CISA is coming into Force, dark side of the Force

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Eric Schmidt (Google) said:
“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

“In the world of pattern recognition, we talk about “feature extraction”. That’s the process whereby we measure things, so if we were interested in classifying motor vehicles, one of the features we might extract is “number of axles”. Another might be “number of wheels”, and still another might be “number of doors”.

The idea, of course, is to use those features to figure out what kind of vehicle we’ve got. But not all features are equally useful: if we’re trying to tell the difference between a Mercedes sedan and a Toyota sedan, “number of wheels” won’t help.

So the next step is “feature selection”: what’s actually useful? Which features will enable us to make decisions?

And the step after that is “feature weighting”, because even if we’ve decided that there are 22 features useful for decision-making, they’re almost certainly not all equally useful.

There is no doubt that by now extensive theoretical and experimental analysis has been carried out on the Facebook data corpus and that algorithms have been written which perform this process, at scale, and quickly. Facebook themselves have no doubt done this because processing the data in this fashion yields saleable output, and we all know that Facebook sells everything that it can to anyone with cash in hand. And any government in possession of Facebook’s data has undoubtedly done the same thing — with their own purposes in mind.

The combination of this approach with machine learning yields code that cuts right through the “5,000 friends” problem like it isn’t even there.” author: Anonymous

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