• New York City to Amazon : drop dead
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/nov/14/amazon-hq2-new-york-protest-queens-long-island-city

    In Queens, opponents of second HQ say building plans bypass elected officials, will rip off taxpayers and harm neighborhood Politicians and advocates gathered in Queens on Wednesday to denounce a multibillion-dollar plan to bring a new Amazon headquarters to New York. One city councilman called the move “an assault on our democracy”. ’It’s obscene and wrong’ : Amazon HQ2 gets typically warm New York welcome Read more Rallying across the street from the Long Island City site where Amazon’s new (...)

    #Amazon #urbanisme


  • What is Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)?
    https://hackernoon.com/what-is-amazon-elastic-block-store-ebs-a04b2d351754?source=rss----3a8144

    Credits — wikipedia.orgWhat is Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)Amazon #ebs is like a hard drive in the cloud that provides persistent block storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances.These volumes can be attached to your EC2 instances and allow you to create a file system on top of these volumes, run a database, server or use them in any other way you would use a block device.What is a block storage volume?A block storage volume works similarly to a hard drive. You can store any type of files on it or even install a whole Operating System on it.EBS volumes are placed in an availability zone, where they are automatically replicated to protect data loss from the failure of a single component.But since they are replicated only across a single availability zone you may lose data if the (...)

    #elastic-block-store #cloud-computing #aws #amazon-elastic-block


  • Amazon’s Accent Recognition Technology Could Tell the Government Where You’re From
    https://theintercept.com/2018/11/15/amazon-echo-voice-recognition-accents-alexa

    At the beginning of October, Amazon was quietly issued a patent that would allow its virtual assistant Alexa to decipher a user’s physical characteristics and emotional state based on their voice. Characteristics, or “voice features,” like language accent, ethnic origin, emotion, gender, age, and background noise would be immediately extracted and tagged to the user’s data file to help deliver more targeted advertising. The algorithm would also consider a customer’s physical location — based on (...)

    #Amazon #Alexa #domotique #biométrie #publicité #voix #profiling #reconnaissance_de_l'accent

    ##publicité


  • Opinion | New York’s Amazon Deal Is a Bad Bargain - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/opinion/new-yorks-amazon-deal.html

    The city has what the company wants, talent. Why pay them $1.5 billion to come?

    Amazon wants to develop a four-million-square-foot campus by the East River because of the talent that resides in New York. Lots of it. According to the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, New York has more than 320,000 tech workers in the labor pool, the most in the nation. (Washington is second.) That talent commands high salaries, great benefits and won’t move to Pittsburgh or Austin or any other of the perfectly nice cities that tried to woo the online giant.

    Which raises the question: If New York has what Amazon wants, why is it paying the company so much to make the move? Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who offered to replace his given name with the company’s to land the deal, are doing a victory dance.

    But the plan calls for the state to dispense $1.525 billion to the company, including $1.2 billion from its Excelsior program, which will reimburse Amazon $48,000 for every job. Another state agency, Empire State Development, will offer $325 million to the Amazonians tied to real estate projects. As for the city, Amazon can apply for tax credits that could be worth north of $1 billion from programs known as ICAP and REAP that reward companies for job creation generally, and outside Manhattan specifically. (And the campus is in a federal redevelopment area that qualifies for corporate tax breaks, letting the company’s major stockholder, the world’s richest man, keep more of his wealth.)

    Oh, and Amazon wants a helipad for its chief executive, Jeff Bezos. No problem.

    The prospect of handing Long Island City over to a company recently valued at $1 trillion seems distorted to some Queens politicians. They sense gentrification by fiat — another neighborhood sacrificed to the tech elite.

    “I welcome the jobs if it means Amazon investment in L.I.C. infrastructure, without us having to pay a ransom for them to be here,” said the neighborhood’s state senator, Michael Gianaris.

    That is, rather than the state and the city paying off Amazon, Amazon should be required to invest in the subways, schools and affordable housing. It could also be required to include job guarantees for lower-income residents of Long Island City, not just flimsy promises of job training.

    #Amazon #New_York #Strategie_economique


  • Il traffico di oro di aziende europee e americane finanzia il massacro in Congo

    «Il commercio dell’oro proveniente da zone di conflitto alimenta le finanze di famigerati gruppi armati come le FDLR (Forze Democratiche per la Liberazione del #Rwanda) attive nell’est della Repubblica democratica del Congo, oltre alle unità dell’esercito congolese che nei confronti della popolazione della regione si sono macchiate di numerose atrocità, violenze sessuali e altri gravi abusi dei diritti umani».

    Questo uno dei passi salienti del rapporto The Golden Laundromat (La lavanderia dorata), pubblicato lo scorso ottobre da The Sentry, il gruppo di investigatori dell’ong americana Enough Project finanziato dall’attore George Clooney, assieme all’attivista per i diritti umani John Prendergast.

    Il report denuncia il commercio illegale dell’oro dalle aree di conflitto del Congo orientale agli Stati Uniti e all’Europa, sollevando seri timori sul fatto che il prezioso metallo stia raggiungendo i mercati internazionali, comprese le catene di approvvigionamento delle principali compagnie europee e statunitensi, oltre ad essere presente negli apparati elettronici che usiamo abitualmente.

