police If They Use Telegram Or WhatsApp appeared first on Reclaim The Net.China Has Told Parents To Report Their Children To The Police If They Use Telegram Or WhatsApp

Christian Broadcasters Join Pushback Against California’s “Misinformation” Censorship Law

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) has announced that it has joined a lawsuit against a law in California, which its proponents say is aimed against online hate speech – but which is actually simple censorship. The NRB, an association of Christian communicators, in this way joined other plaintiffs – The Babylon Bee, Tim Pool, and Minds, Inc. – in a bid to block the implementation of the law, AB 587. Proposed by Democrat Jesse Gabriel and signed last September by California Governor Gavin Newsom, it mandates that companies behind social media platforms report what is deemed as hate speech, disinformation, radicalization, extremism, harassment and foreign political influence to the authorities, in this case, the California Attorney General. The law envisages fines of up to $15,000 per day for each violation for those who fail to comply. Opponents of the law include internet freedom groups as well as lobbyists for the companies the law refers to, but also the California Chamber of Commerce. In his comments following the announcement, NRB President and CEO Troy A. Miller said that the association’s members would be affected by the law thanks to the very nature of their reporting, namely, it being religious. In NRB’s opinion, some of its members would suffer censorship, while others would effectively become government agents complicit in undermining First Amendment protections – and these were the key reasons that prompted the non-profit to join the lawsuit. Miller remarked that expressing a religious viewpoint is nowadays in many cases treated as…Christian Broadcasters Join Pushback Against California’s “Misinformation” Censorship Law

'Profound risk of harm': Surgeon General issues warning about youth social media use

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued an advisory Tuesday declaring what many families already know to be true: Social media use may cause harm to children and adolescents. Murthy’s 19-page advisory outlines the ways in which social media can expose children to violence, sexual and hate-based content, disordered eating, bullying, and predatory and self-harming behaviors. Though it’s difficult to pinpoint whether these types of exposures lead to poor mental health, the advisory lists numerous studies that demonstrate an association between the two experiences. “Nearly every teenager in America uses social media, and yet we do not have enough evidence to conclude that it is sufficiently safe for them,” says the advisory. “Our children have become unknowing participants in a decades-long experiment.” While noting the good that can come from youth connecting with peers, learning more about their interests, and accessing spaces for self-expression, the report underscores potential harms. It specifically calls on technology companies and policymakers to develop solutions, rather than placing the burden of ensuring safety on children and their parents. SEE ALSO: When it becomes risky for teens to diagnose their mental health online The recommendations for technology companies include: the creation of systems that efficiently address complaints from young users, families, and educators; use of default settings for children that ensure the highest safety and privacy standards; and implementation of platform design and algorithms that “prioritize health and safety.” Policymakers are charged with requiring a higher data privacy standard for children; ensuring companies share the health…'Profound risk of harm': Surgeon General issues warning about youth social media use

Leaked Document Shows The EU Countries That Want To Ban Private Messaging

A leaked European Council survey of the views on encryption of member countries showed that Spain strongly supports banning end-to-end encryption, a measure that has been proposed to combat the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM), but would end privacy for all citizens. The proposed law would require tech platforms to scan encrypted communications, something tech experts have warned is not possible without breaking the encryption. According to the document, which was obtained by Wired, Spain’s position in encryption is the most radical. WATCH: The EARN IT Act Wants to End Privacy  “Ideally, in our view, it would be desirable to legislatively prevent EU-based service providers from implementing end-to-end encryption,” representatives from Spain said. End-to-end encryption ensures that only the sender and receiver can see the content of a message. Even the owner of the platform does not have access to the content. Of the 20 member countries represented in the survey, 15 support the banning of end-to-end encrypted communications, the report stated. Poland suggested the introduction of measures that would allow a court to lift encryption and for parents to be allowed to decrypt the communications of their children. “It is of utmost importance to provide clear wording in the CSA Regulation that end-to-end encryption is not a reason not to report CSA material,” Croatia’s representatives said. Romania said: “We don’t want E2EE encryption to become a ‘safe haven’ for malicious actors…” Slovenia said, “Detection orders must necessarily also apply to encrypted networks.” Ireland and Denmark want messages…Leaked Document Shows The EU Countries That Want To Ban Private Messaging

Lawsuit Accuses Biden Administration Of Pressuring Platforms To Censor Vaccine Injured

The New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s efforts to push social media platforms to censor content by people who claim they have been injured by COVID-19 vaccines. The lawsuit was filed by NCLA on behalf of Brianne Dressen and others. We obtained a copy of the complaint for you here. The lawsuit notes that the plaintiffs are not “anti-vaxxers.” For example, Dressen was reportedly injured by the AstraZeneca vaccine after voluntarily participating in the trial. One of the censored: Brianne Dressen Another plaintiff, Ernest Ramirez was not affected by the Moderna vaccine. However, his 16-year-old son died from a cardiac arrest he believes to be induced by the vaccine after five days. One of the censored: Ernest Ramirez and his son, Ernest Ramirez Jr. Some may argue that COVID-19 vaccine injuries are rare, but the lawsuit argues that, while that may be true, those injured have the right to express themselves. Their speech on social media have been repeatedly flagged or removed for containing alleged misinformation. “The Plaintiffs have all been heavily censored on social media for sharing their personal experiences, exchanging advice, medical research, and support with others who were medically harmed after taking the vaccine,” the complaint says. “For posting about their personal experiences and trying to connect with others in the vaccine-injured community, Plaintiffs’ speech has repeatedly been flagged as misinformation or removed entirely. Their social media accounts are at constant risk of being frozen or disabled just for engaging…Lawsuit Accuses Biden Administration Of Pressuring Platforms To Censor Vaccine Injured