Just as universities have started mining data about student behavior in order to thwart incipient on-campus violence, our government is mining data about public discontent, in order to predict the future and prevent gatherings, protests and civil uprisings.
Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Caryn Wagner said the use of such technology in uprisings that started in December in Tunisia shocked some officials in the U.S. into attention. Are they afraid citizens will storm the Capitol and unseat our President, Senators and Congressmen?
Existing technology offers the government an opportunity to gaze into their own crystal balls in an effort to prevent large-scale acts of violence. To that end, the government is prepared to use data mining to identify activist leaders and potential troublemakers.
Records reveal that the US DHS alone, has already paid contractors $11.3 million dollars to monitor Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, blogs, news media sites, even comments, for “public reaction to major governmental proposals with homeland security implications,”
Conspiracy Watch has already published several articles on the government’s excessive surveillance of social media, including, U.S. Homeland Security Monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other Sites for Signs of Discontent, at http://www.conspiracywatch.net/
Conspiracy Watch only hopes that there will be some answers and counter efforts while there is still a measure of freedom and an ounce of privacy left in America.
Think before you post your next questionable status update, naughty photo or secret rendezvous. That post will be on file forever!
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