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NSA Releases First in Series of Software Products to Open Source Community

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by Angela Guess According to a recent release out of the organization, “The National Security Agency announced [on Tuesday] the public release of its new technology that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The tool, called ‘Niagarafiles (Nifi),’ could benefit the U.S. private sector in various ways.…

Today is “The Day We Fight Back” Against Mass Surveillance

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by Angela Guess According to a recent release out of the organization, “A broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms will hold a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA’s mass spying regime on February 11th. Dubbed ‘The Day We Fight Back’, the day of activism was announced on the eve of…

Open Data v. The NSA

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by Angela Guess J.J. McCorvey of Fast Company recently wrote, “In Fast Company’s September issue, we take a look at innovators who are using smart, mostly tech-driven strategies to help municipalities solve problems that simply shouldn’t exist in the digital age. Steve VanRoekel, chief information officer at the White House (and former Microsoft executive) is no…

A Look Inside the NSA's XKeyscore

Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica recently wrote, “The National Security Agency’s (NSA) apparatus for spying on what passes over the Internet, phone lines, and airways has long been the stuff of legend, with the public catching only brief glimpses into its Leviathan nature.”

How Big Data Will Save the World

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by Angela Guess Mike Wheatley of Silicon Angle recently wrote, “Big Data’s reputation has taken a bit of a battering lately thanks to allegations that the NSA is collecting and storing people’s web and phone records, leading to a wider debate about the appropriateness of such extensive data-gathering operations. But this negative publicity detracts from…

5 Big Data Lessons Learned from PRISM

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by Angela Guess Jason Bloomberg of Baseline Magazine recently wrote, “In the days since the news of the National Security Agency’s secret PRISM spying—oops, surveillance, initiative broke, there has been no end of consternation among the media and the Twitterverse. Regardless of what you think of the NSA’s efforts to collect information on Americans, one fact…

What the NSA Can Do With Its Big Data

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by Angela Guess Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica recently opined, “Most of us are okay with what Google does with its vast supply of ‘big data,’ because we largely benefit from it—though Google does manage to make a good deal of money off of us in the process. But if I were to backspace over…

What The NSA Can Do With All That Data

Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica writes, “Most of us are okay with what Google does with its vast supply of ‘big data,’ because we largely benefit from it—though Google does manage to make a good deal of money off of us in the process. But if I were to backspace over Google’s name and replace it with ‘National Security Agency,’ that would leave a bit of a different taste in many people’s mouths.”