Who's afraid of big data?

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Recently, there has been a great deal of news in the international media pertaining to various disclosures that governments-the US government, in particular-are collecting vast amounts of information from diverse sources in the interest of counterterrorism. Telephone information is being recorded in unprecedented volumes, and surface mail is being scanned. Furthermore, the movement of vehicles can be tracked by toll transponders, GPS, black boxes, and imaging devices. What's even more disturbing is that much of this information is probably being kept for later analysis. Using Google technology, this information can be indexed and mined for all kinds of transgressions, beyond scanning for terrorist-threat indicators or conducting forensic analysis of terrorist acts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6627907
Pages (from-to)6-7
Number of pages2
JournalIT Professional
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 31 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications


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