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https://thuletide.wordpress.com/2022/04/16/clearview-ai-smartcheckr-fbi-interpol-the-department-of-defense-cia-facebook-paypal-peter-thiel-moldbug/

 

'Dumping some information I dug up on Clearview AI. Technologies like this will undoubtedly be used to implement a Chinese-Communist-style social credit system in the West, but I haven’t seen anybody on the dissident right talking about how many links this creepy company has to the dissident right (I wonder why?).

 


 

Clearview AI (formerly known as Smartcheckr) facial recognition software is now being used by the US military:
https://www.businessinsider.com/clearview-ai-facial-recognition-us-army-cid-criminal-command-tech-2021-8

 

As of 2020, Clearview claimed to work with over 600 law enforcement agencies:
https://thenextweb.com/news/facial-recognition-company-ceo-says-he-doesnt-need-permission-to-use-your-face

 

…including the FBI and Interpol:
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/clearview-ai-fbi-ice-global-law-enforcement

And they’re also working on technology like glasses with inbuilt facial recognition, which they’re selling to the US Air Force:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2022/02/03/clearview-ai-glasses-with-facial-recognition-are-here-and-the-air-force-is-using-them/

 

Most recently, Ukrainians have been using Clearview to scan the faces of dead Russians and send photos of their corpses back home to Russia (“more than 340 officials across five Ukrainian government agencies now can use its tool to run facial recognition searches whenever they want, free of charge”):
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/04/15/ukraine-facial-recognition-warfare/

 

Clearview AI was founded by Hoan Ton-That and Richard Schwartz, who met at the Manhattan Institute. Schwartz is a Columbia University alumnus and was former aid to Rudy Guliani, Trump’s personal attorney. Ton-That is a hacker who comes from the royal Vietnamese dynastic Nguyen family.

 

The Manhattan Institute was founded by William Casey, director of the CIA, and Antony Fisher, founder of free-market think tanks, such as the Atlas Network and Institute of Economic Affairs (“the UK’s most influential thinktank”). Fisher was also linked to the Fabian Society’s London School of Economics.

 

Clearview AI is funded by Peter Thiel, who was the first outside investor in Facebook and co-founder of PayPal. He also co-founded Palantir, an AI corporation that is used by US intelligence agencies and the DoD. According to General Mattis “[Palantir] came up with ground breaking technologies that help us make better decisions in combat zones. You are giving us advantages right now that we need.” [Source: Palantir website].

 

Edit: Palantir was founded with investment from the CIA’s venture capital firm, In-Q-Tel, whose senior partner sits on the board of Metabiota, a company that was central to the entire scamdemic operation, from engineering COVID in a lab with the CCP to advising UN WHO policy (see this article here).
https://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/08/14/agent-of-intelligence-how-a-deviant-philosopher-built-palantir-a-cia-funded-data-mining-juggernaut/?sh=40ebefcd7785

 

Thiel also funded the cryptocurrency startup of Moldbug / Curtis Yarvin, “Tlon”: “In 2017, Peter gave a talented young founder $200,000, which two years later converted to equity in Clearview AI”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/18/technology/clearview-privacy-facial-recognition.html

 

According to Time magazine, Clearview was also secretly cofounded by “far-right” figure Chuck Johnson, an associate of Moldbug, who also started a bunch of crowd-funding websites to collect money for people like Richard Spencer and Tommy Robinson.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/technology/clearview-facial-recognition-ai.html

 

Another Clearview guy and Thiel associate, Jeff Giesea, advised people to fund Alt-Right organizations using PayPal in 2016:
https://web.archive.org/web/20160430140506/https://pastebin.com/FDSLKrHc

 

PayPal (again, co-founded by Thiel) is now officially partnered with the ADL, and is using private user transaction data to map “hate networks” and identify wrongthinkers: “The intelligence gathered through this research initiative will be shared broadly across the financial industry and with policymakers and law enforcement.”
https://www.adl.org/news/press-releases/paypal-partners-with-adl-to-fight-extremism-and-protect-marginalized

 

According to “ex-white supremacist” Katie McHugh — who was conveniently in the right place at the right time to witness and report on many Alt-Right shenanigans — Johnson stated that Clearview’s purpose was to “identify every illegal alien in the country.”
https://gizmodo.com/creepy-face-recognition-firm-clearview-ai-sure-has-a-lo-1842740604

 

“He told me they had a way to identify every illegal alien in the country […] He brought up facial recognition technology and demanded I call Stephen Miller because he knew Stephen Miller was a true believer.” – McHugh

 

Various “racists” and “anti-semites” have worked for Clearview. For example, Ricky Vaughn aka Douglass Mackey was a contract consultant for Clearview. He advertised the tool to Paul Nehlen who, supposedly, planned to use the it for “opposition research.” Clearview reportedly fired Ricky after he was doxed by Nehlen due to a disagreement over Clearview (Nehlen claimed Vaughn did not provide the services promised).

Also, Clearview’s lawyer, Tor Ekeland, represented Weev. So, that’s yet another odd connection:
https://www.wired.com/2015/01/the-trolls-lawyer/

 


 

That’s everything I’ve found so far. If you have any more leads, post them in the comment section.

