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BTC- Thanks to Jim Paulson for sending this one over.

c/o  Gizmodo, Jesus Diaz >> Blacklisted News

The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice will use analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents, putting potential offenders under specific prevention and education programs. Goodbye, human rights!

They will use this software on juvenile delinquents, using a series of variables to determine the potential for these people to commit another crime. Depending on this probability, they will put them under specific re-education programs. Deepak Advani—vice president of predictive analytics at IBM—says the system gives “reliable projections” so governments can take “action in real time” to “prevent criminal activities?”

Really? “Reliable projections”? “Action in real time”? “Preventing criminal activities”? I don’t know about how reliable your system is, IBM, but have you ever heard of the 5th, the 6th, and the 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution? What about article 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? No? Let’s make this easy then: Didn’t you watch that scientology nutcase in Minority Report?

Sure. Some will argue that these juvenile delinquents were already convicted for other crimes, so hey, there’s no harm. This software will help prevent further crimes. It will make all of us safer? But would it? Where’s the guarantee of that? Why does the state have to assume that criminal behavior is a given? And why should the government decide who goes to an specific prevention program or who doesn’t based on what a computer says? The fact is that, even if the software was 99.99% accurate, there will be always an innocent person who will be fucked. And that is exactly why we have something called due process and the presumption of innocence. That’s why those things are not only in the United States Constitution, but in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights too.  :::MORE HERE:::

AUSTRALIA – Greg Nikkolettos is an investigative journalist & producer for We The People Will Not Be Chipped. Most recently he has become an anti-Transhumanism advocate. In his film, ONE MAINFRAME TO RULE THEM ALL he exposes the powers and dark history behind Verichip Corp., the first company to move forward with an internal RFID capable system. The film is based on exposing IBM’s role as the key fiscal sustainer for Verichip Corp.

BTC – Observe use of the word “flogging”. IBM has a long troubled history of being associated with datalust. The computing giant’s public-private program is ailing and privacy advocates are being asked directly for input.

c/o Austin

Data center deal unsustainable, examiner says.

“If IBM isn’t making money and (the Department of Information Resources) and the state agencies aren’t getting good service, it is not going to be successful,” said Glenn Davidson of the consulting firm EquaTerra.

The developments Friday come three years after the state awarded the massive contract to IBM to modernize and consolidate state data centers that house servers and mainframe computers. The objective was to reduce costs and safeguard data during disasters or terrorist attacks. State agencies quickly began complaining of problems, including poor service, data losses and additional expenses.

IBM spokesman Jeff Tieszen said Friday that substantial progress has been made in some areas and reiterated that the company is committed to the success of the project.

While the price tag of the project won’t change, the responsibilities of IBM and its deadlines will, Robinson said. The specifics will be negotiated in a new agreement with IBM that is expected to be worked out by February.

The original seven-year contract, which began in 2007, was sold as a way to save the state $176 million by merging the data center operations of 27 state agencies into two upgraded and streamlined facilities.

While that concept is still sound, EquaTerra found that the contract and its implementation were fundamentally flawed, and both the state and IBM share the blame.

First, everyone underestimated how old and obsolete the state’s existing technology was.

Next, the contract was based on a “one-size-fits-all” approach that ignored the particular needs of individual agencies.

That led to frustration, with almost all the agencies’ information technology directors saying this past spring that they were dissatisfied with IBM’s service.

Under the revised contract, the state agencies involved will be given more control over the process to ensure that their needs are met and that they are more invested in the project’s success, Robinson said.

“The agencies should be helping to drive this initiative, not just be customers of (the Department of Information Resources),” Davidson said.

John Cox, chief information officer for the Texas Education Agency, said the consultant’s independent assessment has been “sorely needed.”

Cox said he is optimistic that “all of the players are on board moving to get this turned around.”

In addition to the agency’s complaints, IBM has endured a public flogging for many problems it attributes to poor conditions inherited from the state.

Morale is low. Turnover is high. And the relationship was dysfunctional from the start, the consultant found.

“State agencies, DIR and IBM team members involved in using, managing and delivering the services are exhausted and highly stressed,” according to the consultant’s report.

“This combination of low morale and intractable issues … has resulted in the emergence of hostile and sometime aggressive behaviors by team members from all sides.”

IBM has been under the gun for over a year to fix the problems.

Last year, Gov. Rick Perry temporarily halted work on the project after a significant loss of data at the attorney general’s office. IBM was warned at the time that its contract could be in jeopardy if the problems were not remedied.

The problems persisted and a 13-day server outage at the secretary of state’s office in August prompted officials to pull the elections system out of the consolidation because of fears that a similar outage could compromise an election.

Robinson, who worked for Perry until taking the interim director position in September, said she would not lay the blame for the problems solely at the feet of IBM or any other participant.

“I’m not going to fingerpoint,” she said.

These kinds of problems are not uncommon for big information technology projects. About two-thirds of such projects fail to meet the stated objectives, bust the budget or miss the deadline, according to oft-cited industry research by the Standish Group called the Chaos Report.

That is true for public and private projects alike, but public sector stumbles tend to happen in the glare of the spotlight.

John Miri, a technology consultant who was previously an executive at the Department of Information Resources, said state technology officials across the country are watching Texas right now.

None of the facts or conclusions in the EquaTerra report is particularly new to anyone who has been working on this problem, and the report acknowledges as much, Miri said.

“What is bold about this report is that DIR is speaking so directly and candidly with the public,” Miri said. “Sharing this type of information with the wider community is going to get people engaged, and that’s a big part of solving this problem.”

What is next for Texas’ $863 million contract with IBM?

Negotiate a new final agreement by February 2010. The scope and timing of the contract will change but not the price tag.

Complete consolidation of the data centers by December 2010.; 445-3618

BTC – One Mainframe to Rule Them All is a 50 minute documentary produced by Greg Nickolettos. The film starts with a monologue from Nazi Nexus author Edwin Black on WWII datalust and IBM. It then swiftly moves to current events surrounding injectible identity from Verichip, a corporation marketing an implanted RFID chip for seemingly pragmatic health care solutions.

The production values are typical of today’s dystopian standards in documentaries. After clearing the fear & exposure peak, we know the final solution is to simply oppose IBM’s persistent role in enumerating the masses as a sifting utility. Mid-way through One Mainframe the corporate transactional info may dull the attention span. This lasts a few moments before the human element comes back to visit. The point of the film is to portray Verichip as a “bad police chief” in a massive and ambitious dirty data handling effort to integrate every conventional identifiable person for a profile.

We never thought of Bill Gates as a “nazi”. However, the thought may scuttle across your mind after watching this.

You may still want to find out what’s out there on file about you anyway via LexusNexus. As it turns out, you can request your Full File Disclosure from ChoicePoint to find out what they know about you for no monetary cost, but it isn’t free – you would need to submit copies of your ID and a utility bill to get that information. All someone has to do is have copies of the same to get your information. So watch your identity articles.