The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent peopleIn 2014, the former director of both the CIA and NSA proclaimed that "we kill people based on metadata." Now, a new examination of previously published Snowden documents suggests that many of those people may have been innocent.
Last year, The Intercept published documents detailing the NSA's SKYNET programme. According to the documents, SKYNET engages in mass surveillance of Pakistan's mobile phone network, and then uses a machine learning algorithm on the cellular network metadata of 55 million people to try and rate each person's likelihood of being a terrorist.
"Back in the 1940s and 1950s there were many dystopic science fiction novels in which people were killed for their supposed thoughts, starting of course with 1984. In most of these it was assumed that the evil dictatorship would be a derivative of Russian communism. ("Ingsoc" in 1984). There were a few dissenters, like Pohl and Kornbluth.Now it turns out that it is the US and the UK that have decided it is OK to apply the death penalty to thoughtcrime - provided the victims are brown people.The politest word for all this is "depressing". But perhaps a more appropriate word is "evil"."
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