( Facebook, Twitter, IRC, etc )
While there are a percentage of folks in our community who take pride in bragging that they don't engage in social networking - the truth is that even
ATS could qualify as a social networking site. In fact my local library used to block ATS because their nannyware categorized it exactly so. Internet
chat, in all its forms, also qualifes as social networking. In short, I think that almost all of us engage in social networking online - in one form
or another... even the die hards who make it a point not to.
The information we reveal conversationally and without thought in these venues is a gold mine for behavioral modelling. Unguarded and casual
conversation is our most vulnerable state - and many forms of interrogation are designed specifically to illicit that condition. Ask any cop and
they'll tell you that the vast majority of criminals convict themselves by simply talking. On the digital level, over time, the potential for
behavioral modelling is exponentially more dangerous. Even casual and infrequent posters will eventually provide enough information to allow for a
derived data set to be built.
( LinkedIn, Monster, etc )
Many of the people who are alert enough to never post personal information to any websites they engage in will fall short here because, well because
money and work. Even some of the most "private" folks online has fully fleshed out professional profiles replete with megadoses of personal
One of the secrets involved with this also has to deal with behavior modelling. You might say that the Government already has your work history on
file - and this is true. The catch is that we all fudge our resume's. We all tweak them... some a little... some a lot. It is those "personal touches"
than can speak volumes about our psychology when assessed by a qualified behaviorist
- or the
right computer matrices. What we distort, how we distort it and to what level that distortion takes is a primary aspect of all personality
inventories. Thus this information is invaluable to Big Brother.
Not to mention that a total distortion or fabrication in this area could potentially be incriminating or life destroying by itself.
( MSN, Yahoo, Rueters, Associated Press, etc )
Where we get our information from, in this day and age, just by itself is nearly enough information to base a rough personality profile from. This is
something that most of us on ATS already know and something that many of us already utilize as a tool to help us get an idea of who we are debating
against or agreeing with. If a person sources the same news outlets that we, ourselves, tend to read - we can assume that their world views and
politics are probably similar to ours. The fact that nearly all news outlets today have polarized to either the far right or the far left makes such
Now imagine that not only can you see where a person gets their news - but also what specific stories they tend to gravitate to. That information,
over time and by itself is enough to base an entire personality profile from. Not only that... but the potential for behavior modelling and prediction
is more intense than most of us realize. Do you read 20 articles a day about revolution? Well you know it... and so does the Government. Chances are,
they'll read a lot more into it than you probably do.
( Breitbart, NRA, HufPo, etc )
This one is pretty obvious. Back in the good old days a politician would have to hire a team to put together an "enemies" list. Now it's as simple as
getting the log in records for whatever political aggregation or opinion site the opposite party uses.
Interest Based Sites
( ATS, Reddit, the iStore etc )
Another cog in the behavior modelling and personality profiling wheel. What we like and enjoy is powerful information for an enemy to have. Our likes
can be used to manipulate us. Inversely what we like and enjoy can also inform as to what we loathe and fear... even more powerful motivators.
( Amazon, eBay, WalMart.com, etc )
Although this entry appears in the middle of this list, I could probably have harvested not just a dedicated thread... but a series of them from this
single aspect. However, since this OP is relating directly to the generation of profiles and predictive behavioral models, this information is
somewhat less important here than in other topics.
We live in a consumer society. We are consumers. Our money is literally the pulse of society. We spend, the heart is beating. We stop spending and the
body dies. That is the stark and blunt truth of it. You do not matter at all to the world - only your ability to purchase or sell does. Whenever a
Government decides to play dirty little games - they don't care about body counts or international outrage... they care about commerce. As long as the
pulse continues beating and doesn't falter? Anything goes.
edit on 7/6/13 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)