Guests: Kit Klarenberg - Investigative Journalist w/ 'Sputnik News' | Delving Into 'Cambridge Analytica' and its History Pat Ryan - Artificial Intelligence Warfare Specialist | Online Influence Operations & Analyzing the Gaming Community/Internet Forums Whitney Webb - Staff Writer at Mint Press News | Understanding Jeffrey Epstein's Connections & Mass Surveillance Operations The political consulting data company 'Cambridge Analytica' gained notoriety in 2018 following public reports about its involvement and business association with Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential Campaign. Kit Klarenberg, an Investigative Journalist with 'Sputnik News,' joins today's show to discuss the business practices of Cambridge Analytica, prominent individuals within the organization, some of their high-profile clients, and Steve Bannon's connection to the firm. Recent mass shootings have led some to focus on how certain websites and online forums, such as 8chan, along with the culture … [Read more...] about Influence of Online Forums and Gaming Culture on Society
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Mike Snider USA TODAY Published 12:17 PM EDT Jun 8, 2019 Video games are following data and video into the cloud. Google, which has already announced its Stadia game streaming service will be available in November, will be showing that off at his year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which begins Saturday in Los Angeles. Microsoft is expected Sunday to reveal more about its own xCloud game platform, also being developed to deliver games via the cloud. Sony is partnering with Microsoft to augment its own cloud gaming strategy. Amazon and Apple are also developing online game services, too. Cloud gaming is about to get super-sized with these multiple entrants jockeying to deliver pristine 4K-quality games on broadband networks, without the need of a set-top box tricked out with all the workings of a PC to store the game. How do robocallers get my number?: 5 ways to avoid being put on robocall lists Augmented reality: Apple triples down on AR, but it will be a tough … [Read more...] about E3 2019: Will players follow video games to the cloud?
Chinese fans lapped up the climactic "Game of Thrones" finale, with online discussions viewed more than 200 million times despite the episode's Monday morning release in China and rights-holder Tencent abruptly delaying its broadcast. Easily dominating the discussion on popular platform Weibo was the death of top character Daenerys Targaryen, which generated the hashtag "#DragonMotherDies#" that briefly was the platform's most-viewed topic. It was viewed more than 230 million times by early afternoon and generated nearly 50,000 comments, with many mourning the loss of the dragon-riding, slave-emancipating "Breaker of Chains" whose quest for the Iron Throne drives much of the plot. "This kind of junk scriptwriter should be killed by a dragon," said one comment, echoing disappointment expressed by fans worldwide over the final season. Season eight has been widely panned as rushing to a climactic conclusion, with fans particularly objecting to the Mother of Dragons' rapid descent into … [Read more...] about Fire and ice: Chinese fans love, loathe GoT finale
Game of Thrones fans are up in arms that a brand new episode has leaked online hours before it was due to air on TV. Fans have patiently waited for the eighth and final season of the hit HBO/Sky Atlantic fantasy drama for more than a year and a half - and many are livid that episodes are leaking online early. Fans of the show have anxiously waited for the second episode of the final season to air on Sunday night - but due to an error, the entire episode has already become available to watch via Amazon in Germany. Some viewers re-watching the season 8 premier ahead of the new episode were surprised to see that the second episode was lined up and ready to watch after completing the episode. And now details and spoilers are leaking like an Iron Islands boat under attack by Euron Greyjoy - and fans are not happy. “Honestly, I’ve really never had a problem with spoilers and leaks before, but in this case, with it being the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, and knowing … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones fans in meltdown as second episode of final season leaks early
Gambling has long ruined the lives of people who get hooked on its adrenalin rush – but online betting and games are becoming a dangerous new problem. That’s the view of the Royal Society for Public Health, which has major concerns about gambling and its impact on people’s lives. Shirley Cramer, chief executive of RSPH and chairwoman of the End High Cost Credit Alliance, says: “We are concerned about online gambling. The algorithms the industry uses target people who are already vulnerable gamblers. “It’s an area that needs urgent consideration by government and regulators. This is where the most vulnerable are preyed upon by the gambling industry.” Ms Cramer argues online is “hidden” and many people gambling online would not use a high street betting shop. She adds: “Online is an area where firms can still target people. There’s also a worrying trend of people getting hooked on gaming, and that addiction … [Read more...] about Dangerous online betting and games becoming a major problem for next generation