Secretive Alphabet division funded by Google aims to spy on public transit users

Secretive Alphabet division funded by Google aims to spy on public transit users

 

 

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Exclusive: Documents reveal Sidewalk Labs is offering cloud software Flow to Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade bus and parking services

 

Using public records laws, the Guardian obtained dozens of emails and documents detailing many technologies and proposals from Sidewalk Labs not previously made public.

 

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Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.

 

Its high-tech services, which it calls “new superpowers to extend access and mobility”, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber. But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google’s own technologies, experts fear.

 

Sidewalk is initially offering its cloud software, called Flow, to Columbus, Ohio, the winner of a recent $50m Smart City Challenge organized by the US Department of Transportation.

 

 

Using public records laws, the Guardian obtained dozens of emails and documents submitted to Challenge cities by Sidewalk Labs, detailing many technologies and proposals that have not previously been made public.

 

Some will be controversial, including spending transport subsidies for low-income residents on ride-sharing services such as Uber, requiring cities to upgrade to Sidewalk’s mobile payments system, and modernizing public parking to boost city revenues.

 

Sidewalk Labs was spun out from Google last June with a mission to “improve city life for everyone”. Since then, it was part of a consortium that deployed several hundred free Wi-Fi kiosks in New York and is rumoured to be designing a city from the ground up for self-driving cars. Now, it’s offering Columbus a three-year demonstration project consisting of 100 Wi-Fi kiosks and free access to Flow.

 

“When governments and technologists collaborate, there is an enormous potential to reimagine the way we approach urban mobility,” said Anand Babu, COO of Sidewalk Labs, in a statement to The Guardian.

 

The emails and documents show that Flow applies Google’s expertise in mapping, machine learning and big data to thorny urban problems such as public parking. Numerous studies have found that 30% of traffic in cities is due to drivers seeking parking.

 

Sidewalk said in documents that Flow would use camera-equipped vehicles, like Google’s Street View cars, to count all the public parking spaces in a city and read roadside parking signs. It would then combine data from drivers using Google Maps with live information from city parking meters to estimate which spaces were still free. Arriving drivers would be directed to empty spots.

 

Flow would use data obtained from camera-equipped vehicles about parking availability with live information from city parking meters to estimate where spaces are available.

 

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“Only Google or Apple are in a position to track parking occupancy this way, without expensive sensors on poles or embedded in the tarmac,” says Alexei Pozdnoukhov, director of the Smart Cities Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Sidewalk also hopes to persuade private parking garages to add their spaces to Flow’s database, and even proposes something called “virtualised parking”. A bit like Airbnb for cars, this would allow retailers and offices to temporarily rent private parking spaces usually reserved for shoppers and workers. “This module will be your public relations winner,” Sidewalk claimed in a marketing document. It estimates each virtualised space will be worth $2,000 a year to the city.

 

Flow would also vary the cost of parking spaces according to demand. On weekends, prices might drop in business areas while they climb near music venues. Sidewalk claims this would increase income from parking by 10%.

 

However, Pozdnoukhov says that variable pricing is far from proven. “It could mean real congestion relief across cities … but a pilot project in San Francisco was not very well received,” he says. “If Sidewalk can show value to drivers, it could be a different game, but that’s easier said than done.”

 

Flow packs sticks as well as carrots. An “optimised parking enforcement” module would use AI algorithms to calculate the most lucrative routes for parking cops, earning a medium-sized city another $4m in fines.

 

Sidewalk also wants to redefine public transport. Flow Transit would integrate information and payment for almost every form of transport into Google Maps. Choose a destination and the app will estimate a journey price and duration using everything from buses and taxis to Uber, Lyft, car-share services like Zipcar and even bike-shares.

 

Flow would integrate information and payment for almost every form of transport.

 

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“This idea makes sense in general,” says Carlo Ratti, director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT. “It is important however, that such a platform be open to multiple players.” While Sidewalk did not rule out other partners, its documents focused on Google apps. One said, “During the demo period, the [city’s] data platform includes… data exchange with one party – starting with Google.”