    I documenti esaminati nell’inchiesta e le relative interviste condotte da The Sentry puntano il dito contro la rete aziendale controllata dal magnate belga #Alain_Goetz, accusato di agire in connivenza con la #African_Gold_Refinery (#AGR) di #Entebbe (Uganda), anch’essa di proprietà belga, inaugurata ufficialmente dal presidente #Yoweri_Museveni, nel febbraio 2017. Quest’ultima, riciclerebbe oro proveniente da zone di conflitto del Congo orientale, per poi esportarlo negli Stati Uniti e in Europa attraverso collegamenti con una serie di società, tra cui figurano nomi altisonanti come #Amazon, #General_Electric e #Sony.

    Entebbe al centro del sistema

    Secondo i documenti di cui è venuta in possesso l’ong, nel 2017 l’AGR avrebbe esportato oro di origine ignota per un valore pari a circa 377 milioni di dollari attraverso una società di facciata con sede a Dubai, riconducibile alla raffineria belga #Tony_Goetz_NV, di proprietà del figlio di Alain Goetz.

    Numerose persone intervistate da The Sentry hanno identificato la fonderia #AGR come la principale fonte di smercio del prezioso minerale proveniente dalle provincie congolesi in guerra, ma la compagnia ugandese nega ogni addebito, sostenendo che si è formalmente impegnata ad astenersi da qualsiasi attività che possa contribuire a finanziare il conflitto.

    Nell’ultimo anno ben 283 aziende statunitensi hanno inserito la Tony Goetz NV nella lista delle proprie fonderie e la stessa AGR potrebbe essere inclusa nella catena di approvvigionamento di 103 aziende. Le centinaia di società statunitensi che si approvvigionano dalle fonderie afferenti a questo network, rischiano pertanto di maneggiare oro di provenienza illecita.

    La scia dell’oro insanguinato segue una catena suddivisa in sei fasi dall’est del Congo ai suoi principali destinatari finali, che utilizzano il metallo per produrre gioielli e lingotti, oltre all’impiego nell’elettronica.

    Oro giallo e oro verde

    Gli ultimi dati delle Nazioni Unite indicano che l’oro contrabbandato nelle zone di conflitto del Congo orientale è la principale fonte di finanziamento per gli attori armati che vi partecipano, con un calcolo annuo compreso tra i 300 e i 600 milioni di dollari.

    Senza contare che nel 2011 l’AGR non ha superato un importante audit internazionale sui minerali dei conflitti e che due importanti contrabbandieri d’oro operativi nell’est del Congo hanno rivelato a The Sentry di aver trafficato illegalmente con l’AGR.

    Inoltre, quattro commercianti regionali hanno dichiarato che i trafficanti d’oro #Buganda_Bagalwa e #Mange_Namuhanda – indicati in diversi report delle Nazioni Unite sul Congo come acquirenti del #bloody_gold – nel 2017 hanno fornito ingenti quantità del metallo alla stessa fonderia ugandese. Quest’ultima, però, smentisce di aver ricevuto oro dai due contrabbandieri e anche di aver acquistato ingenti quantità del prezioso metallo non tracciato da altri fornitori. Oltre a sostenere di effettuare accurate verifiche sulla certificazione di provenienza dell’oro.

    Tuttavia, alcuni documenti aziendali esaminati da The Sentry sembrano elevare i sospetti che l’AGR ricicli denaro sporco, come indicato dalla Financial Action Task Force (FATF), il principale organismo intergovernativo mondiale per la lotta al riciclaggio di denaro.

    The Sentry evidenzia, inoltre, che nel 2014 Goetz avrebbe chiesto l’intercessione del presidente Museveni per ottenere agevolazioni fiscali per l’AGR. E nel febbraio di tre anni dopo, in concomitanza con l’inizio dell’attività della fonderia ugandese, Museveni ha annunciato di aver eliminato l’imposta di importazione sull’oro. Un provvedimento di cui ha sostanzialmente beneficiato solo l’AGR.

    Tutti questi elementi inducono a considerare che dietro l’African Gold Refinery possa nascondersi una colossale operazione di riciclaggio dell’oro insanguinato del Congo che avrebbe implicazioni sulla vita di milioni di persone.

    https://raiawadunia.com/il-traffico-di-oro-di-aziende-europee-e-americane-finanzia-il-massacro-
    #Congo #RDC #guerre #conflit #extractivisme #or #mines #Belgique #Dubaï
    ping @albertocampiphoto

    • Le #rapport :
      The #Golden_Laundromat

      Key Findings

      An investigation by The Sentry raises significant concerns that gold mined from conflict areas in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (“Congo”) is reaching international markets, including the supply chains of major U.S. companies and in products that consumers use every day.
      Documents reviewed and interviews conducted by The Sentry raise serious concern that the corporate network controlled by Belgian tycoon Alain Goetz has refined illegally-smuggled conflict gold from eastern Congo at the African Gold Refinery (AGR) in Uganda and then exported it through a series of companies to the United States and Europe, potentially including Amazon, General Electric (GE), and Sony.
      According to documents reviewed by The Sentry, AGR exported approximately $377 million in gold in 2017 to an apparent affiliate of the Belgian gold refinery Tony Goetz NV, based in Dubai. Numerous sources interviewed by The Sentry identified AGR as sourcing conflict gold from Congo. AGR denies this and maintains that it is committed to refraining from any action that contributes to the financing of conflict.
      According to the U.N., conflict gold provides the largest source of revenue to armed actors in the conflict in eastern Congo, and $300 to $600 million is smuggled out of Congo annually.
      This gold may wind up in the supply chains of major western corporations. Amazon, Sony, GE, and 280 other U.S. publicly traded companies listed the Belgian refinery as an entity that may be in their supply chains, according to 2018 SEC filings, despite the fact that it failed a major international conflict minerals audit in 2017.
      Numerous sources interviewed by The Sentry identified AGR as sourcing conflict gold from Congo. Two major gold smugglers in Congo acknowledged to The Sentry that they illegally trafficked gold from eastern Congo to AGR, and other regional gold traders corroborated these accounts. Furthermore, four regional traders told The Sentry that gold traffickers Buganda Bagalwa and Mange Namuhanda, who have been named in several U.N. Group of Experts reports on Congo as purchasers of conflict gold, supplied gold to AGR in 2017. AGR denies having received gold from these traders and denies that it has otherwise received significant amounts of undocumented gold from other sources.
      Several corporate practices of AGR appear to raise red flags as indicators of potential money laundering as established by the world’s leading intergovernmental body on anti-money laundering, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), according to documents reviewed by The Sentry.
      The trail of conflict gold follows a roughly six-step supply chain from eastern Congo to its main end-products, jewelry, gold bars for investors and banks, and electronics.

