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The Graveyard Of Empires And Big Data

The only tiki bar in eastern Afghanistan had an unusual payment program. A sign inside read simply, “If you supply data, you will get beer.” The idea was that anyone — or any foreigner, because Afghans were not allowed — could upload data on a one-terabyte hard drive kept at the bar, located in the Taj Mahal Guest House in Jalalabad. In exchange, they would get free beer courtesy of the Synergy Strike Force, the informal name of the American civilians who ran the establishment.

Read Here – Foreign Policy


Code-Dependent: Pros And Cons Of The Algorithm Age

Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could result in greater unemployment.

Read Here – Pew Research


There’s A Hole In The Internet

In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system — a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies, corporate spies or criminals to intercept massive amounts of data, or even tamper with it on the fly.

Read Here – Wired

Hey, It’s My Cheese!

Unlike many countries that have passed laws to protect citizens’ privacy, the Indian state is collecting more and more information about private individuals under various pretexts and restricting their right to access their own information.

Read Here – The Hindu



From curbing urban crime to calculating the effectiveness of a tennis player‘s backhand, people are now gathering and analyzing vast amounts of data to predict human behaviors, solve problems, identify shopping habits, thwart terrorists – everything but foretell which Hollywood scripts might make blockbusters. Actually, there’s a company poring through numbers to do that, too.

Read Here – Christian Science Monitor


Urgent Need To protect The Internet

The internet has contributed to unprecedented global connections, but its openness distresses some governments. Censorship takes many forms, and some nations even consider creating an exclusive system for their citizens, cutting off contact with the rest of the globe, notes John Negroponte, a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy and senior lecturer in International Affairs at Yale University and the first US director of national intelligence.

Read Here – Yale Global

Matching Terror Data

There’s no single counterterrorism solution, but recent studies of more than a decade of attacks in the US and the UK might reveal patterns that will aid law enforcement going forward.

Read Here – WorldAffairsJournal

How to Prevent the Next Edward Snowden: Foreign Affairs

If the case of Edward Snowden — the former contractor for the National Security Agency who smuggled classified information out of his workplace and provided it to news organizations — has revealed anything, it is that the U.S. intelligence services made mistakes as they reformed after 9/11 and the Iraq war. Here is how to fix them, according to former CIA analyst Sumi Terry.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Let’s Share Blame For Snooping…

One of wisest responses to the revelations by Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower who detailed the US government‘s snooping on online communications, came from one of America‘s leading academic bloggers: “Has the deadline for having a firm opinion about Snowden expired?” asked Daniel Drezner of Tufts University. “If so, I need an extension.”

Read Here – The National


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