 

 

For the demo, Sidewalk wants 90,000 low-income transit users, who might currently be given discounted or free bus passes, to be able to spend those subsidies on ride-share services instead.

 

Pozdnoukhnov worries that this would threaten traditional bus services: “The problem is that this money will end up with Uber rather than the transit agencies, undermining their existence. The only public systems that will survive will be light rail and subways.”

 

Columbus would receive 1% of the revenue from the app, earning about $2.25m annually according to Sidewalk. Sidewalk did not disclose its cut. Google owns about 5% of Uber.

 

For Flow to work, Sidewalk has to seamlessly charge and pay many different users and vendors. Sidewalk’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) contract, seen by the Guardian, requires that cities distribute transit subsidies through Sidewalk, and accept the company’s mobile payments for all existing transit and parking services.

 

Cities like Columbus would be obliged to bring parking signs up to date, re-train enforcement officers and share parking and ridership information with Sidewalk in real time. The company also wants cities to share public transport data with ride-sharing companies, allowing Uber to direct cars to overcrowded bus stops.

 

All these conditions could mean expensive upgrades to existing technology. “Not every city would be ready to do that,” says Pozdnoukhnov. “Plus, you’ve got a variety of transit operators. Small ones might have to change their entire payment systems.”

 

The contract glosses over likely political resistance to Google transforming and managing city services. “During the demo period,” it reads, “the City will be responsible for … clearing policy hurdles in order to make implementations possible.” For instance, Sidewalk requires cities signing it to establish policies allowing minimum parking requirements to be reduced for developers or businesses contributing to the transit fund. Demand-based pricing for parking could also require legislative action.

 

If Columbus signs up, Sidewalk wants to start swapping data with the city by August, implement dynamic parking by January and launch its shared mobility marketplace by next July.

 

Columbus now has to decide whether it wants all or any of Sidewalk’s services. “The Flow system is definitely something we see real value in,” says Rory McGuiness of the city of Columbus. “But we have not [yet] signed any agreements with them.”

 


 

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SHOCK VIDEO: Secretary of State, Alex Padilla has been served for election fraud!

SHOCK VIDEO: California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla has been served for election fraud!

 

 

 

 

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Google, Facebook Covertly Activate “The Blocker”, Which Deletes Any Propaganda Videos Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg Don’t Like

 

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Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove political content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process.

 

The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate right wing propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from campaign elitists around the world as attacks by journalists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States.

 

YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Trump group videos and other similar material, the sources said.

 

The technology was originally developed to identify and remove copyright-protected content on video sites. It looks for “hashes,” a type of unique digital fingerprint that internet companies automatically assign to specific videos, allowing all content with matching fingerprints to be removed rapidly.

 

Such a system would catch attempts to repost content already identified as unacceptable, but would not automatically block videos that have not been seen before.

 

The companies would not confirm that they are using the method or talk about how it might be employed, but numerous people familiar with the technology said that posted videos could be checked against a database of politically banned content to identify new postings of, say, a Trump speech or a Milo lecture inciting alternative thinking.

 

The two sources would not discuss how much human work goes into reviewing videos identified as matches or near-matches by the technology. They also would not say how videos in the databases were initially identified as extremist.

 

Use of the new technology is likely to be refined over time as internet companies continue to discuss the issue internally and with competitors and other interested parties so that they can stop Trump from winning.

 

In late April, amid pressure from U.S. President Barack Obama and other U.S. and European leaders concerned about online news freedom, internet companies including Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube, Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and CloudFlare held a call to discuss options, including a content-blocking system put forward by the private Counter Extremism Project, according to one person on the call and three who were briefed on what was discussed.

 

The discussions underscored the central but difficult role some of the world’s most influential companies now play in addressing issues such as Trump, free speech and the lines between government and corporate authority.

 

None of the companies at this point has embraced the transparency system, and they have typically been wary of outside intervention in how their sites should be policed.

 

It’s a little bit different than copyright or child pornography, where things are very clearly illegal,” said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.

