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 Post subject: Re: WikiLeaks-Light shone on the very dark...transparency...
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The Julian Assange Show

http://assange.rt.com/nasrallah-episode-one/

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Hackers release cache of 13,000 passwords and credit cards of PlayStation, Xbox and Amazon users

Hackers took down PlayStation and Xbox networks on Christmas Day
Now, hackers have released 13,000 passwords and credit card details
Amazon, PlayStation and Xbox One users all affected by the latest breach
Hackers also released Sony's movie The Interview for illegal download
Thousands of children were disappointed as they could not play online
The Christmas Day attack was claimed by hacking group LizardSquad

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 08:17 EST, 27 December 2014 | Updated: 11:05 EST, 27 December 2014



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z3N7WQgUyK


I sure hope that one of the cards that they released was YOURs Shay so that you can genuinely appreciate their agenda to control the internet

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This is about fluid intelligence .

Experience the Planetary Shift on an Uptilt

A planetary shift is under way. Many sense this shift internally and we perceive that time is accelerating. It’s hard to keep up. We’re constantly bombarded by an ever-increasing number of choices. Emotions peak and ebb to extremes in the span of hours, even minutes. Uncertainty seems to be on the rise about our personal direction and the world’s.

Amid the stress and chaos, concern mounts over climate change, rising oil prices, economic instability and global insecurity, but people are coming together. A momentum is building among those who want to give back to society and take care of each other and our planet. Social networking is bringing these people together and there is an energetic sparkle in the air and a sense of hope that something new will emerge.

Scientific research shows these flickers of hope are qualities of the heart and spirit. The heart feelings of happiness, care and compassion are enhanced by:


~ Spiritual practices like meditation and prayer that connect us to something greater than ourselves.

~ Heart connection with others, close friendships within and outside the family.

~ Gathering with others frequently for uplifting purposes: church, social causes, etc.

We call these actions that help nurture us emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually aspects of heart-based living. As the planetary shift continues and people experience greater stress, overstimulation, overload, stress-induced physical and mental health problems, the imperative to shift toward heart-based living increases.

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As life’s pace continues to accelerate, we’ll be presented with even more choices and have less time to make them. The good news is that when we approach our choices with sincere heart intent it’s easier to access the energy required to shift quickly into the most beneficial mental and emotional states.

Incoherence – When a person feels stress, overwhelm, anxiety, uncertainty and fear, the heart is sending chaotic and incoherent signals to the brain/mind, triggering stressful responses. The higher cortical functions are inhibited, meaning the heart and brain are out of alignment, so solutions to personal or world problems elude us.

Collectively, these negative emotions are registered in the heart and brain’s electromagnetic fields, generating a global stress and incoherence wave that goes out to those around us and around the globe. Stress and incoherence are intensified by instant massmedia reports – the natural disasters, social upheaval, economic turmoil and more.

Coherence – When you feel genuine hope, care and compassion, your heart is sending harmonious and coherent signals to the brain/ mind, replacing feelings of separation with a sense of connection. The heart and brain are aligned and in sync. The higher cortical functions are enhanced, facilitating objective, sober assessment and intuitive perception. You perceive more wholeness, and solutions to problems are more apparent.

Collectively, positive emotions such as hope, care, compassion and appreciation generate a global coherence wave whose electromagnet field goes out to those around us and across the globe. Increasing heart alignment and focusing on heart-based living have the potential to create a global coherence wave to facilitate new solutions for the world’s problems.

More than ever people need to understand the physiology of coherence that underlies heart-based principles and the science behind global coherence. Click here to learn more about global coherence and the Global Coherence Initiative.

Tips for Heart-Based Living

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1.Increasing the textures of your experience: Positive feelings such as genuine care and appreciation add greater texture and richness to our lives: Sunsets are more beautiful, spring days feel fresher, and even food seems to taste better.
2. Practice genuine appreciation for everything in your life, especially anything you may take for granted. Increasing heartfelt positive emotions like care and appreciation helps you move through difficult times with greater ease, security and grace. When you’re not aligned with your heart, the textures and richness of life can quickly diminish.
3.Practice care, not overcare, for yourself and others going through the shift: Ask yourself: Is my care producing or reducing stress? Be aware of how you feel about an issue at hand, place your focus in the heart area and breathe in a positive feeling or attitude. Be objective, as if the issue or problem is someone else’s. Relax in the heart area and become neutral about the issue, allowing your heart intelligence to offer new perspectives and possibilities.
4.You can increase the potency of your care and intentions and the effectiveness of your choices and actions. Listening to what your heart prompts you to do can make your caring more effective. Excessive care, or overcare related to an issue or situation can create stress and negative emotions, so it is important for your care to be balanced.
5.Watch out for negative projections – the down slant: Negative projections actually are negative thoughts and feelings about you, someone else or the future. Say you’re planning to meet someone with whom you have a hard time communicating. Instead of projecting judgment or anxiety, generate appreciation, care and calm. You’ll enter the meeting with a more balanced and intuitive perspective.

http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/ ... shift.html

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this is RICH - priceless, in fact - now the hackers are "policing" each other :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Anonymous To 'Lizard Squad': Stop Attacking Tor

Dave Smith

Dec. 27, 2014, 2:03 AM

The international activist group Anonymous is telling the hacker collective “Lizard Squad” to “stand down” and stop attacking Tor.

Anonymous, which has a long history of hacking and cyber attacking governments, corporations, and religions organizations, says, "We don't give a f--k about corporate bulls--t networks, we do care about 3rd world communications."

The Tor Project is one of the most effective sites for encrypted communication, making it one of the most important internet services in the world. Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden have used the service, and it's proven pivotal in "dissident movements” in Iran and Egypt.

Read more: http://uk.businessinsider.com/anonymous ... z3NDcQvVTk

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Possible upcoming attempts to disable the Tor network

The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers in the network called directory authorities. (Directory authorities help Tor clients learn the list of relays that make up the Tor network.) We are taking steps now to ensure the safety of our users, and our system is already built to be redundant so that users maintain anonymity even if the network is attacked. Tor remains safe to use.

We hope that this attack doesn't occur; Tor is used by many good people. If the network is affected, we will immediately inform users via this blog and our Twitter feed @TorProject, along with more information if we become aware of any related risks to Tor users.

The Tor network provides a safe haven from surveillance, censorship, and computer network exploitation for millions of people who live in repressive regimes, including human rights activists in countries such as Iran, Syria, and Russia. People use the Tor network every day to conduct their daily business without fear that their online activities and speech (Facebook posts, email, Twitter feeds) will be tracked and used against them later. Millions more also use the Tor network at their local internet cafe to stay safe for ordinary web browsing.

Tor is also used by banks, diplomatic officials, members of law enforcement, bloggers, and many others. Attempts to disable the Tor network would interfere with all of these users, not just ones disliked by the attacker.

Every person has the right to privacy. This right is a foundation of a democratic society. For example, if Members of the British Parliament or US Congress cannot share ideas and opinions free of government spying, then they cannot remain independent from other branches of government. If journalists are unable to keep their sources confidential, then the ability of the press to check the power of the government is compromised. If human rights workers can't report evidence of possible crimes against humanity, it is impossible for other bodies to examine this evidence and to react. In the service of justice, we believe that the answer is to open up communication lines for everyone, securely and anonymously.

The Tor network provides online anonymity and privacy that allow freedom for everyone. Like freedom of speech, online privacy is a right for all.

