Hemisphere is a secretive program run by AT&T that searches trillions of call records and analyzes cellular data to determine where a target is located, with whom he speaks, and potentially why.
However, AT&T’s own documentation—reported here by The Daily Beast for the first time—shows Hemisphere was used far beyond the war on drugs to include everything from investigations of homicide to Medicaid fraud.
Hemisphere isn’t a “partnership” but rather a product AT&T developed, marketed, and sold at a cost of millions of dollars per year to taxpayers. No warrant is required to make use of the company’s massive trove of data, according to AT&T documents, only a promise from law enforcement to not disclose Hemisphere if an investigation using it becomes public.
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Predictive policing uses algorithms to analyse data and cut crime. But does it really work, and should it be trusted?
In an age of anxiety, the words sound so reassuring: predictive policing. The first half promises an awareness of events that have not yet occurred. The second half clarifies that the future in question will be one of safety and security. Together, they perfectly match the current obsession with big data and the mathematical prediction of human actions. They also address the current obsession with crime in the Western world – especially in the United States, where this year’s presidential campaign has whipsawed between calls for law and order and cries that black lives matter. A system that effectively anticipated future…
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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,543
Sunday 04 September 2016.
Dear Mrs May,
Just as Jeremy Hunt is stealing the life blood out of our NHS, so too is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) draining the life and spirit out of the people. None of this is necessary, these are policy decisions driven by ideological choices as was the imposition of austerity.
The DWP’s idea of incentivising people into work is through punitive impoverishment. In late 2015 a coroner sent a regulation 28 report, or a Preventing Future Deaths report, to the DWP when a man committed suicide having been found fit for work following an ESA fitness-for-work test by Atos. In her verdict senior coroner for inner north London, Mary Hassell, said “The anxiety and depression were long term problems, but the intense anxiety that triggered his suicide was caused by his recent assessment…
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“The rich are different from you and me,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in “The Rich Boy,” [Thanks, Postman] and now science is proving he was right.
Keri Chiodo of the Association for Psychological Science explains:
Upper-class people have more educational opportunities, greater financial security, and better job prospects than people from lower social classes, but that doesn’t mean they’re more skilled at everything. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds surprisingly, that lower-class people are better at reading the emotions of others.
The researchers were inspired by observing that, for lower-class people, success depends more on how much they can rely on other individuals. For example, if you can’t afford to buy support services, such as daycare service for your children, you have to rely on your neighbors or relatives to watch the kids while you attend classes or run…
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Gordon Mills, a former Chief Inspector with the now defunct National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU), is suing the GMB trade union. He claims [pdf] that the GMB made libellous comments regarding a meeting he attended in 2008 with The Consulting Association (TCA). TCA, run by Ian Kerr (who died in December 2012), specialised in blacklisting – whereby people were denied work because of their politics or union activism. 3,213 people were placed on the TCA list, which was used by at least 44 construction companies including Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine. Once on the blacklist, workers were either unable to find employment or were quickly dismissed once employed. Many have long suspected that the police, particularly undercover police officers, shared information with blacklisting organisations. Now, ‘insider’ evidence has come to light that only raises more questions about the level and purpose of police liaison…
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Single-payer healthcare and non-profit hospitals look better and better. Lena Sun reports in the Washington Post: A year ago, a study about U.S. hospitals marking up prices by 1,000 percent generat…