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    UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives

    I would hope that if our government ever considered something like this then a lot of incumbents would be out of a job.

    Page 2: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives - ABC News
    "You can figure somebody's sleep patterns, their weekly pattern of work," said Tony Jebara, a Columbia University expert on artificial intelligence. In 2006, he helped found New York-based Sense Networks, which crunches phone data to do just that.

    Jebara said that calls made from the same location from 9 to 5 are a good indication of where a person works; the frequency of email traffic to or from a person's work account is a good hint of his or her work ethic; dramatic changes to a person's electronic routine might suggest a promotion or a layoff.

    "You can quickly figure out when somebody lost their job," Jebara said, adding: "Credit card companies have been interested in that for a while."

    THEY'LL KNOW WHO'S THE BOSS

    Drill down, and communication can reveal remarkably rich information. For example, does office worker A answer office worker B's missives within minutes of the message being sent? Does B often leave colleagues' emails unanswered for hours on end? If so, B probably stands for "boss."

    That's an example of what Jebara's Columbia colleagues call "automated social hierarchy detection," a technique that can infer who gives the orders, who's respected and who's ignored based purely on whose emails get answered and how quickly. In 2007, they analyzed traffic from the Enron Corporation's email archive to correctly guess the seniority of several top-level managers.
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    Re: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I would hope that if our government ever considered something like this then a lot of incumbents would be out of a job.

    Page 2: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives - ABC News
    "You can figure somebody's sleep patterns, their weekly pattern of work," said Tony Jebara, a Columbia University expert on artificial intelligence. In 2006, he helped found New York-based Sense Networks, which crunches phone data to do just that.

    Jebara said that calls made from the same location from 9 to 5 are a good indication of where a person works; the frequency of email traffic to or from a person's work account is a good hint of his or her work ethic; dramatic changes to a person's electronic routine might suggest a promotion — or a layoff.

    "You can quickly figure out when somebody lost their job," Jebara said, adding: "Credit card companies have been interested in that for a while."

    THEY'LL KNOW WHO'S THE BOSS

    Drill down, and communication can reveal remarkably rich information. For example, does office worker A answer office worker B's missives within minutes of the message being sent? Does B often leave colleagues' emails unanswered for hours on end? If so, B probably stands for "boss."

    That's an example of what Jebara's Columbia colleagues call "automated social hierarchy detection," a technique that can infer who gives the orders, who's respected and who's ignored based purely on whose emails get answered and how quickly. In 2007, they analyzed traffic from the Enron Corporation's email archive to correctly guess the seniority of several top-level managers.
    Actually, I believe the UK government is doing this under pressure from the US government in order to help gather intelligence for them. Officially, to go after international terrorist groups.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives

    Wait dont we already have the patriot act?


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    Re: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Wait dont we already have the patriot act?
    And the UK will too.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives

    In related news, iron-working has been recently discovered, Julius Caesar has been named the first emperor of Rome, and there's some dude in Nazareth claiming to be the son of God. Up next: betamax - a good investment?

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    Re: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives

    Quote Originally Posted by ChunkySalsa View Post
    In related news, iron-working has been recently discovered, Julius Caesar has been named the first emperor of Rome, and there's some dude in Nazareth claiming to be the son of God. Up next: betamax - a good investment?
    Julius? WOW named first Emperor of Rome! unbeleivable! Great news there ChunkySalsa TY!

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    Re: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I would hope that if our government ever considered something like this then a lot of incumbents would be out of a job.

    Page 2: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives - ABC News
    "You can figure somebody's sleep patterns, their weekly pattern of work," said Tony Jebara, a Columbia University expert on artificial intelligence. In 2006, he helped found New York-based Sense Networks, which crunches phone data to do just that.

    Jebara said that calls made from the same location from 9 to 5 are a good indication of where a person works; the frequency of email traffic to or from a person's work account is a good hint of his or her work ethic; dramatic changes to a person's electronic routine might suggest a promotion or a layoff.

    "You can quickly figure out when somebody lost their job," Jebara said, adding: "Credit card companies have been interested in that for a while."

    THEY'LL KNOW WHO'S THE BOSS

    Drill down, and communication can reveal remarkably rich information. For example, does office worker A answer office worker B's missives within minutes of the message being sent? Does B often leave colleagues' emails unanswered for hours on end? If so, B probably stands for "boss."

    That's an example of what Jebara's Columbia colleagues call "automated social hierarchy detection," a technique that can infer who gives the orders, who's respected and who's ignored based purely on whose emails get answered and how quickly. In 2007, they analyzed traffic from the Enron Corporation's email archive to correctly guess the seniority of several top-level managers.
    Dont worry, im sure theres no way in which this information could possibly get into the wrong hands

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    Re: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives

    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Dave View Post
    Dont worry, im sure theres no way in which this information could possibly get into the wrong hands
    Knowing Cameron he will hire a private company to do the snooping, and then in the contract there will be a "can sell on to others" clause

    So.. when will the Falklands become the British version of Gitmo?
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    Re: UK Surveillance Program Could Expose Private Lives

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Knowing Cameron he will hire a private company to do the snooping, and then in the contract there will be a "can sell on to others" clause

    So.. when will the Falklands become the British version of Gitmo?
    Well traditionally Syria was the British version of Gitmo, but alas............

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