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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Privacy for Protesters and People

The Vibe smart phone application is now being used to protect the privacy of protesters at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City.

The demonstrators are logically making this move in response to the New York City Police Department's newly formed unit that is looking for wrongdoing on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter.

NYPD is now following fast in the footsteps of authoritarian regimes like Egypt, Syria, and China that want to keep a lid on social unrest that might be aided by social media. You can bet that besides looking for "wrongdoing" the NYPD is also looking for intelligence and information on what the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are planning.

NYPD will then know where to deploy their pepper-sraying Detective Inspector Antony (Tony Baloney) Bologna, so he can blast the punks and loudmouths. This police tactic falls in the category of the best defense against demonstrators is a good offense.

All of this monitoring of the people falls in the category of the slow erosion of personal privacy and rights by a government that is doing everything in its power to keep an eye on everyone. Have no doubt about it, you are being watched.

Anjali Mullany / NY Daily News:
Privacy for the people: Wall Street protesters use social media app Vibe to communicate anonymously --
 A people’s revolution? There's an app to help with that.

A leaderless group of "Occupy Wall Street" protesters living in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park are using a smartphone app to communicate with each another – anonymously.

The “Vibe” app allows users to post tweet-like messages to other users' mobile phones without revealing their identities, as no registration is required.

Users can decide how long their “vibes” will exist - 15 minutes, an hour, a day, seven days, or forever. After the selected time is up, the message disappears...
Of course, the bankers are all for the closer monitoring of people and are happy to finance police efforts in that direction.

J.P. Morgan Chase "donates" $4.6 Million to NYPD --
The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD's main data center...
What is exactly is security monitoring software you might ask. It is something that scours the internet for information on everyone and then tries to correlate that info so they can figure what kind of person you are. It probably means something like this TLOxp program, which knows more about you than you would like.

Bloomberg Business:
You Can Run, But It's Hard to Hide from TLO -- A data-fusion pioneer’s latest company collects info about individuals...
TLOxp offers trillions of records on individuals and businesses from about 100,000 sources of data. Lawyers, fraud investigators, debt collectors, and others use the system to find a person’s employers, co-workers, education history, mobile-phone numbers, liens, car titles, and more. Even scraps of data can lead to an information trove. Feed TLOxp an age range, a first name, and a few Zip Codes, for instance, and it’ll spit out a list of people that fit all the attributes. It also grabs the public information posted on social-media sites like Facebook...

The bottom line: TLO has trillions of records about individuals and businesses. Its search capabilities may make privacy advocates uneasy.

Glenn Greenwald / Salon.com:
What’s behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests? --
Does anyone really not know what the basic message is of this protest: that Wall Street is oozing corruption and criminality and its unrestrained political power—in the form of crony capitalism and ownership of political institutions—is destroying financial security for everyone else?
Occupy Wall Street --
According to Adbusters, a primary protest organizer, the central demand of the protest is that President Barack Obama "ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington."
USA Today:
700 arrested on Brooklyn Bridge after protest

England riots and social media; what’s app?

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