[Update Monday Dec 22: So far all is quiet on the directory authority front, and no news is good news.]
[Update Sunday Dec 28: Still quiet. This is good.]

https://blog.torproject.org/blog/possib ... or-network

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someone, renting time on the Tor network has been attacking GLP for several months now ... the owner says that he is being tracked down and WILL go to jail ... that is yet to be seen, but so much for their anonymity eh? He says it is a "group" but not the Lizard Squad, even though they have a "reptilian" name, personally I believe that hackers of any notirity have been recruited by the gov, to be a FF threat to the Internet ... " problem" (they create) 'reaction' (outrage)' solution' (limit internet useage)

but even with all that "power" available, GLP is only down for minutes, so I have a hard time believing that the big sites that are being attacked and taken down, don't have at least the same "protection" as a private citizen, running a forum :roll:

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Cops arrest man tied to hacks on Xbox and Playstation networks
Jeff John Roberts
Dec. 31, 2014 - 4:16 PM PST

Police in the U.K. appear to have collared one of the grinches responsible for a massive DDoS attack on XBox Live and Sony PlayStation, which spoiled Christmas for many gamers by knocking the consoles’ networks off-line.

According to the Daily Dot, British law enforcement raided the home of 22-year-old Vinnie Omari, arrested him, and seized phones, computers and an Xbox One. Omari is a reported member of the so-called Lizard Squad, a group of trouble-making hackers who followed up the Christmas attacks by offering to sell their tools to others who wanted to knock sites offline.

UK police have yet to name Omari, but did on Wednesday issue a short statement announcing the arrest of a 22-year-old man for computer-related offenses. The statement does not cite the Christmas hacks, but does describe activities from earlier this year that also appear in a purported arrest warrant published by the Daily Dot that does describe the Sony and Xbox hacking.

News of Omari’s arrest also comes via respected security blogger Brian Krebs, and from another alleged member of the Lizard Squad from Australia who goes by @abdilo, and wrote “Vinne is vanned” (a slang term for being hauled off by law enforcement):

The full facts behind the Lizard Squad’s actions are still emerging, but a new blog post by Krebs provides a fascinating look at how they operate, and how they appear to have tripped up. Krebs also takes glee in taunting them, and belittling them as small time and incompetent hooligans — which appears to be a tit-for-tat response into their efforts to mock him.

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In the April 2013 interview, James put it this way:

“You see, the recitation of philosophy is based on words and mental ideology. Yes, it can

change behaviors to be sure, but it doesn’t bring the ultra-fine frequencies into the human

instrument. Only behaviors that are consistent to the virtues of the heart will purify and

prepare the human instrument to perceive the soul or higher self. To see its movements,

its perspectives, its insights, its consciousness. So, behaviors bring about preparation of the

human instrument, and these behaviors must be coherent and clear, and the only way they

can be of this quality, is if they’re genuine.



”You cannot fake this. You cannot practice like a machine. You must be human, vulnerable,

open, humble, and willing to learn from yourself more than you’re willing to accept the words

of another.”


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Yanks spent the week-end with me, and as she was surfing the boob-tube - there was Julian on Democracy today ... hawk'n his new book which puts it all together and lays it in Google's lap .... very interesting ... that I just happened to tune in, at just the right time to catch it ... :shock:

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"...and willing to learn from yourself more than you’re willing to accept the words

of another.



Yep! :lol:

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WE are all in this TOGETHER 8) nothing is rejected ... nothing ignored ...nor judged ... there are NO mistakes

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Interesting that US military bases in the Colorado mountains are working diligently to "control" the internet as best they can in blocking access to the WikiLeaks on various websites. Colorado is a US military hotbed of control. Assange is supported by many whether financially or however, on a global scale and from many walks of life some rich and some poor and some inbetween. It is a very good thing and he is consistant in his convictions no matter what kind of dis or mis info used by the corrupt to tarnish him. It won't be done because it has nothing to take hold of and those who support this know it and something within them reremembers how important this is and they take whatever nonviolent action they can unlike those military types in the Colorado mountains, some with blood on their hands as the wretched Tea Party supporter, Republican Palin accuses the just and innocent of...

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Shayalana wrote:
"...and willing to learn from yourself more than you’re willing to accept the words

of another.



Yep! This is how we get to I AM WE ARE. :lol:

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A lovely reminder.

dberges wrote:
I would like to offer a suggestion to us all. We need to be the leaders in holding neutrality in our lives and expressions. Thought pollution is more dangerous than any other pollution on the planet as James says. When we focus on the other events these thoughts add to the pollution of the planet and then the planet reacts to it.

James clearly states that the 9/11 event was a confluence of energies coming together. Here is what he says on the subject:

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There is no one to blame for this condition. It is an evolutionary element of the long process for a humanoid species to achieve the scientific discovery of the higher dimensions from which humanity is woven. Upon this journey humankind has struggled before, but it has always found its way forward to its ultimate goal, and it is this goal — subtle as it may be — that seeks to articulate itself in the hearts and minds of all of you who are incarnate at this time.

There will be new tests that will assail humanity throughout the 21st century; some will be more profoundly shattering than those witnessed this week. Invariably, your leaders will draw a line between good and evil and seek to eradicate the evil, and in every instance the target will only extend further into the deep recesses of obscurity and de- centralization.

There is a strategic plan for all life-bearing planets, and this plan is not established at the outset and then cast aside. It is constantly undergoing refinement and adjustment. The only stability in this plan is the ultimate goal; the journey itself weaves, stalls, accelerates, and sometimes even reverses in direction. There is, however, the guiding hand of First Source that never releases, nor turns away in indifference, and this same hand touches into the deepest part of you — especially in times such as these, and it proffers insight.

My message to each of you is to listen to this insight in the quiet of the night or morning, in the natural ways of the sky, the ocean, the woods, or fields, and invite it to reveal the emotional intelligence that survives the physical body. Allow this to prevail in your heart and mind even amid the unsettling times of today and the future. When you capture this insight, anchor it in your life by expressing it through your senses of touch, sight, hearing, and sound. You can think of this as the Reassurance Vibration. It is the vibration you will want to carry inside of you and share.

From my world to yours,
James


This is a good place to practice the When-Which-How on our beliefs on this issue. I have done so.

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Interesting that US military bases in the Colorado mountains are working diligently to "control" the internet as best they can in blocking access to the WikiLeaks on various websites. Colorado is a US military hotbed of control. Assange is supported by many whether financially or however, on a global scale and from many walks of life some rich and some poor and some inbetween. It is a very good thing and he is consistant in his convictions no matter what kind of dis or mis info used by the corrupt to tarnish him. It won't be done because it has nothing to take hold of and those who support this know it and something within them reremembers how important this is and they take whatever nonviolent action they can unlike those military types in the Colorado mountains, some with blood on their hands as the wretched Tea Party supporter, Republican Palin accuses the just and innocent of...



yep, Colorado is full of military bases, five open to the public and prob as many hidden, which makes for a great mix in population, well traveled and well trained, who have "retired" here ... I feel right at home with "wordly" people and I love knowing that my neighbors are armed and dangerous ... when he had those fires, no one needed to tell them to "stand-up" - they had thing organized and well manned, in a matter of hours ... I was quite proud to be a member of this community - and now that Marajuana has brought us out of the fiscal black hole, this is one of the most stable states in the west ... I wish that we would succeed from the "union" and confiscate all the military bases LOL, no one would dare threaten us with all that Might ... but it is more likely that Denver will become the Nation's capital ... most of the ABC agencies are relocated here already - not to forget that huge underground ET base under Denver Airport (snicker)

