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[liberationtech] Happy Creepy February!
Nick M. Daly
nick.m.daly at gmail.com
Sun Feb 10 11:47:18 PST 2013
Thanks to investigative work by the Guardian, we can tell just how many
steps back online privacy's taken this year. It's unfortunate:
A multinational security firm has secretly developed software
capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future
behaviour by mining data from social networking websites... [T]he
Massachusetts-based company has acknowledged the technology was
shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research
and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national security
system capable of analysing "trillions of entities" from cyberspace.
In developing this product, Raytheon seems to make two fundamentally
1. That people never make invalid interpretations of the data. Read up
on Type I errors for the details:
2. That collecting and sharing this data (and those invalid assumptions)
is ever desirable. This is what Daniel Solove was warning about in
his "I've Got Nothing to Hide..." article.
I wish I knew more about how Raytheon was accessing the data and what
the lag times were (between tweeting and when the tweet is searchable,
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