Control the mass media and you control the people; control the people and you control who they vote for and what they buy. That is why the corporate elite own the mainstream media so that they can ramp up consumerism and manipulate the democratic and legislative processes.
Astroturf and Manipulation of Media Messages - Sharyl Attkisson (TED) / Feb 2015
Corporations are increasingly setting up fake grass roots blogs, comments, social media sites, organisations and campaigns, in a process called astroturfing, in order to manipulate public opinion. To spot this manipulation, look for words like crank, quack, nutty, lies and conspiracy.
How Google Adsense Is Censoring WeAreChange and Independent Media / Mar 2015
Luke Rudkowsk of WeAreChange (WRC) is a brilliant independent journalist who puts out some of the best news investigations. Recently, however, Google started censoring him by removing the ads that fund his network. But Rudkowski is not giving up… please sponsor WeAreChange.org.
Facebook Censorship: What They're Not Telling You / PrisonPlanetLive / Jan 2015
If you are still foolish enough to be using Facebook to share personal information, it is important to be aware that a new censorship program has been started called the "flagging feature" that allows other users and Facebook staff to restrict (censor) posts that are disliked for any reason.
According to documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Western governments now have at their disposal software tools that allow them to warp the internet, skewing content, stats and public opinion towards a more "favourable" outcome.
Britain's GCHQ is one such developer of these tools through its Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG). The JTRIG tools include:
- UNDERPASS: Change result of online polls
- BADGER: Mass email program
- WARPARTH: Mass SMS program
- SILVERLORD: Disruption of video-based websites
- MINIATURE HERO: Full monitoring of Skype
- SPRING BISHOP: Face photo-search for Facebook
- ANGRY PIRATE: Disables target's account on their computer
- GATEWAY: Artificially modifies traffic flow to website
- SLIPSTREAM: Distort page views on websites
- GESTATOR: Amplify video viewings on sites like Youtube
- CHANGELING: Ability to spoof any email address
- IMPERIAL BARGE: Connect two target phones in a call
The free flow of information on the internet has always terrified governments because it is the greatest threat to their crimes, corruption and manipulation. Evil people hate transparency. But now they have the tools to greatly distort that free flow of information so that it can even act in their favour. This is Big Brother tactics getting more and more extreme and demonic. (For more info visit: The Intercept.)
The Past, Present and Future of Internet Censorship / Jan 2012
Governments and industry are constantly devising schemes to censor the internet because they know that the internet is the biggest threat to their power. SOPA and PIPA might be dead, but you can be assured that government-administered internet censorship will be with us one day.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality (HBO) / Jun 2014
If we end net neutrality — whereby all internet traffic is treated equally by cable company providers — we will be handing big business a virtual Internet monopoly. And this is exactly what the US government is now proposing. This is the first step in a gradual slide to net censorship.
Today, 1st August 2014, a new law has come into effect in Russia that means bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers must register with Roskomnadzor, the mass media regulator, to check that what is written conforms with the same media regulations that control larger media outlets. Internet companies are also required to allow Russian authorities access to user information. This is the Putin government clamping down on the last remaining avenue of free speech, an avenue that has been vital for its political opponents. Russia seems to be returning to its old ways and perestroika is dead.
The BBC Exposed: Big Brother News Organisation Exposé - Corbett Report / Jan 2013
The BBC has a reputation around the world as an impartial news organisation that tells it how it is. But this a PR image, and the truth is that the BBC is an establishment propaganda mill that supports its own political agendas. Also shows how to deal with BBC licencing officials.
The European Parliament today has defeated the Anti Counterfeit Trade Agreement by 478 votes to 39 (with 165 abstentions). The agreement had been signed by countries like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Morocco, but this rejection of ACTA will effectively stop it dead (although no doubt it will be rebranded in the future and another attempt will be made.) This is a great victory for freedom of expression online as ACTA would have involved large-scale snooping into Internet users' behaviour, including their communications. You can always stamp out piracy at the expense of privacy, but who wants to live in a Big Brother world were everything is monitored so that the entertainment industry can rake in even more billions. People everywhere are growing tired of being treated as pawns in the big-corporation profit game.