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Because some news are speaking for themselves and don’t warrant any additional commentary:

The jokes practically wrote themselves, with one user commenting that “anticipated but never realized” victory is an interesting [way] of saying “we lost.”

More than one comment called the coin the CIA version of a “participation trophy,” referring to the consolation prize doled out at school sporting contests in the US.

But wait! There’s more …

There’s sooooo so so much to say about this … but I leave the comments to the affected parties. Don’t wanna be called a whiny America hater.

At the peak of the NATO protests, police reportedly used Endeca to process 20,000 tweets an hour. According to a 2012 talk given by Richard Tomlinson, who directed Endeca product management for Oracle, the tweets showed up in the software half a second after they were posted and remained there indefinitely, even if deleted. Police could then use the software to zero in on tweets that contained terms like “protest.” They could also sort tweets by sentiment, meaning that the software would single out for scrutiny negative or angry-seeming tweets.

Nine years later, police mining of social media is widespread — as is opposition to the practice. In addition to CPD, Oracle documents and SlideShare decks posted by former employees say that Endeca has been used by police in Argentina, Finland, and the United Arab Emirates, along with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Oracle is far from the only company in the market. During last summer’s George Floyd protests, police turned to Dataminr, another In-Q-Tel investment, to analyze demonstrators’ tweets. CPD, which works with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a special task force charged with monitoring social media, has also used social media mining software made by Geofeedia, LexisNexis, and Pathar. Police across the United States have plugged images culled from social media into Clearview AI’s facial recognition engine.

But Oracle’s case has a twist: After promoting Endeca’s use on NATO protesters, Oracle went on to market the CIA-funded software for police use around the world — including in China, where its deployment would presumably be at odds with CIA interests and where social media users have few civil liberties protections to shield them from police abuses.

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    • But good to know they are using their own compatriots as lab rats before using the software on sovereign people from other nations, right? Coz that would be against international law. Or sumfink no American 3-letter-agency would care about.

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