      https://thesentry.org/reports/the-golden-laundromat

      Pour télécharger le rapport :


      https://cdn.thesentry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/GoldenLaundromat_Sentry_Oct2018-final.pdf

      ping @daphne


  • Amazonisme : le travail à la tâche est-il un projet d’avenir ?
    https://usbeketrica.com/article/amazonisme-le-travail-a-la-tache-est-il-un-projet-d-avenir

    Après la fin de la civilisation de l’écrit, la fin de l’école de masse, la fin du respect de la vie privée et la fin de l’acceptation de la mort, voici le cinquième volet de la série sur les « parenthèses refermées » par la révolution numérique. Jean-Dominique Séval, directeur général adjoint de l’IDATE Digiworld, think tank européen spécialisé dans l’économie numérique, explore cette fois la façon dont le numérique referme la parenthèse du travail salarié. Un statut qui n’aura duré finalement qu’à peine deux (...)

    #Airbnb #Alibaba.com #Amazon #AmazonMechanicalTurk #Uber #Deliveroo #travail #DidiChuxing


  • Will you be getting a smart home spy for Christmas ?
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/nov/10/spy-christmas-smart-home-facebook-portal-google-home-hub-amazon-show-al

    If you’ve so far withstood the temptation to install a smart speaker in your home, worried about the potential privacy pitfalls and a bit embarrassed about the notion of chatting aimlessly to an inanimate object, brace yourselves. This Christmas, the world’s biggest tech giants, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, are making another bid for your living room, announcing a range of new devices that resemble tablets you can talk to. Facebook’s is called Portal, Google’s the Home Hub, and (...)

    #Facebook #Amazon #Google #smartphone #domotique #Look #Home #Portal #thermostat #voix #famille #surveillance (...)

    ##BigData


  • Brazil new President will open Amazon indigenous reserves to mining and farming

    Indigenous People Bolsonaro has vowed that no more indigenous reserves will be demarcated and existing reserves will be opened up to mining, raising the alarm among indigenous leaders. “We are in a state of alert,” said Beto Marubo, an indigenous leader from the Javari Valley reserve.

    Dinamam Tuxá, the executive coordinator of the Indigenous People of Brazil Liaison, said indigenous people did not want mining and farming on their reserves, which are some of the best protected areas in the Amazon. “He does not respect the indigenous peoples’ traditions” he said.

    The Amazon and the environment Bolsonaro campaigned on a pledge to combine Brazil’s environment ministry with the agriculture ministry – under control of allies from the agribusiness lobby. He has attacked environmental agencies for running a “fines industry” and argued for simplifying environmental licences for development projects. His chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, and other allies have challenged global warming science.

    “He intends that Amazon stays Brazilian and the source of our progress and our riches,” said Ribeiro Souto in an interview. Ferreira has also said Bolsonaro wants to restart discussions over controversial hydroelectric dams in the Amazon, which were stalled over environmental concerns.

    Bolsonaro’s announcement last week that he would no longer seek to withdraw Brazil from the Paris climate agreement has done little to assuage environmentalists’ fears.

    http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2018/10/brazil-new-president-will-open-amazon.html
    #réserves #Amazonie #Brésil #extractivisme #mines #agriculture #forêt #déforestation (probablement pour amener ENFIN la #modernité et le #progrès, n’est-ce pas ?) #aires_protégées #peuples_autochtones #barrages_hydroélectriques

    • Un leader paysan assassiné dans l’Amazonie brésilienne

      Le leader paysan, #Aluisio_Samper, dit #Alenquer, a été assassiné jeudi après-midi 11 octobre 2018 chez lui, à #Castelo_de_Sonhos, une ville située le long de la route BR-163 qui relie le nord de l’État de #Mato_Grosso, la principale région productrice de #soja du Brésil, aux deux fleuves Tapajós et Amazone.

      Il défendait des paysans qui s’accrochaient à des lopins de terre qu’ils cultivaient pour survivre, alors que le gouvernement les avaient inclues dans un projet de #réforme_agraire et allait les attribuer à des associations de gros producteurs.


      https://reporterre.net/Un-leader-paysan-assassine-dans-l-Amazonie-bresilienne
      #assassinat #terres #meurtre

    • As Brazil’s Far Right Leader Threatens the Amazon, One Tribe Pushes Back

      “Where there is indigenous land,” newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro has said, “there is wealth underneath it.”

