AT&T's "guilt by association" program
Case in point: this 2001 research paper illustrating how the firm can pinpoint "communities of interest" with their Hancock language, sifting through millions of long distance phone calls to connect the dots between the "bad guys" and whomever.
Wired Magazine has a basic summary, for those disinclined to brows a scholarly report. Check it out, and consider the repercussions of an autonomous mass survalence system picking out who has ill intent in an increasingly digitized world in which everyone is just three degrees away from one another.
Labels: Big Brother