Leaked Video Demonstrates How the U.S. Government Uses Social Network Data to Enhance Surveillance by Predicting Behavior (You Should be F***ing Terrified)
by Eileen | 1:25 am, February 12, 2013 | Comments Off
Perfect Citizen involves deploying NSA controlled sensors throughout infrastructure in order to watch for threats. In other words, the spooks are watching how many kilowatt hours your house uses. Beyond the fact that it’s skeezy and no one is dub enough to believe the NSA doesn’t have an ulterior motive, the entire thing is so opaque all we minions can do is guess.
I guess that the NSA is one big privacy-raping death-beast.
Way back in the summer of 2010, Raytheon won a $100 million contract to assist in deploying Perfect Citizen.
Yesterday, we learned something else Raytheon has been up to. Using vast troves of data mined from social networks, Raytheon deploys ‘extreme scale analytics’ to predict individual behavior with terrifying accuracy. It works because, as much as we like to think of ourselves as spontaneous bad asses, the truth is that almost all people live the same day over and over. If you can gather enough data on a man’s habits, you can predict how he will spend his day, perhaps with more accuracy than he could.
RIOT, or ‘Rapid Information Overlay Technology’ has not been sold to any clients but was shared with the U.S. government in 2012 as part of another joint project the two happened to be working on at the time. Three guesses what project that was.
The Guardian obtained a demonstration tape of how RIOT works, one that Raytheon and the U.S. government would prefer you not watch. Seriously, click the link, watch the video. I advise you save yourself a copy before it goes away.
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