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"...In combination with court documents related to Colby's case, the records paint a disturbing picture of how APD has been conducting at least some of its marijuana investigations – and how the information was used, at least in Colby's case, to develop probable cause for a search. The documents also reflect an APD officer clearly pleased with the success of his data-mining operation and simultaneously wary that his methods might be inadvertently revealed..."
"...In yesterday’s panel, Know Thyself: Introspective Personal Data Mining, Dr. Williams highlighted how many go wrong with the data their various devices collect: They don’t use it..."
"...Think someone getting hold of your credit card number is bad? Imagine someone getting hold of every student's disciplinary record. Worried about hackers being able to invade your privacy by turning on your laptop camera? How about a corporation getting to look at kids' medical records? Researchers and developers are still barely scratching the surface of the power of data-mining and predictive algorithms, and let's not pretend for one second that every corporation would be above commercially abusing those records..."
"...As with most products of data mining, while the information is enlightening and often maddening, what do you do with it other than crawl into the nearest hole? While the Indicators Project has not, as mentioned above, attempted to interpret its own findings, "in our current environment, there is an ever-increasing call and need for this to happen," the report reads. The project promises to work on this action item before next summer's report -- though LiveableCity, or the Regional Vision Project, or some yet-unknown constellation of people who care about Central Texas, may by then have already produced a call to action..."
"...This data mining is of interest not just to psychologists, but to ethicists, too. There seems to be an open stretching of limits, in regards to how much medical and psychological information reaches the masses..."
"...Scott in the midst of a Romulan ale bender: Plot points appear out of nowhere and voluminous backstory seems to have been dropped in favor of bigger, better explosions and forehead-slappingly bad double entendres. Is this Star Trek or Friends in space? Briefly, the plot centers around a vague plot by Federation Admiral Dougherty (Zerbe) and his alien ally Ru'afo (Abraham, playing what appears to be some sort of deep-space Salieri) to participate in the forced relocation of an indigenous people to another world in order to secure mining rights to a planet firmly resembling paradise..."
"...Earlier this year, when the Austin American-Statesman reported Futrell's placement of her brother-in-law at Austin Energy, Garza's recollection that former Austin Energy Vice President Al Lujan was pressured to make the hire cast Futrell (and the utility) in an unflattering light. Recent revelations of police fishing expeditions in Austin Energy's records have raised troubling questions about the utility's complicity in data mining (see "APD Pot-Hunters Are Data-Mining at AE," Nov..."
"...Then, finally, comes the bogeyman, in the form of Richard Berk, professor of criminology and statistics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Utilizing data mining, Berk has created what's tantamount to the early stages of Minority Report..."
"...Snowden acknowledged that there is always a tension between security and privacy, but insisted that governments (and corporations) must be restricted from engaging in massive surveillance that is unnecessary, counterproductive, and unconstitutional. He noted that "data-mining" might be necessary for commercial purposes if we expect Internet activity to be most free, but such data should not be stored or subsequently handed over to the government, and instead should "age out" and be discarded...."
"...The lawsuits spring initially from a May 11 report in USA Today that several national phone companies were paid by the NSA to provide the phone records, supposedly suitable for "data-mining" for potential patterns. Some of the companies have since denied cooperating with the feds..."
"...When is one born? After someone combines an abstract noun (such as "data") with an inert verb (such as "to mine"), forming a vague term ("data mining") that substitutes for what's really meant ("digging deep into a statistical analysis for meaning"). A buzzword also may emerge when one person takes a perfectly unassuming word like "tsunami" and relentlessly misapplies it until it's ruined for good (e.g., "We are witnessing a tsunami of three-pointers from Reggie Miller tonight!"); finally, it can form when millions of otherwise reasonably intelligent people begin using "impact" as a verb...."
"...Snowden (echoed by his ACLU defenders) pointed out that both mass surveillance and official pressure on cyber-companies like Google, have, in fact, each created new vulnerabilities in our supposed defenses. The government agents mandated "back doors" in proprietary software to allow easier data mining; as Snowden noted, the U.S..."
"...Most importantly, it has remained, over the course of its eight-year life, completely anonymous. There are no login protocols, no archiving, no snaky data-mining, no nothing – save ever-scrolling lines of rank juvenile humor, outrageously scatological commentary, LULZ, LOLcats, and porn..."
"...(Uninformed? Decidedly. Dangerous? Probably not.) By contrast, ARIC proponents, including Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo, have repeatedly claimed there must be a "criminal predicate" for information to appear in our center: arrests and incident reports, with no private data-mining of purchases, travel, and the like..."
"...A less charitable review comes from the ACLU. A 2007 report says the info clearinghouses encourage diffusion of responsibility among agencies as well as data mining and other invasions of privacy..."
"...This is who we will be: a single community; global; linked-in; variegated and living lives beyond the passé 20th century notions of borders, beyond languages; a new species almost, Philip K. Dick-ensian in our comfort with multiple on- and offline identities; keenly aware of the marketers and corporate data-mining that exist primarily to sell us back to ourselves; and able to take advantage of the strange sense of slow self-empowerment that arrived near fully formed once we realized privacy as it once was is no longer privacy as it has become, or needs to be..."
"..."Other control weaknesses include the lack of any validation of damaged property addresses for both Internet and telephone registrations. Given these weak or nonexistent controls, it is not surprising that GAO's data mining and investigations showed substantial potential for fraud and abuse."..."
"...Indeed, Ventura deserves a medal for discussing the program at such length without having the slightest idea what the program even is. As even a casually well-informed person now knows, the NSA program is not about your run-of-the-mill wiretaps, but rather a data-mining or packet-sniffing operation that analyzes vast amounts of data for suspicious patterns or words..."
"...A good case can indeed be made that the program was illegal (and I'm a happy member of the Republican Party), but Ventura's article did not make it. Indeed, Ventura deserves a medal for discussing the program at such length without having the slightest idea what the program even is. As even a casually well-informed person now knows, the NSA program is not about your run-of-the-mill wiretaps, but rather a data-mining or packet-sniffing operation that analyzes vast amounts of data for suspicious patterns or words..."
"...Headquartered in Austin, the station got picked up by SiriusXM and Dish Network. Following suit, the digital arm of Margaritaville, already a powerhouse in fan data mining and engagement, is developing content including mobile games and its own video channel...."