United States spy agencies such as the NSA and the CIA have asked newer tech companies, such as the popular (alternative to taxi rides) company Ubër, to become “partners”.
However, the truth is that the agencies are asking companies to be partners in spying on normal citizens. First the government infiltrated Facebook and social media. Now, the question is: how far will the CIA and NSA go to spy on normal American’s normal activities? It seems the answer is: as far as they can – and then some.
21st Century Wire reports:
“US intel agencies and those reliable partners are crowdsourcing updates to their five-year science and technology strategy in order to match ODNI needs with corporate projects via a classified website.”
We’re told that Washington-based spy agencies, “need to be able to post the challenge in a way that the system automatically alerts the right technology suppliers.”
US spies seek to lure private companies like Ubër into collaboration
The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence wants to make it easier for private, “uncleared” companies, which don’t usually aid the intelligence community (such as ridesharing company Uber) to contribute to next generation surveillance needs.
The strategy to encourage unconventional partners to collaborate with intelligence agencies is part of a recently released, unclassified roadmap that outlines the future of data analysis.
“Enhanced Processing and Management of Data from Disparate Sources,” as the plan is called, explains six areas that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), led by James Clapper, believes will be crucial for surveillance community in the near future.
“One of our goals for the coming year is to try and extend our outreach via whichever trade associations are willing to take it on, into the uncleared community as well,” David Honey, the ODNI director of science and technology, told Nextgov.
“That’s why getting this information on to the ODNI’s open website was so important to us. We want to have that outreach to the nontraditionals to include the uncleared performer community so that they can gain insight into what the challenges are that we face so that they can come forward with ideas.”
Accessing private sector research and syncing it with ODNI threat assessments for the future means “the right technology will be ready at the right time at the right price,” Nextgov reported.
For example, ride-sharing company Uber could offer the government tools that could be molded to fit intelligence-gathering needs, Honey said.
“Maybe they’ve got scheduling algorithms that would help us with our logistics problems,” he said. “If we can leverage those kinds of tools, maybe we gotta adapt them a little bit, but that certainly beats having to go and pay for those things from scratch.”
Some areas ODNI is seeking to develop, according to Nextgov, include: “expertise in determining the biases of social media site moderators, geolocation in the presence of encryption, room temperature quantum computing, and immersive virtual world user experience.”
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