I love it here ... the scenery is "to die for" and the Weather is constantly changing - we have all four seasons and plenty of incentive to be healthy with year round activities - outdoors ... our Costco has gone "organic" and I really appreciate the organic peanut butter cups they sell :lol: This year marks the longest I have ever stayed in any place ... course I did move three times, finding the right location for me ... I seriously doubt that I will ever move again ... because IMO it's PERFECT here .... if they could just keep the libItards (from back East) out of office - they would be self-sufficient ... business is booming - lots of building going on and even the Hipsters can find work at a good wage. We've got our fair share of crime, in the cities but most criminals are not Natives - they don't live in the Metro areas ... and the majority of our citizens are register INDEPENDENT ... and hold the politician accountable when they try to sneak laws past - like the gun laws - boy howdy they had that one repealed in a New York minute and even the Mormons went along with the recreational pot - or it would never have passed - lots of people moving in to take advantage of the MMJ to cure their ills -legally and great schools -thanks to the revenue it brings in. Still lots of room, we are the eighth LEAST populated state per/acre ... I really can't find any faults - it's been win/win for me - and keeps getting better.

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Julian Assange Speaks Live From the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to the Lisbon-Estoril Film Festival

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, streaming live over a webcam, alerted an international audience gathered here at the Lisbon-Estoril film festival in Portugal to the danger of feeling fear in a world of surveillance. Powerful agencies establish their authority through the "use of fear," he told us, and "all it takes to use fear is to create the perception of fear."

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He argued that we should resist that fear.

"If you tell people that they are being watched by powerful agencies, they start to self-censor, even when SSMing their wife. We have to look back at people working with the Stasi to see how people understood their own oppression. We have to establish consciousness about surveillance oppression--as well as the consciousness to not become paralyzed as a result of our consciousness. We cannot consider ourselves as surveilled cogs in a political machine. It is not the place of human beings to think they are in Terry Gilliam's Brazil! Even if they are in that culture, they must realize that this is not fit for human beings, and they must change that reality."

He spoke in an easy, eloquent manner, his face large on a movie screen, as he outlined the process of the production of fear, and why not to give it credence. "It is important for [secretive organizations] to present themselves as potent. And this makes people unreasonably scared."

This fear is "unreasonable," he argued--in an evident strategy to boost the confidence of his audience--because "we who care" about issues such as human rights are more potent and capable than those who do not.

"Secret organizations are not places where the best and the brightest shine. When they go head to head with organizations where the people [do have passion and intelligence] they lose. These are organizations run by bureaucracies, and bureaucracies are incompetent."

His primary example: General Keith Alexander, former NSA chief, who now has become a military contractor. Not because of "his business expertise" in running companies (of which he has none, Assange stated), but because of his personal contacts: "the built-in incompetency of secrecy."

As for victories over secret bureaucracies, Assange cited his own, the case of WikiLeaks, as well as the case of Edward Snowden.

"WikiLeaks has gone head to head with the Pentagon. We were asked to give back the materials seized. They were not successful at all with a single document. Similarly, with the recent Snowden affair--which was a clear match between the NSA and us and other supporters--the question was whether he was going to get asylum or whether the US was going to put him a prison. The result of conflict is that the US government lost."

My question for Assange was about his own relationship to "freedom and rights," the two words he repeated as goals in democracy. It is quite uncanny to receive words of encouragement to be fearless from a tranquil face looming on a large screen, with the awareness that the actual speaker, unlike the audience, is unable to physically leave the room of the webcam.

To summarize his situation: Assange has been constrained to living quarters in the London Ecuadorian Embassy for the past two and a half years, because of fear of extradition to Sweden for what was initially a sexual assault charge, but which subsequently devolved into a charge (not yet confirmed) that the activist did not use condoms during consensual sex, on two separate occasions, with two Swedish women who hosted him in their homes. The reason he chooses to stay trapped in asylum, rather than face the no-condom charge in Sweden--which (if established) carries a sentence not much longer than the one he is already voluntarily serving (four years maximum)--is that once in Sweden, according to one of his pro-bono lawyers, Jennifer Robinson, also here at the film festival, he would "be surely extradited" to the United States where he would be "prosecuted for his actions as a publisher."

These actions as a publisher (i.e., the leaking of classified government material), in the view of Assange's critics, irresponsibly put US security and private individuals at risk: hence Assange's controversial reputation (for some, he is a hero; for others, a criminal) and the risk of extradition to the United States to face charges.

"But they have yet to come up with a single charge," Robinson stated, her eyes flashing with anger. "Not one! Julian was very careful to not publish any article that put US security in danger. For Julian, the point is that a journalist must be able to protect their sources."

In the meantime, Assange remains indefinitely in the reconverted women's bathroom of the Embassy where--according to Jacob Appelbaum, an activist hacker and supporter of the WikiLeaks founder, present in the audience--he is "not allowed to look out a window" or "go near a door."

As others remarked in the conference: Assange has visibly aged from his tenure indoors.

How does Assange continue to work--with fearless optimism--in this highly scrutinized (and surveilled), window-deprived and legally inchoate existence?

"Human beings are very adaptable to the difficult situations they find themselves in," he responded, with a smile--albeit a smile more vulnerable than at the outset. "The adaptability is a cause for a real concern," he continued, shifting the discourse, once more, from the personal to the political.

"Are we slowly being cooked like frogs in a boiling pot? I have been detained for the last four years; this is the new normal for me. It is a similar situation for many people: see Chelsea Manning who has been unjustly sentenced for 35 years in prison for communicating with the press."

As for the question of how he continues with his work--with his bank accounts closed (including blocks on PayPal and all credit cards) and every visitor scrutinized--he responded with easy confidence:

"In my case, surveillance is personal. I was put on the NSA manhunting list. 15,000 dollars a day are being spent on surveilling me here in the Embassy. But my case is not the case of anybody. I have the luxury of having a lot of experience in cryptology and knowing how to deal with surveillance. I have training. [The most concrete thing I can say] is that I know how to confuse the opponent, and how to spend effort on what is truly important."

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On a personal level, Schmidt and Cohen are perfectly likable people. But Google's chairman is a classic “head of industry” player, with all of the ideological baggage that comes with that role.44 Schmidt fits exactly where he is: the point where the centrist, liberal, and imperialist tendencies meet in American political life. By all appearances, Google's bosses genuinely believe in the civilizing power of enlightened multinational corporations, and they see this mission as continuous with the shaping of the world according to the better judgment of the “benevolent superpower.” They will tell you that open-mindedness is a virtue, but all perspectives that challenge the exceptionalist drive at the heart of American foreign policy will remain invisible to them. This is the impenetrable banality of “don’t be evil.” They believe that they are doing good. And that is a problem.




Google Is Not What It Seems

by Julian Assange



In this extract from his new book When Google Met Wikileaks, WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange describes the special relationship between Google, Hillary Clinton and the State Department -- and what that means for the future of the internet...

Eric Schmidt is an influential figure, even among the parade of powerful characters with whom I have had to cross paths since I founded WikiLeaks. In mid-May 2011 I was under house arrest in rural Norfolk, about three hours’ drive northeast of London. The crackdown against our work was in full swing and every wasted moment seemed like an eternity. It was hard to get my attention. But when my colleague Joseph Farrell told me the executive chairman of Google wanted to make an appointment with me, I was listening.

