Higher ground

John Markoff had a fascinating article in yesterday's New York Times, about the NSA's Amazon wishlist.

Actually, it was about the tools the NSA is throwing at terrorism (and apparently the American people), such as Analyst's Notebook, and a meeting between the blue-gloved ones and several Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

Equal parts fascinating and disturbing, well worth a read-through. How might such tools might be used in social science? Does privacy have any meaning in a world of inescapable data? Do freedom or liberty?

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