MUM’S THE WORLD

This week, the mass media published a number of articles outlining how the British security agencies GCHQ and MI5/6 have finally admitted that they have used female-centric online forums such as MUMSNET to recruit some of their operatives. This may come as something of a surprise to many people, but to others, this revelation not only affirms what has always been suspected, but has gone some way towards answering a number of questions. Now I do not readily subscribe to […]

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DIGITAL FISHING

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest: all of them could be the source of valuable intelligence that the UK’s intelligence agencies want to know about – and now government eavesdropping and security agency GCHQ is developing new tools to sift through them for nuggets of useful data. The Cheltenham-based organisation is recruiting maths, physics and computing experts to devise groundbreaking algorithms that will automatically extract information from huge volumes of speech, text and image content gathered “across the full range of […]

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