December 18, 2012 By 349 Comments
21st Century Wire says… As we can now see, Facebook and other social networking giants will be playing their specific roles in the coming internet chaos and clampdown – by merging online applications and thus enabling mass invasion of privacy, virtual problem-reaction-solution scenarios can spark new outrage and be used by regulators and professional trolls (see below) to engineer new Hegelian outcomes designed to target normal users – and hit out at other free speech further down the line. No one asked for Instagram to be part of Facebook (originally designed as a private social network) and it’s data munching capabilities – it just appeared out of nowhere, and is being used to foment yet another new crisis. Why can’t Facebook just protect its users’ personal data instead? Oh, and surprise, surprise – this story also appeared in the Mainstream News on the very same day - about how Facebook’s new policies allowing Instagram to use children’s photos and data, via its photo-sharing service that Facebook bought in August, “could be exploitative”… really? And we also found this story about the corporate clampdown on privacy for social networks, also on the same day (yesterday) – so work it out where you think Facebook and the digital cartels are heading – and who they are coordinating their efforts with. We believe free speech online is the ultimate target of this progression. Watch this space… Foreign Policy Elias Groll Rioting broke out in the southern Swedish city of Gothenburg today over an Instagram account that posted photos of local underage boys and girls alongside sexualized captions. Hundreds of students descended on a high school in Gothenburg, where it was thought the individual behind the account attended, resulting in a large (by Swedish standards anyway) police deployment to break up the crowd. When police arrived, students threw bottles and rocks. According to reports on Facebook, the students had gathered at the school to beat up a girl thought to be behind the account. What began as an apparently isolated incident at the high school, Plusgymnasiet, quickly spread around the city as angry teens left the school and headed to the city’s center. In total, 27 teens have been taken into custody. The school will be closed tomorrow after a Facebook page was posted encouraging students to continue to attack it. The fracas began after a request for photos of “sluts” generated hundreds of photo submissions. The instagram user, whose account has been suspended, posted the photos alongside lewd comments, setting off a firestorm among local teens. The account posted about 200 photos since its launch Monday and described the subjects of the photos as “sluts” and “whores” and also included information about their alleged sexual activities. Some of those whose photos were included were as young as 13. This isn’t the first time this year that a firestorm of criticism has erupted over non-consensual photos of teens posted on the internet. Reddit, the popular link aggregator, was forced to shut down a section of its website called “jailbait,” which was devoted to user-submitted photos of sexualized teens. The ensuing debate over privacy on the internet became crystallized in the controversial online persona of Violentacrez, who started the jailbait section. Gawker outed the man behind the account as Michael Brutsch, a 49-year-old software programmer. The news out of Gothenburg comes on the heels of an announcement by Instagram that they are overhauling their user agreement to allow the service to use users’ photos for commercial purposes without their consent. My guess is they probably won’t be using these photos.
September 11, 2012 By 342 Comments
Patrick Henningsen 21st Century Wire Sept 11, 2012 Another 911, and the elites’ dream of a One World Order moves closer to reality. Enter the cashless society, likely to enter via the back door of our society much faster than people think… This latest report is eerily reminiscent of the recent IBM TV advert which is promoting the use of RFID chips in order to “make checkout lines easier”. Watch this creation from IBM, hoping the make the future into a sexy, paranoid dystopia…
Italy Plans to Ban Any Cash Transactions Over 50 EurosSilver Doctors You won’t even be able to fill up your car without a credit or debit card in Italy beginning in 2013, as the Italian Council of Ministers has voted to increase the current capital controls banning the use of cash on transactions over €1,000, down to any transaction over €50! As we stated when Italy first announced capital controls and caps on cash transactions several months ago, expect bans on cash transactions to be coming to a neighborhood near you in the next 2-3 years. Courtesy Google Translate: Rome – The technical Rome government wants to limit cash transactions in Italy. From 2013, citizens may pay amounts in excess of 50 euros only by credit or debit card. That the Council of Ministers decided today. The measure is intended to reflect the money laundering and black money payments to clamp down. Since July, the government has banned cash transactions over 1,000 euros. Read more ….
December 14, 2010 By 252 Comments
Watch this documentary covering the Wikileaks phenomenon. “There is no doubt that on the whole, Wikileaks and Julian Assange have done a tremendous public service by providing the public with war-time transparency on the big stage. The effort by the organisation is nothing short of groundbreaking. But this does not mean that newshounds and pundits will be shy and not apply an intense analytical microscope on the quality of the leaks it presents, mainstream media filtering of its leaks, as well as the byproducts in terms of real policy change that results- or does not result from its work. Seeing through the media circus…” - Patrick Henningsen, Managing Editor, 21st Century Wire — RELATED STORY: