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Google’s “Fact Checker” Under Fire For Discriminating Against Right Leaning News Companies

By Ryan Johnston | USA

Google, the worlds largest search engine, is under fire for allegedly discriminating against conservative newsgroups in its recently introduced “fact checker”, as it is almost exclusively available for conservative news providers.

The Daily Caller, one of the sites affected by this new offering, wrote in an article, “When searching for a media outlet that leans right, like The Daily Caller (TheDC), Google gives users details on the sidebar, including what topics the site typically writes about, as well as a section titled Reviewed Claims.”

This is shown below, where “disputed claims” are listed for sites such as The Daily Caller and Breitbart but not Huffington Post or CNN.

Such a trend is proving to be dangerous, as the tech industry is consistently propagating their viewpoints in subliminal and unreported ways. This is seen now in Google’s “fact checker”, which is just the latest example of censorship, adding to Twitter’s blacklist, and Patreon’s censorship.

This brings about a new era of censorship, and thus a new era of contentious debate regarding whether or not we allow these companies to censor content ensues. I would contend that we need to be cautious in our approach.

Although it is important the 1st amendment is protected for the fringe groups on social media it is equally important we protect the opinions of the equity-holders and individuals representing companies like Google and Twitter.

We cannot use it as an excuse for government intervention, for if we do we would be just as bad as the left. If we truly want to bring about a change we must voice our opinions and we, inevitably, will be heard.

 

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The Ethereum of Korea: How Icon Plans To Connect A Country

By Ryan J | USA

Last week proved to be tough on cryptocurrencies, with many tanking over 10%, however, there was one currency that has prevailed, ICON. In just the last 24 hours, ICON (ICX) has gained 154 percent gain, as compared to Bitcoin’s 5% and Litecoin’s 3%. In the past week, ICON’s value has grown by 230 percent – in the last month, 470 percent.

What Is ICX?

ICON is a Korean cryptocurrency started by a Silicon Valley financier. In its first sell-off, the coin garnered 42 million in funding through a Switzerland based company, with many seeing it’s unique attributes. One of these attributes is that it strives for “hyperconnectivity” that eliminates middlemen by creating a system of institutions, including securities firms, hospitals, universities, and banks, many of whom have already joined the cryptocurrency.

The South Korean fin-tech group who started it, Dayli Financial Group, owns over 100 different fin-tech brands, namely Yello Mobile, a startup valued at 4 billion dollars. This gives it an immense potential to go mainstream, as it is owned by a payment system and can connect every part of the Korean economy.

In essence, the new currency is attempting to link disjointed organizations via blockchain – opening ICON (ICX) to a whole plethora of possibilities. “Any mom-and-pop shop can potentially take advantage of something like this,” CFO Min Kim told Forbes. “If we connect every single company in Korea or even half of Korea on our network, that’s a massive success story.”

Whether or not this will prove to be the mainstream currency of Korea is anybody’s bet, however, there is compelling evidence to show the potential it has.

Chasing Down the Money: The Pentagon is Auditing the Department of Defense

By Ryan J | USA

Since its inception, the Department of Defense, an organization which receives hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding, has never been audited. To complete such an audacious task, The Pentagon intends on deploying 2,400 auditors who will examine records and bases.

The Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, Dana W. White, stated that the newly announced auditing, “demonstrates our commitment to fiscal responsibility and maximizing the value of every taxpayer dollar that is entrusted to us.”

This is in stark contrast to the Department of Defense’s reputation, which dates back to 1986 when the LA Times reported that contractors were selling screws for $37 and toilet seats for $645. Such a precedent proves to be relevant in this day and age, with former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) slamming $68 billion in frivolous spending: “Using defense dollars to run microbreweries, study Twitter slang, create beef jerky, or examine Star Trek does nothing to defend our nation.”

Or in 2013 when the government scrapped 7 billion in military equipment in Afghanistan.The new audit will be completed by independent financial consultancies to ensure its partiality, with all military agencies being audited under a centralized system. The Government Accountability Office said, “serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense (DOD) that have prevented its financial statements from being auditable.”

Moreover, this audit will fulfill a campaign promise by President Trump that the military will see more oversight, considering its consequential financial improprieties. All in all, this new oversight will prove to be immensely beneficial to the taxpayers of America.