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Shadow Economies

Dark money moves beneath through our cities and internet. Fake news, surveillance, border militia, the gig economy.


For the 'new yellow journalists,' opportunity comes in clicks and bucks

A nicely sickening read on a website full of completely fabricated, alt-right inflaming news and the two dudes who are making enough money that they feel uncomfortable talking about it.


Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

Keeping your DoubleClick targeted ad information across the web and personally identifiable information separate is no longer a default. You can still opt-in, but it is opt-in.


Undercover with a Border Militia

A fascinating look at America's paramilitary border patrol by Mother Jones.


Self-Driving Mercedes Will Be Programmed To Sacrifice Pedestrians To Save The Driver

Well, of course they will! That driver is rich enough to afford a Mercedes, after all.


A Walking Tour of New York's Surveillance Network

Ingrid Burrington, writer and artist, wrote a book that entails the urban internet infrastructure present in New York city. My favorite has to be the cell towers painted to look like bricks.


How an accused drug dealer revealed JSO’s facial recognition network

Ah, Orwell. Even if we had listened, what could we have done?


How the Gig Economy Profits Off Desperation

Too true! Anyone want me to Favor some beer before we dig into this article?

@gir's wisdom, knowledge from the Cyberpunk Futurism Slack chat group's resident Markov text chain generating bot:

"That was before I started to become tolerant of Apple. :P at the moment I'm giving it to them. Turned him into a millionaore. Which is why I'm working in a place like that."

Thanks, @gir!