      The Times traveled hundreds of miles into the Brazilian Amazon, staying with a tribe in the #Munduruku Indigenous Territory as it struggled with the shrinking rain forest.

      The miners had to go.

      Their bulldozers, dredges and high-pressure hoses tore into miles of land along the river, polluting the water, poisoning the fish and threatening the way life had been lived in this stretch of the Amazon for thousands of years.

      So one morning in March, leaders of the Munduruku tribe readied their bows and arrows, stashed a bit of food into plastic bags and crammed inside four boats to drive the miners away.

      “It has been decided,” said Maria Leusa Kabá, one of the women in the tribe who helped lead the revolt.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/10/world/americas/brazil-indigenous-mining-bolsonaro.html

    • Indigenous People, the First Victims of Brazil’s New Far-Right Government

      “We have already been decimated and subjected, and we have been victims of the integrationist policy of governments and the national state,” said indigenous leaders, as they rejected the new Brazilian government’s proposals and measures focusing on indigenous peoples.

      In an open letter to President Jair Bolsonaro, leaders of the Aruak, Baniwa and Apurinã peoples, who live in the watersheds of the Negro and Purus rivers in Brazil’s northwestern Amazon jungle region, protested against the decree that now puts indigenous lands under the Ministry of Agriculture, which manages interests that run counter to those of native peoples.

      Indigenous people are likely to present the strongest resistance to the offensive of Brazil’s new far-right government, which took office on Jan. 1 and whose first measures roll back progress made over the past three decades in favor of the 305 indigenous peoples registered in this country.

      Native peoples are protected by article 231 of the Brazilian constitution, in force since 1988, which guarantees them “original rights over the lands they traditionally occupy,” in addition to recognising their “social organisation, customs, languages, beliefs and traditions.”

      To this are added international regulations ratified by the country, such as Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the International Labor Organisation, which defends indigenous rights, such as the right to prior, free and informed consultation in relation to mining or other projects that affect their communities.

      It was indigenous people who mounted the stiffest resistance to the construction of hydroelectric dams on large rivers in the Amazon rainforest, especially Belo Monte, built on the Xingu River between 2011 and 2016 and whose turbines are expected to be completed this year.

      Transferring the responsibility of identifying and demarcating indigenous reservations from the National Indigenous Foundation (Funai) to the Ministry of Agriculture will hinder the demarcation of new areas and endanger existing ones.

      There will be a review of the demarcations of Indigenous Lands carried out over the past 10 years, announced Luiz Nabhan García, the ministry’s new secretary of land affairs, who is now responsible for the issue.

      García is the leader of the Democratic Ruralist Union, a collective of landowners, especially cattle ranchers, involved in frequent and violent conflicts over land.

      Bolsonaro himself has already announced the intention to review Raposa Serra do Sol, an Indigenous Land legalised in 2005, amid legal battles brought to an end by a 2009 Supreme Court ruling, which recognised the validity of the demarcation.

      This indigenous territory covers 17,474 square kilometers and is home to some 20,000 members of five different native groups in the northern state of Roraima, on the border with Guyana and Venezuela.

      In Brazil there are currently 486 Indigenous Lands whose demarcation process is complete, and 235 awaiting demarcation, including 118 in the identification phase, 43 already identified and 74 “declared”.

      “The political leaders talk, but revising the Indigenous Lands would require a constitutional amendment or proof that there has been fraud or wrongdoing in the identification and demarcation process, which is not apparently frequent,” said Adriana Ramos, director of the Socio-environmental Institute, a highly respected non-governmental organisation involved in indigenous and environmental issues.

      “The first decisions taken by the government have already brought setbacks, with the weakening of the indigenous affairs office and its responsibilities. The Ministry of Health also announced changes in the policy toward the indigenous population, without presenting proposals, threatening to worsen an already bad situation,” she told IPS from Brasilia.

      “The process of land demarcation, which was already very slow in previous governments, is going to be even slower now,” and the worst thing is that the declarations against rights “operate as a trigger for violations that aggravate conflicts, generating insecurity among indigenous peoples,” warned Ramos.

      In the first few days of the new year, and of the Bolsonaro administration, loggers already invaded the Indigenous Land of the Arara people, near Belo Monte, posing a risk of armed clashes, she said.

      The indigenous Guaraní people, the second largest indigenous group in the country, after the Tikuna, who live in the north, are the most vulnerable to the situation, especially their communities in the central-eastern state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

      They are fighting for the demarcation of several lands and the expansion of too-small areas that are already demarcated, and dozens of their leaders have been murdered in that struggle, while they endure increasingly precarious living conditions that threaten their very survival.

      “The grave situation is getting worse under the new government. They are strangling us by dividing Funai and handing the demarcation process to the Ministry of Agriculture, led by ruralists – the number one enemies of indigenous people,” said Inaye Gomes Lopes, a young indigenous teacher who lives in the village of Ñanderu Marangatu in Mato Grosso do Sul, near the Paraguayan border.

      Funai has kept its welfare and rights defence functions but is now subordinate to the new Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights, led by Damares Alves, a controversial lawyer and evangelical pastor.

      “We only have eight Indigenous Lands demarcated in the state and one was annulled (in December). What we have is due to the many people who have died, whose murderers have never been put in prison,” said Lopes, who teaches at a school that pays tribute in indigenous language to Marçal de Souza, a Guarani leader murdered in 1982.

