Monday, June 10, 2013

Big Data, the NSA’s Metadata, the IRS and Paranoia

Big Data, the NSA’s Metadata, the IRS and Paranoia

Posted By CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – the recent Washington scandals from Benghazi to the attacks on the press, to the IRS’ bullying of conservatives and Christians and most recently the NSA’s Big Data leaks have managed to unite liberals and conservatives alike.  Not to say that everyone is in agreement, but both sides are debating the balance between individual freedom and security and what happens when Big Government runs amok.

President Obama has come on the side of the NSA’s Big Data program, claming that no-one is listening to individual conversations.  On the other hand, others such as Senator Rand Paul are considering filing a class action lawsuit against  the federal government for invasion of privacy.

Whatever side of the issue you are on, I suggest you suspend your disbelief and listen to politician and Data Activist Malte Spitz’s talk on Your phone company is watching, then decide.

Malte Spitz is a German Green politician  who was not too worried when he asked his operator in Germany to share information stored about him. Multiple unanswered requests and a lawsuit later, Spitz received 35,830 lines of code -- a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute account of half a year of his life.

Over the course of six months, they had tracked his geographical location and what he was doing with his phone more than 35,000 times. Working with the German newspaper Die Zeit, an infographic was created that shows Spitz's activity across an interactive timeline, combined DT's geolocation data with information relating to his life as a politician, such as Twitter feeds, blog entries and website.

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