Google, CIA invest in ‘future’ of web monitoring

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Google, CIA invest in ‘future’ of web monitoring

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future.

The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine “goes beyond search” by “looking at the ‘invisible links’ between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events.”

This appears to be the first time, however, that the intelligence community and Google have funded the same startup, at the same time. No one is accusing Google of directly collaborating with the CIA. But the investments are bound to be fodder for critics of Google, who already see the search giant as overly cozy with the U.S. government, and worry that the company is starting to forget its “don’t be evil” mantra.
America’s spy services have become increasingly interested in mining “open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the daily avalanche of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/07/exclusive-google-cia/

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Re: Google, CIA invest in ‘future’ of web monitoring

Sounds like a primitive attemp to develop psychohistory as expounded by Isaac Asimov in his Foundation series.

[quote Wikipedia]Foundation was originally a series of eight short stories published in Astounding Magazine between May 1942 and January 1950. According to Asimov, the premise was based on ideas set forth in Edward Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and was invented spontaneously on his way to meet with editor John W. Campbell, with whom he developed the concept.

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Re: Google, CIA invest in ‘future’ of web monitoring

Google, don't be Evil?

It's your internet. It's up to you to keep it free from the corporate interests. Jon

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/08/net-neutrality-google-protest/

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So now we can look forward to the 'Pre-Crime' police.

Kinda sounds like 'Minority Report'.

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rowmat wrote:

So now we can look forward to the 'Pre-Crime' police.

Why not, we already got preventative war (Bush doctrine). 

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