Did Mark Zuckerberg Just Expose Big-Tech’s Real Endgame? Ousting Trump

The COVID-19 epidemic has changed the world in many ways – globalized supply chain fragilties are exposed, proximity to poverty (even in developed markets) has been exposed, lack of preparedness is now obvious everywhere, and everyone is now a social-distancing germophobe; but hey, on the bright side, pollution is down (so there’s that).

While the headlines scream about the need for bailouts, rescues, handouts for large- and small-businesses and even more so ‘average Americans’, there is one trend, that was occurring before the pandemic struck, that has accelerated drastically (and is willingly accepted and demanded by many) – the tyrannical surge in the surveillance state.

Liberty Nation’s Laura Valkovic noted earlier today:

As the Coronavirus has heightened fear and threatened health across the world, it has been the perfect time for new surveillance measures to be rolled out. Will tracking the global populace aid in stopping the spread of COVID-19, or does the virus simply make for a convenient excuse? And what will become of these digital surveillance strategies once the virus is either overcome or simply accepted as part of our new reality?”

Top10VPN, a VPN advice website, has published a COVID-19 Digital Rights Tracker, logging instances of digital tracking, physical surveillance, and censorship brought about by the virus. “Some of these may well be proportionate, necessary, and legitimate during these unprecedented times. However, others have been rushed through legislative bodies and implemented without adequate scrutiny,” states the site. “As the virus continues to spread around the world, so too do sophisticated surveillance measures and restrictive censorship practices.”

Asia is still leading the scoreboard when it comes to censorship, but Europe quickly caught up and surpassed everyone in the digital-tracking stakes. Physical surveillance is a more even split between those two continents and North America.

Here is a sampling of measures from around the world:

  • Taiwan has erected an “electronic fence” that monitors phone signals and notifies police if anyone who is supposed to be in quarantine leaves their homes. Authorities can contact or visit the offenders within 15 minutes. Ecuador has a similar “epidemiological fence” monitored by satellite. (Have we reached the point where people can no longer conceive of leaving their homes without their device – even if this is how the police surveil them?)
  • Hong Kong has handed out location-tracking wristbands for those in quarantine. At least these can be discarded after the COVID-19 crisis and do not track one’s personal device.
  • Poland launched an app that not only tracks locations but also forces people to take a photo of themselves at certain intervals so that the location data can be cross-referenced with facial recognition. This is intended to simulate a police visit.
  • Various countries, including the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Austria, are collecting anonymized location data from smartphones.
  • Aerial drones have been used in Australia, Belgium, Spain, and the U.K. to patrol public places – New York City used helicopters to much the same effect.

In the U.S., anonymized location tracking has been the primary mode of digital surveillance, and the White House is reportedly in talks with tech companies to utilize smartphone GPS data.

Silicon Valley companies – most notably Google and Apple – were quick to jump on the location tracking bandwagon. More recently, start-ups Tectonix and X-Mode traced the movements of phones that had been present on one Fort Lauderdale, FL, beach gathering, before the attendees dispersed across the Eastern Seaboard. Tectonix then uploaded the video on Twitter to promote social distancing.

“Without adequate tracking, there is a danger that these new, often highly invasive measures will become the norm around the world,” Samuel Woodhams, Top10VPN’s Digital Rights Lead, told Business Insider. “Although some may appear entirely legitimate, many pose a risk to citizens’ right to privacy and freedom of expression.”

There is a risk that many of these new capabilities will continue to be used following the outbreak,” Woodhams continued.

“This is particularly significant as many of the new measures have avoided public and political scrutiny and do not include sunset clauses.”

For now, any progress on re-opening the economy appears to be a combination of technological tracking and “testing, testing, testing!” As President Trump tweeted earlier today:

“Last month all you heard from the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats was, “Ventilators, Ventilators, Ventilators.” They screamed it loud & clear, & thought they had us cold, even though it was the State’s task. But everyone got their V’s, with many to spare. Now they scream  “Testing, Testing, Testing,” again playing a very dangerous political game. States, not the Federal Government, should be doing the Testing – But we will work with the Governors and get it done. This is easy compared to the fast production of thousands of complex Ventilators!”

Which brings us to Mark Zuckerberg’s op-ed in The Washington Post today which at first glance can be seen as “no problem, Mr. President, we got this!”

However, there’s more going on here than meets the eye. Zuckerberg begins optimistically with a “we’re here to help” perspective:

“As the world fights covid-19 and countries develop plans to reopen their societies, it’s critical to have a clear understanding of how the disease is spreading. Better data can help governments determine where to send resources such as ventilators and personal protective equipment — and eventually which areas are safe to start opening up again.

Getting accurate county-by-county data from across the United States is challenging, and obtaining such focused data from across the whole world is even harder. But with a community of billions of people globally, Facebook can uniquely help…”

All sounds fine for now… but here’s the kicker…

“We recently started showing the Facebook community in the United States an opt-in symptom survey run by health researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

The surveyasked people if they have symptoms such as fevers, coughing, shortness of breath or loss of smell that are associated with covid-19. Since experiencing symptoms is a precursor to becoming more seriously ill, this survey can help forecast how many cases hospitals will see in the days ahead and provide an early indicator of where the outbreak is growing and where the curve is being successfully flattened.

The survey responses are sent to the researchers and aren’t accessible to Facebook.”

So to translate – with the world’s leader all desperately exclaiming that “we’ll let the science drive our decisions” and calling for “testing, testing, testing,” Zuck’s suggestion is that “science” in the case of the pandemic is now “testing by survey.”

