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AT&T's "guilt by association" program

When the FBI is trying to determine whose life to destroy, they go to the telecoms in an effort to siphon up some evidence. AT&T is more than eager to help, and has gone so far as to create a new programming language that can supposedly determine a citizen's "guilt by association."

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.

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