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Al Jazeera America has created a graphic novel explaining big data. In the graphic novel, reads learn about what we gain and what we give up.

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RT talks to William Binney, whistleblower and former NSA crypto-mathematician who served in the agency for decades. Virtual privacy in US, Petraeus affair and whistleblowers’ odds in fight against the authorities are among key topics of this exclusive interview.


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From Viewpoint with Elliot Spitzer:

National Security Agency whistle-blowers Thomas Drake, former senior official, Kirk Wiebe, former senior analyst, and William Binney, former technical director, return to “Viewpoint” to talk about their allegations that the NSA has conducted illegal domestic surveillance. All three men are providing evidence in a lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against the NSA.

Binney mentions an NSA facility currently under construction in Bluffdale, Utah: “That facility alone can probably hold somewhere close to a hundred years’ worth of the communications of the world.” Binney continues, “Once you accumulate that kind of data — they’re accumulating against everybody — [it’s] resident in programs that can pull it together in timelines and things like that and let them see into your life.”

This is the Keynote speech given by William Binney at HOPE 9 (Hackers On Planet Earth) on NSA spying.


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From Technically Personal:

The algorithms that the NSA has created, according to whistle blower William Binney, are actually a part of the Big Data Research and Development Initiative, which has the official purpose to improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data. William goes on by saying that the algorithms will go through the data base looking at everybody.

On this complicated, opaque subject, Sanchez is among the most informed observers in America. His best guess at what’s really going on: The NSA is collecting and saving vast amounts of private date, like phone calls, emails, and text messages; and rather than asking whether the Fourth Amendment permits them to put all of this information on a hard drive, they’re postponing questions about whether a search is constitutional or not until they want to query the database.

Essentially, the NSA is simply saving a copy of vast amounts of private data and they are going to keep the information in a database until they need it. They also claim that they aren’t breaking the law by copying this information and keeping it in a database without a warrant because they don’t need a warrant until they need to query the database.

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What kind of data is your cell phone company collecting? Malte Spitz wasn’t 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.

Malte Spitz asked his cell phone carrier what it knew about him–and mapped what he found out.

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