Facebook: “How do you feel – good or bad?”

Average Joe: “hhmm… bad I guess”

Facebook: “Ok, you may be symptomatic”

Just glance at the sentiment surveys for American business in the last few months for a sense of just how humans behave in surveys – ignoring everything until it’s too late and easily biased by groupthink and herding.

We suspect this “science” can then be used (or abused, depending on which side of the aisle on which you sit), to show a surge in “symptoms” in the next months, just as President Trump prepares to reopen the US economy ahead of the November election.

So, as governors demand more and more testing, Facebook can offer a “data-driven” solution to “testing” and if you’re a good Democrat you’re likely to be more symptomatic than less.

Zuckerberg carefully concludes how wonderful this could be…

Data like this can unlock a lot of good. Since we’re all generating data from apps and devices every day, there will likely be many more opportunities to use the aggregate data to benefit public health. But it’s essential that this is done in a way that protects people’s privacy and respects human rights.”

But, we wonder – given Zuckerberg’s history of not being completely forthcoming with the truth – just how long it will be before Facebook’s “survey” of symptoms becomes the media’s “new normal” tracking index for just how prepared America is to be re-opened… and just how much blood will be on President Trump’s hands should he try to re-open the economy… or more likely, to ensure the economy is not re-opened before the election.

Meddling much?

via zerohedge

19 comments

  1. Mark, good idea, Facebook for virus info.
    I have something with my doctor, I have COPD and everyday my insurance company send me a text asking me how my breathing is. Better 1, Worst2 and same is 3.

  2. I trust Zuckerturd about as much as I trust WHO and China to tell the truth about the virus and that is NOT AT ALL, zero, nada!

  3. There’s never been a time better than now to GET OFF THE GRID!
    These tech people who are designing all the products always think they are needed for the betterment of humanity; but it seems more like ‘for the end of humanity’.
    I think someone needs to read the book of Revelations . . . Getting closer and closer to “the mark of the beast”.
    We’ve already determined Obama is the beast, and he’s served once. Will he come back?
    It’s adding up . . .

    1. The bible describes the beast that is but is not but yet is. In my eyes the beast is the intire governing system combined as a whole.corrupt and controlled by satan and his corrupt people in office.

  4. Mark Suckerberg and Assbook, perfect together!
    Facebook is a useless sham!
    Meet people and exchange useless diatribe, that’s all I have seen!
    Twenty years ago it seemed useful, but that was camouflage on the snake oil & drivel.

  5. we don’t want or need Mark/Facebook/bill Gates totalitarian agenda! never turn your back on someone wanting to give you something for nothing!!

  6. Suckerberg sucks
    Facebook is a sham
    You are not allowed to express a truthful opinion about the leftist demoncRATic party and if you make one disparaging remark about the worst president in the history of America, Obama the radical Islamic liar, you are immediately shutdown by the socialist Suckerberg.
    So, screw FB and their anti-American stance I closed my account.

  7. Good time for an EMP that only takes out Cell phone towers….and the Facebook, Apple and all other so called surveillance apps…

    Even more Insane, haven’t we already got enough Insanity…

  8. Here here! I am in favor of expanding surveillance greatly! We should know the identity of ANYONE worth more than $50,000,000 and even greater detail about anyone controlling up to $1.2 billion. We should know everything (how they came into the fortune and what they do with it) there is to know about anyone worth more than $5 billion, including their daily whereabouts (including $155 million yachts and 10,000 sq. ft. personal spaces in the DUMB) and ought to isolate those with $850 billion plus fortunes. Knowledge of the commercial/financial dealings of multi-trillionaires and their families should be made public going back four hundred years.

    Anyone with a net-worth of below $3.5 million should be left alone and their lives be made off-the-books PRIVATE.

  9. Zuckthebird is untruthful as well as untrustworthy as he to is not what America needs or trusts as he may very well be another closet hand holder with China for money. Thinking asking if your a possible virus of each person is stupid as we don’t know the symptoms for sure and some will lie yes or no. Medical checks is the only true answer. Knowing this and all the slip in questions to get a book on each of us is the old Communist way. If I think I got it I’ll go see a doctor and damn sure not report to Zuchthebird

    1. Agree with most of the educated conservatives who know about Zuck…
      As well keep pushing back! Our president saw this as he ran for big time change and had gotten us to a good place.
      Now we see he tries to expose what no other person was doing.
      He had the clout and money as he had changed from being one of them.
      Then I truly believe the big corp.’s as do much money & hatred for him the only thing they could do to make him seem as a failure, to take away the good by inventing this virus. Hiding the truths that is no worse than the flu.
      He cannot trust very many. So if many are not aware of the One World Order & 5 G, please educate yourselves. Resist much of this herding mentality! Many have lost a lot, as well this country .What more do we have to lose but our Republic and the constitution as it stands. Our freedoms are being tested now, do not allow socialism.
      We do not have much time to massively come forward in a force to b reckoned with. Money can buy alot but we THE PEOPLE are a force. Pray that God will lead us all as well our president into these next 4 years with more unity.
      I believe it is a test and we cannot fail this one!!!

  10. Right on, Danny! We don’t need to give any information (ammunition) to the government. Those who do are likely to receive a personal visit from health Dept officials coming to take them and their family members out of their homes to a quarantine (FEMA CAMPS?) whether they like it or not. And, they can kiss their God-given rights away!

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