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Cory Doctorow

Journeyman Pictures' short documentary "Naked Citizens" is an absolutely terrifying and amazing must-see glimpse of the modern security state, and the ways in which it automatically ascribes guilt to people based on algorithmic inferences, and, having done so, conducts such far-reaching surveillance into its victims' lives that the lack of anything incriminating is treated of proof of being a criminal mastermind:

"I woke up to pounding on my door", says Andrej Holm, a sociologist from the Humboldt University. In what felt like a scene from a movie, he was taken from his Berlin home by armed men after a systematic monitoring of his academic research deemed him the probable leader of a militant group. After 30 days in solitary confinement, he was released without charges. Across Western Europe and the USA, surveillance of civilians has become a major business. With one camera for every 14 people in London and drones being used by police to track individuals, the threat of living in a Big Brother state is becoming a reality. At an annual conference of hackers, keynote speaker Jacob Appelbaum asserts, "to be free of suspicion is the most important right to be truly free". But with most people having a limited understanding of this world of cyber surveillance and how to protect ourselves, are our basic freedoms already being lost?

World - Naked Citizens (Thanks, Dan!)     

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The best companies around the world are places where employees are truly excited about coming in every day.

Great Places To Work published its list today of the best places to work based primarily on employee surveys combined with an audit of company policies and practices.

In the past year, these companies created 120,000 new jobs.

“They have developed work cultures that align with their business, encourage innovation and support their employees both personally and professionally, and that accomplishment deserves to be recognized," Robert Levering, co-founder of Great Place to Work, told us.

Out of the 25 companies on this year's list, 20 are based in the U.S. and three are from Silicon Valley — Google, Cisco and NetApp.

Microsoft dropped from its top spot, but stayed on the list. Coca-Cola —  ranked #23 in 2011 — dropped from the list and PepsiCo appeared instead.

This year's newcomers are Accor, General Mills, Monsanto, Ernst & Young, PepsiCo, Autodesk and W.L. Gore & Associates.

25. Mars

Headquarters: USA

Employees: 70,000

Why it's great: Mars follows five principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – and makes it a priority to introduce new associates to these principles as a part of the onboarding process and training, which is available in 22 languages.

What employees say: “The one thing that sets Mars apart from other places is the genuine environment where everyone is willing to lend an extra hand, put in the extra hours or shuffle work around to accommodate our fellow employees – whether they [are] in a different segment or even a different country.”

Great Place to Work determined rankings based on the average score from surveys sent to employees and audits based on the company's policies and practices. Countries must be mentioned on lists from at least five national Best Workplaces lists and have at least 40 percent of their workforce outside of their home country.

24. SC Johnson

Headquarters: USA

Employees: 13,000

Why it's great: Each SC Johnson office has its own Now Thanks! program that provides on-the-spot recognition for great work with praise and a monetary award.

What employees say: “Every day when I drive in there is a security guard at the gate who waves hello. Every day! It may be a different guard, but each one waves to every car that passes. Everyone gets a warm welcome. I love starting my day with a smile!”

Great Place to Work determined rankings based on the average score from surveys sent to employees and audits based on the company's policies and practices. Countries must be mentioned on lists from at least five national Best Workplaces lists and have at least 40 percent of their workforce outside of their home country.

23. Quintiles

Headquarters: USA

Employees: 26,676

Why it's great: When it comes to hiring, Quintiles puts a lot of faith and trust in its current employees for recruitment. About one fifth of Quintiles's new hires come through the employee referral program.

What employees say: “From the moment of recruitment right through to joining the company, you can feel and see that Quintiles is a really great place to work. People are genuinely happy, from the security guard up to the top directors – it is the best place I have worked, and I have worked at many good companies in 25 years.”

Great Place to Work determined rankings based on the average score from surveys sent to employees and audits based on the company's policies and practices. Countries must be mentioned on lists from at least five national Best Workplaces lists and have at least 40 percent of their workforce outside of their home country.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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angry tapir writes "Wrapped in the code the Duqu worm uses to infect computers is the message: 'Copyright (c) 2003 Showtime Inc. All rights reserved. DexterRegularDexter.' An analysis of the worm has also revealed that Duqu, which is similar to Stuxnet and may even have been written by the same developers, may be four years old and that it generally tries to steal information on Wednesdays."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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