QUITO, Ecuador — The squat gray building in Ecuador’s capital commands a sweeping view of the city’s sparkling sprawl, from the high-rises at the base of the Andean valley to the pastel neighborhoods that spill up its mountainsides. The police who work inside are looking elsewhere. They spend their days poring over computer screens, watching footage that comes in from 4,300 cameras across the country. The high-powered cameras send what they see to 16 monitoring centers in Ecuador that employ more than 3,000 people. Armed with joysticks, the police control the cameras and scan the streets for drug deals, muggings and killings. If they spy something, they zoom in. This voyeur’s paradise is made with technology from what is fast becoming the global capital of surveillance: China. Ecuador’s system, which was installed beginning in 2011, is a basic version of a program of computerized controls that Beijing has spent billions to build out over a decade of … [Read more...] about Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State
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A group of conservative leaders are pressing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block efforts by a group of satellite operators seeking to sell spectrum space critical to the operation of forthcoming 5G technology. A consortium of conservative groups wrote to the FCC chairman Ajit Pai and the FCC’s various commissioners on Wednesday morning:The undersigned taxpayer and free market groups applaud your efforts to free up the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz Band (mid-band, or ‘C-band’) for internet services. Repurposing C-band spectrum for mobile broadband deployment will help America win the race to 5G, as other countries study repurposing their own mid-band spectrum for internet use. A number of groups, including the C-band Alliance (CBA), claim that the FCC should allow for a ‘private-sale’ of this critical segment of spectrum, instead of having the FCC repurpose the spectrum to help close the digital divide. Conservative leaders signing the letter to Pai and … [Read more...] about Conservative Leaders Press FCC to Block Chinese, Foreign Influence in 5G Spectrum Market
GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer is leading a drive to reward 300,000 Indian visa workers for taking college graduate jobs from at least 200,000 young middle aged or older American graduates. Via Twitter, the North Dakota Senator is pushing the “Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act,” which was also championed by former GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder until he lost his 2018 election.The legislation “is about exactly that: fairness,” Cramer tweeted. “The long wait for these green cards is a disservice to legal immigrants and to the potential of the American economy. Let’s get this passed.” But Cramer’s bill does not offer fairness or safeguards to the many Americans who are losing careers or starter jobs to the imported army of roughly 500,000 Indian workers and recruiters, said Dawn Collins, a former vice-president at J.P. Morgan Chase bank. Casey and other American professionals were forced out of their software jobs in 2016 to make … [Read more...] about GOP Senators Push Green Card Rewards for Indian Visa Workers Who Take College Jobs in U.S.
Feb 13, 11:54 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Arthur Villasanta 02/13/19 AT 10:31 PM North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seems intent on copying the liberal Vietnam economic growth model -- and not the more authoritarian China model -- in a determined bid to open his country’s crippled socialist economy to the world.Ravaged by international sanctions and wracked by famine, North Korea’s economy shrank 3.5 percent in 2017 after growing 3.9 percent in 2016.The possibility of North Korea emulating Vietnam emerged after a series of high-level visits between top officials of both communist countries. Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh was in Pyongyang Tuesday to reciprocate the visit to Hanoi last year of North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.Ho’s trip sought to study Vietnam's economic reforms that led to its spectacular economic growth since the 1980s, according to North Korea’s … [Read more...] about Kim Jong Un To Open Up North Korea Economy To The World
By Brad Brooks and Gary McWilliams RIO DE JANEIRO/HOUSTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating energy trading firm Vitol's top two executives in the Americas in connection with a Brazil bribery case, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, deepening the U.S. role in a probe of foreign oil firms' dealings with state-controlled Petrobras. The FBI's targeting of the Vitol executives is the second recent sign that U.S. authorities are stepping up their involvement in the trading fraud case, the latest twist in Brazil's sweeping "Car Wash" corruption probe. That significantly increases dangers for Vitol, the world's largest independent oil trader, and other major trading firms like Trafigura and Glencore, also ensnared in the case. Miguel "Mike" Loya, Vitol's U.S. head, and Antonio Maarraoui, the company's head for Latin American and the Caribbean, are under investigation by the U.S. law enforcement agency, the sources told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. Vitol … [Read more...] about Exclusive: FBI investigating top Vitol executives in Americas