Archives for January 2015

HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites

The Associated Press reports that healthcare.gov–the flagship site of the Affordable Care Act, where millions of Americans have signed up to receive health care–is quietly sending personal health information to a number of third party websites. The information being sent includes one’s zip code, income level, smoking status, pregnancy status and more. EFF researchers have […]

Al Gore Wants to Ban Cars in Cities

If you live in a major city and own a car, you might not be able to keep your car in the city, or you might have to give up your car all together. You see, former Vice President Al Gore and his current partner in crime, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, are looking to […]

(Missouri conference) What Is The Role Of Public Schools

After several years looking at Common Core; where it came from, who supports it, how it is being implemented, its impact on teachers/students/parents, and listening to the complaints of parents/the general public about it, I view Common Core as a symptom, not the cause of the public outcry over education. I believe the reason most […]

One Bay Area

FA Note: Grab your favorite cup of ______ and listen to a very informative discussion of One Bay Area. One Bay Area is America’s most extensive and expensive application of Agenda 21. Michael Shaw discusses the One Bay Area Plan, ABAG, ICLEI, and COGs with host, KSCO Santa Cruz station owner, Michael Zwerling and various callers. […]

What You Can Learn from Oakland’s Raw ALPR Data

Police cars mounted with automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) wind their way through the streets of Oakland like a “Snake” game on an old cell phone. Instead of eating up pixels of food, these cameras gobble down thousands of license plates each day. And instead of growing a longer tail, ALPRs feed into a giant […]

Smartphones will begin categorizing users’ mental health; gun seizures will follow

The Digital Age has produced some remarkable technology and will continue to do so, but as each new innovation springs forth, more of us are finding that we are not as comfortable with it as we once thought we might be. One of the latest examples comes from a new iPhone app that appears capable […]

Secret TPP Negotiations—And Public Protests—To Be Held in New York City

The next round of secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations begins this Monday, January 26, and runs through the following week at the Sheraton New York Time Square Hotel in downtown Manhattan. As with many previous TPP meetings, the public will be shut out of talks as negotiators convene behind closed doors to decide binding rules […]

Bill Gates Rules the World

Databanking Everybody Everywhere From the article above, “Bill Gates: digital learning will revolutionise education in global south“, Cheaper smartphones and tablets, advances in software and better network coverage will revolutionise the way children in developing countries learn over the next 15 years, according to the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates…. “The educational software is […]