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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

16 March 2013

We are often told that someone with the know-how, or legal jurisdiction, is able to track our movements, or trace our phone calls, or do all sort of stuff that would make a civil rights activist sick to their stomach.
However, most of the information available to these parties, and sometimes the public at large, are our own doing.

Check-ins, lax privacy settings and default settings all play their part. This information is easy enough to obtain by an able individual, and much, much easier with an algorithm that was built for that very purpose.
Today's Daily Quota is a very brief video from The Guardian that talks us through Raytheon's Rapid Information Overlay Technology (Riot) software. This is used by data miners (minors?) and other investigatory bodies to find out as much about you as you have been willing to subliminally disclose.

Raytheon's 'principal investigator' Brian Urch guides us through how this technology works, how it searches for every byte of available data on an individual, and how much our Facebook photos and check-ins can really tell us about our own habits.

This raises an interesting question, Daily Quoters; do you want to know exactly what can be deduced about you, or would you rather stay in the dark...


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