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Did you know NZ is a leader in governmental use of AI?… there’s been a call for an independent regulator here to monitor & address the associated risks of the tech

From theconversation.com

New Zealand is a leader in government use of artificial intelligence (AI). It is part of a global network of countries that use predictive algorithms in government decision making, for anything from the optimal scheduling of public hospital beds to whether an offender should be released from prison, based on their likelihood of reoffending, or the efficient processing of simple insurance claims.

But the official use of AI algorithms in government has been in the spotlight in recent years. On the plus side, AI can enhance the accuracy, efficiency and fairness of day-to-day decision making. But concerns have also been expressed regarding transparency, meaningful human control, data protection and bias.

In a report released today, we recommend New Zealand establish a new independent regulator to monitor and address the risks associated with these digital technologies.


Read more: To protect us from the risks of advanced artificial intelligence, we need to act now


AI and transparency

There are three important issues regarding transparency.

One relates to the inspectability of algorithms. Some aspects of New Zealand government practice are reassuring. Unlike some countries that use commercial AI products, New Zealand has tended to build government AI tools in-house. This means that we know how the tools work.

But intelligibility is another issue. Knowing how an AI system works doesn’t guarantee the decisions it reaches will be understood by the people affected. The best performing AI systems are often extremely complex.

To make explanations intelligible, additional technology is required. A decision-making system can be supplemented with an “explanation system”. These are additional algorithms “bolted on” to the main algorithm we seek to understand. Their job is to construct simpler models of how the underlying algorithms work – simple enough to be understandable to people. We believe explanation systems will be increasingly important as AI technology advances.

A final type of transparency relates to public access to information about the AI systems used in government. The public should know what AI systems their government uses as well as how well they perform. Systems should be regularly evaluated and summary results made available to the public in a systematic format.


Read more: Avoid the politics and let artificial intelligence decide your vote in the next election


New Zealand’s law and transparency

Our report takes a detailed look at how well New Zealand law currently handles these transparency issues.

New Zealand doesn’t have laws specifically tailored towards algorithms, but some are relevant in this context. For instance, New Zealand’s Official Information Act (OIA) provides a right to reasons for decisions by official agencies, and this is likely to apply to algorithmic decisions just as much as human ones. This is in notable contrast to Australia, which doesn’t impose a general duty on public officials to provide reasons for their decisions.

But even the OIA would come up short where decisions are made or supported by opaque decision systems. That is why we recommend that predictive algorithms used by government, whether developed commercially or in-house, must feature in a public register, must be publicly inspectable, and (if necessary) must be supplemented with explanation systems.

Human control and data protection

Another issue relates to human control. Some of the concerns around algorithmic decision-making are best addressed by making sure there is a “human in the loop,” with a human having final sign off on any important decision. However, we don’t think this is likely to be an adequate solution in the most important cases.


Read more: Automated vehicles may encourage a new breed of distracted drivers


A persistent theme of research in industrial psychology is that humans become overly trusting and uncritical of automated systems, especially when those systems are reliable most of the time. Just adding a human “in the loop” will not always produce better outcomes. Indeed in certain contexts, human collaboration will offer false reassurance, rendering AI-assisted decisions less accurate.

With respect to data protection, we flag the problem of “inferred data”. This is data inferred about people rather than supplied by them directly (just as when Amazon infers that you might like a certain book on the basis of books it knows you have purchased). Among other recommendations, our report calls for New Zealand to consider the legal status of inferred data, and whether it should be treated the same way as primary data.

Bias and discrimination

A final area of concern is bias. Computer systems might look unbiased, but if they are relying on “dirty data” from previous decisions, they could have the effect of “baking in” discriminatory assumptions and practices. New Zealand’s anti-discrimination laws are likely to apply to algorithmic decisions, but making sure discrimination doesn’t creep back in will require ongoing monitoring.

The report also notes that while “individual rights” — for example, against discrimination — are important, we can’t entirely rely on them to guard against all of these risks. For one thing, affected people will often be those with the least economic or political power. So while they may have the “right” not to be discriminated against, it will be cold comfort to them if they have no way of enforcing it.

There is also the danger that they won’t be able to see the whole picture, to know whether an algorithm’s decisions are affecting different sections of the community differently. To enable a broader discussion about bias, public evaluation of AI tools should arguably include results for specific sub-populations, as well as for the whole population.

A new independent body will be essential if New Zealand wants to harness the benefits of algorithmic tools while avoiding or minimising their risks to the public.

