What’s the status of Facebook and DARPA

In the latest drops from early Thursday morning we see a curious connection between Facebook and a Defense Department program called LifeLog.

The LifeLog program run by DARPA, the same agency that brought us the Internet, was an ambitious effort to build a database to track a person existence.

The project was killed on Feb. 4 2004, the exact same day Facebook was founded.

The drops point out, according to Pentagon documents that LifeLog was to be a single place where everything an individual says, sees or does, the phone calls made, the TV shows watched, the magazines read, the plane tickets bought, the e-mail sent and received could be gathered.

Out of this seemingly endless ocean of information, computer scientists would plot distinctive routes in the data, mapping relationships, memories, events and experiences.

The coincidence of this drop coming right after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a company blog post Wednesday stating that the company was going to do a much better job at protecting people’s privacy.

He laid out new initiatives on how encryption would protect the Facebook users from prying eyes of government as well as Facebook.

It’s quite interesting that the Zuckerberg would pick this particular Wednesday to issue this new manifesto, since it appears that they have not done much with privacy since it’s founding in 2004.

In the drops it was also point out that China — implying that they know something about the Pentagon background — does not allow Facebook to operate in the country.

Last night’s postings also pointed out that it would be difficult to get people involved in the LifeLog program if they know it’s from the Pentagon. So what doe you do? You give the new entity (Facebook) a cool back story with an Ivy League pedigree and find a founder with ties to the military-industrial complex to run it.

Nothing I have written above is new information that has not been out there in some publications, however the other program DARPA was running concurrently with LifeLog was leveraged against devices?

Did you know:

  • Do they know it’s been expanded to tap into the microphone of any device for listening and bulk data collection?
  • Do they know it’s been expanded to tap into the GPS router of the device for real-time tracking?
  • Do they know it’s been expanded to tap into the camera function of the device in order to view/record all target designators?

These are some of the travails that could befall you when you upload a status of share a location with your “Friends” at Facebook.

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