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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday February 26 2014, @11:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the studies-show-poverty-causes-cancer dept.

Angry Jesus writes:

"The Chicago Police Department is mis-applying epidemiological science (the study of entire populations) to target individuals in a real-life version of Minority Report. They have decided that it is a good idea to put people on a secret list based on a Big Data analysis of their social networks. But don't worry, it isn't racist or abusive because, Science!"

 
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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Serial_Priest on Wednesday February 26 2014, @11:57PM

    by Serial_Priest (2493) <accusingangelNO@SPAMautistici.org> on Wednesday February 26 2014, @11:57PM (#7648)

    Information wants to be free, as they say, and it cuts both ways. Individuals leak details constantly. Predictive algorithms are constantly being refined. If the data is there, and the technology to analyze it is there, isn't it foolishness to think that it won't be used? By way of analogy: legislate the NSA into nothingness, and the Guoanbu, FSB, and many more - not to mention Google, Los Zetas, and all other large organizations corporate and criminal - won't miss a beat.

    The question is not how to legislate away data analysis. That is like trying to legislate away entropy. The question is, how do you influence it in your favor? Or protect yourself, at least in some limited way, from its abuses?

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Ezber Bozmak on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:30AM

    by Ezber Bozmak (764) on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:30AM (#7744)

    If the data is there, and the technology to analyze it is there, isn't it foolishness to think that it won't be used?

    That is the perfect justification for authoritarianism. There are all kinds of things that we as a society choose to prevent our government from doing because they are not compatible with a free society. A democratic government is not some indepdent creature, it exists solely at the whim of the citizenry.