In some ways the higher echelons of Google seemed more distant and obscure to me than the halls of Washington. We had been locking horns with senior US officials for years by that point. The mystique had worn off. But the power centers growing up in Silicon Valley were still opaque and I was suddenly conscious of an opportunity to understand and influence what was becoming the most influential company on earth. Schmidt had taken over as CEO of Google in most influential company on earth. Schmidt had taken over as CEO of Google in 2001 and built it into an empire.1

I was intrigued that the mountain would come to Muhammad. But it was not until well after Schmidt and his companions had been and gone that I came to understand who had really visited me.



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The stated reason for the visit was a book. Schmidt was penning a treatise with Jared Cohen, the director of Google Ideas, an outfit that describes itself as Google’s in-house “think/do tank.” I knew little else about Cohen at the time. In fact, Cohen had moved to Google from the US State Department in 2010. He had been a fast-talking “Generation Y” ideas man at State under two US administrations, a courtier from the world of policy think tanks and institutes, poached in his early twenties. He became a senior advisor for Secretaries of State Rice and Clinton. At State, on the Policy Planning Staff, Cohen was soon christened “Condi’s party-starter,” channeling buzzwords from Silicon Valley into US policy circles and producing delightful rhetorical concoctions such as “Public Diplomacy 2.0.”2 On his Council on Foreign Relations adjunct staff page he listed his expertise as “terrorism; radicalization; impact of connection technologies on 21st century statecraft; Iran.”3

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Director of Google Ideas, and "geopolitical visionary" Jared Cohen shares his vision with US Army recruits in a lecture theatre at West Point Military Academy on 26 Feb 2014 (Instagram by Eric Schmidt)

It was Cohen who, while he was still at the Department of State, was said to have emailed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to delay scheduled maintenance in order to assist the aborted 2009 uprising in Iran.4 His documented love affair with Google began the same year, when he befriended Eric Schmidt as they together surveyed the post-occupation wreckage of Baghdad. Just months later, Schmidt re-created Cohen’s natural habitat within Google itself by engineering a “think/do tank” based in New York and appointing Cohen as its head. Google Ideas was born.
Later that year the two co-wrote a policy piece for the Council on Foreign Relations’ journal Foreign Affairs, praising the reformative potential of Silicon Valley technologies as an instrument of US foreign policy.5 Describing what they called “coalitions of the connected,”6 Schmidt and Cohen claimed that

Democratic states that have built coalitions of their militaries have the capacity to do the same with their connection technologies. . . . They offer a new way to exercise the duty to protect citizens around the world [emphasis added].7

In the same piece they argued that “this technology is overwhelmingly provided by the private sector.” Shortly afterwards, Tunisia. then Egypt, and then the rest of the Middle East, erupted in revolution. The echoes of these events on online social media became a spectacle for Western internet users. The professional commentariat, keen to rationalize uprisings against US-backed dictatorships, branded them "Twitter revolutions." Suddenly everyone wanted to be at the intersection point between US global power and social media, and Schmidt and Cohen had already staked out the territory. With the working title “The Empire of the Mind,” they began expanding their article to book length, and sought audiences with the big names of global tech and global power as part of their research.



They said they wanted to interview me. I agreed. A date was set for June.


By the time June came around there was already a lot to talk about. That summer WikiLeaks was still grinding through the release of US diplomatic cables, publishing thousands of them every week. When, seven months earlier, we had first started releasing the cables, Hillary Clinton had denounced the publication as “an attack on the international community” that would “tear at the fabric” of government.

It was into this ferment that Google projected itself that June, touching down in a London airport and making the long drive up into East Anglia to Norfolk and Beccles. Schmidt arrived first, accompanied by his then partner, Lisa Shields. When he introduced her as a vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations—a US foreign-policy think tank with close ties to the State Department—I thought little more of it. Shields herself was straight out of Camelot, having been spotted by John Kennedy Jr.’s side back in the early 1990s. They sat with me and we exchanged pleasantries. They said they had forgotten them the recording and in exchange they would forward me the transcript, to be corrected for accuracy and clarity. We began. Schmidt plunged in at the deep end, straightaway quizzing me on the organizational and technological underpinnings of WikiLeaks.
Some time later Jared Cohen arrived. With him was Scott Malcomson, introduced as the book’s editor. Three months after the meeting Malcomson would enter the State Department as the lead speechwriter and principal advisor to Susan Rice (then US ambassador to the United Nations, now national security advisor). He had previously served as a senior advisor at the United Nations, and is a longtime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. At the time of writing, he is the director of communications at the International Crisis Group.8

At this point, the delegation was one part Google, three parts US foreign-policy establishment, but I was still none the wiser. Handshakes out of the way, we got down to business.

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Google's Chairman, Eric Schmidt, photographed in a New York elevator, carrying Henry Kissinger's new book, "World Order", 25 Sep 2014

Schmidt was a good foil. A late-fiftysomething, squint-eyed behind owlish spectacles, managerially dressed—Schmidt’s dour appearance concealed a machinelike analyticity. His questions often skipped to the heart of the matter, betraying a powerful nonverbal structural intelligence. It was the same intellect that had abstracted software-engineering principles to scale Google into a megacorp, ensuring that the corporate infrastructure always met the rate of growth. This was a person who understood how to build and maintain systems: systems of information and systems of people. My world was new to him, but it was also a world of unfolding human processes, scale, and information flows.
For a man of systematic intelligence, Schmidt’s politics—such as I could hear from our discussion—were surprisingly conventional, even banal. He grasped structural relationships quickly, but struggled to verbalize many of them, often shoehorning geopolitical subtleties into Silicon Valley marketese or the ossified State Department microlanguage of his companions.9
He was at his best when he was speaking (perhaps without realizing it) as an engineer, breaking down complexities into their orthogonal components.

I found Cohen a good listener, but a less interesting thinker, possessed of that relentless conviviality that routinely afflicts career generalists and Rhodes scholars. As you would expect from his foreign-policy background, Cohen had a knowledge of international flash points and conflicts and moved rapidly between them, detailing different scenarios to test my assertions. But it sometimes felt as if he was riffing on orthodoxies in a way that was designed to impress his former colleagues in official Washington. Malcomson, older, was more pensive, his input thoughtful and generous. Shields was quiet for much of the conversation, taking notes, humoring the bigger egos around the table while she got on with the real work.
As the interviewee I was expected to do most of the talking. I sought to guide them into my worldview. To their credit, I consider the interview perhaps the best I have given. I was out of my comfort zone and I liked it. We ate and then took a walk in the grounds, all the while on the record. I asked Eric Schmidt to leak US government information requests to WikiLeaks, and he refused, suddenly nervous, citing the illegality of disclosing Patriot Act requests. And then as the evening came on it was done and they were gone, back to the unreal, remote halls of information empire, and I was left to get back to my work. That was the end of it, or so I thought.



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Being cynical: Julian Assange, Eric Schmidt, and the year's weirdest book

In 'The New Digital Age' we learn what happens when Google stops being polite and starts getting real

Stephen Colbert: Is this new digital age going to be good?

Eric Schmidt: Yes!

Stephen Colbert: The very first sentence of this dang book is, "The internet is among the few things humans have built that they don’t truly understand." Do you understand the internet?

Eric Schmidt: I do not.

—Eric Schmidt on The Colbert Report, April 2013


The New Digital Age is an odd book. Part of it is style: it reads like a report specially commissioned by the Senate Select Subcommittee on Boring. And as for the "insights" it offers about the future: "The virtual world can make the physical world better, worse or just different." Which is like saying that porridge can be too hot, or too cold, or just right.

