[Noisebridge-discuss] Massive new NSA spying project projected for 2013
jim at systemateka.com
Sat Mar 17 14:05:49 PDT 2012
Thanks for the link.
Question: how can my refrigerator give NSA information
about me? (It's old and maybe PG&E put in a smart meter,
but our unit is on a sub-panel controlled by the main
distribution panel--difficult to see how even refrig use
would properly be reflected.
People who buy new refrigerators probably have MCUs in
them, but even so, how can refrig control or energy
harvesting circuits reflect much info?
Software is the critical element to the use of data.
There's a new-ish term, "big data", that refers to the
analysis of large amounts of unstructured data (such as
mobile phone, twitter, other social media, email...).
The software tools for big data are in their infancy.
Palantir makes a software suite for government and for
financial analysis (I believe wrt "big data", certainly
wrt large, complex data sets.
Hadoop is an open source tool that addresses big data.
It requires a number of tools, some of which present new,
head-bending concepts, which will take a lot of years for
enough data analysts to learn to use effectively.
The approach to self-defense, I suppose, is to stay
low and/or be very plain speaking (data-ing), along the
lines of open source thinking.
I suspect most of us are fairly safe, given the
existing (perceived) priorities.
My primary fear is that of mistakes: "Our software
says that people who eat both ice cream and pizza in a
single day and have purchased black pants within the
last two year period and are not members of the Sierra
Club and have no specific religious affiliation and
vote for democratic party politicians and are frequent
but not regular patrons of health food stores and are
between 24 and 32 or between 58 and 69 years of age...
have a 30% likelihood of ... AND YOU'RE ONE OF THEM AND
YOU WERE AT THE AIRPORT ON FRIDAY AND IN BOSTON THERE
WAS... AND YOU GOTTA COME WITH US NOW. AND NO, YOU
CAN'T MAKE A PHONE CALL OR GET YOUR COAT.
(Later they discover that ice cream and pizza was
a negative rather than a positivea indicator.)
On Sat, 2012-03-17 at 13:27 -0700, Kristian Erik Hermansen wrote:
> How to protect oneself? How will you defend your rights when this
> comes online? Even TOR will no longer be safe with this amount of
> resources at their disposal :(
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