Alistair Knott, James Maclaurin and Joy Liddicoat, collaborators on the AI and Law in New Zealand project, have contributed to the writing of this piece.

SOURCE

https://theconversation.com/call-for-independent-watchdog-to-monitor-nz-government-use-of-artificial-intelligence-117589

https://www.biometricupdate.com/201905/academics-call-on-new-zealand-to-regulate-ai-as-brookings-issues-guidance

Image by Computerizer from Pixabay

 

Parents outraged as US middle school students given a ‘Well-Child’ survey on graphic sex acts without their consent

“Have you ever had any type of sex – vaginal, anal, or oral sex? Have you ever been attracted to the same sex? Girl to girl or guy to guy? Or do you feel that you are gay, lesbian, or bisexual?” Willis read from the survey.

Wherever you stand on this issue the point being made is the lack of knowledge or consent for the parents of their 9-13 YOs being given this very controversial survey. Why does your child’s school need to have this info anyway? … The term ‘well-child’ is a familiar term here in NZ, the term given for early childhood health checks. Middle school (not a term widely used here) refers to 9-13 YOs. EWR


From CBN.com

Christin Willis was shocked and then outraged when she learned her middle-school-aged son – who just went in for a physical for football – ended up answering explicit sexual questions on a required survey at his school’s health center. The Oakdale, Louisiana mother told KPLC News 7 some of the survey questions crossed the line.

“Have you ever had any type of sex – vaginal, anal, or oral sex? Have you ever been attracted to the same sex? Girl to girl or guy to guy? Or do you feel that you are gay, lesbian, or bisexual?” Willis read from the survey.

Willis didn’t consent to her child being questioned. That only happened because her ex-husband gave permission, without her knowledge, for their son to get his football physical at the school’s clinic. Next thing you know, their middle-schooler was pulled out of class to take the survey. His father was not told about the survey, either.

Willis told 7News she believes the football physical provided a loophole to get her son to take the survey.

“I don’t even allow my son to go to the school-based health center. So the fact that he was questioned without letting me know is the most upsetting,” she said.

Willis later learned that the survey is required for all students who use the services of the school-based health center. And without the survey, the clinic does not get grant money to keep it running.

“I don’t like my child being used for you to get money for a system that I don’t support. We have a health care facility, we have a doctor. If I want to discuss sexually explicit things with my children, I’ll do so in my home or at my doctor’s office – his doctor’s office,” Willis told 7News.

Responding to the controversy, the Allen Parish School Board issued a statement saying the survey is one given nationwide and is part of the “well-child visit.” But the Board says it agrees with Willis’ objections to several of the questions and is “working to change or remove them.”

Additional funding for on-site health centers came from the Obamacare law (the Affordable Health Act), according to Breitbart News, with the support of the nation’s largest teachers unions. According to the latest census on school-based health care, there are nearly 2,000 centers nationwide.

Many parents, like Christin Willis, see the clinic survey as government intrusion into the rearing of their children and wonder why it’s any of the school’s business to ask such personal questions of students. With clinics located in schools all across the country, the question is, how many parents know about such surveys, and just how much more outrage might there be if they did?

SOURCE

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/october/middle-school-parents-outraged-over-sex-survey-conducted-without-their-consent

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com

Humanity’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: Starving, Enslaving, Raping, Torturing And Killing Our Children

In a recent article titled ‘Challenges for Resolving Complex Conflicts’, I pointed out four conflict configurations that are paid little attention by conflict theorists.

In this article, I would like to discuss a fifth conflict configuration that is effectively ignored by conflict theorists (and virtually everyone else). This conflict is undoubtedly the most fundamental conflict in human society, because it generates all of the violence humans perpetrate and experience, and yet it is utterly invisible to almost everyone.

I have previously described this conflict as ‘the adult war on children’. It is indeed humanity’s ‘dirty little secret’.

Let me illustrate and explain the nature and extent of this secret war. And what we can do about it.

Every day, according to some estimates, human adults kill 50,000 of our children. The true figure is probably significantly higher. We kill children in wars. See, for example, ‘Scourging Yemen’. We kill them with drones. We kill them in our homes and on the street. We shoot them at school.

We also kill children in vast numbers by starving them to death, depriving them of clean drinking water, denying them medicines – see, for example, ‘Malaria is alive and well and killing more than 3000 African children every day’ – or forcing them to live in a polluted environment, particularly in parts of Africa, Asia and Central/South America. Why? Because we use military violence to maintain an ‘economic’ system that allocates resources for military weapons, as well as corporate profits for the wealthy, instead of resources for living.