In my case, it was also context that made this such a strange read. I was braced for a book like Future Shock by Alvin Toffler or even Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital — one that makes a lot of noise, a rollicking tome that sells not only a vision of the future but a lot of books as well. Instead, it took me multiple readings to reach the state of productive paranoia that must at this point be second nature to Julian Assange: that is, a worldview that sees a technocrat under every bed. In the end, his recent op-ed for the New York Times ("The Banality of 'Don't Be Evil'") was spot-on, I think. Assange called The New Digital Age "a startlingly clear and provocative blueprint for technocratic imperialism." And after looking those words up in the dictionary (well, dictionary.com) I have to agree.

According to Schmidt–Cohen, The New Digital Age was written out of a sense of duty. It's a warning, and it's a call to action. It reads like some dystopian strain of secular American prophecy written in corporate report-speak, heavy on terms of art like "disruption" and "innovation" and "the [SOMETHING] space." This is a future where the dinosaur government, unable to keep pace with technology platforms "even more powerful than most people realize," shares power with multinational tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple, "who are moving at an accelerated pace and pushing the boundaries sometimes faster than laws can keep up with." It inspires the same kind of dread that once prompted William Gibson to describe one corporation's effect on society in these terms: "Google [has become] a central and evolving structural unit not only of the architecture of cyberspace, but of the world. This is the sort of thing that empires and nation-states did, before. But empires and nation-states weren’t organs of global human perception. They had their many eyes, certainly, but they didn’t constitute a single multiplex eye for the entire human species."

According to Schmidt–Cohen, the wired world (soon to be the entire world) has embarked on "the largest experiment involving anarchy in history." Now, I know a fair number of anarchists who would probably disagree with this sentiment, especially now that the internet resembles nothing less than a shopping district in which all the public space has been gobbled up by private management companies. But if the authors mean "anarchy" as in "a state of society without government or law, where one can download The New Digital Era for free, without legally purchasing it through the Google Play store" then yes, sure. It's anarchy!
This isn't the only place where the authors' fear of the public is on display. "This is a dangerous model," they weigh in on WikiLeaks. "There is always going to be someone with bad judgment who releases information that will get people killed."
"Unfortunately," the authors of The New Digital Age conclude, "people like Assange and organizations like WikiLeaks will be well placed to take advantage of some of the [worldwide technological] changes in the next decade."
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The New York Times was right to ask Julian Assange to comment on The New Digital Age. His book, Cypherpunks (reviewed for The Verge by R.U. Sirius) both foreshadows Schmidt and Cohen's work and serves as a response. Say what you will about Assange's prose — sure, the man is kind of a Debbie Downer — it's obvious that he cares about what happens to the least of us, those of us who are not shareholders. The core of his message is inevitably missing from mainstream press coverage of WikiLeaks: that a just society would protect the weak from the powerful and corrupt. By way of contrast, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen have spent the bulk of their short, happy lives sucking up to power.

While Google's market share and influence have swelled over the years, Eric Schmidt has hobnobbed in Davos, attended sessions of the Bilderberg group, joined the board of the New America Foundation, and amassed a fortune in the process. More or less in parallel, Cohen treated the State Department like a startup, wowing Condi and Hillary with his Twitter proficiency and by throwing around terms like "Public Diplomacy 2.0" and "21st-Century Statecraft," as if they weren't meaningless.

"Not bad for a man who was once labeled 'Condi's Party Starter'"

Highlights from Cohen's All-American Speakers Bureau bio include positions with the National Counterterrorism Center and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a highly publicized phone date with Jack Dorsey. Not bad for a man who was once labeled "Condi's Party Starter" by The New Yorker, presumably through no fault of his own. Most recently, Cohen was named the director of Google's "think/do" tank, Google Ideas.

Indeed, under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the US State Department at times resembled nothing less than a "think/do" tank for the Hoover Institution, the prominent conservative policy research institute based at Jared Cohen's alma mater, Stanford University. And it's this world of think tanks and foundations that provides the true intellectual center of Schmidt–Cohen's book. Rice knows this world well. She left the faculty of Stanford University to work at the Pentagon (paid for by a fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations) before going to the National Security Council. Now that her government service is done, she's gone back to Stanford.

In her autobiography, Rice mentions how "a terrific staff of 'young guns'" accompanied another member of the Stanford set, Stephen D. Krasner, to the State Department. "One of his most inspired appointments came in 2006," Rice continues, "when he hired the 20-something Jared Cohen," also a Stanford alum. She then goes on to claim credit for the Arab Spring on the State Department’s behalf.

On a December day in 2008 — this was during the bitter end of the Bush presidency — Cohen joined State Department official James Glassman on stage at the New America Foundation to outline their gift to the next administration, and to the world: "A new approach to communicating ... made far easier because of the emergence of Web 2.0, or social networking, technologies. We call our new approach Public Diplomacy 2.0." In a talk that awkwardly referenced both Camus and Derrida, the wonks announced their support for a group of State Department-approved pro-democracy activists under the banner Alliance of Youth Movements.

The first step, of course, was acquiring the URL "movements.org." Next was a series of conferences in New York, London, and Mexico City, complete with corporate sponsorship (including AT&T, Pepsi, MTV, and Howcast) and an onstage appearance by Whoopi Goldberg. But the event that the State Department seemed most excited about was a meeting that took place between American activists and Egyptian dissidents that would go on to play a key role in the tumult that shook Mubarak from power. The meeting took place not in meatspace, but in cyberspace. Specifically in the popular virtual sex hub, Second Life.
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Schmidt: I want to talk a little about Thor. Right. The sort of, the whole Navy network and...
Assange: Tor or Thor?
Schmidt: Yeah, actually I mean Tor.
Assange: And Odin as well.
— "Secret" meeting between Eric Schmidt and Julian Assange, transcript released by WikiLeaks in April, 2013

Both Schmidt and Cohen have been burned by WikiLeaks at some point in their careers. In fact, the latest incident — weeks before the publication of The New Digital Age — involves a recording and transcript of a supposedly secret meeting with Julian Assange. Besides Cohen-Schmidt, this meeting was attended by a group of establishment emissaries including Scott Malcomson of the International Crisis Group and Lisa Shields, vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

For the next few hours, Schmidt–Cohen would avoid politics, or philosophy, or any of the motivations that prompted the creation of WikiLeaks. Instead they picked their subject's brain regarding things like UDP encryption and Bitcoin (you know, because they couldn't just Google that [Censored]). While the transcript of that interview wasn't meant to be published, it's worth reading nonetheless — if only because throughout the meeting Schmidt and Cohen betray the same narrow-minded focus on technical details that makes The New Digital Age such a frustrating book.

And it is a frustrating book. It's the kind of book where the authors surveyed the sorry state of cellular connectivity in Baghdad, back when Cohen still worked for the State Department and Schmidt was his fancy-pants CEO guest, and could only conclude that "governments [are] dangerously behind the curve" when it comes to understanding and implementing new technology.

Which is true, if you only take it that far. But how narrow-minded do you have to be that you could look at war-torn Baghdad and only think that it would be a great place to introduce Android phones? How full of [Censored] must one be to not even acknowledge the role that two wars (and years of deadly embargoes) played in devastating what William Blum called "one of the most advanced and enlightened nations in the Middle East?" Even if you were to set aside the aerial bombardment and military occupation for a moment, there is still the damage caused by the previous authoritarian regime, one that received tacit approval and sometimes outright support from the United States going back to the Reagan administration.