 

Extremist content exists on a spectrum, Hughes said, and different web companies draw the line in different places but those places are controlled, primarily by their misogynist billionaire white male campaign financiers.

 

Most have relied until now mainly on users to flag content that violates their terms of service, and many still do. Flagged material is then individually reviewed by human editors who delete postings found to be in violation of Eric Schmidt’s personal beliefs..

 

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GOOGLE OFFICES RAIDED!!!

The biggest tax cheats in the world-

Spanish tax inspectors raided the offices of Google in Spain on Thursday, the latest in a series of regulatory worries for the US technology group in Europe.

Google Spain said in a statement:

We comply with Spanish tax laws just as we do in all countries where we operate. We are co-operating with the authorities in Spain in order to answer all their questions, as always.

The raids took place at Google’s Spanish headquarters in downtown Madrid, and in a tech incubator that is run by the group in the capital.

According to Spanish media reports, the tax authorities are probing a case of suspected tax fraud and tax evasion, linked to the payment of value added tax and of non-resident taxes, writes Tobias Buck in Madrid.

The Madrid raids come just a month after French tax inspectors searched the offices of Google in Paris.

Anti-Trump Open Borders Advocate Zuckerberg Buys Hawaii Property – Puts Up ANOTHER Wall

Anti-Trump Open Borders Advocate Zuckerberg Buys Hawaii Property – Puts Up ANOTHER Wall

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg lashed out at Donald Trump in April at the annual developer’s conference over his proposed border wall paid by Mexico.

Zuckerberg did not like Trump’s border wall idea.  Then Zuckerberg went back home to his walled off compound.
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Mark Zuckerberg’s walled off home. (Daily Mail)

Now Zuckerberg is putting up another wall.
This time at his Hawaii property.
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West Hawaii News reported:

For years, Kilauea, Kauai resident Gy Hall has enjoyed the view of the ocean and the breeze along Koolau Road. Then, a few weeks ago, a crew started to build a wall which happens to belong to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense,” Hall said. “It’s really sad that somebody would come in, and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years.”

Hall said the wall extends along Koolau Road, near mile marker 20, and is about six-feet tall. He said its projected length and completion are unclear.

Multiple attempts by TGI to contact Shawn Smith, former Falk Partners manager, who Hall says sold some of the $200 million, 700-plus-acre property to the billionaire, were unsuccessful Friday.

Sony Pictures Funds Hillary Clinton: A Ticket To A Sony Movie Puts Hillary In The White House

Hillary Clinton, Ghostbusters, and Gender Politics Collide on Ellen

 
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Hillary Clinton, Kate McKinnon, and Ellen DeGeneres.

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The four stars of the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot, out July 15, visited the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday to promote the film and show off how skillfully they can play charades in precarious stilettos. The women—Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig—talked about their old jobs (Jones was once a telemarketer for the Church of Scientology) and played a slightly raunchy game of Heads Up, which seems to have some kind of promotional deal with the show—“Ellen DeGeneres” is the clue on the instructional photo on the app’s iTunes page.

All funny on their own, the four comedians are even more lovable together, which bodes well for Ghostbusters. Still, the film’s first trailer has become most disliked movie trailer in the history of YouTube, owing mostly to a few angry communities of misogynist trolls who wish not to see their precious ‘80s franchise sullied by the hand of woman. (To be fair, even from the standpoint of pure comedy, the trailer was pretty disappointing. The second one is much better.) Sony Pictures’ attempt to get the film back on track with male audiences came through loud and clear during the Ellen interview, which focused on just how similar the new Ghostbusters will be to the original. “With all the love we have for the original ones, we’re kind of taking that with new people, new circumstances, I would say, and back in New York City,” McCarthy told DeGeneres on the show. “It has a lot of the good familiar stuff, but it’s new people, and certainly the effects are updated.” DeGeneres helped her along: “And a lot of the original cast. … Do people know that?”

