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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: 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.

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