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Topic Title: Open source intelligence sleuthing.
Topic Summary: Good and bad.
Created On: 01/19/2022 07:50 AM
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 01/19/2022 07:50 AM
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johnnyboy

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http://www.politico.com/news/m...up-us-spycraft-527319

>> This is the radical new world of open-source intelligence - where crises move faster, information is everywhere and anyone can play. Intelligence isn't just for governments anymore, thanks to three major trends over the past several years: the proliferation of commercial satellites, the explosion of Internet connectivity and open-source information available online, and advances in automated analytics like machine learning. These changes have touched every part of the intelligence landscape. In particular, they've given rise to a host of non-governmental detectives who track some of the most serious and secret dangers of all: nuclear weapons.

The world of open-source nuclear sleuthing is wide open to anyone with an Internet connection. It draws people with a grab bag of backgrounds, capabilities, motives and incentives - from hobbyists to physicists, truth seekers to conspiracy peddlers, profiteers, volunteers and everyone in between. Many are former government officials with years in the field, but others are amateurs with little or no experience. There are no formal training programs, ethical guidelines or quality control processes. And errors can go viral; nobody loses their job for making a mistake.<<

Really a cool read.

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 01/19/2022 08:40 AM
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CurtisEflush

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Barely related: DJI (the behemoth drone maker) is Chinese-owned. Great cameras and super high-resolution stills and video from very low altitudes.

DJI is now on the US government shit list for various reasons.

If you want a good scare, read all of DJI's End User License Agreements before your new drone can leave the ground.

Massive opportunities for Chinese surveillance, multiplied by the number of people flying these things around.
 01/19/2022 12:02 PM
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johnnyboy

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The fine print that no consumer thinks to read. That's also why the government shut down Huawei phones. I couldn't help but to wonder if our government has been doing the same thing with our apples and Samsung's.

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"One of the reasons why propaganda tries to get you to hate government is because it's the one existing institution in which people can participate to some extent and constrain tyrannical unaccountable power." Noam Chomsky.

 01/20/2022 03:28 AM
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wehorde

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Wow..

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