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Lauren Weinstein
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Tech Systems & Policy Analysis: Internet, Privacy, plus his other sundry topics.
Tech Systems & Policy Analysis: Internet, Privacy, plus his other sundry topics.

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My Social Media Plans:
1) I will stay active here and on any available form of G+ as long as practicable, including the possibility of paying as possible and/or as necessary.
2) I will not move to Facebook (I do not and will not have an account there), nor to the various "newer" and/or distributed model social media networks, e.g. Instagram, Snapchat, MeWe, Pluspora (or other Diaspora-based systems), etc.
3) I will stay relatively active on Twitter, which I've used to one degree or another since before G+ existed (https://twitter.com/laurenweinstein).
4) My blog (https://lauren.vortex.com), my various mailing lists, and my other venues of very long standing will continue as always.
This concludes this test of the emergency broadcast system.
-- Lauren --
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MIT paper postulates using lasers to attract outer space aliens. Now, here's the kicker I must bring into the conversation. This is exactly the plot of one of the most famous original "The Outer Limits" episodes from 1964 -- "The Bellero Shield" -- roughly patterned after Macbeth and starring Martin Landau, Sally Kellerman, and Chita Rivera, among others. The scientist played by Landau is using a laser to -- well, yes -- attract aliens! And it succeeds. In fact, it inadvertently captures an essentially friendly but rather distraught alien, with dark consequences indeed. Very moody, quite wonderful, with cinematography by the great Conrad Hall: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6k0hxf
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Just one of the reasons that so many people have widely varying signatures over time is that electronic signature pads seriously suck.
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Brexit has entered the stage of terminal collapse. I don't see any practical way forward one way or the other without a new public vote. And if the British public knows what they're doing this time, they will vote NO.
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Even though I'm rather desperately searching for consulting or full-time work, if Facebook came to me right now asking for my help I would have to decline. I have no faith that they are capable of making the kinds of changes necessary (some of which would strike to the very heart of their business model) to meet any kind of reasonable ethical standard.
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// Facebook is facing calls to conduct an external investigation into its own lobbying and PR activities by an aide to billionaire George Soros. BuzzFeed reports that Michael Vachon, an advisor to the chairman at Soros Fund Management, made the call in a letter to friends and colleagues. The call follows an explosive investigation, published yesterday by the New York Times based on interviews with more than 50 sources on the company, which paints an ugly picture of how Facebook’s leadership team responded to growing pressure over election interference, in the wake of the Kremlin ads scandal of 2016, including by engaging an external firm to lobby aggressively on its behalf. //
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