."The State Department-sponsored meeting of Egyptian dissidents took place in Linden Lab's popular virtual sex hub, Second Life".

There is an unacknowledged political reality that permeates The New Digital Age, one that assumes that human beings assert no control over their destiny, that regulating people is "good" while regulating business is "bad," that post-modernity means that humankind is destined to be cast adrift in waves of market innovation — submerged, in fact. And that's exactly the kind of thinking that informs the policy recommendations of organizations like the Council on Foreign Relations. It's the political realism that informs the mad politics of someone like Henry Kissinger, who earns pride of place not only as someone who wrote an inside-cover blurb for The New Digital Age (an august group that includes Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Elon Musk) but as someone who — unlike Julian Assange, who was interviewed then dismissed when his testimony proved inconvenient — actually received a few good-sized passages in the text. If this were an intellectually honest book, there would be dialogue, acknowledgement of opposing viewpoints. Instead, this is a manifesto.

A manifesto for what, exactly? I suppose we'll have to ask Bill Clinton. Or the war criminal, Henry Kissinger. Or Madeleine Albright, once she's done shilling for Herbalife.
Without ever explaining its motivations or acknowledging an alternate viewpoint, The New Digital Age describes a future in which the current trends lead directly to the only possible outcome. That's because, I would suspect, the people who would make those decisions don't want us to realize that we do have other options. In taking this approach, Schmidt–Cohen gave the world a book that sees humanity not as a group of individuals, but as consumers.

If Schmidt and Cohen’s vision of the future comes to pass, it will be because as a society we've never learned to take responsibility for the "innovation" that's imposed on us by those for whom profit motives are the only priority. If you doubt that's the case, ask yourself why they had to install suicide nets at Foxconn, or how the various factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo are funding their civil war.

In the end, if Schmidt and Cohen are right, it's because our machines will have become faster and cheaper, but nothing else will have changed. Then we'll have the lame "end of history" that Francis Fukuyama once depicted, because we drowned in the waves of innovation when we should have been learning to swim.

The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

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"GOOGLE is getting WH and State Dept. support & air cover. In reality,
they are doing things the CIA cannot do. But, I agree with you. He's
going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to
happen to expose GOOGLE's covert role in foaming up-risings, to be
blunt. The US Govt can then disavow knowledge and GOOGLE is left
holding the [Censored] bag."


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StratforLeaks: Google Ideas Director Involved in ‘Regime Change’

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Top Google execs, including the company’s CEO and one of Barack Obama’s major presidential campaign donors Eric Schmidt, informed the intelligence agency Stratfor about Google’s activities and internal communication regarding “regime change” in the Middle East, according to Stratfor emails released by WikiLeaks and obtained by Al-Akhbar. The other source cited was Google’s director for security and safety Marty Lev.

Email exchanges suggest that Google execs were suspicious that Cohen was coordinating his moves with the White House.

The briefings mainly focused on the movements of Jared Cohen, currently the director of Google Ideas, a “think/do-tank” billed as a vehicle for spreading American-style liberal democracy. Cohen was also a former member of US Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and former advisor to Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.
Email exchanges, starting February 2011, suggest that Google execs were suspicious that Cohen was coordinating his moves with the White House and cut Cohen’s mission short at times for fear he was taking too many risks. Stratfor’s vice-president of counter-terrorism Fred Burton, who seemed opposed to Google’s alleged covert role in “foaming” uprisings, describes Cohen as a “loose Cannon” whose killing or kidnapping “might be the best thing to happen” to expose Google.

The Cohen Conspiracy

Stratfor’s spotlight on Cohen began on 9 February 2012 after Burton forwarded to the secure email list a Foreign Policy article discussing Cohen’s move from the State Department to Google Ideas. With this article, Burton noted that Cohen had dinner in Cairo with Wael Ghonim on January 27, 2011 just hours before the Egyptian Google Executive was famously picked up by Egypt’s State Security. (doc-id 1122191)
On the same day, Stratfor’s staff make reference to a Huffington Post article which highlighted Cohen’s role in “delaying the scheduled maintenance on Twitter so the Iranian revolution could keep going” and a Foreign Policy article that noted that Cohen “was a Rhodes scholar, spent time in Iran, [and] hung out in Iraq during the war…”. These casual discovers further perked Stratfor’s curiosity about Cohen. (doc-id 1629270)
The following day, Burton forwarded a message to the secure email list from “a very good Google source” who claimed that Cohen “[was] off to Gaza next week”. Burton added, “Cohen, a Jew, is bound to get himself whacked….Google is not clear if Cohen is operating [with a] State Dept [or] WH [White House] license, or [is] a hippie activist.”
Korena Zucha, another senior analyst on the list, queried, “Why hasn’t Google cut ties to Cohen yet? Or is Cohen’s activity being endorsed by those higher up in the [company] than your contact?”
In turn, Burton replied, “Cohen’s rabbi is Eric Schmidt and Obama lackey. My source is trying to find out if the billionaire owners are backing Cohen’s efforts for regime change.” (doc-id 1111729)
Later on, Burton forwarded information from the “Google source” of Cohen’s links in establishing Movements.org. The source added, “A site created to help online organization of groups and individuals to move democracy in stubborn nations. Funded through public-private partnerships.” Burton pointed out that the US State Department is the organization’s public sponsor.” (doc-id 1118344)
Indeed, the State Department, partnering with a number of corporations, was the main sponsor for the 2008 inaugural Alliance of Youth Movements summit in New York City that subsequently established Movements.org. Hillary Clinton endorsed the organization and presented a video message during the second summit held in Mexico City a year later.
On 11 February, Burton wrote to the secure email list that Cohen was still planning to head to Gaza. He added, “The dude is a loose can[n]on. GOOGLE is trying to stop his entry into Gaza now because the dude is like scorched earth. It’s unclear to GOOGLE if he’s driving without a license, but GOOGLE believes he’s on a specific mission of “regime change” on the part of leftist fools inside the WH who are using him for their agendas.” (doc-id 1113596)
Throughout this day, the idea proposed by Burton, and seemingly felt by his Google contacts as well, of Cohen and the White House’s involvement in the uprisings was actively discussed among the analysts, especially in regards to who would be targeted next. (doc-id 1113965)
By Monday, 14 February 2011, Burton shared intelligence with George Friedman, Stratfor’s founder, and Scott Stewart, vice-president of Stratfor’s tactical department, from his source in Google that Cohen was ordered not to go to Gaza. Burton’s Google source further stated, “Also, thinking I [the unnamed source] may be on the right track about him despite his denials [in reference to Cohen working for the White House/State Department].”
When asked to clarify his sources on Cohen, Burton claimed that they were Marty Lev, Google’s director for security and safety, and Eric Schmidt, the current CEO of Google. (doc-id 398679)
A week later, Burton forwarded an internal Google email obtained from a ‘senior Google executive’. This email was seemingly sent by Cohen to the senior Google executive to discuss Cohen’s planned trip in March.

“GOOGLE are doing things the CIA cannot do."

