Monday, April 19, 2021

Big tech's hidden social credit scores; More conscription by BLM



First for this Monday, Rob Braxman describes how big tech is giving everyone a social score, with an April 1 video, “You already have a social score.”

At the heart of it is Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts, which can identify “conspiracy theorists” and the like. 

He mentions some other sites, like MyLife, Intellius, Spikeo, Alexcius.

The “cohorts” is developed from Internet activity data associated with your real id (an IP address for starters).  So, hiding it with various VPN strategies sounds in order.

He compares this to FICO scoring, the older form of social control that goads everyone into borrowing and consumerism so everyone has a score.

There are a couple disturbing stories.  In Stillwater, MN, east of Minneapolis, a man was stopped by protesters blocking his street as he tried to return home. (Twitter thread), also (Pool).   The lecture he got “"If you think black lives matter you can come march with us, you can come join us. If you don't you can stay up at your house. You can stay up in your driveway looking at us like we're doing something crazy when we're just here trying to fight for our lives”  IE, joining other people’s demonstrations for BLM justice is now mandatory (just like in restaurants).

The motorist was then mistakenly arrested by police. 

 John Oliver has told white Americans on CNN that they must "march in the streets" and stop just blogging about it.  Compelled speech? 

There is also a quirky incident where a journalist in Salt Lake City identified someone who donated to Kyle Rittenhouse’s death (Kenosha WI).  Fox News also reported this story but doesn’t allow Blogger to lik to it, so you can look at the abc4 story and look it up.


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