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Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere
Kieran Healy's Blog ^ | 6/9/2013 | Kieran Healy

Posted on 01/18/2014 9:09:21 AM PST by NewHampshireDuo

London, 1772.

I have been asked by my superiors to give a brief demonstration of the surprising effectiveness of even the simplest techniques of the new-fangled Social Networke Analysis in the pursuit of those who would seek to undermine the liberty enjoyed by His Majesty’s subjects. This is in connection with the discussion of the role of “metadata” in certain recent events and the assurances of various respectable parties that the government was merely “sifting through this so-called metadata” and that the “information acquired does not include the content of any communications”. I will show how we can use this “metadata” to find key persons involved in terrorist groups operating within the Colonies at the present time. I shall also endeavour to show how these methods work in what might be called a relational manner.

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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: metadata; networks; nsa
This is written in the context of an analysis of metadata that might have been available to a security analyst in 1772. The article shows how supposedly (we are to believe) innocuous metadata can be used to identify "problem" people.
1 posted on 01/18/2014 9:09:21 AM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: NewHampshireDuo
Thank you.

2 posted on 01/18/2014 9:12:24 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Reminds me of the math classes in college. Once you start getting into matrices, eigenvectors, and interesting stuff like that it’s pretty cool. Data compression, facial recognition, all have major applications with matrix convolutions.

3 posted on 01/18/2014 9:24:30 AM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: NewHampshireDuo
innocuous metadata can be used to identify "problem" people.

You mean those who believe in the Constitution and the Rule of Law. You mean those who believe marriage is between one man and one woman. You mean those who believe they have a right to the property they bought and not for the government to give away to another person.

Oh yes, those.

4 posted on 01/18/2014 9:29:51 AM PST by sr4402
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To: NewHampshireDuo; Impala64ssa

Rats in power have easier way to identify dangerous/extremist Americans.

Governor Coumo has made it really easy without metadata:

No Place for Dissent in Andrew Cuomo’s New York
American Thinker ^ | 1/17/14 | Michael Filozof

Posted by Impala64ssa

In a media interview Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tagged his opponents as “extreme conservatives” and said that they “have no place in New York.”

Who are these “extreme conservatives?” Opponents of gun control, abortion, and homosexual marriage, that’s who:

“The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act... Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the State of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Let’s deconstruct this for a moment. New York’s ultra-draconian “SAFE Act” permanently outlawed all military rifles developed in the past sixty years. It created State Police surveillance of all ammunition sales, and a required that the State Police keep a database of all ammunition purchases. It criminalized the possession of firearm magazines that were legally purchased decades ago without compensating the owners. It was passed at 2 A.M. with no committee hearings and no debate. Legislators were given 15 minutes’ notice to vote on a 39 page bill — not enough time to read it. And Cuomo waived a legal requirement that a three-day waiting period for public input occur before the legislation took effect.

And if you think that violates the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution... you “have no place in the State of New York.”

Do you oppose abortion, which the science of biology absolutely proves kills a nascent human being in utero — largely to maintain culture of reckless promiscuity? Then you’re an “extremist” who has “no place in the State of New York.”

5 posted on 01/18/2014 10:26:16 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda will fail 24/7/365!)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I now vaguely recall something from high school about multiplying matrices, but this fascinating article puts it all in context with the NSA’s abilities.

I suppose I can believe General Clapper when he says they are not “listening to our phone calls.” They don’t need or want to - not now anyway. They have rather created huge matrices, and and they ARE spending lots of money storing that data. If they see an interesting connection, they then go back (how long - 1 year, 5 years, 10 years?) and pull up all that stored data.

6 posted on 01/19/2014 9:20:36 AM PST by PGR88
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To: PGR88

I think I had matrix algebra in my junior year of high school. It was fun but I can’t remember there being any practical examples. (That came later in college to some extent but it was still pretty theoretical.)

This article does show how matrices can be really useful.

Yes, all they have to really have is the metadata to get a really good picture. I’m not to the point of turning my cell phone off when moving about but I am using services like Tor a lot more.

7 posted on 01/19/2014 9:51:12 AM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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