Steve Erdmann, Investigative Journalist

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Not for the squeamish or those who disallow more than one opinion, The Dissenter/Disinter wants to give some deeper insight into what this ′alleged’ so-called ″Capitalistic – Democracy” is (Republic—whatever),  in  no-holds-barred YouTube expose’s by an expert economist, Michael Hudson:

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The Internet Cloud of  Global Disinformation and Control
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/04/google-democracy-truth-internet-search-facebook

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Quotes from the article:

“…they allow campaigns to bypass a lot of existing laws.

“It’s all done completely opaquely and they can spend as much money as they like on particular locations because you can focus on a five-mile radius or even a single demographic. Fake news is important but it’s only one part of it. These companies have found a way of transgressing 150 years of legislation that we’ve developed to make elections fair and open.

“Did such micro-targeted propaganda – currently legal – swing the Brexit vote? We have no way of knowing. Did the same methods used by Cambridge Analytica help Trump to victory? Again, we have no way of knowing. This is all happening in complete darkness. We have no way of knowing how our personal data is being mined and used to influence us. We don’t realize that the Facebook page we are looking at, the Google page, the ads that we are seeing, the search results we are using, are all being personalized to us. We don’t see it because we have nothing to compare it to. And it is not being monitored or recorded. It is not being regulated. We are inside a machine and we simply have no way of seeing the controls. Most of the time, we don’t even realize that there are controls.

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“But we don’t know what choices they are making. Neither Google or Facebook make their algorithms public. Why did my Google search return nine out of 10 search results that claim Jews are evil? We don’t know and we have no way of knowing. Their systems are what Frank Pasquale describes as ‘black boxes.’ He calls Google and Facebook ‘a terrifying duopoly of power’ and has been leading a growing movement of academics who are calling for ‘algorithmic accountability.’ ‘We need to have regular audits of these systems,’ he says. ‘We need people in these companies to be accountable. In the US, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, every company has to have a spokesman you can reach. And this is what needs to happen. They need to respond to complaints about hate speech, about bias.’

“Is bias built into the system? Does it affect the kind of results that I was seeing? ‘There’s all sorts of bias about what counts as a legitimate source of information and how that’s weighted. There’s enormous commercial bias. And when you look at the personnel, they are young, white and perhaps Asian, but not black or Hispanic and they are overwhelmingly men. The worldview of young wealthy white men informs all these judgments.’”

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You can reach Steve Erdmann – at – dissenterdisinter@yahoo.com  – or – independenterdmann@gmail.com.

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His Facebook email is http://facebook.com/stephen.erdmann1.

You can also visit his articles at the following:

http://www.minds.com – TheDissenter,

http://www.ufospotlightwordpress.com,

http://www.ufodigestblog.wordpress.com,

http://www.ufodigest.com,

Alternate Perception Magazine: http://www.apmagazine.info/.

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