Skip to comments.Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm
Posted on 02/13/2013 12:10:27 PM PST by 444Flyer
Exclusive: Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a 'Google for spies', drawing ire from civil rights groups
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.
A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an "extreme-scale analytics" system created by Raytheon, the world's fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.
Raytheon says it has not sold the software named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology to any clients.
But the 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.
The power of Riot to harness popular websites for surveillance offers a rare insight into controversial techniques that have attracted interest from intelligence and national security agencies, at the same time prompting civil liberties and online privacy concerns.
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That’s the irony of the voyeur culture. Big Brother had to snoop to find out personal information; Oceania never trained its people to document their lives in public or be seen as weird / crazy.
That is all new with this Riot software? Strange, I had thought that all of the elements you mention had already been in place.
Thanks very much for your reply; sincerely appreciated :-)
The complicated data analytics lets someone behind a computer monitor select a target, run data mining and build a complex profile of the person’s activities, timeline, patterns, history, tone and associations - and it is built by a computer in a matter of minutes or hours. Something similar would take days by a dedicated researcher, and they might not find all the lesser used accounts or create a general dashboard/profile of the person.
I don’t have a facebook account. I don’t plan on getting one either.
In a way it's like a web collecting all your online information and Big Brother is the spy-der. Well, this should come in handy for B.O.’s henchmen and bedfellows. The Clinton's could only dream of something like this. Just think of all the extra people they could have tried to blackmail using something like this program.
Thank you! I’m a tech writer, so that’s high praise.
This combined with DOH software developed to predict who will likely join a terrorist militia based on their thought patterns as revealed in internet postings could justify a drone “signature strike” in the US, if Af/Pak/Yemen rules are applied here...and Brennan won’t yet say that they wouldn’t be!
The whole signature strike thing is base on guilt by association combined with location.
Well, no wonder!:)
The greatest threat to this software: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a69RpEBJFAY
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