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CIA’s Gus Hunt On Big Data: We ‘Try To Collect Everything And Hang On To It Forever’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 21, 2013


My comment: We know this and we also know that you are spending billion and billion dollars for this. Another Julian Assange or Cyber attack or hacker will make this billion and billion dollars worthless one day. This could give good job to thousands of people making them rich and eventually it will catalyze to create another recession and broaden the gap between rich and poor. So why not to think about creative activities to create good bond among human beings to change the world into real Global Village and war into Peace?

NEW YORK — The CIA’s chief technology officer outlined the agency’s endless appetite for data in a far-ranging speech on Wednesday.

Speaking before a crowd of tech geeks at GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference in New York City, CTO Ira “Gus” Hunt said that the world is increasingly awash in information from text messages, tweets, and videos — and that the agency wants all of it.

“The value of any piece of information is only known when you can connect it with something else that arrives at a future point in time,” Hunt said. “Since you can’t connect dots you don’t have, it drives us into a mode of, we fundamentally try to collect everything and hang on to it forever.”

Hunt’s comments come two days after Federal Computer Week reported that the CIA has committed to a massive, $600 million, 10-year deal with Amazon for cloud computing services. The agency has not commented on that report, but Hunt’s speech, which included multiple references to cloud computing, indicates that it does indeed have interest in storage and analysis capabilities on a massive scale.

The CIA is keenly interested in capabilities for so-called “big data” — the increasingly massive data sets created by digital technology. The agency even has a page on its website pitching big data jobs to prospective employees. Read the rest of this entry »

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