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Big Data is a Hotbed of Thoughtcrime. So What?

Jim Adler, Strata Conference, New York, October 2012
by Jim Adler on 25 October 2012

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Transcript of Big Data is a Hotbed of Thoughtcrime. So What?

"The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed -- would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper -- the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it."
- George Orwell, "1984" The HUMAN BRAIN has 1 trillion connections which can store
2,500 terabytes 2,500 terabytes
= 3,000,000 hours of TV your DVR could hold 300 years of programming to use up that much storage. Jim Adler IS A HOTBED OF THOUGHTCRIME.
SO WHAT? STRATA CONFERENCE, Fall 2012 Chief Privacy Officer & General Manager of Data Systems
inome, the Intelius data platform BIG DATA Obsession Social
Ineptitude Intelligence Geek Dork Dweeb Nerd twitter: @jim_adler, http://jimadler.me I'm not an attorney "On inferring private facts from public data ... condemning inference feels like thoughtcrime." What is Thoughtcrime? "Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."

Lao Tzu If Data Wants to be Free, Is Privacy a Prison? w/ Solon Barocas & Alex Howard In April 2012, Tarek Mehanna, a U.S. citizen, sentenced to
17 years in prison for:
Two counts of making false statements
Providing material support to terrorists
Conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists
Conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country
Conspiracy to make false statements to the FBI In March 2012, David Stone Sr., Joshua Stone and Joshua Clough, U.S. citizens and members of the Midwest militia group Hutaree, were acquitted of charges related to conspiracy and sedition, citing freedom of speech and beliefs. When is Speech Criminal? Clear and present danger
Fighting words
Libel and slander
Obscenity
Conflict with legitimate social Interests (like gag orders)
Time, place, & manner (like disturbing the peace) The HUMAN BRAIN has a compute capacity of 100 - 20,000 teraflops Hans Moravec, Carnegie Mellon
Chris Westbury, University of Alberta Paul Reber, Northwestern University Getting your Head in the Cloud compute: 4 Million AWS m1.large nodes
storage: 2,500 terabytes
network: ignored (for now) A brain for under $1M/year in < 20 years Joshua Foust, American Security Project, The Atlantic Addenda A 2009 MIT study found it was possible to predict men's sexual orientation by analyzing the gender and sexuality of their social network contacts -- even if the rest of the information on their profile is set to private. "Gaydar" "That pulls the rug out from a whole policy and technology perspective that the point is to give you control over your information - because you don't have control over your information."
MIT Professor Hal Abelson Deploy officers to locations where crimes are likely to occur before they are actually committed.

Now deployed in Los Angeles, New York, Santa Cruz CA, Columbia & Charleston SC. Brooklyn-born Betim Kaziu found guilty of conspiracy to provide military support to a terrorist organization and sentenced to 27 years in prison. According to the Boston Globe, the conspiracy didn’t get very far: he and a childhood friend traveled to Cairo where they went to school and considered whether to take up arms in the Middle East.
July 2011 References

Amazon Cloud Performance Benchmarks
Kalpit Sarda, Sumit Sanghrajka, Radu Sion
http://www.cs.stonybrook.edu/~sion/research/sion2010cloud-cpu.pdf

Will computers overtake humans in intellectual ability?
Jonathan Strickland
Hans Moravec, Carnegie Mellon, Chris Westbury, University of Albert http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/computer-intellectual-ability.htm

What Is the Memory Capacity of the Human Brain?
Paul Reber, professor of psychology, Northwestern University
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-is-the-memory-capacity

On thought crimes and terror trials
Joshua Foust
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/opinion/on-thought-crimes-and-terror-trials/13716/

Conspiracy as Thoughtcrime
VVAW: Gainesville 8
http://www.vvaw.org/veteran/article/?id=928

Gaydar
Carter Jernigan, Behram Mistree
http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2611/2302

Fair Information Practice Principles
Transparency, Consent, Purpose, Minimization, Use Limitation, Data Quality/Integrity, Security, Accountability/Audit
http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/privacy/privacy_policyguide_2008-01.pdf

Privacy Risks with Big Data
Omer Tene, Jules Polonetsky
http://www.techpolicy.com/Blog/Featured-Blog-Post/BIG-DATA-Professor-Omer-Tene-Explains-the-Privacy.aspx
http://www.techpolicy.com/Blog/June-2012/Big-Data-s-Privacy-Challenge.aspx

How Companies Learn Your Secrets
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html

Privacy Torts
Snooping into private spaces, Blabbing private facts, Slander, Identity theft
William J Prosser
http://www.californialawreview.org/assets/pdfs/misc/prosser_privacy.pdf

Then They Came for the Gypsies: The Legacy of Death's Calculator
Edwin Black
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/gypibm.html

IBM and the Holocaust
Edwin Black
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_and_the_Holocaust

Big Data for Development: Challenges & Opportunities
U.N. Global Pulse
MIT demonstrated that mining Twitter and online news reports could have provided health officials a highly accurate indication of the actual spread of the disease with two weeks lead time.
http://www.unglobalpulse.org/sites/default/files/BigDataforDevelopment-UNGlobalPulseJune2012.pdf ... and thereafter
our tools shape us." ... but then we reshape our tools ... Marshall McLuhan Consent
Minimization
Specific Purpose
Use Limitation FIPPs in the Face of Big Data Cross-tab "historical arrest patterns," with sporting events, paydays, rainfall, traffic flows, and Federal holidays to identify likely crime "hot spots." PredPol.com Finding New Moms Target assigns a "pregnancy prediction" score based on ~25 products like cocoa-butter lotion, a purse large enough to double as a diaper bag, zinc and magnesium. Not just "if" pregnant but
"when" -- to within a week or so. "We shape
our tools ... ... to spiral ourselves forward. Predictive Policing Consent
Minimization
Specific Purpose
Use Limitation
Transparency/Access
Accuracy
Security
Accountability/Audit Fair Information
Practice Principles Access
Accuracy
Security
Audit Omer Tene & Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum Edwin Black, IBM and the Holocaust U.N. Global Pulse When are Thoughts Criminal? Humanitarians Legislators
Regulators
Think Tanks Technologists Journalists
Activists
Anthropologists
Economists
Historians Institutions "But now I know why I have always lost women to guys like you [soldiers]. I mean, it’s not just the uniform, it’s the stories you tell. So much fun and imagination." Bill Murray as John Winger
in "Stripes"
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