Facebook is a Social Networking Website akin to Myspace and other similar networks. It allows you to communicate with others, and gives you space to post personal information to make your facebook more “personal.”
But what information do you use, and how do they use it? They’re terms and Conditions state:
By posting Member Content to any part of the Web site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license to use, copy, perform, display, reformat, translate, excerpt and distribute such information and content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorpoate into other works, such information and content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.
Facebook has a “pulse” feature takes your information, and if you go to a university or college, will use that to compile statistical trends of college students. Essentially they find out about you, and use it to make a picture of the college based community on a whole. These statistics compiles data given by universities of members of Facebook. These statistics range from the mundane (“percentage of female college students with conservative views”) to the odd (“Percentage of college students that have read Catcher in the Rye”)
Okay, so basically, they’ll give out your information out to the highest corporate bidder. Not that big of a deal. This will just help Coca Cola make a new corporate jingle. Right? but is there more? Who funds Facebook?
Facebook was given funding of upwards to 12.7 million US dollars from Accel Partners. The managing partner of ACCEL is a man named James W Breyer.
James Breyer was on the Board of the National Ventures Capital Association. A washington thinktank agency. He served personally with a man named Gilman Louie.
Gilman Louie is the founder and CEO of In-Q-TEL
In-Q-TEL is a non-profit venture capital firm, a firm run by the Central Intelligence Agency to:
invest in high-tech companies for the sole purpose of keeping the Central Intelligence Agency equipped with the latest in information technology in support of United States intelligence capability.
In-Q-TEL’s primarily invests in new Data Mining Technologies.
What does that mean? essentially, In-Q-TEL ciphers the internet in search for “systems” which can help the CIA data mine with ease. Something like myspace, and facebook, essentially gives the CIA access to trends in various demographics aswell as they’re thought patterns and behaviors.
Back to James Breyer. He also was on the Board of Directors of Bolt, Beranak and Newman Technologies. BBN is a defense contractor, dealing primarily with High-technology development. BBN Technologies was the creator of ARPANET, the first operational packet switching network, essentially the first internet system, run by DARPA.
In 2004 (the same year Facebook was created) Gilman Louie, the CEO of In-Q-TEL, jumped onboard with BBN Technologies with a one Doctor Anita Jones.
Dr Anita Jones was a former Board of Directors of In-Q-TEL, and was the former director of Defense Research and Engineering with United States Department of Defense. Her position placed her as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, aswell as an overseer to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.
As an overseer of DARPA, she was involved with DARPA’s venture in information gathering when DARPA formed the Information Awareness Office in January of 2002.
THe IAO, with its rather Omnious logo pictured above, was a combination of various DARPA research programs, all based around information gathering, were all combined together. IAO’s mission swas to “imagine, develop, apply, integrate, demonstrate and transition information technologies, components and prototype, closed-loop, information systems that will counter asymmetric threats by achieving total information awareness”
one of IAO’s many projects was something called the Scalable Social Network Analysis project.
Scalable Social Network Analysis: A project involving the development of techniques based on Social Network Analysis for “the key characteristics of terrorist groups and discriminating these groups from other types of societal groups.
Essentially, it was to find a method to analyse social networks and find “characteristics” of terrorist groups.
IAO’s goal was to gather information all into one centralized spot, to essentially make a snapshot of society on a whole, to game “Informational” awareness. They’re goals of ciphing information include, but are not limited to: Credit Card History, Airline Purchases, Internet Activity, Car Rentals, Educational transcripts, Tax Returns, Medical Records, Utility bills, and “any other available data.”
The IAO was shrunken down in size and moved about, convienantly around the time of 2004, when Dr. Anita Jones and Gilman louie jumped aboard BBN. The new IAO project is under codename Topsail, now under the overseeing of both DARPA, the DOD, and also the NSA.
All of this went down shortly before Facebook emerged, a site that shares strikingly many similarities with a data mining operation. It takes personal information, it exploits said information to gather more detailed information, and compiles it into bite sized chunks.
Back to the statistic on the Catcher in the Rye. Why is this a statistic? Both Mark Chapman and John Hinkley Jr, the man that shot and killed John Lennon, and the man that tried to kill Ronald Reagan, respectivelly, both carried Catcher in the Rye with them. Both could be considered domestic “terrorists” in an way.
Could this be a insight into the IAO’s Topsail project? The Scalable Social Network Analysis? Trying to find “terrorists” through social network traits?
When they break you down into bite sized chunks, what will they see?
“What does a scanner see? I mean, really see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does a passive infrared scanner … see into me — into us — clearly or darkly?” – Quote from Philip K Dick’s A Scanner Darkley
Is FACEBOOK run by D.A.R.P.A’s Information Awareness Office?
February 18th, 2009 | Strange But True?, Surveillance Society, Technology
By: D. H. Williams @ 10:15 PM – EST
Is FACEBOOK a Department of Defense data mining scheme run by the CIA and D.A.R.P.A.? Should you be trusting all your personal data to FACEBOOK’s management?
FACEBOOK was initially conceived by Mark Zuckerberg but the venture was first funded with $500,000.00 in capital from PayPal founder Peter Thiel. With millions more to come from sources with close ties to D.A.R.P.A, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense.
The CIA connection:
Another $12.7 million came from James Breyer he is closely associated with a venture capital company called InQtel established by the CIA in 1999 and he served on the board of BBN. InQtel deals in information technology and intelligence most notably “nurturing data mining technologies”.
The D.A.R.P.A. connection:
Dr. Anita Jones former Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense. While with D.A.R.P.A. her responsibilities included serving as an adviser to the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Jones was also served on the board of directors for InQtel and is now employed by BBN.
D.A.R.P.A. runs the Information Awareness Office whose task it is to collect data on as many people as possible. Their website is full of references to the war on terror, terrorism and terrorist. The IAO claims its programs are for identifying and responding to threats of terrorism.
D.A.R.P.A. program Human ID at a Distance (HumanID)
I.A.O.’s Mission Statement:
Information Awareness Office is to gather as much information as possible about everyone in a centralized location for easy perusal by the United States government.
Including but not limited to: internet activity, credit card purchase history, airline ticket purchases, car rentals, medical records, educational transcripts, drivers license, utility bills, tax returns and any other available data.