We also execute children in sacrificial killings after kidnapping them. We even breed children to sell as a ‘cash crop’ for sexual violation, child pornography (‘kiddie porn’) and the filming of ‘snuff’ movies (in which children are killed during the filming), torture and satanic sacrifice. And these are just some of the manifestations of the violence against children that have been happening for centuries or, in some cases, millennia. On these points, see the video evidence presented at the recent Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse organized by the International Tribunal for Natural Justice.

The opening statement by Chief Counsel Robert David Steele refers to an estimated eight million children trafficked annually – with 600,000-800,000 of these children (excluding both those bred within the USA without birth certificates and those imported without documentation) in the United States alone – and mentions such practices as ritual torture and ritual murder as well as training dogs to rape children and toddlers. He mentions the range of organizations involved from Oxfam and the Boy Scouts of America to ‘child-service’ agencies and police forces as well as various United Nations organizations, where pedophiles (those who prey on children) rise through the ranks to exercise enormous control. He also points out that many of the children bred or kidnapped into this system usually last about two years before dying (often after being raped several times each hour for some of that time) or being killed outright. He also mentions (with evidence provided in other video presentations) the forced removal of body organs from children of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

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https://www.modernghana.com/news/862651/humanitys-dirty-little-secret-starving-enslaving-rapin.html

The government is injecting women with a vaccine that causes infertility – Raila Odinga, KENYA

Published on Sep 11, 2017

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The history of global warming scares and fabrication of climate alarm – Sen Malcolm Roberts Australia

Published on Sep 25, 2011

Carbon Tax Corruption Scandal; Part 1 – series Introduction by the Galileo Movement. Join volunteer Malcolm Roberts and the Galileo Movement for this first in a series of videos that explain the deliberate manipulation and misrepresentation of science that is the basis of the government’s carbon tax. In this video: understand the scope of this series and how people really care; the difference between pollution and global warming; The Galileo Movement’s founding and purpose; the need to base our care on informed facts; the humanitarian danger of taking action without being accurately informed. The annotated script with links is available here: http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc… Suggest watching Part 2: Rogues Gallery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCPWKI… For more information and to see the source of our facts please visit our research site – http://www.galileomovement.com.au Especially Section 6. ‘Political Scam Exposed’ here: http://www.galileomovement.com.au/pol… Basic facts on carbon dioxide, pages 1 & 2 here: http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc… Summary of the corruption of climate science: http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc… For Malcolm Roberts’ short report on CSIRO and detailed appendices on many topics uncovered in the report: http://www.conscious.com.au/CSIROh!.html

That new world order ruse again – “Pelosi Rejects U.S. Sovereignty – U.S. Immigration Subject to Laws of ‘A Global Society’ “

Of course we must reject sovereignty, all nations’ sovereignty in fact. That’s what Arnold Toynbee boasted about way back …. “We are at present working discreetly, with all our might, to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world. And all the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.” Arnold Toynbee – (International Affairs, p.809, November 1931) and can’t you see why they’re burning the books now?

This is what the new world order scam is all about, global governance and all of that … aka Agenda 21 more lately Agenda 2030, they’ve been warming us to the idea for decades, problem is folk are no longer swallowing it. It’s pretty much jack boot governance disguised as the utopian global village. Can’t you see that playing out even now? The riots globally that lamestream of course never mention. It’s not in their masters’ interests to know what is really happening on planet earth. They print only what they want you to know.

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And now you’re knowing too much they are censoring the hang out of everything and burning what they can’t … digital and paper. Happening here in NZ also. These are precursors to a tyrannical government as history illustrates.

If you are into dot joining you’ll have noticed a few other precursors going on as well. They are busily manufacturing major crises.

I was reading last night a book by a New Zealander the late Barry Smith called ‘Final Notice’. In it he describes newspaper articles & quotes (yes lamestream material) that discusses at length the plan for global governance as they cleverly term it. In the 1970s a news item told us ‘The New Zealand Government is urged to press for a World Government to safeguard peace and human survival’ citing a book by Garry Davis called ‘World Government – Ready or Not’. Former Auckland Mayor Dove Meyer-Robinson was advocating it along with a Professor Adcock, formerly of Victoria University. As part of their Emergency Committee for World Government they stated: “….we are concerned because the World seems to be faced with something of a crisis because of the nuclear threat and the danger of ecological breakdown due to the poisoning of the planet and over-population…” 

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There they are … the three go tos of ‘the nwo club’ that we’re all so familiar with now. A bit rich isn’t it when our own government cum corporation (or should that be the other way around?) has been slathering its environment & people with a Class 1A ecotoxin (1080 poison) for well over fifty years now, under the guise of protecting our native wildlife. Get that … poisoning everything that breathes in its firing line, to protect our natives? Do you really swallow that one?