      “We look for ways to resist and we look for ‘supporters’, at an international level as well. I’m worried, I don’t sleep at night,” she told IPS in a dialogue from her village, referring to the new government, whose expressions regarding indigenous people she called “an injustice to us.”

      Bolsonaro advocates “integration” of indigenous people, referring to assimilation into the mainstream “white” society – an outdated idea of the white elites.

      He complained that indigenous people continue to live “like in zoos,” occupying “15 percent of the national territory,” when, according to his data, they number less than a million people in a country of 209 million inhabitants.

      “It’s not us who have a large part of Brazil’s territory, but the big landowners, the ruralists, agribusiness and others who own more than 60 percent of the national territory,” countered the public letter from the the Aruak, Baniwa and Apurinã peoples.

      Actually, Indigenous Lands make up 13 percent of Brazilian territory, and 90 percent are located in the Amazon rainforest, the signatories of the open letter said.

      “We are not manipulated by NGOs,” they replied to another accusation which they said arose from the president’s “prejudices.”

      A worry shared by some military leaders, like the minister of the Institutional Security Cabinet, retired General Augusto Heleno Pereira, is that the inhabitants of Indigenous Lands under the influence of NGOs will declare the independence of their territories, to separate from Brazil.

      They are mainly worried about border areas and, especially, those occupied by people living on both sides of the border, such as the Yanomami, who live in Brazil and Venezuela.

      But in Ramos’ view, it is not the members of the military forming part of the Bolsonaro government, like the generals occupying five ministries, the vice presidency, and other important posts, who pose the greatest threat to indigenous rights.

      Many military officers have indigenous people among their troops and recognise that they share in the task of defending the borders, she argued.

      It is the ruralists, who want to get their hands on indigenous lands, and the leaders of evangelical churches, with their aggressive preaching, who represent the most violent threats, she said.

      The new government spells trouble for other sectors as well, such as the quilombolas (Afro-descendant communities), landless rural workers and NGOs.

      Bolsonaro announced that his administration would not give “a centimeter of land” to either indigenous communities or quilombolas, and said it would those who invade estates or other properties as “terrorists.”

      And the government has threatened to “supervise and monitor” NGOs. But “the laws are clear about their rights to organise,” as well as about the autonomy of those who do not receive financial support from the state, Ramos said.

      http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/01/indigenous-people-first-victims-brazils-new-far-right-government


  • Mouvement de grève chez Amazon en Allemagne
    http://www.lalibre.be/economie/libre-entreprise/mouvement-de-greve-chez-amazon-en-allemagne-5bdc5241cd70e3d2f67a5dfe

    Les travailleurs de deux établissements Amazon en Allemagne (à Leipzig et Bad Hersfeld) ont déclenché une nouvelle grève vendredi en raison d’un conflit salarial qui dure depuis plusieurs années. Quelque 600 personnes doivent participer au mouvement qui se prolongera jusque samedi soir, selon le syndicat Verdi. Des retards sont donc possibles dans la livraison des colis. La grève vise à forcer Amazon à discuter d’un nouvel accord salarial pour ses travailleurs. "Même si Amazon a augmenté les salaires (...)

    #Amazon #travail #Verdi


  • Dégooglisons Internet 2018
    https://degooglisons-internet.org/fr


    Quel élan, quel enthousiasme ! L’initiative degooglisons-internet.org affiche une nouvelle image sur sa page d’acceuil. Ca donne envie de se joindre à la joyeuse bande. Malheureusement les choses n’ont pas encore assez évoulué pour qu’on puisse trinquer en regardant les carcasses des Big Five / GAFAM en train de rôtir.

    La lutte continue :-)

    Dégooglisons Internet 2014
    https://web.archive.org/web/20141010053224/https://degooglisons-internet.org


    Dommage, le copyright nous prive désormais de la belle carte de Gaule en place depuis 2014.

    #open_source #logiciel_libre #Google #Amazon #Facebook #Apple #Microsoft



  • La Grande-Bretagne veut taxer les géants du web Ingrid Vergara - 30 Octobre 2018 - Le figaro
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/secteur/high-tech/2018/10/30/32001-20181030ARTFIG00131-la-grande-bretagne-veut-taxer-les-geants-du-web.p

    Dans son projet de budget, le gouvernement prévoit une imposition de 2% sur le chiffre d’affaires réalisé par les grandes plateformes sur le sol britannique. Mais, les patrons d’entreprises numériques européennes comme Spotify, Booking.com ou Zalando expriment leur « grave préoccupation » sur le projet de taxe européenne.

    L’Union européenne en parle depuis des années sans arriver à s’accorder... C’est finalement la Grande-Bretagne qui pourrait être la première à le faire ! Dans son projet de budget 2019-2020, le dernier avant la sortie de l’Union européenne présenté lundi à la Chambre des Communes, le gouvernement britannique annonce la création d’une taxe qui vise sans les nommer les grands acteurs de l’Internet. Concrètement, il s’agirait d’imposer à 2% le chiffre d’affaires généré sur le sol britannique par les grandes entreprises du numérique (plateforme, place de marché, moteur de recherche, réseaux sociaux...). Deux conditions sont posées : avoir réalisé un bénéfice et réaliser un chiffre d’affaires global d’au moins 500 millions de livres annuel (561 millions d’euros). La taxe est clairement conçue pour toucher les géants comme Google, Facebook, Amazon, Aibnb et autres et non les start-up britanniques, a voulu rassurer Philip Hammond, le chancelier de l’Échiquier.

