Geofeedia Etcetera

October 24, 2016

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Geofeedia Etcetera

There is a big election in two weeks. Many people seem to be worked up about it. Some of them have been expressing themselves on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Vimeo. So it might be appropriate to briefly remind readers that you have no “reasonable expectation of privacy” on the internet and that everything you say on social media, and quite possibly here, is being recorded and analyzed by the police.

Besides the upcoming election, the subject is timely because a little less than two weeks ago the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which is frequently shocked to discover what modern police do, disclosed that at least 500 American police departments (63 of them in California) were using a software tool called “Geofeedia” to filter and store photographs, text and videos contained in social media posts.

Rather than “scraping” information from social media posts, Geofeedia was able to tap into what Twitter calls the “firehose,” the raw stream of data being published by social networks in real time. The firehose also spits out geographic locations. Being able to comb through all this information in order to enhance the marketing of consumer products has always been the point of social media. Geofeedia is now, briefly, an example of a software tool that is trying to use the same information to help police gather intelligence about you.

Bikers For Trump

Dissidents as diverse as Black Lives Matter activists and Bikers for Trump have already had their opinions, their locations and their images databased. In some cases that information has led to prosecutions.

There is also now, as there has been for years, an international effort to assemble a master list of all motorcycle club members that can be used to limit the international travel of those people and their families. Geofeedia is one of the tools that has been used to accomplish that.

Once they got wind of the pending ACLU report in September, both Instagram and Facebook cut off Geofeedia’s access to the social networks’ raw data. Twitter cut off Geofeedia’s access to its data the day the ACLU published its report.

Phil Harris, the soulless demon who runs Geofeedia, issued a press release that explained that his for-profit, domestic spying operation “provides some clients, including law enforcement officials across the country, with a critical tool in helping to ensure public safety while protecting civil rights and liberties.”

Precrime

But the problem is that Geofeedia was not alone and simply cutting this one company off from the firehose doesn’t solve the problem. Federal Fusion Centers prefer software manufactured by Snaptrends of Austin, Texas. Snaptrends calls itself “law enforcement’s latest informant” and brags about its “incident prevention” and “predictive analysis:” Which is eerily reminiscent of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s concept of “Precrime” in the 1956 novel The Minority Report. Sixty years ago, Precrime was a satire. Today it is a headline.

There is also DigitalStakeout, which provides “Digital Risk Intelligence” and Social Sentinel which provides police with “social media threat intelligence alert solutions.”

So no matter how excited you get about society and politicians and whatever country you think you live in, try not to forget that most of the world has become a great Panopticon. Measure your words. The crime you admit to today may not have been invented yet.

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28 Responses to “Geofeedia Etcetera”

  1. Sieg Says:

    DocB, I had the same thing happen with FakeBook…there’s ALWAYS a way around it. IF you want to know who dimed you out, I can tell you how to get the info. If you’re interested, ask Rebel or Phuquehead for my e-mail.

    Faraday bags work, pain in the toochis, but they work. Never have enabled GPS on any of my phones, but I assume they can track them anyhow. IF I theoretically had to go somewhere to do something I wouldn’t be comfortable talking about in court, I don’t bring a phone-there’s a concept!

    panamaa, if you can find a payphone, one, and if you can find one that isn’t tapped, two. People don’t realize how many payphones are tapped due to proximity with some suspected “criminal activity” or other. Add to that, there are so few of them now, it’s more efficient to maintain a tap on all of them than to try and pinpoint a few that are being used for shady shit.

  2. panamaa Says:

    Pay phones work fine… If ya can find one…

  3. Paladin Says:

    Nobody Important,

    Didn’t know about those. Thanks.

    Long May You Ride,

    Paladin

  4. Nobody Important Says:

    Paladin, blacksmith –

    What you want is a ‘faraday bag’.

    You can get them online from amazon, and other places.

  5. blacksmith Says:

    Thx Paladin, I will.

  6. Paladin Says:

    Blacksmith,

    You need to remove the battery when not using your phone. If the battery isn’t removable, get a different phone.

    Long May You Ride,

    Paladin

  7. Docb Says:

    Santa claws has been using this technology for years

    “He sees you when you’re sleepin’
    He knows when you’re awake
    He knows if you’ve been bad or good
    So be good for goodness sake”

    Hohofuckinho

  8. blacksmith Says:

    I never leave my gps enabled on my phone. Never. A couple months ago, i flew into Phoenix to meet someone at the Airport and immediately drive back to LA.
    I only turned on my phone to text the person i was meeting in Phoenix Airport to meet and drive back.
    Later that night, on my Facebook feed, an ad poped up suggesting real estate and real estate agents in the Phoenix area.
    So, with my gps off the whole trip, no checking facebook or any other app while traveling those 6 hours, only one text, someone knew where i was.
    In other words, dont depend on any technology to sell you out. Google and your phone service provider as well.

  9. BMW Says:

    @bonehead: I had the same experience after passing on info about the Urine Odor! LOL! I, too, was asked for my driver’s license! Seems like the Urine Odor groupies wanted to know exactly WHO was critical of their little homosexuality pyramid scheme.

    @Rebel: Not only are people in general being entered in these databases, people with certain training, particular skills, people who tend to write letters-to-the-editor, veterans, union members, etc.

    A while back I talked to a guy employed as a craftsman. He told me he never had been allowed to work at a nuclear power plant after putting his tactical nuclear weapons training!

