Raytheon Tracks Movements via Social Networks

Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defense contractor, has developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites, reports The Atlantic. Raytheon says it has not sold the software – named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology – to any clients – yet.

According to The Guardian, Raytheon has shared the technology with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national security system capable of analysing “trillions of entities” from cyberspace.

A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an “extreme-scale analytics” system works.

Some police departments have said they want to use drones for law enforcement, including for surveillance and crowd control. A sheriff’s office in Texas even said it might be a good idea to equip its $300,000 Shadowhawk drone with Tasers, tear gas and rubber bullets.

A 16-page memo (pdf) outlines the legal reasoning behind killing U.S. citizens by drones.

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