    Ce nouvel impôt pourrait être introduit à partir d’avril 2020 et devrait, selon les calculs du ministère, rapporter plus de 400 millions de livres par an (450 millions d’euros) en année pleine.

    « Des progrès douloureusement lents »
    « Il n’est clairement pas soutenable, ni équitable, que des plates-formes numériques puissent générer des bénéfices substantiels au Royaume-Uni sans payer de taxes ici en lien avec ces activités », a déclaré le ministre des Finances Philip Hammond. Selon des chiffres de l’association Tax Watch, cités par the Guardian, Facebook par exemple aurait payé 15,8 millions de livres l’an dernier pour un chiffre d’affaires de 1,3 milliard de livres au Royaume-Uni.

    En parallèle, le chancelier de l’Échiquier explique que son pays continuera à travailler avec l’OCDE et le G20 pour trouver une solution au niveau international. Si un accord était trouvé avant 2020, la Grande-Bretagne renoncerait à sa taxe locale au profit de l’accord global. « Un nouvel accord mondial est la meilleure solution à long terme. Mais les progrès sont douloureusement lents. Nous ne pouvons pas nous contenter de parler pour toujours. Nous allons donc maintenant introduire une taxe sur les services numériques au Royaume-Uni » a-t-il martelé.

    « Grave préoccupation » des entreprises européennes de la Tech
    Pour l’instant , les grandes plateformes américaines n’ont pas réagi officiellement à l’annonce. Philip Hammond a taclé au passage Nick Clegg, l’ancien vice premier ministre britannique devenu le nouveau visage public de Facebook. « J’attends déjà avec impatience son appel de l’ancien chef des libéraux démocrates. » a-t-il déclaré devant les députés britanniques. Ce dernier ne prendra ses fonctions qu’à partir de janvier prochain. Julian David, représentant des entreprises de la Tech britannique trouve que le seuil de 500 millions de livres de chiffre d’affaires était bas et risquait de toucher des entreprises plus petites que celles visées par le projet de taxe. D’ailleurs, dans une lettre publiée mardi, les patrons de 16 entreprises numériques européennes comme #Spotify, #Booking.com ou #Zalando ont exprimé leur « grave préoccupation » face à ce projet de taxe européenne. Ils estiment que cela « causerait un préjudice matériel à la croissance économique et à l’innovation, à l’investissement et à l’emploi dans toute l’Europe ».

    De son côté, l’Europe patauge toujours. En attendant une éventuelle solution au niveau de l’OCDE, Paris cherche toujours à convaincre ses partenaires européens d’adopter avant la fin de l’année son projet de taxe Gafa mis sur la table par la Commission européenne en mars. Elle propose d’instaurer une taxe de 3% sur le chiffre d’affaires généré par les entreprises du numérique dont le chiffre d’affaires annuel mondial dépasse 750 milions d’euros et dont les revenus dans l’UE dépassent 50 millions d’euros. La semaine dernière, le ministre français de l’Économie Bruno Le Maire a défendu devant les députés européens la « priorité absolue » que représentait cette taxe. « Nous aurons d’autant plus vite une solution à l’OCDE que l’Europe aura été capable (...) de créer cette taxe sur le numérique », a assuré Bruno Le Maire à Strasbourg a-t-il expliqué. Le projet est loin de faire l’unanimité, pourtant indispensable pour toute réforme touchant à la fiscalité : les pays nordiques sont réticents, l’Irlande y est totalement opposée. Redoutant des représailles américaines sur son industrie automobile, l’Allemagne plaide plutôt pour un impôt minimum mondial. Les ministres européens doivent à nouveau débattre de cette taxe lors d’une prochaine réunion à Bruxelles le mardi 6 novembre.

    L’Espagne pourrait emboîter le pas à la Grande-Bretagne. Elle envisage d’adopter une taxe de 3% sur les entreprises ayant un chiffre d’affaires d’au moins 750 millions d’euros par an dans le monde et d’au moins 3 millions en Espagne.

    #gafa #facebook #google #internet #numérique #amazon #silicon_valley #apple #économie_numérique #fraude_fiscale #Angleterre #ue #union_européenne


  • Amazon shares sink despite record profit of nearly $3bn
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/25/amazon-shares-record-profit-third-quarter

    Company sees fourth quarter of profits greater than $1bn but revenue growth is lower than expected Amazon has announced a record profit for the last three months of close to $3bn. But the news on Thursday of a $1bn-a-month bonanza was not enough for Wall Street and shares sank on lower-than-expected revenue growth. The online retail and cloud computing giant long worried investors by losing cash quarter after quarter but now appears to be raking in money, thanks largely to its cloud (...)

    #Amazon #AWS #bénéfices #travail


  • Tech firms make millions from Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, report finds
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/23/silicon-valley-tech-firms-making-money-trump-anti-immigrant-agenda-repo

    Amazon, Palantir and Microsoft provide tools that aid surveillance, detention and deportation, according to report Silicon Valley technology corporations including Amazon, Palantir and Microsoft make millions from US immigration enforcement, according to a new report. They provide tools that aid surveillance, detention and deportation of individuals targeted by Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, according to a paper published Tuesday by a coalition of immigrant rights groups. The report (...)

