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<nettime> What you myspace will be held against you
Chris Byrne on Fri, 9 Jun 2006 16:28:56 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> What you myspace will be held against you

Ever wonder who is reading your MySpace profile? Apparently the  
Pentagon, amongst others. It's nice to know Edinburgh is hosting  
discussions for the benefit of the electronic surveillance community...

>From Stunned weblog:

"What you myspace will be held against you

The New Scientist reveals that the Pentagon's NSA in the form of ARDA  
(Advanced Research Development Activity) are interested in the  
information people post about themselves on social networking sites  
like myspace and are funding research into it's mass harvesting. A  
paper entitled Semantic Analytics on Social Networks presented at the  
W3C's WWW2006 conference revealing how data from online social networks  
and other databases can be combined to uncover facts about people was  
part-funded by ARDA. ARDA according to New Scientist is an organisation  
whose role is to spend NSA money on research that can solve some of the  
most critical problems facing the US intelligence community principally  
the problem of how to make sense of the massive amounts of data they  


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