CIVIL RIGHTS / LOSING OUR FREEDOM

Human resources: Walmart hired Lockheed Martin to keep tabs on employees

Walmart hired global security giant Lockheed Martin a few years ago to monitor activism in its massive workforce, according to new documents. The defense contractor tracked employees’ social media and reported protest participation to the retail giant.

While Walmart publicly dismissed the demonstrations as “just another union publicity stunt,” their subsequent actions indicate that they took it seriously. In addition to hiring Lockheed Martin to keep tabs on employees’ social media feeds, the companies ranked stores by labor activity and monitored employees who were known to be involved in labor activism, according to Bloomberg.
READ MORE: https://www.rt.com/usa/323485-walmart-hired-lockheed-martin/?utm_source=...

Internet under attack: Hidden clause in TPP to limit free speech, journalism, online

The TPP, a deal, which blankets, a good chunk, nearly 40% of the world’s economy includes a few ‘controversial provisions’ recently outlined by Andrew Griffin below:

One particularly controversial part of the provisions make it a crime to reveal corporate wrongdoing “through a computer system”. Experts have pointed out that the wording is very vague, and could lead to whistleblowers being penalized for sharing important information, and lead to journalists stopping reporting on them.

Others require that online content providers — such as YouTube and Facebook — must take down content if they receive just one complaint, as they are in the US. That will be harmful for startups looking to build such businesses since they’ll be required to have the resources to respond to every complaint, experts have pointed out.
READ MORE: https://www.intellihub.com/internet-under-attack-hidden-clause-in-tpp-to...

Canada raids farm for supplying raw milk demand; food freedom activists successfully defend farm with civil disobedience

Michael Schmidt is a Canadian dairy farmer and raw milk advocate who was raided October 2 by Canadian bureaucrats and police. Michael has been a huge proponent for raw milk for over 30 years and he has been instrumental in changing policy on raw milk.

Michael currently operates a shareholder agreement with people who are part owners on the farm. This farm is not Michael's farm, but he does milk the cows and helps make deliveries to help the farmers out.
READ MORE: http://www.naturalnews.com/051418_raw_milk_farm_raid_Michael_Schmidt.html

School plans microchip bracelets (No it isn't April 1st)

A North Canterbury school's plan to fit students with microchip bracelets to track their behaviour has prompted concern among parents.

Swannanoa School wants to use silicon bracelets as part of a scheme to reward good behaviour, minutes from a Parent Teacher Association meeting show.

Teachers would use portable scanners to add points to a student's online good behaviour chart with a reward when a certain amount of points was accumulated.
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/60406398/school-plans-microchip-bracel...
SEE ALSO: http://humansarefree.com/2012/11/human-microchiping-is-closer-than-you.html

The NSA has a weakness -- it’s up to us what we do now. Re-set the Net on June 5

Don't ask for your privacy. Take it back. On June 5th we will Reset the Net. Are you in? The NSA is exploiting weak links in Internet security to spy on the entire world, twisting the Internet we love into something it was never meant to be: a panopticon.

We can't stop targeted attacks, but we *can* stop mass surveillance, by building proven security into the everyday Internet...
MORE: https://www.resetthenet.org/

Water Liberty: How Innovation Trumps Privatization

The World Bank joins Nestlé in wanting to privatize water, deeming it “extremist” to suggest that those born on this planet have a natural right to clean, potable water. Meanwhile, RT’s Abby Martin reports that the watchdog group Corporate Accountability International recently released a new analysis showing that:

Investing in private water does not extend access and is also counterproductive for economic development. By contrast, infrastructure investment, abandoned by the corporate sector, is where real benefit can be achieved: the World Health Organization estimates more than $10 of economic benefit from every $1 invested in water infrastructure systems.
READ MORE: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/water-liberty-how-innovation-trumps-priva...

Australia: Basically Fucked

Beneficiary payment cards to be rolled out across Australia.

R.I.P FREE SPEECH: Protesters can now be charged $750 or 2 years gaol for attending protests in Victoria

On Tuesday the Legislative Council of Victoria passed the Summary Offence Act 2013, which outlaws the right to protest in Victoria, by a vote of 20-18.

From September onwards the police in Victoria will have the power to ‘move on’ groups of people at their will, including those involved in peaceful protests and pickets. Those who refuse to comply with these orders can be issued with fines of $750, exclusion orders, and jail gaol terms of up to 2 years.

Though clearly aimed at disrupting the Tunnel Picket campaign against the East West Link, in future this law has the potential to be used against anyone – including trade unions and community groups.

Official TOR Project statement on Freedom Hosting arrests and the missing TOR nodes.

UPDATE: The Pirate Bay and all of it's mirror sites have also gone down! http://proxybay.info/
Researchers say Tor-targeted malware phoned home to NSA: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/08/researchers-say-tor-targeted-...
Around midnight on August 4th we were notified by a few people that a large number of hidden service addresses have disappeared from the Tor Network. There are a variety of rumors about a hosting company for hidden services: that it is suddenly offline, has been breached, or attackers have placed a javascript exploit on their web site.

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