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APD Pot-Hunters Are Data-Mining at AE
Are you using 'too much' energy? Inquiring drug cops want to know.
News Story  November 16, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

SXSW Interactive: Health Data & You
Dr. Talithia Williams on what to do with that Fitbit data
DAILY SXSW  March 18, 2015, by Ashley Moreno
"...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..."

The Perils of Big Data
The up- and downsides of student information collection
News Story  March 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Austin @ Large: Canary in the Data Mine
Profile of the 2002 Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project
News Column  June 28, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

Sports' Body Politics
The ethics behind data mining athletes' emotions
Screens Story  March 10, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...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..."

Star Trek: Insurrection
The so-called Star Trek Curse continues unabated; that is, even-numbered Trek's are good, while their odd-numbered cohorts stink like a dead Horta in a pop bottle on a hot July...
Film Review  December 11, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

The Insiders
Meet City Hall's local candidates for city manager
News Story  December 21, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...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..."

Do Not Resist Charts the Rise of the Militarization of Law Enforcement
Documentary offers a critical look at evolving present-day policing efforts
Screens Story  October 6, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...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 Defends Fourth Amendment
'Would I do it again? The answer is yes.'
DAILY News  March 10, 2014, by Michael King
"...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...."

Point Austin: Hanging Up on AT&T
My boss is suing the phone company – bully for him
News Column  June 2, 2006, by Michael King
"...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..."

The Termination is Proximity-based
illustration by Roy Tompkins
  May 9, 1997, by Stuart Wade
"...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...."

Point Austin: Firefighters in Action
Snowden and allies on the tech side of human rights and personal privacy
News Column  March 14, 2014, by Michael King
"...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..."

Anonymity: Never Gonna Give You Up
Is 4chan Internet freedom's best hope?
Screens Story  March 4, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

City Hall Hustle: Confusion Center
The devil's in the details of collecting intelligence
News Column  May 21, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...(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..."

City Hall Hustle: Council Kix Pix to Click!
Music, water, and fusion in the air
News Column  August 7, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...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..."

Generation Overshare
What happens when the line blurs between our online and offline lives?
Screens Story  March 6, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Disaster Fraud
Government Accountability Office releases two reports on FEMA disaster aid payments made in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita
News Story  June 23, 2006, by Cheryl Smith
"..."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."..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  January 20, 2006
"...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..."

Granting Permission for 'Chronicle' to Be a Liberal Publication While Castigating Ventura for Being Ill-Informed
Postmarks  January 12, 2006
"...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..."

How Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" Became the Most Valuable Song of All Time
Buffett began composing the song after visiting a local Mexican restaurant
Music Story  July 20, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...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...."

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