1.23: news.pol/gemini/@NafeezAhmed I love google AND the NSA:
. I've been noticing that google's chromebook
is the only safe place to be
given today's firmware-based malware;
but also that it nudges you into cloud computing
which is an invasion of privacy .
. @NafeezAhmed recently wrote an article
asserting that google and other cloud suppliers
were nurtured by the CIA-NSA-MDDS program
in order to implement pervasive surveillance .
. the United States intelligence community
funded, nurtured and incubated Google
as part of a drive to dominate the world
through control of information.
Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA,
Google was merely the first among a plethora of
private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence
to retain ‘information superiority.’
. The MDDS (Massive Digital Data Systems) programme
is actually referenced in several papers
co-authored by [google's] Brin and Page
while at Stanford. In their 1998 paper
published in the Bulletin of the IEEE
Computer Society Technical Committeee on Data Engineering,
they describe the automation of methods
to extract information from the web
via “Dual Iterative Pattern Relation Extraction,”
the development of “a global ranking of Web pages called PageRank,”
and the use of PageRank “to develop
a novel search engine called Google.”
Through an opening footnote,
Sergey Brin confirms he was "Partially supported
by the Community Management Staff’s
Massive Digital Data Systems Program,"
through an NSF grant —
confirming that the CIA-NSA-MDDS program
provided its funding through the NSF.
... Google had signed an agreement with the NSA
giving the agency open-ended access
to the personal information of its users,
and its hardware and software,
in the name of cyber security
— agreements that Gen. Alexander
was busy replicating with
hundreds of telecoms CEOs around the country.
Thus, it is not just Google
that is a key contributor and foundation of
the US military-industrial complex:
it is the entire Internet, and the wide range of
private sector companies — many nurtured and funded
under the mantle of the US intelligence community
(or powerful financiers embedded in that community)
— which sustain the Internet
and the telecoms infrastructure;
it is also the myriad of start-ups
selling cutting edge technologies
to the CIA’s venture firm In-Q-Tel,
where they can then be adapted and advanced for
applications across the military intelligence community.
the global surveillance apparatus
and the classified tools used by
agencies like the NSA to administer it,
have been almost entirely made by
external researchers and private contractors
which operate outside the Pentagon.