Search, sort, and connecting the dots to form behavior patterns is the name of the game for the US government’s new ADVISE super computing system
Recently, Google was ordered to hand over search results amounting to about 1 year's worth of searching to the US government for inspection. Although it's still unclear on what exactly Congress had in store for the results, the idea was that looking through Google's searches could help identify possible terrorism planning.
Today however, Congress is planning its own search of the Web. Right now a massive super computer is being developed in an attempt to index the entire Web, from websites to blogs and possibly everything else in between. Called ADVISE or Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight, and Semantic Enhancement, the system will offer the government insight on not only possible terrorist activities, but it will plot out patterns. According to CSM:
*It would collect a vast array of corporate and public online information - from financial records to CNN news stories - and cross-reference it against US intelligence and law-enforcement records. The system would then store it as “entities” - linked data about people, places, things, organizations, and events.
*Privacy groups are already calling foul to what ADVISE is capable of. Privacy is a big concern now and with the incredible capabilities of the system, people are starting to question the future outlook of things such as freedom of speech.
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