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 February 11, 2013  Posted by  Online

From Information Age:

A system from US defence contractor Raytheon that analyses social media data to profile individuals has been described as “the greatest challenge to civil liberties and digital freedom of our age”.

An article by The Guardian yesterday profiled the Rapid Information Overlay Technology (RIOT) system. It includes a demonstration video in which a Raytheon spokesman claims that by analysing social media data, it can provide geographical location of an individual and even “predict” criminal or terrorist activity based on social connections.

The RIOT system is not being used by any customers, the Guardian reported, but the underlying technology was developed in partnership with the US government and other commercial providers.

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