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The Silicon Jungle: A Novel of Deception, Power, and Internet Intrigue

By Shumeet Baluja

What occurs while a naive intern is granted unfettered entry to people's such a lot inner most suggestions and activities? Stephen Thorpe lands a coveted internship at Ubatoo, a web empire that gives its clients with well known on-line providers, from a seek engine and e mail, to social networking. while Stephen's boss asks him to paintings on a venture with the yankee Coalition for Civil Liberties, Stephen innocently obliges, believing he's mining Ubatoo's significant databases to guard humans unfairly specific within the identify of nationwide protection. yet not anything is because it turns out. Suspicious members floor, doing all they could to entry Ubatoo's wealth of exclusive details. This don't need to require technical wizardry--simply realizing how one can manage a well-intentioned intern can be enough.

The Silicon Jungle is a cautionary fictional story of knowledge mining's promise and peril. Baluja increases moral questions on modern technological options, and the way minute info might be repeatedly pieced jointly into wealthy profiles that exhibit our behavior, objectives, and mystery desires--all able to be exploited.

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M. , coupled with Kohan’s already transparent skepticism, wasn’t boding good for a effective brainstorming consultation. yet now he had to proceed with it besides. Stephen became to the standard standby that's necessarily utilized to whatever performed manually at Ubatoo—make it computerized. “Maybe lets automate the paintings I did for ACCL? Wouldn’t or not it's invaluable for an individual so as to go surfing to Ubatoo and get a ‘How most likely am I to be monitored ranking? ’ we might examine what books you’ve got, what items, medications, garden chemical compounds you’ve bought, what websites you’ve visited on-line, what queries you’ve despatched us, the place you’ve traveled, who you’ve communicated with, and every little thing else we will get our palms on. We’d simply crunch all that info and provides you a unmarried rating, 1–100 of ways most probably you're to make it onto a few watch record. it'd be like a credit, other than instead of trying to see in the event you repay your accounts on time, we'd examine a host of caution indications, telling you for you to be cautious. ” Kohan’s expression portended his sarcasm. “If i am getting a ranking of one, I’m primarily mom Teresa, and if i am getting a hundred, I’m Osama Bin encumbered? bought to confess, Stephen, didn’t see this coming. ” “Something like that. If you’ve quite received not anything to conceal, and your ranking is excessive, you should understand that. I’d definitely need to know, wouldn’t you? ” “You certainly imagine in a different way than so much interns the following. i may have simply imagined that you'd get a hold of a self-serve product the place advertisers can discover their very own facts and reconfigure their ads spending. you recognize, automate the opposite ninety nine percentage of the paintings that you simply and that i do. yet, as an alternative, you return up with the Terrorist-O-Meter. ” “You’re nonetheless in, correct? ” Stephen acknowledged, attempting his toughest to smile in addition to Kohan. “First issues first, Stephen. the place does this ACCL truly get their details? How do they comprehend what books terrorists learn or what sites they stopover at? I didn’t comprehend they'd an respectable interpreting record. ” “Oh, come on, Kohan, you and that i either recognize that when we have now a couple of identified terrorist help websites, we will infer dozens of others. we will watch who visits them and what different websites they stopover at, and what items and books they finally purchase, who they ship email to. For that topic, shall we examine what tender drink they purchase so much or what vehicle they force so much. you recognize this. ” “I do. we might have killed for that details on the NSA,” Kohan acknowledged, critical for the 1st time during this dialog. “We have all of it right here, on hand to us. we've got the chance to ultimately do whatever solid with it, and get the full-time bargains we want,” Stephen acknowledged, getting himself extra eager about the undertaking. “Okay, it’s fascinating. yet I simply can’t see it having an analogous impression that Yuri’s venture did . . . permit me play devil’s suggest right here. First, why could Ubatoo particularly care concerning the Terrorist-O-Meter? It doesn’t lead them to funds and places them within the highlight for having this information. moment, technologically, it’s a pleasant, even perhaps very nice, use of Jaan’s method.

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