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Washington’s Worship of Big Data Threatens Individual Liberty

E Pluribus Unum was the unofficial motto of the United States until Congress, in 1956, made it by law, “In God We Trust.”  In view of a recent bipartisan initiative in the Republican-led Congress to pool data from every federal agency on every American in the supposed interest of “evidence-based policymaking,” you have to wonder if a new motto is taking shape, whether ever explicitly enacted or not. Call it, “In Big Data, We Trust.”

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The NSA Is Using Facebook to Hack Into Your Computer

BY DUSTIN VOLZ This just in from the Edward Snowden vault of government secrets: The National Security Agency is breaking into “potentially millions of computers worldwide” and infecting them with malware “implants” as part of an effort that is increasingly relying on automated systems and not human oversight, according to a First Look Media report published Wednesday. And the NSA is pretending to be Facebook to get the job done. “In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social-media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive,” First Look reported on Glenn Greenwald’s Intercept channel, citing a classified slide presentation from 2009. “In others, it has...

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Look Who’s Data Mining Your Toddlers

By Michelle Malkin – October 10, 2014 Attention, parents: Have your little ones been subjected to “TS Gold” in school yet? If you care about student privacy, data mining and classroom intrusions, you might want to start asking questions and protecting your children now before it’s too late. What’s happening here in Colorado with this onerous testing regime is happening everywhere. Informed families and teachers from all parts of the political spectrum agree: It’s a Big Government/Big Business “gold” rush you don’t want to join. Read more…

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Michigan school where board member left because of common core

Letter of resignation from a Charter School Board President in Michigan: Dear Eagle Crest Charter Academy, National Heritage Academies, and Central Michigan University, Effective June 30, 2014, I officially resign as board president and from the board of directors of the Eagle Crest Charter Academy. Having been a part of the ECCA board since 1998, I have enjoyed watching it grow from a fledgling 100+ student body to a well respected institution of learning, not only in the West Michigan area, but in the state as a whole. Throughout those years, the challenge this board has been to ask the question, “Is it good for our children?” We have now reached a “no” to the answer of that question: Common Core State Standards and its Orwellian sibling, Smarter Balance Assessments. Over the past few mo...

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Google Complies With Government Requests for User Data 88% of the Time

Internet company Google complies with requests for user data 88 percent of the time government asks, according to data released today by Google. Read more….

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Biosensors to monitor U.S. students’ attentiveness

(Reuters) – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has poured more than $4 billion into efforts to transform public education in the U.S., is pushing to develop an “engagement pedometer.” Biometric devices wrapped around the wrists of students would identify which classroom moments excite and interest them — and which fall flat.

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