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Silicon Valley, President Obama just can’t quit you. In the Bay Area and free this weekend? Got 35K to toss around? Well if you’ve ever wanted to meet an in-office President now’s your chance to attend an Obama fundraiser dinner, going down at Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s house in Atherton on Sunday the 25th.
This Obama “Victory Fund 2012” dinner at the 5th most powerful woman in the world’s house comes after the President made appearances at Google exec Marissa Mayer’s Palo Alto house last fall (at a comparable $30K a pop) and attended an exclusive meetup in February at Kleiner Perkins VC John Doerr’s house — Where the guest list included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, Cisco’s CEO John Chambers, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Genentech Chairman Art Levinson, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and VC Steve Westly Doerr. Obama also hung out at Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff’s house in April.
originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
I find it quite funny how quickly people forget the Snowden leaks, he basically showed how certain intelligence agencies have secret deals with the big social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. .
Facebook's first round of venture capital funding ($US500,000) came from former Paypal CEO Peter Thiel. Author of anti-multicultural tome 'The Diversity Myth', he is also on the board of radical conservative group VanguardPAC.
The second round of funding into Facebook ($US12.7 million) came from venture capital firm Accel Partners. Its manager James Breyer was formerly chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, and served on the board with Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm established by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1999.
One of the company's key areas of expertise are in "data mining technologies". Breyer also served on the board of R&D firm BBN Technologies, which was one of those companies responsible for the rise of the internet. Dr Anita Jones joined the firm, which included Gilman Louie. She had also served on the In-Q-Tel's board, and had been director of Defence Research and Engineering for the US Department of Defence.
It was when a journalist lifted the lid on the DARPA's
Information Awareness Office that the public began to show concern at its information mining projects.
Wikipedia's IAO page says: "the IAO has the stated mission to gather as much information as possible about everyone, in a centralised location, for easy perusal by the United States government, including (though not limited to) internet activity, credit card purchase histories, airline ticket purchases, car rentals, medical records, educational transcripts, driver's licenses, utility bills, tax returns, and any other available data.".
Not surprisingly, the backlash from civil libertarians led to a Congressional investigation into DARPA's activity, the Information Awareness Office lost its funding.
You don't need to wear a tinfoil hat to believe that the CIA is using Facebook, Twitter, Google (GOOG) and other social media to spy on people.
That's because the CIA publishes a helpful list of press releases on all the social media ventures it sponsors, via its technology investment arm In-Q-Tel.
The companies that take In-Q-Tel's money aren't shy about publicizing what they're up to, either. Most recently, GeoSemble announced an update to its GeoXray product, which monitors social media chatter based on location
originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
I find it quite funny how quickly people forget the Snowden leaks, he basically showed how certain intelligence agencies have secret deals with the big social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. Zuckerberg didn't say anything much in these conferences yet people seem more mad now about their privacy being violated compared to when Snowden exposed a mass surveillance program... If people knew the true extent to which their privacy has been violated they would throw a fit. Even if you just browse the web without any form of tracking protection or adblocker you're giving more data to the tracking companies than Cambridge Analytica could ever hope for.
86 See James Plummer, “Data Retention”: Costly Outsourced Surveillance, TechKnowledge Issue No 99 (Cato Institute Jan 22, 2007), online at www.cato.org... (visited Jan 12, 2008):
The Justice Department has been beating the drums since last spring for a “data retention” law that would require Internet service providers to warehouse records of their customers’ online activity for the convenience of government investigators. Most recently, FBI Director Robert Mueller called for such a measure at a law-enforcement convention last October. But the idea has found vocal proponents on both sides of the aisle. Data retention may rear its head again in the 110th Congress.