Just providing the bigger picture here to the headline… do have a read of the article at the link:

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/07/11/pelosi-rejects-u-s-sovereignty-u-s-immigration-subject-to-laws-of-a-global-society/

It’s no accident the entire world faces rising house prices, homelessness & poverty : watch Bilderberg the Movie & learn who really controls the world

From Jenese James

I watched Bilderberg The Movie last night –  (written & Produced by Daniel Estulin, Directed by Joan Cutrina).  I have read his books, and asked him if anyone from NZ has been to Bilderbergs, but that was quite a few years ago – over a decade – when I used to write about these sorts of things – he said to his knowledge no – I might ask him again since it was before the days of John Key. I highly recommend watching this documentary on Prime for free or hire/buy it at this link – if you are not familiar with how things work then this will open your eyes.

Any how – its really important to comprehend that we are living in the time of revealing – where nothing can be hidden not even by these people – now they are all in plain sight – and as we move towards 2020 many more people are going to see them – there will be nowhere for them to hide their agenda and their hidden hand.

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The first Bilderberg conference was held at the Hotel de Bilderberg in OosterbeekNetherlands in 1954

Every MSM will have a connection to someone within this group – only a handful of people are in the know – same as the banking industry …..all industries – this is ONE conspiracy that is being seen as fact in terms of how their hidden hand controls everything within nation states and it’s not as if we don’t know this – JFK gives a great speech in this doco about what he saw happening – he was killed of course – this is what he said …. the link to the whole speech is below:

“….For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day….”

 http://www.knowledgeoftoday.org/…/new-world-order…

So was MLK – if you take a moment and have a hard look anyone who tries to stand up against this system gets taken out or like Julian Assange – gets painted as bad and trapped in an embassy for why – trying to get the truth out – that in and of itself should be telling all that something is seriously wrong with the system.

2020 is known by everyone as perfect vision – 2020 vision in fact – we are going to be in 2020 next year – what are we going to see so clearly – the corruption of the system will no longer be deniable by the MSM who always seem to be the ones putting down anyone who seeks to speak out about it …thereby guarding the gates of perception ……

It is no coincidence that the entire world is facing rising house prices, rising homelessness and rising poverty this is NOT an accident.

Dai Ben Tim Russell Robert F. Kennedy, Jr– and so they killed Kennedy and gained in power and still exist today they are the Monsanto the Duponts the oil empire, they are the head of MSM – of banks of all forms of control – Big Pharma – all of them will be seen for what they are in 2020 as the world wakes up en mass to what we have known for decades …..

“Based on Daniel´s Estulin Best Seller, Bilderberg, The Movie is the original documentary film about the origins, development and expansion of one of the most elitist and secret organizations in today’s world: The Bilderberg Group.

Once a year, the most powerful people on the planet, meet behind closed doors. The Group is comprised of European Prime Ministers, American presidents, and the wealthiest CEOs of the world, all coming together to discuss the economic and political future of humanity.

The working press has never been allowed to attend, nor have statements ever been released on the attendees’ conclusions or discussions, which have ramifications on the citizens of the world.” Source: Vimeo channel

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Over 5 years NZ$3 million has been provided by DoC alone to the eight main New Zealand Universities – so how independent is their research?

This article is from the ‘NO to 1080  use in NZ’ facebook page, and points to the conflicts of interest that exist regarding the funding of our universities. Universities that will not be biting the hand that feeds them. There is also funding from OSPRI, EPA and TBFree. So are you still feeling confident that DoC’s research on 1080 is safe & reliable? I’m certainly not. Any research you roll out from the independent scientists is quickly ‘debunked’ by the mainstream media. Some of the ‘debunkers’ write to this site but I decline to air their propaganda. Read the short article below.
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Who stands to lose?
Who stands to lose the most financially when New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DoC) finally gets closed down, after being exposed as the corrupt government agency that it is? Sixty four years is a long time for Government departments to be operating without the proper accountability, reviews and transparency that tax-payers deserve to see. DoCs propaganda has been repeatedly protected by so-called ‘experts’ in positions of power.

