The CIA Is Investing in Firms That Mine Your Tweets and Instagram Photos. SOFT ROBOTS THAT can grasp delicate objects, computer algorithms designed to spot an “insider threat,” and artificial intelligence that will sift through large data sets — these are just a few of the technologies being pursued by companies with investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm, according to a document obtained by The Intercept.
Yet among the 38 previously undisclosed companies receiving In-Q-Tel funding, the research focus that stands out is social media mining and surveillance; the portfolio document lists several tech companies pursuing work in this area, including Dataminr, Geofeedia, PATHAR, and TransVoyant. In-Q-Tel’s investment process. Screen grab from In-Q-Tel’s website. The CIA Is Investing in Firms That Mine Your Tweets and Instagram Photos. Barack Obama Never Said Money Wasn’t Corrupting; In Fact, He Said the Opposite. DURING THURSDAY’S DEMOCRATIC debate in Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders asked this question about Hillary Clinton: “Do we really feel confident about a candidate saying that she’s going to bring change in America when she is so dependent on big money interests?”
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