(snip)"Riot can display on a spider diagram the associations and relationships between individuals online by looking at who they have communicated with over Twitter. It can also mine data from Facebook and sift GPS location information from Foursquare, a mobile phone app used by more than 25 million people to alert friends of their whereabouts. The Foursquare data can be used to display, in graph form, the top 10 places visited by tracked individuals and the times at which they visited them."
Does Foursquare tell the user that his/her information is being passed to law enforcement?
Remember the law that made cell phones incorporate GPS, so that “911 operators would know where you were?” Of course they didn’t tell people that the information was available to law enforcement.
I know it is, and I don’t care.
When citizens are now considered potentially guilty while expected to pay for generous pensions and salaries of bureaucrats who watch us, it isn’t much of a step to instead become a “subject” and considered as a “threat” by those same operatives with a political agenda that may disagree with your own.
The internet was set up as the ultimate honey pot to collect our political and other thoughts and beliefs under the guise it was all anonymous.
“But if you aren’t doing anything wrong then so what.” I used to hear some say that back in the Bush era when the warrantless wiretapping started, and the naivety of the fools that said it raised my hackles then.
When “they” start taking liberties and our liberties by doing it, it all becomes a tool for “them” to use to further enhance political power. They/them = tools of the “Powers that Be” that can be of any political ideology, because politics is about power, not ideology.
Too bad they won’t use it against the ferals playing the knock-out game or the ones flash mobbing and stealing property. It will be used to stifle legitimate dissent against a tyranny. The one thing the government FEARS is individual direct action. The Lone Wolf. And they should.
I don’t use twitter, Facebook, or Foursquare. I have minimized my online presence as much as possible. I only use online accounts where absolutely necessary and I still feel too exposed.
I do not understand the desire to publish to the world everything about yourself.
I typed “big daddy” on a post just now and ta-da! there was an ad for “big daddy” nail polish on the very next thread link I clicked. Howdy, Big Brother.
Our Overlords learned well from the “Arab Spring”.
Ok, Big Bro, turning on the computer in the other room right I posted the above isn’t funny.
I know if I were a deep-cover foreign agent I would certainly be spreading my business all over Facebook.
This software will be used by democrats to keep winning elections.
Harold Finch! Please pick up the white phone nearest you...
It seems to me that the way around this is to create a garbage data generator, that would create plausible fake identities with fake personal information in social media, perhaps many times more than the real data out there.
The reason to do this is a vulnerability to fake data in data mining software. Garbage in still equals garbage out.
Please forgive my ignorance but I’m not a tech or networking pro.....I had thought that all of this had already been in place for years....some elements of it perhaps a decade or more. I had been under the impression that this was the entire ‘actual’ purpose of Facebook and perhaps most other ‘social networking’ sites....to create a ‘fun’ venue where people would be eager to disclose all of their personal data so that it could be mined by advertisers and government entities, and that software has been scouring such sites in the manner discussed here for a very long time.
I’m wondering what is new and groundbreaking about this Riot software? I believe that I have read about pretty much all of the mining elements they’re discussing here over the course of recent years and I confess to being baffled as to what is so terribly new here.
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.
The greatest threat to this software: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a69RpEBJFAY