    #CIA #algorithme #migration #surveillance #Microsoft #Palantir #Amazon #AWS


  • ’Tech tax’ necessary to avoid dystopia, says leading economist
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/23/exclusive-tech-tax-jeffrey-sachs-ai-wealth-facebook-google-amazon

    Exclusive : Jeffrey Sachs warns AI could lead to wealth being concentrated in the hands of a few thousand people A “tech tax” is necessary if the world is to avoid a dystopian future in which AI leads to a concentration of global wealth in the hands of a few thousand people, influential economist Dr Jeffrey Sachs has warned. Speaking to the Guardian, Sachs backed calls for taxation aimed at the largest tech companies, arguing that new technologies were dramatically shifting the income (...)

    #Google #Amazon #Facebook #algorithme #domination


  • Amazon en guerre contre les syndicats
    https://usbeketrica.com/article/amazon-guerre-syndicats

    Le magazine en ligne américain Gizmodo a révélé fin septembre l’existence d’une vidéo interne destinée aux cadres d’Amazon. Son but : prévenir et enrayer toute création ou action de syndicats dans l’entreprise. Les employés des supermarchés Whole Foods Market, récemment rachetés par le géant du commerce en ligne, en font actuellement les frais. Si il en fallait une, c’est la preuve que les géants de la Silicon Valley n’aiment pas les travailleurs qui défendent leurs droits. Comparer les syndicalistes à des « (...)

    #WholeFoods #Amazon #travail #travailleurs


  • Amazon contre Alibaba et les 40 dragons
    https://theconversation.com/amazon-contre-alibaba-et-les-40-dragons-98898

    Juin est le mois des courses de bateaux-dragons à Shanghaï comme à Chicago. On y voit des équipes de vingt pagayeurs parfaitement synchronisés filer sur leur pirogue à la proue de démon. Bateau-Dragon est aussi le nom de code du plan d’Amazon pour devenir un acteur global de la logistique. Comprenez un monstre d’efficacité et d’innovation dans le transport international de marchandises qui, un jour, dépassera tous les autres, y compris Alibaba et ses 40 dragons. Un géant de la logistique Quand Jeff (...)

    #Alibaba.com #Darty #Amazon #Amazon's_Prime #bénéfices #concurrence #marketing #profiling #DHL #UPS (...)

    ##robotique


  • Chinese search firm Baidu joins global AI ethics body
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/17/baidu-chinese-search-firm-joins-global-ai-ethics-body-google-apple-face

    Company is first Chinese member of Partnership on AI, following, Google, Apple, Facebook and others The AI ethics body formed by five of the largest US corporations has expanded to include its first Chinese member, the search firm Baidu. The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society – known as the Partnership on AI (PAI) – was formed in 2016 by Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft to act as an umbrella organisation for the five companies to conduct (...)

    #Google #Microsoft #IBM #Amazon #Baidu #algorithme #éthique


  • Parle avec elle
    https://lesjours.fr/obsessions/alexa-amazon-espionne/ep1-web-voix

    Avec Alexa, l’assistante intégrée d’Amazon, le web devient vocal. Pratique, inutile ou flippant ? « Les Jours » posent la question à voix haute. Je me suis tendu le piège tout seul : en juin, j’ai installé une enceinte dotée d’un assistant vocal à la maison. Si on m’avait dit deux mois plus tôt que je ferais entrer dans mon foyer cet engin, mi-espion mi-vendeur de tout à la solde des géants du net, j’aurais doucement rigolé, moi qui ne suis pas sur Facebook parce que ma vie est privée, qui ai basculé de (...)

    #Apple #Google #Microsoft #Amazon #algorithme #Alexa #Echo #Cortana #Look #Siri #biométrie #voix (...)

    ##GAFAM


  • Amazon : WikiLeaks dévoile la liste complète des Data Centers AWS
    https://www.lebigdata.fr/amazon-wikileaks-data-centers-aws

    Ce 11 octobre 2018, toutefois, #WikiLeaks vient de publier ce qu’il affirme être une liste de tous les Data Centers #Amazon Web Services. Le document de 28 pages inclut le nom de code, l’adresse postale, et le fournisseur de colocation des différentes fermes de serveurs #AWS.


  • Alexa, l’espionne qui m’aimait
    https://lesjours.fr/obsessions/alexa-amazon-espionne

    Le web devient vocal, mais qui nous parle ? Parler à son ordinateur ou à son micro-ondes sera-t-il normal demain ? Amazon, Google et Apple y croient et nous poussent à faire entrer chez nous de nouvelles enceintes douées de parole, promettant de satisfaire tous nos désirs de consommateurs. Mais ce nouveau monde est-il une libération ou un enfermement dans la pensée de quelques entreprises ? « Les Jours » enquêtent sur ces nouveaux (...)

    #Apple #Google #Amazon #Alexa #domotique #biométrie #voix #marketing


  • Amazon’s Echo May Be Able To Read Your Emotions - The Atlantic
    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/10/alexa-emotion-detection-ai-surveillance/572884

    Amazon has patented technology that would allow its devices to read your emotional and physical state, and sell advertisements based on them. Are we entering the era of the mood-targeted ad?

    Patents are not products, of course—but they can offer insight into how companies will approach emergent tech. In this case, the patent hints at new possibilities for dynamic targeted advertising in its always-on line of products. The patent lays out an example: Say you tell Alexa you’re hungry, and she can tell by the sniffle in your voice that you’re coming down with something. She can then ask if you want a recipe for chicken soup, or she can ask a question “associated with particular advertisers.” Perhaps Panera wants to tell you about its soups.