    FREE THE INNOCENT WHACO HOSTAGES FRAMED BY THE CROOKED CABAL OF THE WHACO INJUSTICE INDUSTRY!!
    BMW

  10. NCRider Says:

    DocB – Seems to me that FB owes you the identity of who is trying to access any information that’s on your account.

    I got off FB 3 years ago. Got back on it in August for about a week only to look at my sister’s vacation pictures. That was enough for me.

    Respectfully,

    Cathy

  11. Bone Head Says:

    Docb Says:

    “Recently facebook sent me a message that someone complained that I was not using my government name on my account. The message said they don’t allow the use of nick names on facebook accounts. I was told to update my account with my government name and send proof in the form of a driver’s license or some other form of government identification or the account would be taken down. I didn’t wait for that to happen. I’m gone.”

    Good for you. Perhaps now you might devote your time to learning who complained and why. Might be interesting.

  12. Gordo Says:

    Legalize freedom

    We’re now guilty to proven innocent even in the so called grateful white north

  13. Dino Says:

    TX,
    Well said.

  14. TX_Biker Says:

    Phil Harris, the soulless demon who runs Geofeedia, issued a press release that explained that his for-profit, domestic spying operation “provides some clients, including law enforcement officials across the country, with a critical tool in helping to ensure public safety while protecting civil rights and liberties.”
    I believe Benjamin Franklin said “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”

  15. James Crawford Says:

    What is truly astonishing is that the techie geeks who have become billionaires by implementing unique and mildly interesting but not very useful applications of technologies that were invented by their intellectual betters many years ago imagine themselves to be enlightened liberals. These new totalitarians are acolytes of Global Warming Theology. The inevitable conclusion of their religious beliefs is that human populations must be massively reduced to save the planet. This is obviously intended to provide intellectual and moral justification for genocide on a scale that would cause Mao, Stalin and Hitler to recoil in horror. Demonizing Motorcycle clubs or any other groups that might be able to defend themselves in concert goes hand in hand with massive immigration of hostile groups to undermine the cohesion
    of society.

    We are truly fucked because we are too politically correct to recognize our enemies.

  16. Docb Says:

    Recently facebook sent me a message that someone complained that I was not using my government name on my account. The message said they don’t allow the use of nick names on facebook accounts. I was told to update my account with my government name and send proof in the form of a driver’s license or some other form of government identification or the account would be taken down. I didn’t wait for that to happen. I’m gone.
    I thought about it for a minute. I had never put any club business on line, nothing about where we had been or going to. Pictures sometimes but nothing with names and locations. If a three letter agency wanted to find me they shure wouldn’t need facebook anyway. So who needs my government name and why? Advertising? Really?? What the fuck? The internet is an information sucking leach programmed to suck you up and offer you to not only the highest bidder but anyone who wants you. Limit your exposure

  17. Gandalf Says:

    Good Advice Rebel. Let us “Old Heads” be your voice on the Internet. We are older, more cautious and don’t give a fuck. Rebel on…. Quietly. ;)

  18. Bubblehead Says:

    Technology has hastened the demise of freedom in the Western world. The government has the means, and has shown the desire, to control the general population. It is only a matter of where they draw the line.

  19. chasra Says:

    Basement dwellers….

  20. Sieg Says:

    I’m pretty sure the FedCoats know where I am, and how I feel about them. Given that, if they want me…

    FTF / FTP
    TOSIAR

  21. panamaa Says:

    Dan-O Says:
    “It’s always in the interest of national security. They’re here to protect us from us. Trust them. They’re the government and they’re here to help.”

    I know that was a satirical comment but…

    Problem is, their is no one to protect us from them…

    Carry on…

  22. Angry White American Says:

    Phil Harris, the soulless demon who runs Geofeedia looks like one of those wormy pricks that’s also a pedophile for hobby.

  23. UnaffilatedObserver Says:

    Facebook has been an identity platform from its earliest funding. (Those who are curious can look up the history of the money there. The early sources will not come as a surprise.)

    It solves the “problem” of anonymity on the net. Your identity is correlated with IP addresses, device IDs, locations, etc.

    Geofeedia and similar plays have a simple basis – given then answers to “when” and “where” (particularly IP addresses), it becomes a trivial matter to associate the identity in Facebook with contemporaneous posts on other purportedly anonymous platforms.

    Now, if only they can figure out how to track my damned car keys, that would actually be useful…

  24. Dan-O Says:

    It’s always in the interest of national security. They’re here to protect us from us. Trust them. They’re the government and they’re here to help.

    Just ask them.

  25. Paladin Says:

    A friend of mine that was a member of a LRRP team in Vietnam was told not too long ago by a well connected friend of his that we both are on a government watch list, based on our past training and events that occurred once upon a time, in a land far away.

    The code I live by dictates that I never say anything on social media or to another that I wouldn’t say in court or to someone’s face. If the government wants me, they know where I am and are welcome to come and try and take me. They can kill me only once, and if I happen to be here when they come, it will not be there best day ever. Most every morning, I’m wide awake at 0300.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  26. Hangaround Says:

    Geez I shared this to facecrack, I’m truly fucked now….

  27. T Hell Says:

    Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose / Nothin’, don’t mean nothin’ hon’ if it ain’t free, no no / And, feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues / You know, feelin’ good was good enough for me…

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