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[ NNSquad ] NYTimes: "Government Aims to Build a 'Data Eye in the Sky'"
NYTimes: "Government Aims to Build a 'Data Eye in the Sky'" http://j.mp/oj0uUo (New York Times) Some social scientists and advocates of privacy rights are deeply skeptical of the project, saying it evokes queasy memories of Total Information Awareness, a post-9/11 Pentagon program that proposed hunting for potential attackers by identifying patterns in vast collections of public and private data: telephone calling records, e-mail, travel data, visa and passport information, and credit card transactions. "I have Total Information Awareness flashbacks when things like this happen," said David Price, an anthropologist at St. Martin's University in Lacey, Wash., who has written about cooperation between social scientists and intelligence agencies. "On the one hand it's understandable for a nation-state to want to track things like the outbreak of a pandemic, but I have to wonder about the total automation of this and what productive will come of it." - - - A crucial observation is that data analysis can bring enormous benefits to the world, but data can also be abused, and we must resist the tendency to allow the latter to trigger knee-jerk restrictions of the former. How to manage this issue well, will be one of this century's most important efforts. --Lauren-- Lauren Weinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org): http://www.vortex.com/lauren Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org Founder: - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenweinstein Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com