[FoRK] what to do with the PRISM database

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Wed Jul 10 23:39:20 PDT 2013

On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 9:52 PM, J. Andrew Rogers <andrew at jarbox.org> wrote:

> On Jul 10, 2013, at 6:33 PM, Damien Morton <dmorton at bitfurnace.com> wrote:
> > If you were a malevolent entity in US politics, what could you do with
> > unfettered access to the PRISM database?
> >
> > I'm thinking, e.g. if you were the Koch brothers, and you bought access
> to
> > the PRISM database, what could you do?
> The low-hanging fruits are the same things it is already used for:
> blackmail and profit.  If you are more ambitious and technically adept, you
> can engage in large-scale puppetry with the population.

Yes, I was imagining the combining of the PRISM database with the kind of
big-data analytics databases used by the Obama campaign. You could, for
example, map out key opinion leaders within real social networks, and
target them for persuasion.

> Any sufficiently advanced behavioral manipulation is indistinguishable
> from free will.
> Until the curtain is pulled back on it.

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