Facebook approves pro-genocide ads, Your car is spying on you, Net Neutrality is coming back

CHIPs bill headed to Biden's desk for signature, Facebook approved pro-genocide ads in Kenya, Google provides Nest footage to police without warrant

Facebook approves pro-genocide ads, Your car is spying on you, Net Neutrality is coming back
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Quick Bits

  • Who Is Collecting Data from Your Car? (The Markup)
    The Markup does a deep dive into your vehicle's data and who it provides it to. They identified 37 companies that get a firehose of sensitive data from your car.

  • Congressional Democrats Introduce Net Neutrality Bill (CNET)
    Democrats are trying to bring back the Obama-era net neutrality rules that the Trump-led FCC destroyed under the FCC leadership of Ajit Pai. If you aren't familiar with net neutrality, bringing it back is good for consumers. There is a good explainer in the article linked above.

  • China Targeted Fed to Build Informant Network and Access Data, Probe Finds (WSJ)
    Excerpt from the article: "China tried to build a network of informants inside the Federal Reserve system, at one point threatening to imprison a Fed economist during a trip to Shanghai unless he agreed to provide nonpublic economic data, a congressional investigation found."

Editors Note: In last week's Weekly Edition (#2), it was stated that the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) was more restrictive than the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), but this does not seem to be the case. There is still debate on what privacy law will be more restrictive, but it is leaning towards the CCPA. The Markup has a good high-level write-up comparing the two if you are curious. There will also be a deep dive comparing the two coming out on Technonomicon at a later date.

Chips act clears Congress, heads to Biden's desk

Congress has passed bipartisan legislation to support domestic semiconductor manufacturing.

Semiconductors are used in almost every electronic device nowadays and went through major supply chain issues during the pandemic. Most chip manufacturing is globalized and made overseas. The U.S. only represents about 13% of the global chip-making capacity, while China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan represent three quarters.

By the magical ways of capitalism, mega-corporations have no reason to invest in domestic semiconductor manufacturing unless there is an incentive. The bill hopes to make the incentives enough to bring manufacturing stateside. This would make the U.S. rely less on other countries for manufacturing, which can pose a national security threat.

While it may feel bad to give multi-billion dollar corporations more money and tax breaks. This will make us less reliant on countries, like Taiwan, with uncertain futures and hopefully, drive more innovation with the $200 billion authorized for scientific research.

Facebook Approved Pro-Genocide Ads in Kenya After Claiming to Foster 'Safe and Secure' Elections

Facebook's "super-efficient AI models" and a manual review process failed to detect ethnic cleansing advertisements amid a tight election in Kenya.

Facebook claimed to have cracked down on hate speech advertisements in a self-praising press release but still failed to detect hate speech ads.

If you are thinking about the ads possibly not being in English, making them harder to detect, you are partly correct. The ads that slipped through were in both English and Swahili, but that isn't a good excuse since they claim to have a dedicated team for the Swahili language in the press release linked above.

Once again, Facebook shows how incompetent they are and manages to get away with paid hate speech on its platform without real accountability and consequences.

Google’s Nest Will Provide Data to Police Without a Warrant

Google, like Amazon, will provide police with Nest doorbell footage without a warrant.

While Google claims they have not given footage to police from a Nest doorbell, they are very friendly with law enforcement. Google tends not to challenge police requests and will send over troves of data from users, even if you are just in the crossfire of another investigation.

Google also stores some of the data they collect, indefinitely. So even if you think your past data would never be used against you, you are wrong. If you are a potential witness to a possible crime, Google will share anything police send a request for, digging through years of previously stored data. Most of the time, the warrant is based on assumptions and has loose probable cause reasoning.

I will say the same thing I said when Amazon revealed they do the same with Ring cameras: You cannot be surprised by this. You have no reason to trust big tech. De-Google your life sooner rather than later.

In Other News

Interesting Find

GPSJam - A website that uses GPS data to generate maps of likely GPS interference based on aircraft reports of their navigation system accuracy. Take a look back at Ukraine before the war and present day.

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