In it, Cohen wrote, “I wanted to follow-up and get a sense of your latest thinking on the proposed March trip to UAE, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. The purpose of this trip is to exclusively engage the Iranian community to better understand the challenges faced by Iranians as part of one of our Google Ideas groups on repressive societies. Here is what we are thinking: Drive to Azerbaijan/Iranian border and engage the Iranian communities closer to the border (this is important because we need the Azeri Iranian perspective).”
After reading Cohen’s email, Stewart remarked, “Cohen might end up having an accident if he is not careful. This is not child’s play.”
Burton responded, “GOOGLE is getting WH [White House] and State Dept. support and air cover. In reality, they are doing things the CIA cannot do. But, I agree with you. He’s going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose GOOGLE’s covert role in foaming up-risings, to be blunt. The US Gov’t can then disavow knowledge and GOOGLE is left holding the [Censored] bag.” (doc-id 1121800)
On 10 March 2011, Burton forwarded another message from his ‘senior Google executive’ source detailing how Cohen was requested not to travel on his proposed trip. The source explained that Google had concerns over Cohen’s “baggage” as a “US State Dept. policy maker, his research and publications on Muslim extremists and youth movements and his presence in Egypt just as the uprising started.”The source also stated that Cohen was recommended to “take a lower profile on this specific trip and let time pass before being visible and associated with people known by their states to be active in challenging repressive societies.” (doc-id 1164190)
A subsequent message from Burton’s source on 22 March 2011 affirmed that Cohen “heeded the advice not to go to Turkey or UAE for those meetings.” (doc-id 1133861)
The final email dealing with Cohen was on 30 March 2011.
Here, Burton forwarded to the alpha (secure) email list a response by his source to Burton’s question of whether Cohen was playing any role in Libya at the time. The source stated, “Not that I’m aware of. He heeded the advice to avoid Turkey and UAE and didn’t go on that trip.” (doc-id 1160182)
Google Ideas: Politicizing Technology
Certainly, there is more than meets the eye to Cohen and his actions; even his superiors in Google seem to think so.
The belief, chiefly by Burton, that Cohen had seemingly played a role in fermenting the uprisings that toppled Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak underplays, and at times entirely disregards, the ability and agency by local movements in Tunisia and Egypt.
Nevertheless, Google Ideas, which Cohen directs, is a new animal. According to a report by the Financial Times published last July, Google Ideas seems to bond idealistic activist sensibilities with Google’s pursuit for continued global expansion - blurring the lines between business and political action. Schmidt and Cohen dub Google Ideas as a “think/do-tank” that aims to tackle political and diplomatic matters through the use of technology.
The first public event for the think/do-tank, in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Tribeca Film Festival, was held last June in Dublin. It gathered around 80 ‘former’ extremists, including former Muslim radicals, neo-Nazis, US gang members, and others, in a “Summit Against Violent Extremism”. The announcement by Google declared that the summit’s aim is “to initiate a global conversation on how best to prevent young people from becoming radicalised and how to de-radicalise others” and that “the ideas generated at the Dublin summit will be included in a study to be published later in the year.”
One spin off was the creation of the Against Violent Extremism group, apparently a network for those who attended the Dublin Summit. Beyond merely networking, the group also advertises certain projects that are in need of funding. Notably, much of the projects pertain to the Middle East, including an “Al-Awlaki Counter-Campaign” - Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen of Yemeni origin, was assassinated in September of last year by the US for his alleged al-Qaeda connections.
But the Against Violent Extremism site does not seem to be presently active. The last update for projects in need of funding was made in September and the last announcement regarding the workings of the site was made in October.
More recently, Foreign Policy reported in January that the Brookings Institute, one of the oldest and most influential think-tanks in Washington, DC, named Google Ideas as “the best new think tank established in the last 18 months.” Such accolades arguably suggests that Google Ideas is expected to be a major player in the near future.


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Welcome to the Matrix: Enslaved by Technology and the Internet of Things

“There will come a time when it isn't ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me.’” ― Philip K. D-ick

If ever Americans sell their birthright, it will be for the promise of expediency and comfort delivered by way of blazingly fast Internet, cell phone signals that never drop a call, thermostats that keep us at the perfect temperature without our having to raise a finger, and entertainment that can be simultaneously streamed to our TVs, tablets and cell phones.

Likewise, if ever we find ourselves in bondage, we will have only ourselves to blame for having forged the chains through our own lassitude, laziness and abject reliance on internet-connected gadgets and gizmos that render us wholly irrelevant.

Indeed, while most of us are consumed with our selfies and trying to keep up with what our so-called friends are posting on Facebook, the megacorporation Google has been busily partnering with the National Security Agency (NSA), the Pentagon, and other governmental agencies to develop a new “human” species, so to speak.

In other words, Google—a neural network that approximates a global brain—is fusing with the human mind in a phenomenon that is called “singularity,” and they’ve hired transhumanist scientist Ray Kurzweil to do just that. Google will know the answer to your question before you have asked it, Kurzweil said. “It will have read every email you will ever have written, every document, every idle thought you’ve ever tapped into a search-engine box. It will know you better than your intimate partner does. Better, perhaps, than even yourself.”

But here’s the catch: the NSA and all other government agencies will also know you better than yourself. As William Binney, one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA said, “The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.”

Science fiction, thus, has become fact.

We’re fast approaching Philip K. ****’s vision of the future as depicted in the film Minority Report. There, police agencies apprehend criminals before they can commit a crime, driverless cars populate the highways, and a person’s biometrics are constantly scanned and used to track their movements, target them for advertising, and keep them under perpetual surveillance.

Cue the dawning of the Age of the Internet of Things, in which internet-connected “things” will monitor your home, your health and your habits in order to keep your pantry stocked, your utilities regulated and your life under control and relatively worry-free.

The key word here, however, is control.

In the not-too-distant future, “just about every device you have — and even products like chairs, that you don’t normally expect to see technology in — will be connected and talking to each other.”

By 2018, it is estimated there will be 112 million wearable devices such as smartwatches, keeping users connected it real time to their phones, emails, text messages and the Internet. By 2020, there will be 152 million cars connected to the Internet and 100 million Internet-connected bulbs and lamps. By 2022, there will be 1.1 billion smart meters installed in homes, reporting real-time usage to utility companies and other interested parties.

This “connected” industry—estimated to add more than $14 trillion to the economy by 2020—is about to be the next big thing in terms of societal transformations, right up there with the Industrial Revolution, a watershed moment in technology and culture.

Between driverless cars that completely lacking a steering wheel, accelerator, or brake pedal, and smart pills embedded with computer chips, sensors, cameras and robots, we are poised to outpace the imaginations of science fiction writers such as Philip K. **** and Isaac Asimov. By the way, there is no such thing as a driverless car. Someone or something will be driving, but it won’t be you.

The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is a glittering showcase for such Internet-connected techno gadgets as smart light bulbs that discourage burglars by making your house look occupied, smart thermostats that regulate the temperature of your home based on your activities, and smart doorbells that let you see who is at your front door without leaving the comfort of your couch.

Nest, Google’s $3 billion acquisition, has been at the forefront of the “connected” industry, with such technologically savvy conveniences as a smart lock that tells your thermostat who is home, what temperatures they like, and when your home is unoccupied; a home phone service system that interacts with your connected devices to “learn when you come and go” and alert you if your kids don’t come home; and a sleep system that will monitor when you fall asleep, when you wake up, and keep the house noises and temperature in a sleep-conducive state.

The aim of these internet-connected devices, as Nest proclaims, is to make “your house a more thoughtful and conscious home.” For example, your car can signal ahead that you’re on your way home, while Hue lights can flash on and off to get your attention if Nest Protect senses something’s wrong. Your coffeemaker, relying on data from fitness and sleep sensors, will brew a stronger pot of coffee for you if you’ve had a restless night.

It’s not just our homes that are being reordered and reimagined in this connected age: it’s our workplaces, our health systems, our government and our very bodies that are being plugged into a matrix over which we have no real control.

