I’ve always been concerned and interested about teaching students to look after their privacy online.
Locking down your facebook page and your twitter account and being careful about what kinds of photos you post online is an important set of skills for students to have.
But this…. I’m not even sure what to say about this.
Raytheon has developed a product called RIOT which culls tremendous amounts of data from social networking sites and collects it into formats that can be used to track your behaviour and even predict the future of your movements.
This is scary stuff.
Watch for yourself.
(UPDATE: This video has been removed by the user from youtube. I’ve searched across the web far and wide but apparently someone (Raytheon’s lawyers…?) keeps getting them taken offline every time a new copy appears. I’ll keep looking and repost the video if one turns up online. If anyone finds a link to a copy of the video, I’d appreciate an email and a link so that I can repost this. I think it’s important.
The Guardian newspaper who originally broke this story still has their copy up. You can find it here. It just cannot be embedded anywhere else.)