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In Search of Countermeasures

On LinkedIn, I saw a beautiful picture, cleverly titled, and attractively labeled as an interview with a brilliant inventor that I admire.

I clicked.

I got a full-page ad that was not in any way related to the person, his work, or his field.

Once I closed the ad I got to a seven-page long screen with many lines of header fonts and intrusive pictures. On page three in very small font, in the middle of a paragraph was the link to the actual interview.

Similarly displayed on page five was a link to his youtube channel.

So someone else is (to my mind) wrongly capitalizing on his name and reputation.

And that someone else deserves to go on the wall of shame.

The post was to a bit.ly link. I wonder if the link was pointing to that drivel when the post was created.

I’ve contacted the poster to ask. I didn’t get a reply.

On Reddit, redirects are not permitted in postings. I finally appreciate why.

We need a more general countermeasure.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

 

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