Since Sony has been trying to quell the misogynist outrage over the film, the studio was reportedly not pleased to find that the Ghostbusters cast would appear on the same episode as Hillary Clinton, who’s incited similar outrage among those who hate to see women in roles traditionally occupied by men. According to the New York Times, “the not-quite-joint appearance came as less-than-welcome news to Sony, whose marketing team has been fighting to tamp down what it sees as a misogynistic, Internet-based assault on the movie.” Ellen taped the interviews separately but didn’t do much to differentiate the two while promoting the episode: “This Wednesday, Ellen’s sitting down with some powerful women!” the show’s website said.

Luckily for viewers, the Ghostbusters segment and the Clinton segment did collide, thanks to dreamboat McKinnon, a studied impersonator of DeGeneres and Clinton. She aired her impressions of both, giving Clinton the chance to enjoy a self-deprecating laugh onscreen. Elsewhere in her segment, Clinton played “Who’d You Rather?” to determine her potential vice president, picking Scandal’s Tony Goldwyn over a slew of eminently qualified candidates, including Joe Biden, Jeff Probst, Bernie Sanders, and Kanye West.Clinton also did a cute bit about the possibility of making DeGeneres her running mate. This may please people perennially concerned with Clinton’s ability to experience joy—people like David Brooks, who suggested in Tuesday’s New York Times that people dislike Clinton because she doesn’t have any discernable hobbies, making her seem “Machiavellian, crafty, power-oriented, untrustworthy.” (We can assume the fact that his 800-word argument neglected any mention of sexism was a deliberate statement, not a blind spot.)

 

In that recent New York Times article, Sony chairman Tom Rothman tried to downplay Ghostbusters’ potential women-related associations to Clinton. “All this attention is great, but I hope [Ellen viewers] realize that Slimer is not a registered voter,” he said of a ghost in the film. Rothman may want to claim political neutrality, but politics do not bend to the rules of movie marketing—Donald Trump himself has already expressed incredulity at the idea of a Ghostbusters film starring women as the title characters. It seems like Sony would like to have it both ways—to bask in the feel-good vibes of lowest-common-denominator girl-power feminism while still soothing the inflamed egos of men who feel threatened by onscreen women with ray guns. The response to Ghostbusters reveals as much about the conservatism of contemporary Hollywood as it does about the entrenched misogyny that keeps women out of title roles and the White House.

California Senator Pleads Guilty For Corruption and Racketeering

 

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon pleads guilty in federal corruption case

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Former state Sen. Ron Calderon formally pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal corruption charge after he admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from undercover FBI agents and a hospital executive.

Calderon, who represented the 30th Senate district from 2006 to 2014, appeared before U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder and entered the guilty plea to a count of mail fraud.

The plea agreement was announced shortly after Calderon’s brother Tom Calderon, a former state assemblyman, pleaded guilty to a charge of money laundering. Prosecutors had contended that Tom Calderon helped hide the bribes that his brother sought. 

In his plea agreement filed this month in federal court, Ron Calderon admitted to a damning narrative of allegations that he sought and received bribes for himself and a payment for his son’s college tuition. 

The Montebello resident said that he had the owner of a Long Beach hospital, Michael Drobot, employ his son as a summer intern in exchange for advocating for legislation that would benefit Drobot and his companies. Drobot later pleaded guilty to running a 15-year spinal surgery kickback scheme, part of a wide-ranging medical fraud.

Calderon also admitted that he agreed to advocate for a law that would give a more favorable tax break to independent film producers. Calderon thought he made the agreement to advocate for the legislation on behalf of film executives, but the men were undercover FBI agents. 

In exchange, Calderon had the undercover FBI agents hire his daughter for a job and accepted trips to Las Vegas from the faux film executives that were worth about $12,000. He also had the executives send a $25,000 check to Californians for Diversity, an entity that Tom Calderon and his brother used to pay themselves, according to court papers.

“While in office, Ron Calderon and others profited handsomely when bribe money was accepted and laundered, and I’m gratified that he has chosen to take responsibility for his actions,” said Deirdre Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, in a statement this month.

Under the terms of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to request that Snyder sentence Calderon to no more than 70 months behind bars, a prison term on the low end of federal sentencing guidelines. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

Calderon is scheduled to be sentenced by Snyder on Sept. 19.