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Time to rethink that MySpace profile

From the New Scientist:
New Scientist has discovered that Pentagon's National Security Agency, which specialises in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks. And it could harness advances in internet technology - specifically the forthcoming "semantic web" championed by the web standards organisation W3C - to combine data from social networking websites with details such as banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.

If ever there was a social interaction network that personified GIGO, it's MySpace. I shudder to think of what conclusions the intelligence community will draw from performing mass harvesting on the web equivalent of silly-putty.

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