« Previous entry | Home | Next entry »

NSA in Silicon Valley

The NSA visit.jpg
The NSA's visit
A small group of National Security Agency officials slipped into Silicon Valley on one of the agency's periodic technology shopping expeditions this month, according to the NYT (registration required).


On the wish list, according to several venture capitalists who met with the officials, were an array of technologies that underlie the fierce debate over the Bush administration's anti-terrorist eavesdropping program: computerized systems that reveal connections between seemingly innocuous and unrelated pieces of information.

The story's kicker says Xerox continues to research the spying technology:

And several Silicon Valley executives say one side effect of the 2003 decision to cancel the Total Information Awareness project was that it killed funds for a research project at the Palo Alto Research Center, a subsidiary of Xerox, exploring technologies that could protect privacy while permitting data mining.

The aim was to allow an intelligence analyst to conduct extensive data mining without getting access to identifying information about individuals. If the results suggested that, for instance, someone might be a terrorist, the intelligence agency could seek a court warrant authorizing it to penetrate the privacy technology and identify the person involved. With Xerox funds, the Palo Alto researchers are continuing to explore the technology.


Trackbacks
TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.siliconbeat.com/cgi-bin/mt331/mt-tb.cgi/1162

Links to blogs that reference this entry:

From: Computerworld Blogs
Vista, the sexpartite OS (and teeny tiny teevee tuner)
Excerpt: Welcome to today's IT Blogwatch, in which we count the ways we love Vista, are confused by the answer, and discover how to shrink a TV tuner to fit inside a Lifesaver hole...
Tracked: February 28, 2006 5:38 AM

Comments

I for one welcome our NSA leaders to the Silicon Valley! Our government would never misuse its power over the people.

anonymouse on February 27, 2006 11:49 AM
Comment link

On the subject of (less controversial) security technology initiatives, here's a VC-backed business plan competition being organised in London this fall, aiming to find the world's best security tech start-ups:

http://www.globalsecuritychallenge.com

Matt on April 27, 2006 10:14 AM
Comment link
Post a comment












Remember personal info?