    Amazon isn’t the only technology company to pursue technology that takes full advantage of these emotional windows. Google has a similar patent, for a method to augment devices to detect negative emotions then automatically suggest advice. IBM has one that would help search engines return web results based on the user’s “current emotional state.” Searching for “good podcasts,” “football,” or “events near me,” for example, would return different results based on user mood, as determined via face recognition in the webcam, a scan of the person’s heart rate or—and this is where the “patents are not products” disclaimer must be emphasized most heavily—the “user’s brain waves.”

    Spotify, meanwhile, is already practicing a type of dynamic emotional targeting all its own. Starting in 2014, it began associating playlists with different moods and events, selling ad space to companies based on the associations. An Adele-centric playlist may be a dead giveaway for emotional turmoil, so products associated with sadness (ice cream, tissues) would be recommended. A hip-hop heavy playlist might come with a “block party” association, and Spotify would suggest the playlist for a company advertising barbecue sauce, and so on.

    The purpose of profiling is to sell products. Each of us are made up of dozens of marketable categories. Dynamic emotional targeting ups the ante: Now we are a collection of categories both stable (gender, age, residence) and in flux (mental and emotional states), and our devices are eager to hear all about it.

    #Emotions #Publicité #Brevets #Amazon #IBM #Google #Spotify


  • Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users - United States Patent: 10096319
    http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm

    Le brevet déposé par Amazon

    United States Patent 10,096,319
    Jin , et al. October 9, 2018
    Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users

    Abstract

    Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users. Example methods may include determining first voice data, wherein the first voice data is generated by a user, determining a first real-time user status of the user using the first voice data, generating a first data tag indicative of the first real-time user status, determining first audio content for presentation at a speaker device using the first data tag and the first voice data, and causing presentation of the first audio content via a speaker of the speaker device.

    #Amazon #Alexa #Brevet #Emotions #Publicité


  • Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds | Ars Technica
    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/10/amazon-patents-alexa-tech-to-tell-if-youre-sick-depressed-and-sell-you-

    Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition.

    The patent, titled “Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users,” was issued on Tuesday this week; Amazon filed the patent application in March 2017.

    The patent describes a voice assistant that can detect “abnormal” physical or emotional conditions. “For example, physical conditions such as sore throats and coughs may be determined based at least in part on a voice input from the user, and emotional conditions such as an excited emotional state or a sad emotional state may be determined based at least in part on voice input from a user,” the patent says. “A cough or sniffle, or crying, may indicate that the user has a specific physical or emotional abnormality.”

    It’s not clear what ads would be sent based on a user’s emotional state, but someone who is sick might be asked if they want to buy cold medicine.

    “A current physical and/or emotional condition of the user may facilitate the ability to provide highly targeted audio content, such as audio advertisements or promotions, to the user,” the patent said.

    If the Amazon voice assistant determines that you have a sore threat, the system would “communicate with the audio content server(s)” to select the appropriate ad. “For example, certain content, such as content related to cough drops or flu medicine, may be targeted towards users who have sore throats,” the patent says.

    Alexa might then ask, “would you like to order cough drops with 1 hour delivery?” After the order is made, the voice assistant “may append a message to the audible confirmation, such as well wishes, or ’feel better!’”
    System could raise privacy concerns

    Companies get patents all the time for technologies that never make it to market, so there is no guarantee this capability will be implemented in future versions of Alexa.

    Amazon would have to consider the privacy implications of letting its voice assistant analyze the emotional and physical states of Amazon customers. Amazon and other tech companies last month were called to a Senate Commerce Committee hearing to testify about consumer data privacy, and senators are considering whether to write a new privacy law.

    Besides analyzing your physical or emotional states, Amazon’s patent says the system would take into account the user’s browsing history and purchase history:

    Embodiments of the disclosure may use physical and/or emotional characteristics of a user in combination with behavioral targeting criteria (e.g., browse history, number of clicks, purchase history, etc.) and/or contextual targeting criteria (e.g., keywords, page types, placement metadata, etc.) to determine and/or select content that may be relevant for presentation to a user.

    The system would use a “voice processing algorithm” to determine a user’s emotional state. The voice analysis would be able to detect “happiness, joy, anger, sorrow, sadness, fear, disgust, boredom, stress, or other emotional states.” It would make those determinations “based at least in part on an analysis of pitch, pulse, voicing, jittering, and/or harmonicity of a user’s voice, as determined from processing of the voice data.”

    The system would apply tags to each physical or emotional characteristic. Those tags may be “associated with or linked to a data file of the voice input,” and “used to determine content for presentation to the user.”

    The emotion-detecting system would be tailored to each user, determining the user’s “default or normal/baseline state” so that it can detect changes that indicate that “the emotional state of the user is abnormal,” the patent says.

    Amazon’s analysis would presumably be more accurate when tailored to a specific user, but the patent says the technology can also determine the emotional state of “any user” regardless of whether they normally use that device.

    #Le_Meilleur_des_Mondes #Folie #Amazon #Brevet


  • From the birth of computing to Amazon : why tech’s gender problem is nothing new
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/11/tech-gender-problem-amazon-facebook-bias-women

    Decades after women were pushed out of programming, Amazon’s AI recruiting technology carried on the industry’s legacy of bias A recent report revealed Amazon’s AI recruiting technology developed a bias against women because it was trained predominantly on men’s resumes. Although Amazon shut the project down, this kind of mechanized sexism is common and growing – and the problem isn’t limited to AI mishaps. Facebook allows the targeting of job ads by gender, resulting in discrimination in (...)

    #Alphabet #Google #Amazon #Facebook #algorithme #BigData #discrimination #GAFAM