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Gen. Keith Alexander is joining Amazon’s board of directors, the company revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing today. (Alexander has also been added to the company board’s official site.) A former director of the National Security Agency and the first commander of the US Cyber Command, Alexander served as the public face of US data collection during the Edward Snowden leaks
Alexander is a controversial figure for many in the tech community because of his involvement in the widespread surveillance systems revealed by the Snowden leaks. Those systems included PRISM, a broad data collection program that compromised systems at Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook — but not Amazon.
Alexander was broadly critical of reporting on the Snowden leaks, even suggesting that reporters should be legally restrained from covering the documents. “I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000-whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these — you know it just doesn’t make sense,” Alexander in an interview in 2013. “We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policymakers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on.”
Amazon was a leading candidate for a recent $10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon, but it ultimately lost out to Microsoft. The company is currently engaged in a lawsuit against the federal government in connection with the contract, alleging that President Donald Trump’s personal statements against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos biased the process against Amazon.
Amazon’s announcement that it’s adding a new service to Alexa for landlords. It’s called Alexa for Residential that, according to Amazon, “makes it easy for property managers to set up and manage Alexa-powered smart home experiences throughout their buildings.”
Landlords can set special Alexa commands that will let their residents pay rent, submit maintenance requests, and manage other things that normally come with the territory of renting an apartment or other dwelling. And of course, it will still function as a regular smart speaker—dim the lights, get a weather report, all that jazz. Landlords can also remotely reset the device
There’s just one issue that Amazon doesn’t address in its announcement: the Drop In feature on Amazon Echo devices.
Drop In allows one Echo user to connect to another Echo user’s device, as long as that user has granted them permission. They don’t even need to be in the same household. As long as both devices are connected to the internet, Drop In functions like a Zoom call. With this feature enabled, you will be able to hear anything within the range of the device, see anything on the other side, in the case of an Echo Show, and also transmit your voice or video feed to the other device.
originally posted by: lakenheath24
Because the algorythms used by amazon were developed by uncle sam.
a reply to: seeker1963
originally posted by: LABTECH767
a reply to: dug88
Hmmmm, I guess that mean's Amazon is really a front, those delivery drones are really mass surveillance tools and it's all so that this guy can get illicit images of Pamela Anderson with her top off (I know she is nearly as old as some of us so kind of like wrinkled two week old melons by now but still he is not exactly a spring chicken either so probably still has his teenage crush going on hahaha sorry could not resist).
Seriously though how better for an intelligence agency to move into mass surveillance of the public than through the wide open back door known as private company's which are also there front's or which they also have very close relation's, this is indeed very close.
originally posted by: seeker1963
a reply to: dug88
Who would have ever thought that Amazon would become part of the MIC?
Why have a government when the Corporations hold all of the power?