I think this is all weird as hell, especially with the amount of people on Right-Wing Twitter who suddenly started shilling Moldbug en masse in 2020/2021, while also claiming that “there is no globalist conspiracy.” See here, here, here, and here (these individuals promoted Moldbug at the time of these Tweets, no idea if they still do).'

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Not really new tech bit yesterday I watched the latest Terminator film. There are scenes when the protagonists look the same as Terminator 2. Not an expert but looked pretty much perfect.  I imagine this tech will be utilised massively in future. Anyone, anywhere anytime. Can’t see it being used for deceit at all

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12 minutes ago, EnigmaticWorld said:

It’s time to ditch software subscriptions
https://www.itpro.co.uk/software/367479/its-time-to-ditch-software-subscriptions

 

I hate the subscription model, just let me buy the product. I still use my older copy of Photoshop, from before Creative Cloud.

same here. i have an old laptop in which i installed all the things i wanted to do offline. Never updated anything and not even got internet info online. Works a dream for what i use it for. Fast as the day i bought

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36 minutes ago, Bombadil said:

same here. i have an old laptop in which i installed all the things i wanted to do offline. Never updated anything and not even got internet info online. Works a dream for what i use it for. Fast as the day i bought

 

It's not so bad when there is both options. There are services like Game Pass for example but it's not so bad because you can also buy the games too. It's frustrating when there is only a subscription model though. If the corporation doesn't like you, they can just cut you off. I use some software so much that I would rather just pay a single fee for it too.

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51 minutes ago, EnigmaticWorld said:

 

It's not so bad when there is both options. There are services like Game Pass for example but it's not so bad because you can also buy the games too. It's frustrating when there is only a subscription model though. If the corporation doesn't like you, they can just cut you off. I use some software so much that I would rather just pay a single fee for it too.

I grnerally use Steam now amongst others for my gaming

I still hve my old xbox account though so just collect a couple of hundred points or so a day . use the £5 voucher to buy films

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3 minutes ago, Bombadil said:

I grnerally use Steam now amongst others for my gaming

I still hve my old xbox account though so just collect a couple of hundred points or so a day . use the £5 voucher to buy films

 

Most of my collection is on Steam too, I got most of it over the years in bundles or in sales, and some games are from indie devs that probably couldn't have a big print run of physical copies. Steam is pretty reasonable.

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Just now, EnigmaticWorld said:

 

Most of my collection is on Steam too, I got most of it over the years in bundles or in sales, and some games are from indie devs that probably couldn't have a big print run of physical copies. Steam is pretty reasonable.

Same here. Ive been controlling my urge to buy recently, even when is something i really want. I no longer buy anything with less than 50% off.

Also trying to do more now the suns around more often!

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On 4/25/2022 at 4:07 PM, EnigmaticWorld said:

It’s time to ditch software subscriptions
https://www.itpro.co.uk/software/367479/its-time-to-ditch-software-subscriptions

 

I hate the subscription model, just let me buy the product. I still use my older copy of Photoshop, from before Creative Cloud.

 

'You will own nothing' - its not meant as a completely nefarious statement, at least not in his own eyes, part of it is simply the 'rent everything' model. It's been creeping into music software as well but getting sufficient backlash there. Oh you wanted to finish your song? Unfortunately this synthesizer ran out of time, good luck!

 

On the gaming note, GOG ftw. Im starting to dislike modern/ hyperrealistic stuff in general, just give me some Simcity 2k/3k/4k, some Total Annihilation, Quake 3 when i'm in the mood.. do i sound old?

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3 minutes ago, truepositive said:

 

'You will own nothing' - its not meant as a completely nefarious statement, at least not in his own eyes, part of it is simply the 'rent everything' model. It's been creeping into music software as well but getting sufficient backlash there. Oh you wanted to finish your song? Unfortunately this synthesizer ran out of time, good luck!

 

On the gaming note, GOG ftw. Im starting to dislike modern/ hyperrealistic stuff in general, just give me some Simcity 2k/3k/4k, some Total Annihilation, Quake 3 when i'm in the mood.. do i sound old?


Quake 3 Arena may be one of my favourite games. Total Annihilation is awesome and you will probably enjoy Supreme Commander series as well, same dude behind both. Sim City is obviously the nuts. I am not sure its age its just having baller taste!

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25 minutes ago, truepositive said:

 

'You will own nothing' - its not meant as a completely nefarious statement, at least not in his own eyes, part of it is simply the 'rent everything' model. It's been creeping into music software as well but getting sufficient backlash there. Oh you wanted to finish your song? Unfortunately this synthesizer ran out of time, good luck!

 

Indeed.

 

25 minutes ago, truepositive said:

On the gaming note, GOG ftw.

 

GOG is great for classics, and some games are updated so they're compatible on modern operating systems. I wish more current games offered DRM free options though.

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India orders VPN providers to collect data on users
https://reclaimthenet.org/india-orders-vpn-providers-to-collect-data-on-users/

 

The EU’s Digital Services Act is the next big threat to free speech
https://reclaimthenet.org/the-eus-digital-services-act-is-the-next-big-threat-to-free-speech/

 

60 countries sign declaration that commits to bolstering “resilience to disinformation and misinformation”
https://reclaimthenet.org/60-countries-sign-declaration-misinformation/

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