Moreover, given the speed and trajectory at which these technologies are developing, it won’t be long before these devices are operating entirely independent of their human creators, which poses a whole new set of worries. As technology expert Nicholas Carr notes, “As soon as you allow robots, or software programs, to act freely in the world, they’re going to run up against ethically fraught situations and face hard choices that can’t be resolved through statistical models. That will be true of self-driving cars, self-flying drones, and battlefield robots, just as it’s already true, on a lesser scale, with automated vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers.”

For instance, just as the robotic vacuum, Roomba, “makes no distinction between a dust bunny and an insect,” weaponized drones—poised to take to the skies en masse this year—will be incapable of distinguishing between a fleeing criminal and someone merely jogging down a street. For that matter, how do you defend yourself against a robotic cop—such as the Atlas android being developed by the Pentagon—that has been programmed to respond to any perceived threat with violence?

Unfortunately, in our race to the future, we have failed to consider what such dependence on technology might mean for our humanity, not to mention our freedoms.

Ingestible or implantable chips are a good example of how unprepared we are, morally and otherwise, to navigate this uncharted terrain. Hailed as revolutionary for their ability to access, analyze and manipulate your body from the inside, these smart pills can remind you to take your medication, search for cancer, and even send an alert to your doctor warning of an impending heart attack.

Sure, the technology could save lives, but is that all we need to know? Have we done our due diligence in asking all the questions that need to be asked before unleashing such awesome technology on an unsuspecting populace?

For example, asks Washington Post reporter Ariana Eunjung Cha:

What kind of warnings should users receive about the risks of implanting chip technology inside a body, for instance? How will patients be assured that the technology won’t be used to compel them to take medications they don’t really want to take? Could law enforcement obtain data that would reveal which individuals abuse drugs or sell them on the black market? Could what started as a voluntary experiment be turned into a compulsory government identification program that could erode civil liberties?

Let me put it another way. If you were shocked by Edward Snowden’s revelations about how NSA agents have used surveillance to spy on Americans’ phone calls, emails and text messages, can you imagine what unscrupulous government agents could do with access to your internet-connected car, home and medications? Imagine what a SWAT team could do with the ability to access, monitor and control your internet-connected home—locking you in, turning off the lights, activating alarms, etc.

Thus far, the public response to concerns about government surveillance has amounted to a collective shrug. After all, who cares if the government can track your whereabouts on your GPS-enabled device so long as it helps you find the fastest route from Point A to Point B? Who cares if the NSA is listening in on your phone calls and downloading your emails so long as you can get your phone calls and emails on the go and get lightning fast Internet on the fly? Who cares if the government can monitor your activities in your home by tapping into your internet-connected devices—thermostat, water, lights—so long as you can control those things with the flick of a finger, whether you’re across the house or across the country?

As for those still reeling from a year of police shootings of unarmed citizens, SWAT team raids, and community uprisings, the menace of government surveillance can’t begin to compare to bullet-riddled bodies, devastated survivors and traumatized children. However, both approaches are just as lethal to our freedoms if left unchecked.
Control is the key here. As I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, total control over every aspect of our lives, right down to our inner thoughts, is the objective of any totalitarian regime.

George Orwell understood this. His masterpiece, 1984, portrays a global society of total control in which people are not allowed to have thoughts that in any way disagree with the corporate state. There is no personal freedom, and advanced technology has become the driving force behind a surveillance-driven society. Snitches and cameras are everywhere. And people are subject to the Thought Police, who deal with anyone guilty of thought crimes. The government, or “Party,” is headed by Big Brother, who appears on posters everywhere with the words: “Big Brother is watching you.”

Make no mistake: the Internet of Things is just Big Brother in a more appealing disguise.

Even so, I’m not suggesting we all become Luddites. However, we need to be aware of how quickly a helpful device that makes our lives easier can become a harmful weapon that enslaves us.

This was the underlying lesson of The Matrix, the Wachowski brothers’ futuristic thriller about human beings enslaved by autonomous technological beings that call the shots. As Morpheus, one of the characters in The Matrix, explains:

The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

“What truth?” asks Neo.
Morpheus leans in closer to Neo: “That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.”

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This thread for me, just reinforces that polishing the heart is the only way to go. In other words living a love based life for the frequency that puts you in and you can share with others can't be touched by the Transhumanists, or other crazy people. One of their major flaws is their dependence on the grid which includes satellites. If anything happens to the grid their whole system is down. However, much is happening underneath all of this which they and most are unaware of. I'll stick with the science of the Energetic Heart and its application not only for me but for everyone around me as well. I AM WE ARE.

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In today’s Daily Mail, “Sir” Max “I have always loved Israel” Hastings claimed that me and Mr. Snowden are responsible for the bloodbath in Paris: “Traitors… Assange and Snowden have damaged the security of each and every one of us, by alerting the jihadis and Al Qaeda, our mortal enemies, to the scale and reach of electronic eavesdropping”. That a state security vampire like Hastings has pounced on the still warm corpses strewn about Paris is as grotesque as it is predictable.

Secrecy breeds corruption, but it also breeds incompetence and the French secret services are no exception to this rule. Currently the French security state has tried to present the killers as super villains in order to hide its own incompetence — something the media has been only too willing to aid and abet. The reality is the Charlie Hebdo killers were bumbling Keystone terrorists, no-hopers, who crashed their car, left their ID, co-ordinated over the phone and swiftly died. To lose nearly two dozen people to them is unforgivable.

That double digits were killed is no mark of super powers. A single idiot can do it. In Australia’s Port Arthur massacre, a man with the IQ of 66, literally an idiot, shot 58 people over the course of several hours—because he was armed with an AR-10 semi-automatic and his victims were not.

The tragedy in Paris is another example of where competent targeted surveillance, not mass surveillance, was needed.

The attackers were well known jihadis. This is not a case of needing to collect a global interception haystack in order to find a needle. The alleged needle in question, Cherif Kouachi, had already been convicted of terrorism offences and served 18 months in prison for it. Both brothers were already on terrorism lists. Far from hiding messages under rocks or using encryption, the alleged conspirators communicated hundreds of times before and during the attacks — on regular phones. The offices of Charlie Hebdo had received many death threats and had been firebombed in 2011 a week after publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. The French mass surveillance system is already one of the most pervasive; its primary purpose, like all such systems, is geopolitics.

Mass surveillance addiction doesn’t come for free. In France it thieved skilled human and financial resources from targeted monitoring of obvious—the front of the Charlie Hebdo building and people walking out of prison with a terrorism conviction in one hand and numerous jihadi contacts in the other.

Yesterday French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said “There was a failing, of course” on French television, “That’s why we have to analyse what happened.”. Valls is right, Hastings is not.

So conspicuous is the failure in the Charlie Hebdo killings that serious questions must be asked. Cherif Kouachi had previously been involved in furthering the Sunni insurgency in the Levant. Were the brothers protected by the French services as part of French adventurism in Syria, Libya and elsewhere—as a conduit to funnel money, guns and militants into Africa and the Middle East? Were the brothers protected because they were witting or unwitting informers? Were the brothers protected in order to conduct a mediagenic, budget-boosting arrest seconds before the attack began — but the attack was moved forward? Why was the security architecture of the Charlie Hebdo building so poor? How is it that semi-automatic weapons found their way into France and into the hands of known jihadis? And most of all why has France’s crazed Sunni adventurism in Syria, Libya and other parts of Africa been tolerated despite the inevitable destabalization, radicalization and blowback? https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/16/1 ... rawal.html

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