One of the main sectors benefiting from perpetuating the disinformation about the harm from so-called ‘pest’ species and the ‘safe as a cuppa tea’ propaganda about the risks of 1080 poison in our drinking water and food chain is Higher Education.

Official Information Act (OIA) responses have revealed that over the past 5 years, over NZ$3 million has been provided by DoC alone (additional funds have come from Ospri, TBFree and the EPA etc) to the eight main New Zealand Universities. Massey University has gained the most (nearly $1m), much of this money is in ‘consultancy fees’ (rather than research funding) via their ‘College of Sciences’. Massey has approximately the same number of students as Otago, Victoria and AUT, which begs the question: How are students – our potential future scientists – benefiting from this funding? Clearly there are many staff at Massey and other New Zealand Universities who rely heavily upon DoC cash to support their salaries.

This potential conflict of interest breaks all the rules in terms of staff codes of conduct, ethical research and integrity of scientific facts. Education needs to be as unbiased as possible, not reliant upon conflicts of interest.

When will it end and when will rigorous, independent, valid scientific research into the harm done by 1080 poison operations begin?


NOTE: For further articles on 1080 use categories at left of the news page.

If you are new to the 1080 poisoning program, a must watch is Poisoning Paradise, the doco made by the GrafBoys (banned from screening on NZ TV, yet a 4x international award winner). Their website is tv-wild.com. Their doco is a very comprehensive overview with the independent science to illustrate the question marks that remain over the use of this poison. There are links also on our 1080 resources page to most of the groups, pages, sites etc that will provide you with further information to make your own informed decision on this matter.

If you are pro poisoning of the environment, EnvirowatchRangitikei is not the place to espouse your opinions. Mainstream would be the place to air those. This is a venue for sharing the independent science you won’t of course find there.

And finally, we don’t advocate violence in any way shape or form.

 

 

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CODE FOR REORGANIZING HUMAN SOCIETY

“The UN’s Brundtland Commission on Global Governance described Sustainable Development as “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future.” “

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Have you seen anything sustainable going on since the introduction of these plans in the early ’90s? I see worse pollution, bad financial management, councils up to their necks in debt, homelessness, poverty & a corresponding growth in fascist behaviour by governments, Central & Local, not to mention the suppression of free speech & true democracy. Time to wake up & see what’s really going down.

“We are at present working discreetly, with all our might, to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world. And all the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.”                                                       Arnold Toynbee – International Affairs, p.809, November 1931

 

From americanpolicy.org

It’s in every community in the nation. We hear it talked about in county commission meetings and state legislatures. It’s even used in advertising as a positive practice for food processing and auto sales. It’s used as the model for building materials, power sources and transportation policy. It’s sold as the bold visionary plan for the future. The nation is being transformed under the banner of “Sustainable Development.”

We are assured by elected officials that Sustainable Development is simply a tool or a guideline to help direct the carefully-planned growth of our cities and rural areas while protecting our natural resources for future generations. “We must guard against a chaotic, unregulated growth in our cities,” say its earnest proponents as they sell the concept through familiar, non-threatening words and beautiful pictures.

Citizens are assured by their community leaders that all such plans are just local, local, local, created with the participation of the whole community. Sustainable Development policy, they say, is just an environmental land conservation policy, a sensible development policy. Sustainable…what’s wrong with that?

As usual, the answers are hidden in the details. Are we hearing the truth? What are the consequences of the policy that has taken over every level of government? Are there hidden dangers most just can’t see? Or, as its proponents claim, is opposition to Sustainable Development really just a silly, overblown conspiracy theory found in a twenty-year-old meaningless document called Agenda 21?

The UN’s Brundtland Commission on Global Governance described Sustainable Development as “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future.” It’s just common sense to assure we don’t overuse our resources, say proponents. If everyone will do their part, we can achieve total sustainability.

https://americanpolicy.org/2018/02/20/sustainable-development-code-reorganizing-human-society/

Government will not save you from corporations-a Public Private Partnership so advanced the public interest is no longer a primary concern

Published on Jul 3, 2013

Journalists and political partisans have expressed the mistaken presumption that government is a “balancing force” against the excess powers of corporations. This video explains that most excess power of corporations is provided and granted by government and that government seeks partnership with corporations and shares in the profits. This “public-private partnership” is so advanced that the public interest is no longer a primary concern of government. Government is now a for-profit operation serving itself at the expense of the public interest.