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M. C. McGrath – Watching the Watchers: Building a Sousveillance State (ICWATCH Contractor Database)

In Archive, Military, NSA, Surveillance, USA on May 6, 2015 at 7:20 PM


M. C. McGrath/re:publica:

Secret surveillance programs have metadata too. The same people and companies that operate secret surveillance programs also publish details about their work on the open internet. We can use this data to watch the watchers.

“Proficient in Microsoft Word and XKEYSCORE” and similar phrases are surprisingly common on LinkedIn profiles. NSA contractors, military, and others involved in the surveillance state post seemingly coded and harmless details about their work in job listings, social media, and other open websites. But this information provides useful metadata that can be used to understand the function of secret programs and map the surveillance state.

Transparency Toolkit has been building open source tools to collect and analyze this open source intelligence. This talk discusses how we can use these data sources and tools to build a sousveillance state that holds the surveillance state accountable.

Related Links:

“A Goldmine to Exploit”: NSA’s “DISHFIRE” Program Collects Hundreds of Millions of Text Messages Daily

Identity Intelligence: NSA Collecting Millions of Faces from Web Images

Untangling the Web: How to Search the Internet Like the NSA

Transparency Toolkit NSA Network Graph / Map

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